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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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China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

To top it off, a video shows employees in the factory dropping the expired meat on the floor, then directly returning it to the production line.                   

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5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper on Your Shop Floor

July 25, 2014 12:17 pm | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and ...      

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Open-Source Could Be A New Avenue For Manufacturers

July 23, 2014 2:11 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Have you heard about the open-source revolution? Like 3D printing, it only recently made its way into the mainstream, but like the additive manufacturing machines, it has been around for a while. Open-source technology (hardware, firmware, software) has been the spur of ...

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Why American Manufacturing Is Vital To Future Prosperity

July 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Comments

Manufacturing supports the economies of local communities in ways that do not show up in national reports. It also accounts for a large percentage of R&D spending and American patents.                  

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What Would You Print?

July 15, 2014 2:40 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

We have all come to the understanding that as 3D printing is becoming more prevalent in the mainstream consumer market, it is becoming even more ubiquitous in the engineering office (if it wasn’t already necessary). Even with this insight ...

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From Amoebas To Microchips: The Highs And Lows Of Contact Lenses

July 15, 2014 1:12 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

While Google and Novartis are trying to develop a "smart" contact lens, a student in Taiwan has her corneas eaten by an amoeba linked to contact lenses.                         

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11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes To Inspire You

July 15, 2014 8:12 am | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Comments

To help you stay in the “lean” mood, we discuss the meaning of this trend and I’ll share with you 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.               

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Walmart Turns Business Into A Reality Show

July 14, 2014 4:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Last week, Walmart announced that it had hosted a group of U.S. manufacturers to its headquarters in Bentonville, AR. It inspires me to hear that big corporations (especially those as big as Walmart), are getting on or are still on the ...   

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Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 9, 2014 2:45 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                   

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Fighting For American Jobs

July 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Steelmakers have called for new import penalties and have filed the highest number of trade complaints in more than a decade. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, there are 40 anti-dumping and injury cases pending on steel products.    

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Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 9, 2014 7:51 am | by Nissan | Comments

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail – especially in the auto industry.                    

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People, Processes And Problems: Better Understanding The Three P’s Of Manufacturing

July 7, 2014 5:44 pm | by Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes | Comments

Far too often, an engineer is sitting in the backroom creating plant floor programs that are perfect from a process perspective, but are not practical when it comes to real-world situations. This needs to change.            

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Taking Engineering Services Outsourcing To The Next Level

July 1, 2014 10:19 pm | by Kamakshya Prusti | Comments

Manufacturing continues tread cautiously on the wider spectrum of possibility of outsourcing of engineering services. This appears counter intuitive for an industry which is highly polarized by aging workforce, massive dependence on contract labor in design functions and sub-optimal consumption of shared services.

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Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 30, 2014 7:47 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.           

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NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' By NLRB Judge

June 27, 2014 8:27 am | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM | Comments

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.              

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Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious

June 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Comments

In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth and sector expansion.                

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