These conflict minerals — cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold — are mined in the DRC by various rebel groups and those who, generally speaking, do not bind themselves to any threshold of human rights. Because minerals mined in these countries go through a complex network of middlemen in the region and in East Asian processing plant, the exact source of a particular batch of gold can be difficult, if not impossible, to find.
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The most distinguishable returns come from better quality and overhead cost reduction. For example, anticipating labor needs allows us sufficient time to right-size and train our contingent workforce to manage peak periods without affecting quality. We are rarely "taken by surprise."
Globalization has created both the opportunity and challenge of creating and balancing global, regional and local demand. The resulting demand volatility of that complex mix has pushed forecasting accuracy to its effective limits; and, therefore, is forcing greater execution agility to make up for planning’s shortcomings.
Specifying the inkjet parts proved to be one of the most significant challenges, because it was difficult to find parts that were compatible with silver nitrate and ascorbic acid. The team had issues with clogging print heads, as well as being able to drive the heads electrically.
Many manufacturers are aware that they need to continuously develop, produce and sell products that consumers want, but there seems to be a large disconnect between what manufacturers perceive as consumer demand, and what the case actually is. UL seems to believe that these trends, which may have otherwise gone unnoticed, could be a barrier between companies that succeed and those that don’t.
Reflectivity has become a mainstay of roofing lingo over the last decade. Roofs have been asked to not only be the primary building waterproofing element but also have been called to meet reflectivity requirements that work to reduce cooling demands of facilities.
With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.
With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules, and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.
There may be no “silver bullet” to stifle these threats, but there is promising new technology that can be effective in evaluating liability and promoting strategic action early enough to make a difference.
Manufacturing businesses considering a capital equipment investment may want to act now to take full advantage of long-standing capital equipment tax breaks set to expire on Dec. 31 and IRS equipment depreciation guidelines providing year-end benefits.
For many executives, R&D has remained a 'black box' which consumes a fixed investment based on a proportion of company revenues. In return, the company receives new products that potentially drive future growth. So it's understandable that they have been hesitant to make changes or cuts.
As the pace of innovation speeds up, so too does the temptation of competitors to seek shortcuts to compete. Why spend the time and resources to invest in your employees and products to create your own innovations when you can “borrow” from your competitors?
Food safety is seen as the single most important issue among manufacturers, and the demands to document information relating to food sourcing, material flow, traceability and more present an ongoing challenge. These complex demands have a real cost, one very critical to bottom-line profitability as major food retailers take on a larger role in controlling.
Perhaps one of the largest barriers to aggressively tackling legal expenditures is that failure is not an option. The relationships formed between corporate attorneys and outside firms often span multiple decades, forged on a foundation of trust.
The difference between science and science fiction is a line that seems ever harder to distinguish, thanks in part to a host of astonishing advances in medical science that are helping to create a new age of promise and possibility for patients. Today cancer drugs are increasingly twinned with a diagnostic device that can determine whether a patient will respond to the drug based on their tumor’s genetic characteristics.
As the CEO of a supply chain management, e-procurement, and financial productivity solutions company, Tim Garcia draws on real-life experiences to provide four tips for incorporating web security into companies’ overall risk management strategies. Lax procedures that fail to protect critical data leave businesses vulnerable to attacks that threaten customers and damage brands.
Customers count on their injection molders for expert advice. “Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.
However, the energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that finally enable companies to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks, but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.
Neurio, a new home intelligence technology from Energy Aware Technology is seeking funding on Kickstarter and hoping to change the way we interact with our homes by making our ordinary appliances smarter.
Right now, online grocery is rising at an annual rate of 9.5 percent, notes market research firm IBISWorld. And in a recent forecast about online grocery shopping, market research firm The Hartman Group noted the CPG component of the market alone is expected to increase from $12 billion in 2012 to $25 billion by 2014.
We find that many plants are now undergoing expensive retrofits because future needs were not appropriately considered. Not only are retrofits expensive, but if new equipment is not sized and sequenced effectively, it can significantly affect your energy costs.