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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

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What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

I still vividly remember the grueling hours, or at least it felt that way at the time, in driver’s education classes.  The tests and the hours logged behind the wheel with instructors may have been an irritating barrier between myself and the glorious freedom of a license but I wouldn’t go back...

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Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and ...

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NFL Team Takes A Stand On Sustainable Food Manufacturing

September 8, 2014 6:12 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

This former St. Louisan is beaming with pride at the new announcement that the STL Rams’ Edward Jones Dome will be serving sustainably-manufactured hot dogs and burgers this upcoming football season. In a fun twist, last year’s starting Rams’ linebacker Will Witherspoon is the owner of the AWA-certified Shire Gate Farm in Owensville, MO, whose grass-fed meats were...

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Manufacturing & Education: Understanding The Connection

September 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Randy Ohman, Teacher, The STEM Academy, NEISD | Comments

Manufacturing & Education: Understanding the Connection. That is the name of an educators’ workshop I just attended that brought teachers and manufacturers together to share perspectives and opportunities. Panelists talked about workforce needs and what they find in job applicants. Teachers toured facilities ranging...

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Moleskine And Livescribe Partnership Suggests New Trend In Manufacturing?

September 3, 2014 6:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Earlier this week, Moleskine notebooks announced a partnership with the Livescribe smartpen to create a notebook that features the classic aesthetic of a Moleskine notebook alongside the technology of a smartpen. Livescribe paper technology hides within the iconic heavy, ivory sheets of Moleskine notebooks, giving...

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Storeroom Management Remains Big Problem For Manufacturers

September 2, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Comments

One of the most troubling difficulties many manufacturers face is controlling their MRO expenditures and also making sure that they have the right number of products in their storerooms as needed. It’s a ...        

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7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

August 28, 2014 4:04 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Comments

Your supply chain is the biggest source of risk in your entire operation. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day aspects that you’ll never be able to completely control or manage. Sometimes, you’ll need to ...       

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Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Young Execs?

August 28, 2014 9:53 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, experience generally trumps all else — which would seem to make sense since the average age of an incoming CEO last year was 53 with 18 years of experience in their corporations. Now, as the trend ...

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Volvo Finally Goes Domestic In China

August 27, 2014 9:23 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

The Chinese auto market is the largest in the world, but most of the country’s autos are foreign – Now, a potentially successful domestic car has landed, from Sweden ...              

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Draconian Responses To Gremlin Problems

August 26, 2014 9:57 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Gremlins are wicked little mythological creatures that delight in causing mischief. Some of the problems we try to solve at work seem like gremlins. Just when we think we have one caged and harmless, two more appear and things are ...    

Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 22, 2014 9:46 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet. If you recall, in June the FDA announced that it will ...         

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Manufacturing Should Bite-The-Bullet Over Militarized Police

August 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

With the turmoil in Ferguson, the concern regarding a vastly over-armed police force, or even militarized police force, has become a rife topic for debate. While the argument over providing officials with firepower has been a debate for some time, The Economist has taken to ...

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GE Ramps Up Industrial Base, Looks To Sell Appliance Unit

August 20, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

For more than 100 years, General Electric has been a staple consumer appliance brand in American homes. Necessities like the electric toaster, refrigerator, and washer & dryer, helped make GE the conglomerate it is today. That's why eyebrows were raised ...

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5 Tips For Manufacturers To Protect Against IP Theft

August 19, 2014 9:24 am | by Salo Fajer, CTO, Digital Guardian by Verdasys | Comments

When the Justice Department issued indictments for five Chinese military officers in May it only reinforced the importance the Obama administration has placed on cyber security. He was, after all, the first U.S. President to ...      

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Why Particle Physics Matters To Manufacturing

August 14, 2014 10:48 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Comments

When you look at the big questions that science hopes to answer with particle physics, it’s hard to see the manufacturing implications at first. After World War II, scientists used large, high-powered accelerators to ...     

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 14, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

As an engineer, I lamented and mourned every time I witnessed an employer move a product line to another facility in a lower-cost region. As a business analyst I got to see some of the numbers and I could understand the decisions. As a process improvement agent, I knew ...

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Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to ...

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The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

August 5, 2014 4:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things ...

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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open To Attack

July 31, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack. The Internet of Things State of the Union Study from HP’s Fortify on Demand division came ...

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Machine Safety Labeling in the 21st Century

July 30, 2014 2:44 pm | by Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion Safety Systems | Comments

If your company manufactures machinery that has potential hazards associated with its transportation, installation, use, maintenance, decommissioning, and/or disposal, you most likely have a strong need to ...       

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