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Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

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American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?     

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We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. They are not moral, patriotic, loyal, or immoral, and we cannot and should not depend on them to devote anything more then lip service to the plight of the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

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3D Printing, Digital Execution & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 8:18 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies of scale.

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Are Smartphones The Future Of Thermal Imaging?

April 15, 2014 11:33 am | by Rachel Hemsley | Comments

Thermal imaging has been found to have numerous applications within various industries — within the manufacturing world, it has been widely utilised for predictive maintenance. But is it about to get cheaper and more accessible than ever before?

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Patrolling The Patent Trolls

April 4, 2014 3:16 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

If you ask someone at Apple Computer, which is named as the defendant in more cases filed by patent trolls than any other U. S. firm, Apple will probably tell you that a patent troll is a person or organization that acquires a patent solely for the purpose of suing a deep-pocketed firm such as Apple.

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO — @TalesFromTia | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                                       

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                       

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 1, 2014 3:35 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?          

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 9:38 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting.                           

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A Radical Company Challenge: Stop The Complaining

March 26, 2014 11:07 am | by Peter D. Winiarski, CEO, Win Enterprises, LLC | Comments

When we experience something we don’t like, that is frustrating, or we know can be improved, we have a choice: we can complain about it or we can do something about it. Many times people find themselves willing to make noise (bitch about it) but not to step up to full responsibility for making a change.

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Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 26, 2014 9:53 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Comments

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

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Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the course of action.             

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This Is What A Billion Dollar Brand Looks Like

March 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Comments

According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.               

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Millenials Want To Ruin Everything

March 18, 2014 2:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye.                   

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Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                               

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Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Regardless of a win last week with Ford’s reshoring announcement, the UAW still faces significant challenges as it struggles to regain a foothold.                                

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New Jersey: Time To Stop Impeding Tesla

March 11, 2014 2:47 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve concerns from dealerships, but according to a blog post put up on the Tesla corporate site today, that relationship has fallen apart, and now, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state directly to customers.

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A Bad Week For Boeing

March 10, 2014 3:51 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Comments

Boeing is no stranger to media coverage, but the past several days have seen this aerospace giant’s name in the news under less-than-positive circumstances.                  

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AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in the in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.      

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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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