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Workers Want to Ban Shop Towels That Retain Toxic Metals

March 12, 2012 5:30 pm

A survery shows that nearly four in five manufacturing workers think towels should be banned if they are not 100 percent-free of hazardous materials after laundering.

Let Me Count the Ways China Is Stealing our Secrets, Part 1

March 12, 2012 5:27 pm | by Michael P. Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Everybody likes the idea of innovation and agrees that it is key to American competitiveness, if not the future.


The Manufacturing Workers Of Tomorrow

March 9, 2012 4:09 pm

Manufacturers have several options to develop automation professionals, a mainstay of the technical workforce.


Steady Growth In Store For Manufacturing

March 9, 2012 4:07 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, MBT

The latest Manufacturing ISM Report states economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 31st consecutive month.


MODEX 2012 Kicks Off Inaugural Year

March 9, 2012 12:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

MODEX 2012 represents the first iteration in a format change instituted by the conference and expo’s sponsor, The Material Handling Institute of America (MHIA), making it the industry’s newest expo for the manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain industries.

Protecting The Plant From Combustible Dust

March 9, 2012 11:52 am | by Doan Pendleton, VP of Sales & Marketing, VAC-U-MAX

Primary dust explosions occur when combustible dust is present, forms a dust cloud (in sufficient amounts) in an enclosed environment, with an ignition source and oxygen.


High-Tech Heat Solutions

March 8, 2012 5:25 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

In an industry that demands reliability, availability, and throughput, predictive maintenance can prove highly valuable.


Q&A With S.S. Prasad Satyavolu, Tata Consultancy Services

March 8, 2012 5:18 pm

S.S. Prasad Satyavolu, Global Head of Innovation & Transformation, Manufacturing at Tata Consultancy Services, recently spoke about the roles mobile technology and social media can play in an industrial enterprise.


Floor It

March 8, 2012 5:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Is your old plant floor beyond repair? Flooring experts weigh in on whether ereplacement or repair is best, and which maintenance best practices will keep your floor in safe condition and looking new long-term.


VISI Flow Removes Guesswork From Mould Manufacture

March 8, 2012 4:54 pm

Before they start to create technical molds, Dudley use VISI Flow (plastic injection analysis and simulation from Vero Software) to optimize the tool design and moulding process parameters.

Timing Is Everything

March 8, 2012 4:50 pm | by Rob Guertin

In the world of business, much like in everyday life, timing is everything. It can be one of the most critical factors to the success or failure of any company.

What You Wish You Knew During A Crisis

March 8, 2012 3:03 pm | by Kit Merker, Microsoft

If you could create a plan to track the right information and make it available during difficult times, it could mean the difference between tragedy and a close call.

Six Sigma’s Misunderstood Method

March 8, 2012 3:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

It seems as if for every business that decides to incorporate the philosophy or methodology a different business abandons it.

Separated Rare Earth Oxides From Multiple Feedstocks

March 6, 2012 4:56 pm

IMC's plans to provide end-use consumers of rare earths with the opportunity to own production capacity for the specific rare-earth products that they need, without being locked into fixed prices.


Addressing The Skilled Trades Shortage

March 6, 2012 4:54 pm | by Karin Lindner, Founder, Karico Performance Solutions

Manufacturing is interesting, challenging, and motivational. But the industry has to do a better job of marketing itself


Slamming The Door On Energy Loss

March 5, 2012 4:00 pm | by Walt Swietlik, Rite-Hite

There are a number of ways to simultaneously make loading docks and surrounding facilities more energy efficient and more comfortable for employees.


Reduce Supply Chain Interruption Risks - Automate

March 5, 2012 3:55 pm | by William Gindlesperger, Chairman and CEO, e-LYNXX Corporation

Year-end business reviews for 2011 point to a weak link in corporate practices that can bring even the mightiest of organizations to its knees in a time of crisis.

Plastics Star In The Micro-Miniature World Of Gearing

March 2, 2012 3:13 pm | by Rod Kleiss, President, Kleiss Gears

The performance of molded polymer gears continues to improve with new design solutions, improved materials, and higher accuracy molding.


Using CNC And Remote Monitoring On Machine Tools

March 1, 2012 3:52 pm

Siemens Sinumerik 840D is the control of choice on turning, grinding, and turn/grind models, resulting in substantial savings for its customer and EMAG.


How Core Values Drive Sales Performance

March 1, 2012 3:48 pm | by John Treace

A strong set of core values is crucial to driving corporate performance, and without them, companies suffer.


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