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What's Going On With The Labor Unions Of Today?

February 26, 2015 | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

The pros and cons of labor unions throughout history.                                

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Meet Manufacturing.net's New Editor

February 23, 2015 9:21 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Comments

Greetings all. I’m delighted to join you as the new Editor for Manufacturing.net; I am truly thrilled to be joining such a wonderful team. As Editor, I’m ready to examine and explore the intricacies of the manufacturing sector through a journalistic lens. My priority will be to deliver insightful, thought-provoking pieces and to craft and publish stories that will...

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Industry Lashes Out At Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology, Associate Editor | Comments

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO. As reported earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal states that Apple has...

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Three Vehicle Trends To Keep An Eye On

February 19, 2015 9:42 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hundreds of employees working on an electric car...

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Fiery Derailment Should Reignite Rail, Pipeline Debate

February 18, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

This most recent crude-by-rail disaster wasn’t quite the major catastrophe many have feared. But it got close. Real close. On Monday, a train carrying more than a 100 tankers of crude oil derailed and sent an atomic-looking fireball into the sky. One witness reported to the BBC that the locomotive of the...

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Three Ways Leaders Create Lean

February 13, 2015 3:57 pm | by John Maher, VP Product Strategy at Synchrono | Comments

For those of you who have heard this before, it bears repeating. For those of you who have not, this is important - leadership is the single most important component to lean success.  Gone are the days where leaders sit in their offices sending out directives to the rest of the organization and lead mainly by pounding on the...

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Take It From Freedom Industries: How NOT To Handle A Major Chemical Accident

February 11, 2015 9:54 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it were funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight. Gary Southern, the infamous former president of the chemical company, is...

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New Agency Designed To Fight Cyber Threats

February 10, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Today, the White House will announce the creation of a new agency named the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) — which will be tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a crisis. According to a report from The Verge, the idea behind the new agency is to apply...

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Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 6, 2015 5:43 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Earlier this week, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. While this change seems like an issue of semantics, it has massive implications for individual internet users, broadband internet service providers, and businesses of all...

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open For Businesses

February 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining “net neutrality.” So what does that all mean? The proposal by FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, means that Internet providers must allow data to...

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How Oil Changed North Dakota

February 5, 2015 2:48 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

One state in America’s heartland has been experiencing fairly drastic changes as of late. In North Dakota, oil was not the only thing booming, the infrastructure of the state followed suit.  For example, towns like Williston and Watford City have recorded startling increase in infrastructure in the last three years...

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Waze Mobile Traffic App Draws Criticism

January 29, 2015 12:27 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Startup Waze Mobile, acquired by Google in 2013, is drawing major criticism from U.S. sheriffs and other law enforcement officials. The Waze app is a community-driven GPS that gathers data from users to report on traffic jams, accidents, speed traps, cheap gas, etc. in order to constantly update people on driving...

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McDonald’s Reveals List Of Chemicals In French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:37 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

As much as we love our fries, those twin golden arches have long been the target of criticism — from health concerns about the high caloric content of McDonald’s menu to the unsavory rumors about chicken nuggets made from “pink slime” and chemical-ridden meats that never spoil...

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so they had the skills and knowledge necessary for his company to make the complex metal components his customers needed. So he launched an employee training program soon after starting his company in 1948.

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The State Of The Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

What can we expect from the President’s State of the Union address tonight? Probably some gloating. With gas now below $2 a gallon in most of the U.S., stocks soaring to record new highs, unemployment down to pre-recession levels, trade deficits shrinking and inflation...

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Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

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President Obama Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett announced the new initiatives in a post on the job networking...

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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 16, 2015 10:18 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations...

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Should The Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 9, 2015 5:15 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

On Monday research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes  in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their...

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Net Neutrality Debate Explores Roles Of Internet, Government

January 6, 2015 11:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Conversations about technological innovations like driverless cars and Google glass are almost always accompanied by a second conversation about how to regulate the innovation appropriately. While the Internet may seem like a well-established technology, the debate over who should have control of content flow is...

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