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Leaders Are Needed In Compliance Crises

March 31, 2011 4:36 am | by The QA Pharm, Anonymous Industry Insider and Contributor to Pharmaceutical Processing | Articles | Comments

When an organization is faced with the task of transforming from non-compliance complicity to embracing standards and discipline, a central figure that rallies the troops must step forward. It’s a most unfortunate ailment of epidemic proportions that the approach taken by many when addressing underlying CGMP compliance issues is effectively based in a checklist mentality — a to-do list.

Lean Manufacturing Demands Intelligent AP Automation

March 31, 2011 4:35 am | by Dan Hunstad, Senior Systems Analyst, Metafile Information Systems | Articles | Comments

The accounting process is the lifeblood of every manufacturing organization, and therefore deserves to be treated with the same priority placed on contributors to the production line. By definition, Lean manufacturing is intended to reduce the waste of time and resources that do not directly add value to the business.

Re-Kindling Your Passion

March 30, 2011 11:40 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I’ve always been a diehard fan of the printed page, whether it’s a hardback novel or the glossy pages of a magazine. That passion is a large part of why I’m in the publishing business now. In many ways, there’s nothing better than sitting down with a good book and feeling the pages between your fingers.


Mitigating Purchasing Sabotage

March 30, 2011 11:31 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

For most people, a room full of editors, executives, sales reps, and business owners discussing MRO might not seem like a good time. I wish I could say I was with you, but the manufacturing and distribution nerd in me takes great pleasure in the picking of brains. I have a feeling that I am not alone among our readers in this.

The Science Of Beer

March 30, 2011 6:58 am | Videos | Comments

Grant Wood, a brewmaster with Sam Adams, discusses the chemistry involved in producing one of the world's most popular beverages. If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you’d like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me...


Playing Catch With Helicopters

March 30, 2011 6:58 am | Videos | Comments

At the ETH Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, researchers are figuring out all-new ways for robots to play "catch." These quatrocopters are paired with a motion-sensing camera above, and some complex computer software that allows them to predict the ball's trajectory for accurate bouncing.


Our Greatest Invention: The Washing Machine

March 30, 2011 6:54 am | Videos | Comments

Hans Rosling, famous for previous TED Talks featuring data presented in interesting ways, claims that the washing machine is one of the greatest inventions of industrialization, not because it's particularly sophisticated or innovative, but rather because it provides time to do other things than wash clothes by hand.


The Ultimate Slingshot

March 30, 2011 6:53 am | Videos | Comments

We all know true genius when we see it. Joerg Sprave , known on YouTube for his slingshot-based R&D efforts, has developed one more bizarre and completely unnecessary slingshot. Instead of the usual lead balls, it launches machetes . Yes, that's right. If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Dana Reaches New Union Deal With 4,000 Workers

March 30, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — Auto supplier Dana Holding Corp. said Tuesday it has reached new three-year labor agreements covering 4,000 workers. The agreements, with the United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers unions, are effective June 1. They include Dana's first-ever profit-sharing payments to workers based on the company's performance.


Nissan, TI Optimistic About Japan Manufacturing's Future

March 30, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday that an engine plant wrecked by the March 11 tsunami won't return to operations until June and it will take "some time" before auto production runs at full capacity. Nissan spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa said the Iwaki factory, one of Nissan's two engine plants in Japan, still has no running water.


Calif. CEO Charged With Counterfeiting Rifle Sights

March 30, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a California businessman who has been charged with counterfeiting high-tech rifle sights in a scheme to sell them over the Internet. Yongming "Steven" Sui, the 37-year-old chief executive officer of Anaheim-based Field Sport Inc., and two business associates are accused of manufacturing and advertising about 700 counterfeit gun sights and 200 magnifier systems for sale online, with...

Calif. Manufacturer Leaked Hexavalent Chromium For Years

March 30, 2011 4:25 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Company officials failed to alert residents and collect data about groundwater, air and soil contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals from a Central California manufacturing plant owned by a former subsidiary of drug maker Merck & Co., lawyers for nearby residents told jurors Tuesday in closing arguments of a lawsuit.


Auto Parts Shortages Hit Honda's, Toyota's U.S. Operations

March 30, 2011 4:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Shortages of auto parts from Japan are hitting North American operations at Honda and Toyota. Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday said it wants its U.S. car dealers to stop ordering more than 200 replacement parts made in Japan because it's worried about running out of them. And Honda Motor Co.


UAW: We're Open To Lower Wages

March 30, 2011 4:16 am | News | Comments

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union would be open to expanding a wage structure with lower-paid workers to keep General Motors Co. factories open or reopen closed plants, a top union official said Tuesday. Vice President Joe Ashton, who handles GM bargaining for the UAW, said the union "will look at anything when it comes to negotiations that will retain jobs.


Collaborating To Advance Face Protection

March 29, 2011 12:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Material suppliers, extruders, and product manufacturers in the face protection market are working together, sharing knowledge and expertise, to create novel solutions to advance the industry options available.  In industrial settings, there is a growing need for a single faceshield that offers a variety of important specifications, including excellent clarity, as well as chemical and impact resistance.


The Unlearned Lesson Of Lean

March 29, 2011 12:09 pm | by Alan Nicol | Articles | Comments

The true power of the Lean methodology, or any business improvement program, lives not in training personnel, creating metrics, or conducting improvement events.  The true power is a deep cultural change whereby everyone in the business exercises problem-solving skills, habitually and relentlessly.

High-Accuracy Workholding Chucks

March 29, 2011 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation (Island Park, NY) has introduced their Automotive Rubber Grip chuck for automotive “rubber coupling” drive shaft joints. The small collet in the center grips a 14mm I.D. to an accuracy of less than 1/10,000” T.I.R. Three extended fingers simulate “bolting” the flange in place the way it is used in vehicles.


Rip Up Your Floors

March 29, 2011 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) has introduced the CTS 12 Rip-R-Stripper for floor-covering removal projects. The machine can remove ceramic tile, hardwood floors, and other tough floor coverings. The CTS12 acts as a tool carrier for electric-powered breakers with ratings between 30 and 40 foot-pounds of force.


Cheaper, Lighter-Duty Casters

March 29, 2011 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Colson Caster Corporation (Jonesboro, AK) has introduced two new caster lines to serve lighter-duty markets. The first two sets of its new low-cost casters include the L Series for light duty and the G Series for more general applications. The L Series offer a 150-pound capacity and come in 2-5” wheel diameters.


Control Liquid Nitrogen

March 29, 2011 12:00 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc. (Akron, OH) has developed a system for controlling the flow of liquid nitrogen into the grinding chamber for customers performing cryogenic grinding. The system includes a probe inside the chamber that monitors the temperature and regulates the flow of liquid nitrogen into the mill at the desired temperature.



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