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When Tragedy Strikes, Is A Long Lawsuit Worth It?

May 13, 2014 3:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It’s certainly unsettling to see a lawsuit like this pop up against a manufacturer. Toyota and General Motors know all too well about that, but the big difference in this case is that it was determined that the crash was not due to defects in the vehicle.

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What Does ‘Made In America’ Really Mean?

May 7, 2014 11:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Comments

When we begin to assume foreign-labeled products are probably more American-made than we think, do we risk making decisions with our pocketbooks without a more thorough analysis?                  

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Strategically Automating The Warehouse

April 30, 2014 2:51 pm | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

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How Trustworthy Is The Data You’re Using?

April 29, 2014 3:38 pm | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Comments

With the amount of information available, and a flood of results following a search engine query, information literacy is more important than ever.  It’s not just about finding information, but understanding whether the sources are trusted.  

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Engineers Feel Underpaid And Overworked

April 28, 2014 4:04 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Comments

As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the fruits of technological splendor, engineers are required to keep pace with the changing landscape.      

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Does It Matter If We Beat The Recall Record?

April 23, 2014 5:21 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Just one quarter of the way through 2014, we’ve already topped 9 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. And the numbers keep rising.                     

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American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?     

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We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. They are not moral, patriotic, loyal, or immoral, and we cannot and should not depend on them to devote anything more then lip service to the plight of the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

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3D Printing, Digital Execution & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 8:18 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies of scale.

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3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 3:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

What’s great about this partnership is that it allows small manufacturers the ability to learn more about 3D printing through demonstration areas.                    

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Are Smartphones The Future Of Thermal Imaging?

April 15, 2014 11:33 am | by Rachel Hemsley | Comments

Thermal imaging has been found to have numerous applications within various industries — within the manufacturing world, it has been widely utilised for predictive maintenance. But is it about to get cheaper and more accessible than ever before?

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Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

There’s two ways one can look at this film. First is that it’s a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn’t well-known. The second is that it’s exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be.          

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Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

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Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 2:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology — @IndustrialAnna | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.             

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Patrolling The Patent Trolls

April 4, 2014 3:16 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

If you ask someone at Apple Computer, which is named as the defendant in more cases filed by patent trolls than any other U. S. firm, Apple will probably tell you that a patent troll is a person or organization that acquires a patent solely for the purpose of suing a deep-pocketed firm such as Apple.

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO — @TalesFromTia | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                                       

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                       

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 1, 2014 3:35 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?          

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 9:38 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting.                           

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A Radical Company Challenge: Stop The Complaining

March 26, 2014 11:07 am | by Peter D. Winiarski, CEO, Win Enterprises, LLC | Comments

When we experience something we don’t like, that is frustrating, or we know can be improved, we have a choice: we can complain about it or we can do something about it. Many times people find themselves willing to make noise (bitch about it) but not to step up to full responsibility for making a change.

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