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Report Paints Bitter Picture Of Artificial Sweeteners

August 5, 2013 2:33 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associated Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

As obesity rates continue to rise in the U.S., many Americans are turning to food and beverage products which use artificial sweeteners. But a new report suggests that products containing these “faux sugars” may not be as sweet as they seem.


Why Don’t We Have Truly Continuous Improvement?

August 5, 2013 8:44 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

It seems especially puzzling considering that each of the continuous improvement methodologies I have studied insists that true success comes not from organized events, but instead it comes from everyone exercising the improvement methodology every day on large and small opportunities alike.


No More Detroits

July 30, 2013 8:35 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Comments

The gravest mistake we can make today is to believe that Detroit is an anomaly. It isn't. The economic threats that brought down Detroit are present in other great American cities. The question is: Will we learn our lesson and prevent future harm elsewhere?


Human-Powered Choppers And ‘Useless’ Prizes

July 29, 2013 10:46 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Comments

And as much as I admire the human-powered helicopter team for finally getting the necessary work done, I have even more respect for the people and companies willing to put real money on the line for such “frivolous” engineering challenges.


Food And Energy: Parallel Pyramids?

July 25, 2013 8:49 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

I am a huge proponent of eating your vegetables. Numerous studies show that getting adequate nutrition through plant-based foods can ease or reverse so many physiological aches and pains – as well as keep your hair, skin, nails, and teeth looking better; reduce your risk of heart disease – the list goes on.


Musk’s New Endeavor: A High-Speed ‘Hyperloop’

July 18, 2013 10:28 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Comments

He’s called the innovation “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table,” and on August 12, we should be able to get our first look into whether or not it will be able to live up to the expectations. But the hyperloop itself isn't the most interesting part of the announcement, but rather Musk's views on patents and open source.


Long Live The Twinkie: Hostess Brands Sheds Light On Manufacturing Evolution

July 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Rumor has it Twinkies are space age products made from such resilient ingredients that they last for decades. The shelf life of Twinkies is the stuff of legend (and mostly nonsense), but beyond the myth and behind the silliness is a kernel of truth; If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations.


When Autonomous Cars Kill Somebody

July 17, 2013 9:02 pm | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

As drones, bipedal robots, and algorithm technologies continue to improve, the world of autonomous everything is looming. Perhaps looming isn’t the right word, but I feel compelled to set an ominous tone in order to provide an interesting conclusion.


Of Constraints & Communication

July 17, 2013 8:46 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Sometimes we also address less tangible business and office processes, yet perhaps the most influential-to-performance business processes are rarely addressed.Perhaps we don’t address them because we don’t perceive them as processes per se, but I argue that we should.

Evil Geniuses

July 15, 2013 8:39 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Comments

Depending on the source, the heights to the pair’s diabolical aptitude taps out anywhere from legitimate weapons of mass destruction to near laughable infeasibility. Still, we are a culture that demands fear mongering, so facts need to be checked and then neglected if otherwise unsupportive of the popular narrative.


Better 'Ethics' In Economic Development?

July 9, 2013 3:26 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Comments

While, yes, states are individual entities, and state politicians are beholden to what they can bring to their state economy and usually not much else, but there’s something to be appreciated in business that isn’t cutthroat and isn’t based solely upon politics.


Prevent Your Kidnapping With Re-Shoring?

July 3, 2013 9:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Comments

As with most other news of labor relations coming out of China, many are using the recent boss kiddnapping event as another example of why manufacturers need to be moving back to the U.S. as soon as possible. I wouldn’t be so quick to judgment.


Problems With The "Next Industrial Revolution"

July 1, 2013 8:25 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

As 3D printing continues to grow, rapidly, the technology teeters on the edge of usefulness and becoming a trendy toy. Though additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping are nothing new, it can’t be denied that it has finally found the limelight. Now that the public is far more aware of this technology, it might be assumed that people would be running with all sorts of ideas and entrepreneurial endeavors.


What’s Trending: U.S. Boss Held In Chinese Factory

June 28, 2013 9:39 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

This hostile act by the workers shows the growing unease the Chinese manufacturing labor force has about jobs during a time of slowing economic growth in China. As more U.S. companies talk about reshoring, the idea of relocating manufacturing operations is not lost on employees at foreign-owned factories. Workers sense that the growing costs of doing business there is making China less attractive for the manufacturing sector.


OMG… It’s A Tesla

June 26, 2013 1:42 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Everyone, everywhere, has heard of Tesla. Despite never seeing one in person (though I do admit that the Model S probably isn’t great for Wisconsin driving) — every single person I mention Tesla to knows exactly what I’m talking about. And this is despite a reputation for being too expensive, too inaccessible and did I mention too expensive?


'Saving' The Next Generation Of Manufacturing Workers

June 13, 2013 2:40 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Comments

When it comes to the monumental task of training another generation of manufacturing employees, armed with the high-tech skills that the technology-heavy processes of the future will require, it’s easy to come down hard on the educational system. And yes, there are bad educators, but that shouldn’t detract from those who care and who work hard despite the poor infrastructure to help students get the education they need.


Why Own Expensive Equipment When You Can Lease It?

June 12, 2013 2:14 pm | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

A new buzzword was recently thrown my way at the annual PTC Live conference in Anaheim. I’ve never been a big fan of buzzwords nor the concepts that they represent, as they are often watered-down or tainted versions of truly original ideas that have been bastardized by Corporate America. But, I digress.


Manufacturing Gangnam Style

May 21, 2013 2:08 pm | by Stacey Wagner, Manager, Workforce Systems Development, NIST MEP | Comments

Rethink Robotics, the firm that designed and manufactured Baxter the famous industrial robot, has met its match. Robotis’ Bioloid, an educational DIY robotics set, has developed a new, hipper cousin to Baxter that dances – Gangnam Style.  And no wonder. Baxter is a “serious robot” who has a job at Vanguard Plastics.


Campylobacter On The Rise

May 10, 2013 2:37 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

By tracking identified foodborne illness instances, FoodNet determined that, in addition to various other strains of foodborne bacteria and viruses, campylobacter infection was found in 14.3 people per 100,000. This figure shows a 14 percent increase over the infection rates from 2006 to 2008.


Smartphone Shakes

April 29, 2013 2:33 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

I recently attended a concert in Madison, WI. I placed my phone in my back pocket to avoid carrying a purse and to have it easily accessible when I wanted to update my status and snap a few photos. Unfortunately, after a visit to the facilities and a horrifying plop, I knew that I was in trouble.



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