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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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Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 24, 2014 3:51 pm | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Comments

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.                

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The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 23, 2014 4:36 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?                  

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Down With Pink: The Rise Of Female STEM Toys

June 18, 2014 3:42 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, PD&D | Comments

Whether the topic is limiting the skills sets girls develop while playing or failing to introduce STEM as a career option because those are “boy’s” toys, it’s always been an interesting discussion, to say the least.         

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Protecting Your Ideas

June 18, 2014 3:21 pm | by Michael Sherban | Comments

While the process may seem daunting, it is not, and a company should not be dissuaded from protecting the ideas that it has spent precious time and resources developing.                 

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Shining More Light

June 16, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Comments

While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects.               

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What’s The Purpose?

June 10, 2014 3:49 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

One of the reasons that continuous improvement programs fail, or innovation methodologies struggle to take root, is that everyone involved does not share the same set of expectations.             

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'The Switch From Hell': GM's Barra & The Ignition-Switch Debacle

June 9, 2014 4:22 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Listening to Barra, one might almost think that she has told her lawyers to go where the switch came from, and not bother her while she says what she wants to say.                  

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Four Reasons You Won’t Retire As Soon As You Think

June 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Martin Smith | Comments

Older employees face their share of challenges in the workplace, sometimes in the form of outright discrimination. The numbers, however, tell an optimistic story for the next generation of retirement-age workers who are expecting to prolong their careers.

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Reviving U.S. Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 9:13 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing.                                 

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Jack Keough On Starting Your Own Business

June 2, 2014 3:28 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Comments

Owning your own business is a challenge, no matter how you look at it, but small business owners don’t regret it – not one single bit.                     

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The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

June 2, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.                     

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The Sudden Death Of Windows XP

May 19, 2014 4:15 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

The whole episode has occasioned some thoughts on planned obsolescence, and how different computer technology is from other kinds of technology.                        

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Mobile Device Trends In The Industrial Sector

May 19, 2014 3:51 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Comments

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.           

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue In The Engineering Change Management Process

May 16, 2014 3:41 pm | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.              

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Information Superhighway May Become More Of A City Street In Disrepair

May 15, 2014 3:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

While the proposed rules would allow for paid priority access, Wheeler said the focus on the so-called "fast lane" doesn’t address the fact that non-priority traffic would have to be "sufficiently robust to enable consumers to access the content, services and applications they demand."

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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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