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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into The Lifecycles Of Their Products

January 21, 2015 | by Larry Korak | Comments

The modern consumer is certainly a new breed. Researching features and pricing options online, today’s consumer — whether buying a car or toothpaste — is more informed, more discerning and quick to leap from one brand to the next. This certainly places added pressures on manufacturers.

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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 12:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime health care benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter. The unanimous ruling from the high court represents a victory for M&G Polymers USA, which first sought to require retiree...

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Education, Bias-Breaking Keys To Women's Rise In Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 9:29 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented, and increasingly as that shortage continues to grow. Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce...

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Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends Of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

As the federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has a bird’s-eye view on safety trends impacting the industry. In a recent interview with Chem.info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating...

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Where GE Ventures Sees The Next Big Ideas

January 26, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his work on improving the telegraph led him to a better stock market ticker and a valuable patent, which he sold for $10,000 to Western Union. He used the money to build a lab in Menlo Park, N.J., and amp up his work with...

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Do You Know Where Your Power Comes From?

January 23, 2015 9:36 am | by GE Reports | Comments

A new report released this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos estimates that members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will need to invest more than $7.6 trillion over the next 25 years to meet their energy policy goals, further reduce emissions and create...

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Exploring The Role Of A Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 8:47 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacutring robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, and his day-to-day work.  A manufacturing robot is hardly...

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Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 -- and that many planned to increase their workforces this year. The latest Manufacturing Barometer from PwC -- a quarterly survey...

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Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and EU for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been become controversial, particularly on the other side of the Atlantic. Many Europeans have voiced  concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU’s standards for environmental...

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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

January 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Anders Ekman, President of DataMentors | Comments

It’s not a secret that manufacturers face significant challenges. Prospects are doing more research online and making purchasing decisions before they even speak to a salesperson. And the buying process has become extremely complex with stakeholders including marketing, sales, and...

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High-Tech Talent: Why Know-How Is No Longer Enough

January 16, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tom Sons | Comments

Recently, I came across a number of stats that, for those of us in the manufacturing sector, paint a very bright picture of the foreseeable future. If, like me, you keep an eye on trends and an ear to the ground for good news, of particular interest to you might be a study conducted by the...

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"Greening" The Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 9:43 am | by Monica Gomez | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry. One way is to create...

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Detroit Auto Show: Long-Range EVs Set Auto World Abuzz

January 16, 2015 9:23 am | by GE Reports | Comments

One of the biggest headlines coming out of this week’s 2015 Detroit Auto Show was GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, a long-range, all-electric concept car that can travel 200 miles on a single charge and will reportedly cost around $30,000, after rebates. That range is nipping at the wheels of Tesla’s Model S sedans, but...

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MAPI Foundation Business Index Slips Slightly

January 15, 2015 2:28 pm | by MAPI Foundation | Comments

The recent robust manufacturing performance should continue in the near-term despite marginal declines in some indicators, according to the quarterly MAPI Foundation Business Outlook, a survey conducted by the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity...

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NAM On Tax Code: Doing Nothing Costs Us Something

January 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

The delay by Washington lawmakers in overhauling the nation’s tax code is holding back the economic benefits of enacting a series of pro-growth tax policies, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by economists at the University of...

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Assembling Value: Why Streamlining Your Business Will Boost Its Worth

January 15, 2015 2:19 pm | by Michael Schwerdtfeger | Comments

Throughout my career as a middle market M&A advisor, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of manufacturing business owners looking to sell their companies. They will often lead with the strength of the company’s balance sheet when discussing its potential value...

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7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 15, 2015 10:28 am | by Deborah Grant, Industry Marketing Manager at Loftware | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). There are also a multitude...

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Researcher Uses Crustaceans To Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped...

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ClearSign Has The Answer To Industrial Pollution

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

The age-old warning – don’t play with fire – doesn’t seem to apply to ClearSign Technologies. In fact, the manufacturing industry is quite lucky that they decided not to heed this cautionary warning. That’s because ClearSign Technologies has developed a new technology for the...

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'Ghost Guns' Manufactured On Steps Of TX Capitol

January 14, 2015 12:24 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Yesterday when the Texas State Legislature convened in the Austin state capitol, they were greeted with a very unique form of demonstration — Advocates of open carry were manufacturing ‘ghost guns’ in front of the capital to celebrate three proposed open carry...

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Can Manufacturing Learn A Lesson From Farm-To-Table?

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Comments

There’s a lot of talk about manufacturing’s “New Industrial Revolution.” But the way we interpret “industrial” — and its definition moving forward — is going to change dramatically. Fewer smokestacks, more 3D printers, more choices. When industries turned to machines and away from...

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