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Top Manufacturing Organizations Split On Budget

March 5, 2014 12:56 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal. Interestingly, they don't agree.               

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Food Is Going To Pot

February 28, 2014 8:12 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

The regional legalization of recreational marijuana opens a door for niche food manufacturers, though some consumers are finding it hard to swallow.                   

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Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming To Your Local Hospital

February 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor, PD&D | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace.

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IoT Fixes Tesla’s Fire Recall

February 21, 2014 4:19 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Comments

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued two recalls, one from Tesla and one from GM, both were associated with problems that could cause fires. The major difference? Tesla’s fix only required a WiFi connection, while GM required owners to bring their vehicles in for service.

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Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

February 21, 2014 2:04 pm | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Comments

If you are a manufacturer or distributor, most likely you use many modes to ship your freight, such as less-than-truckload freight shipping or LTL shipping. If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions.

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Is There A Place For Wearable Tech In Manufacturing?

February 19, 2014 2:31 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. They often feature video and audio capabilities and internet connectivity, in a compact and portable package. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business?

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Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

February 18, 2014 2:43 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.      

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5 Tips For Young Engineers, From The Experienced

February 18, 2014 11:24 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Comments

Today’s workforce looks very different than it did a few decades ago. Young professionals no longer stay at one job for 30 or more years – the average tenure in 2012 was closer to five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   

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2014: The Year Of The Label

February 12, 2014 3:39 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling.

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Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Apple is betting on sapphires to be the next big thing for its products. It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

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I’ve Seen The Future Of Drug Delivery And It's A Bear

February 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing | Comments

The use of gummies as a form of drug delivery is exploding. Just do a Google image search for “vitamin gummies” and you will see what I mean. Currently, it seems like gummies are most popular with vitamin and supplement makers – both for children and adults – and really what’s not to like about gummies?

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Trusting Too Much In Data, Part 2

February 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Metrics are often derived or calculated from a multitude of measures or from data. Metrics give us a progress report or a status level of some type of performance. Data is a raw output of a process or a test or an experiment. Most times data is not useful until it is turned into some form of information by an analysis of some kind.

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Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 3:14 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

There is still a far greater emotional response to a factory closing than to an engineering firm opening. It’s not that plant closings are trivial, or that engineering is somehow superior. But there may be a problem with our focus on factories in that it takes energy away from aggressively developing more advanced services.

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What The World Would Be Like If Engineering Didn't Exist

February 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Jenny Ann Beswick | Comments

We, as engineers, all play a vital role in the world actually functioning. Without these job roles being fulfilled by skilled people, the world would start to break down slowly. A world without engineering would be a world without humanity, our ability to design and create makes us unique in the natural world.

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Leading The Way On A New Manufacturing Generation

February 5, 2014 9:54 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing – Spee-Dee, and Chairman of the Education and Workforce Development Committee – PMMI | Comments

I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything else about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.

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On Chrysler’s Dismissals, Shaky U.S. Credibility

February 5, 2014 8:26 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Amid the news that Chrysler was being merged with its Italian owners Fiat, and many still-unanswered questions about the future of what used to be one of America’s “Big 3” automakers, the company has doubled-down on its very U.S.-focused — and some say ironically xenophobic — advertising scheme.

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How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 3, 2014 3:16 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession.        

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EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions

January 31, 2014 3:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Comments

Through 108 different scenarios in a model, the researchers found that even if EDVs made up 42 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants.      

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The Basics Of Internal Auditing

January 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc. | Comments

Normally companies will have a schedule that is written to audit their entire quality system on an annual basis. Usually the Quality Manager or Engineer is responsible for creating this schedule. The schedule consists of the elements of the standard to be audited, who will be auditing and when the results are due.

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What Does 3D Printing Mean For ERP?

January 29, 2014 3:06 pm | by Antony Bourne, Global Manufacturing Industry Director, IFS | Comments

The implications for spares and repairs inventory are obvious — rather than keeping safety stock on hand, parts could be printed as needed from a stock of materials.                          

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