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Volvo Finally Goes Domestic In China

August 27, 2014 | 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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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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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 ...    

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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 ...     

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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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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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