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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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CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations In Wake Of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. All of the workers were burned, one of them seriously. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust...

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As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

January 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

On the whole, it’s been another good year for plastic manufacturing. In 2013, global plastic production was up to 299 million tons — a 4 percent increase from the previous year. The rise is part of a continuous growth trend that has lasted since 1950. In fact, according to a Vital Signs report from the Worldwatch Institute, plastics...

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GE Jet Engines Will Power The Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Future U.S. presidents will get a big new plane with the big new job. The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the...

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Compensation Rises At Fastest Pace Since Recession

January 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

U.S. workers saw their pay and benefits rise at the fastest rate since 2008 last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But the increase still lagged the type of growth that usually accompanies a fully healthy economy, according to reports. The department said its measure of worker compensation -- called the employment...

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Seeking New Ways To Make Shale Oil, Gas Wells More Efficient

January 29, 2015 2:06 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Last fall, the Wall Street Journal reported that a small Wisconsin private equity company turned a $91 million investment into a $1.4 billion fortune when it invested in a mine producing fine silica sand suitable for use in hydraulic fracturing. Energy companies mix the sand with water and additives...

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Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 9:45 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that it would be able to sneak up on submarines undetected. The ship, called the Type 26 frigate, has been designated to become “the workhorse” of the British fleet. BAE Systems is building the vessel, but a team of noise and...

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Q&A: The State Of The Engineering Services Outsourcing Market

January 28, 2015 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Sampath Kumar, Partner and Global Leader at ISG (Information Services Group) Engineering Services, spoke with IMPO about the important trends and growth within the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market. Kumar explains why the ESO market has been growing and some interesting new trends to watch in 2015...

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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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