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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

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Where Have The Maintenance And Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by...

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The Generational Divide

October 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

According to an article last year in Business Week, the age of the average manufacturing worker is 56. Typically, we talk about this demographic as it relates to an impending worker shortage. What will we do to replace this crop of highly skilled tradespeople? What kind of impact will their mass...

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Nike, Converse Chuck A Lawsuit At 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching...

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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs. The problem rests on the fact that the company purportedly never informed the Federal Highway...

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Is The Trade Deficit Really Bad?

October 10, 2014 11:41 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

I think America’s trade deficit is the biggest single obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs or keeping manufacturing jobs in the country. I also agree with Warren Buffet who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the...

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 9, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

According to author Mike Collins, America’s trade deficit is the single biggest obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs, and to keeping manufacturing jobs in this country. He also agrees with Warren Buffett who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic...

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The Skills Gap And Why We Need A Modern Rosie

October 3, 2014 2:23 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States...

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The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

September 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas. For years, companies have been buying smaller businesses abroad and, in turn, evading good old Uncle Sam and his taxes. This practice is called inversion, and President Obama...

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Amazon’s Involvement With Manufacturing: When Is It Too Much?

September 25, 2014 3:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The internet has changed the way we do everything, including how we shop. E-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba control a large chunk of online buying and selling, but what is the secret to their success? Alibaba’s success is partly due to its strategy of forming extremely close partnerships with the manufacturers themselves, and Amazon has...

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UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 11:09 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

UPS recently gave me a tour of the company’s 5.2 million square foot Worldport facility in Louisville, KY. This overnight shipping/sorting facility accepts, sorts, and reloads at a rate of 416,000 packages per hour (that’s 115 packages a second). With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport on a daily basis, this facility is ...

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America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort Of

September 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It looks like foreign investors are taking one more slice of Americana pie. News broke this week that Pabst is being sold to a Russian company, which begs the question, “Can we still claim it as our own?”The announcement came late last week that the brand established in Milwaukee, WI in 1844 was being sold to Moscow-based Oasis Beverages, a beer and...

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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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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | 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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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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