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How Lean Do You Really Want To Be?

January 24, 2014 9:16 am | by Tom McNamara and Erika Masillac | Articles | Comments

Just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, little to no inventory, outsourcing, sole sourcing — all of these “lean” concepts have been at the heart of operations management for years now. But more and more companies are starting to ask themselves a simple question; Just how lean do we really want to be?

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Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 24, 2014 9:09 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow and hire new employees, while also assisting in training a workforce capable of working those jobs.

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Scissor Deck Stands

January 24, 2014 8:07 am | by Scissor Deck | Product Releases | Comments

Scissor Decks are spring assisted manual lift platforms which set up or fold down in seconds. Scissor Decks may be joined together in line or on 90 degree angles for wrap around maintenance applications.

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Fans Protect Against Thermal Variances

January 24, 2014 8:01 am | by NTE Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

NTE’s fans protect against thermal variances that could harm components and prevent a premature failure, while also ensuring optimal performance, says the company. 

Lenovo Buys Part Of IBM Server Business For $2.3B

January 23, 2014 2:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets and smartphones. Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business.

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Michigan Seeks Visas To Lure Immigrants To Detroit

January 23, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican governor said he is seeking 50,000 work visas solely for the city over five years. The type of visas involved are not currently allocated by region or state, but rather go to legal immigrants who have advanced degrees or show exceptional ability in certain fields.

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How Pliers Are Made

January 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Bahco | Videos | Comments

Watch as Bahco pliers are turned from raw material into their final state. This video features close up views of hot forging, washing, drilling, grinding, induction hardening, threading, and injection equipment, as well as final hand assembly. 

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Small Businesses Have Wish List For New SBA Head

January 23, 2014 1:58 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Small business owners may be looking to the next SBA administrator for help making their companies stronger, but the role reaches into job creation and the health of the broader economy. More than 99 percent of the 27 million companies in the U.S. are small businesses. They employ about half the nation's workforce.

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Higher In January

January 23, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation | News | Comments

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 64.9, the highest confidence level in two years, and an increase from the December index of 55.8.  An improved general outlook for economic activity among industry leadership contributed to the increase.

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GE Hitachi To Pay $2.7M Over False Nuke Claims

January 23, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of General Electric has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve claims its employees made false statements to the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a reactor component.           

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FDA Says It Is Studying Caramel Coloring In Soda

January 23, 2014 1:44 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency's announcement comes in response to a study by Consumer Reports that shows varying levels of 4-methylimidazole — an impurity formed in some caramel coloring at low levels during the manufacturing process — in 12 brands of soda from five manufacturers.

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Manufacturing Outlook For Domestic And World Economy Improves

January 23, 2014 1:35 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

With expectations that economic growth will continue in 2014, U.S. industrial manufacturers expressed optimism about the U.S. economy, and more importantly, toward the broader world economy, which has reached the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the Q4 2013 Manufacturing Barometer, released today by PwC US. 

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China Factory Index: 1st Contraction In 6 Months

January 23, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing looks set to contract in January for the first time in six months, according to an survey released Thursday, further evidence of a slowdown that complicates reform efforts in the world's No. 2 economy.        

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Toyota World's Top Selling Automaker For 2nd Year

January 23, 2014 9:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for the second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013, and set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year. That would mark a milestone as no automaker has ever topped annual worldwide sales of 10 million.

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Cargill To Pay $2.2M In Discrimination Settlement

January 23, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The money will be used to pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants who were rejected for jobs at facilities in Springdale, Ark.; Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Beardstown, Ill., between 2005 and 2009. U.S. Department of Labor officials say the company's hiring process discriminated based on sex, race, and ethnicity.

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Icahn Raises Apple Stake, Now Owns $3B In Stock

January 23, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Apple as he escalates his campaign to pressure the company into buying back more of its stock while the shares remain stuck far below their peak price.              

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Harley-Davidson's York Manufacturing Facility

January 23, 2014 9:38 am | by Harley-Davidson | Videos | Comments

This video showcases how Harley-Davidson and its employees are "exporting freedom" around the globe every day. Get a behind the scenes tour of their facilities and plant practices that create the Harley culture.            

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Tiny Cars Flunk Crash Test

January 23, 2014 9:16 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Eleven of the smallest cars sold in America performed very badly in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Only the Chevrolet Spark received a score of "acceptable."               

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The Future Of Digital Fabrication

January 23, 2014 8:36 am | by Fareed Zakaria, CNN | Videos | Comments

Fareed Zakaria discusses the future of 3D printing and digital fabrication with MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld argues that 3D printers are just the beginning and explains how technological advancements can impact manufacturing globally. 

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Mike Rowe Discusses The Skills Gap

January 23, 2014 8:34 am | by HBO, Real Time With Bill Maher | Videos | Comments

Mike Rowe appeared on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss Rowe's efforts to bridge the "profound disconnect" between the 3 million good U.S. jobs that can't be filled due to lack of skilled applicants.           

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