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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 11, 2014 3:46 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Comments

We take a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do keep clients and increase profitability.                            

How To Lower Your Integration Time And Costs

April 9, 2014 10:22 am | by Greg Hood, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation | Comments

Improving responsiveness to line stoppages can result in significant increases in machinery uptime. If, for instance, your customer is running 1,200 SKUs per month, and you help improve their cycle time by an average of two minutes per SKU, they’re now gaining 2,400 minutes — or 40 hours — of recovered downtime per month.

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Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

Improving the profitability of your digital presence is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.

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How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 7, 2014 11:15 am | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP | Comments

Concern about the environmental impact of manufacturing is growing. The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum. Increased shareholder activism regarding sustainability has the potential to affect any public company’s approach.

The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

The #AAMeter — which tracks President Obama’s promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term — now stands at 114,000 jobs created.                 

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ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.  

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The Benefits And Risks Of Mobile Access To Manufacturing Information

March 31, 2014 8:48 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director, Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Comments

The use of mobile devices for content and process management has raised questions about information security in demanding and heavily regulated manufacturing environments where protecting confidential data is of the utmost importance.           

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Detection Perfection

March 27, 2014 8:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

Industrial Scientific’s President and CEO Justin McElhattan talks about safety with such genuine passion, that it’s no surprise this company is a leader in its field of portable gas detection.            

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Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 19, 2014 3:26 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Comments

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                 

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The Inevitable Future Of Driverless Cars

March 17, 2014 2:47 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

Autonomous driving has long been on the to-do list for car manufacturers, but within the last year consumer interest has spurred inquisition in both the engineering community, as well as the legal arena.              

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NASA Designs A Robot For Mars

March 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

Valkyrie stands more than six feet tall, weighs 286 pounds, and has an 80 inch wingspan. “It feels human-like, you can look her in the eyes,” says Reg Berka, deputy project manager of Valkyrie, the NASA built robot destined for the red planet.  

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Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

March 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Comments

People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?   

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Adding Substance To Your Business Philosophy

March 11, 2014 2:34 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Comments

The problem is that American manufacturing is not growing in terms of percentage of GDP, number of employees, number of plants, and — in many cases — sales revenue.                

What EPA Overregulation Means For U.S. Manufacturing

March 10, 2014 3:55 pm | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid | Comments

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and competition from other countries, continue to struggle against an old adversary… Washington, specifically the EPA.                     

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Where B2B, E-Commerce And Payments Intersect

March 10, 2014 10:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

While B2B and B2C e-commerce buying may share a common shopping and check-out experience, the under-the-hood fundamentals are not the same — the ways that a company might implement the right features in each situation, while generating the highest return on investment (ROI) possible, depends, in many ways, upon those internal functions. And the prospect of making the right B2B decision still stumps many companies.

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Eight Myths That Keep Manufacturers From Claiming the R&D Tax Credit

March 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup | Comments

At nearly $10 billion a year, the R&D tax credit is one of the biggest incentives available and can save manufacturing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars — yet only one out of twenty small- and medium-sized companies eligible for this credit takes advantage of it. Why, you ask?

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Dreading Daylight Saving Time Changes?

March 5, 2014 10:33 am | by Dieter Pape, President, American Time | Comments

This time of year can be a headache for any business, but few of us think about how much time we spend on time during the other 364 days of the year: Inconsistent and imprecise time displays can cause thousands of lost minutes and dollars.    

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Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 4, 2014 4:09 pm | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Comments

During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding employers and workers in these fields about the importance of wearing eye protection.              

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Could Open Source Be An Engine For The Internet Of Things?

March 4, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jeff Evans & Alain Louchez | Comments

Whether it is an innovation engine, or the actual level playing field (as argued during the above ITU conference), open source is growingly viewed as a credible game changer for IoT. The open source movement has progressively engulfed IoT, which did not have even have a name when Linus Torvalds released the source code for Linux in 1991.

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ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 4, 2014 11:27 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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