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Working With The FDA

August 15, 2012 1:15 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President of Recalls, Stericycle ExpertRECALL | Comments

It is imperative that all businesses are well-versed in FDA regulations and the steps that can be taken by the agency to enforce compliance with such laws.


User Friendly, My Foot!

August 15, 2012 9:47 am | by Ray Enger, USON Director of Engineering | Comments

When was the last time you bought equipment or instruments that weren’t touted as user-friendly? "Not in memory" would be my answer.


Hidden Benefits Of Cloud Computing

August 14, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Yamarik, RWD Performance Matters Blog | Comments

There are many benefits of cloud computing that don't necessarily make the headlines or the 30-point bold bullet in the PowerPoint slide.


The IP Bogeyman

August 14, 2012 9:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Comments

It's a scary thought that intellectual property breaches can come not just due to those "bogeymen" out there — the ones with the malicious intentions.


The Cloud: Still A Work In Progress

August 13, 2012 9:28 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It turns out your digital identity can be a rather fluid concept these days. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, given the increased prevalence of security incidents and high-profile hacks that take place today. But once in awhile the details of someone’s hacking story are cause for serious examination and concern. Technology blogger Mat Homan is the subject of one such story.


Social Technology In Manufacturing And Supply Chain

August 10, 2012 11:45 am | by Dylan Persaud, Managing Director, Eval-Source | Comments

In today’s world, the term social is used to describe the simplest task or component and often is more a marketing term than anything else. For all the social interactions written about social and sharing, they have mostly referred to a B2C business model. The social aspect works well for this scenario. What has been forgotten and overlooked is the lack of communication and social aspect as it pertains to the B2B model.

Your System Is Not the Boss Of You

August 9, 2012 9:58 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC | Comments

Imagine that you have just hired a very experienced and skilled expert. Shortly after you hire the expert, you encounter your first few opportunities to explain how you want him to do certain things in order to facilitate how your team and your business operates. His reply is, “I don’t want to do it that way.” Your expert continuously makes things difficulty, which makes life harder, instead of better, for you and your team. What would you do?

Sugary Drinks: Industry Challenges And Opportunities

August 8, 2012 9:20 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

New York City Major Michael Bloomberg recently proposed a ban on the sale of sugary beverages in quantities greater than 16 ounces in the city’s restaurants, delis and movie theaters as a direct response to the obesity epidemic. The proposal is one of the most recent attacks on the nation’s soda industry, which has struggled as consumers turn to healthier beverage options.


Enhanced Workflow Technologies Allow Closer Management

August 7, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Luckily for distributors, the ongoing evolution of enhanced ERP and workflow technologies has helped them better fulfill some of their basic needs; most notably allowing them to closely manage each and every step of the distribution process. These are also helping distributors to better manage warehouse workflow, automate purchasing, streamline work process, and improve inventory management.


Bring Back Show And Tell

August 7, 2012 9:59 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Numerous times in my career I have longed to be able to share the great elements of the many designs and projects with a greater audience. When I was younger, I admit, there was some desire to show off the really innovative discoveries and inventions our teams had created. As a more mature engineer, the motivation was more a desire to share discoveries that might make things easier for other teams if the lessons could just be effectively shared.

Without Wonder, We Cease To Exist

August 6, 2012 8:24 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

I know I’m preaching to the choir at this point, but where has our enthusiasm for innovation gone? It is a frightening day and age when kids are more interested in becoming Snookie than an astronaut. This isn’t to speak for all, as programs like FIRST and the ASC have remained steadfast and continue to inspire the next generation, but it can’t be denied that there is a blanketing deficiency in the progression of discovery in the United States.

Glorifying The Past Without Looking Toward The Future

August 3, 2012 10:01 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

We need to remember our past in order to learn from it. I’m a big advocate for remembering your roots – but, embarking in the development of the archaic predecessors to little-known designs may not be the best route. This device may unveil some of the mystery behind computer technology, but the shear cost outweighs the learning value. Besides, we have 3D printers you could probably create a scale model quickly, and without such encumbered costs.

The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Labor

August 2, 2012 10:10 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

There’s no question: It’s an employer’s market. With unemployment high, workers are willing to take more demanding jobs for less effective pay than at any point in recent history. Skilled laborers suddenly finding themselves out of work are looking for unskilled jobs in the food industry out of necessity, and employers can pick up needed labor for bargain prices.


The Defibrillator That Fails May Be The One You Need

August 1, 2012 12:58 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

AEDs are medical devices, aren’t they? And so they must go through the same rigorous Food and Drug Administration qualification and inspection tests as other medical devices, mustn’t they? Well, not quite, it turns out. AEDs are in a kind of legal gray area that allows manufacturers simply to say that their product is “substantially equivalent” to other AEDs.


Balancing Consumer Privacy And Public Safety

August 1, 2012 10:01 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

In a recent article, it was stated that “Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made more than 1.3 million requests [to cellphone carriers] for consumers’ cellphone records in 2011,” which was a huge surge from previous years. The requests required “customers’ locations, text messages, and call details, frequently without warrants,” which forced carriers to create detailed guidelines of what information could be provided – and for what price.


Fake It Until We Make A Change

July 31, 2012 1:53 pm | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Nothing’s worse than being put on prescription after prescription while your physician attempts to find a cure all of your symptoms, right? Wrong. In reality, there is something that is worse than ineffective medicine: drugs that not only don’t work, but also cause serious harm. The current counterfeit drug crisis is nothing short of an epidemic. And, although this epidemic doesn’t seem to be growing, it doesn’t seem to be slowing either.


Drones Plague A Nation

July 31, 2012 10:08 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

The drone market is booming and taking in more than $6 billion each year. Over the next ten years, the market could nearly double to $11 billion, with police departments potentially accounting for a significant part of the growth. Have you ever noticed how much easier eyes go blind when billions enter the equation? Morality’s glass ceiling must top out around a half billion, though it has come much cheaper in the past.


Conflict Is Inevitable With Persistent Resistance To Change

July 30, 2012 11:46 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., Author & Publisher, Majorium Business Press | Comments

Resistance is experienced in most teams as they struggle with the concept of change. The purpose of creating teams is to tackle difficult issues and tough organizational problems. Invariably, the solutions teams develop results in active transformations that disrupt the status quo and personal agendas, which also tends to remove personal positions of power. Consequently, there is a natural tendency for individuals to resist pending changes.


Disconnected or Connected? That Is The Question

July 30, 2012 9:55 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

While I understand and appreciate the benefits and advantages that all the advancements in technology have provided us, I am annoyed with all the texting, poking, voxing, and foursquaring. Oh, there’s an app for that? I don’t care. Yes, I am guilty of it all, and as much as I want to disconnect from the grid, I find myself suffering from withdrawal every time I attempt to put my phone away. I’m helpless, and it’s absolutely ridiculous.


The Power Of Dumb Questions

July 22, 2012 3:46 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Often it is the simple and basic question that unlocks the mystery of our business or process problems. What’s more, we don’t have to be trained experts in process improvement techniques to ask the all-important, all-powerful dumb questions. So, here are some dumb questions that we can keep handy for the next time that the means to solve an issue isn’t readily apparent.



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