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Anomalies Of "Things People"

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

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Labor Pains

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of welders employed in the U.S. declined an astounding 10 percent from 2000 to 2005—from 594,000 in 2000 to 576,000 in 2005. It may not be the most publicized issue facing American manufacturing, but it's one that every plant manager is well aware of—the shortage of welding professionals in industry is becoming a more major concern, even in an economy rife with layoffs.

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Big 3 Bailout… Now What About The Rest?

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | Blogs | Comments

by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO "It turns out that if you want to strike a nerve with many an IMPO reader, mention the word "bailout."" It turns out that if you want to strike a nerve with many an IMPO reader, mention the word "bailout.

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Bigger & Better

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | Articles | Comments

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Doom & Gloom and the "Responsible" Media

January 13, 2009 7:40 am | Blogs | Comments

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Do You Believe Everything You Read?

January 13, 2009 7:38 am | Blogs | Comments

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Big 3 Bail-out: Reader Comments

December 18, 2008 9:25 am | Blogs | Comments

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Right Idea, Wrong Target

December 16, 2008 7:32 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

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The Best Of A Bad Situation

December 16, 2008 7:20 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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QRM For Reducing Lead Times

December 4, 2008 5:08 am | Articles | Comments

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Where Does Your Knowledge Live?

December 4, 2008 5:08 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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The Communication Foundation

November 24, 2008 6:19 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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A Logistical Nightmare

November 24, 2008 6:07 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

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Hunters Vs. Meateaters

November 21, 2008 12:38 pm | Articles | Comments

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LEEDers Of The Pack

November 21, 2008 12:32 pm | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

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Leaps Of Faith

November 21, 2008 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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A Green View

November 21, 2008 12:15 pm | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

In response to an increasing emphasis on energy visibility as a cost calculation, Infor has developed Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition, a new solution that integrates energy management with asset management. With Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition, Infor has redefined enterprise asset management from a solution that helps you maintain and extend the life of your assets to a solution that also can help you lower costs by reducing your energy consumption.

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Energy Optimization

November 21, 2008 12:03 pm | by Cassie Quaintance, Energy Market Segment Manager, Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

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Just Be Straightforward

October 23, 2008 6:29 am | by by Amanda McGowan, Assistant Editor, Manufacturing Group | Blogs | Comments

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Incentives As A Creative-Not Crafty-Approach

October 23, 2008 6:15 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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