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The Challenges of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 2:18 pm | by Adam Gittler

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words 'defect' and 'problem.' Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

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Getting to Excellent

February 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Eric Larson, Director of Operational Excellence and Manufacturing Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials

Tips for achieving a culture of operational excellence and cost efficiency.                                                  

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ISM: Manufacturing Orders and Production Continue to Grow

February 3, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Predictions for 2015: A Tipping Point for Supply Chain Sentience

February 3, 2015 11:04 am | by Sean Riley, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director, Software AG

Software AG has released the company’s top ten predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience.                   

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How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christina Chatfield

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

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Tips on Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

February 2, 2015 10:32 am | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc

Doing business directly with Chinese manufacturers is very different from business anywhere else in the world. Failure to understand Chinese business culture may end up with you insulting your prospective supplier without knowing it.     

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CSB Urges OSHA for Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 2:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust regulations for contributing to the accident, and urging OSHA to respond with national rules.

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On a Roll: Rolls-Royce Sees Best Year Ever in 2014

January 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by Bloomberg News

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is on a sales pace it has never seen in its 111-year history. The luxury carmaker had its best year ever in 2014 selling more than 4,000 cars.                         

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GE Jet Engines Will Power the Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by GE Reports

The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One.               

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Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 11:10 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.               

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Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 2:11 pm | by GE Reports

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that it would be able to sneak up on submarines undetected. The ship, called the Type 26 frigate, has been designated to become “the workhorse” of the British fleet.

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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 29, 2015 9:36 am | by Dan Blacharski

When accurate, near real-time channel data is not abundantly available, sales and inventory fall one or two steps behind true customer demand. And there can be devastating results — including poor channel intelligence, delayed incentive payments or overpayments, and occasional massive write-offs caused by excess inventory stuck in the supply chain.

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Q&A: The State of the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market

January 28, 2015 12:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Sampath Kumar, Partner and Global Leader at ISG (Information Services Group) Engineering Services, spoke with IMPO about the important trends and growth within the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market.             

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 28, 2015 10:51 am | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software

Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.

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Education, Bias-Breaking Keys to Women's Rise in Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 10:22 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

When people think of the supply chain, they think trucking and warehouse. On the front lines, they see a need to be physically strong. They see a male-centric role. We don’t necessary think women can do things in the supply chain. We need for people to think differently.

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10 Key Initiatives to Drive Value From Supply Chain Networks in 2015

January 26, 2015 2:51 pm | by Elemica

Elemica, a Supply Chain Operating Network provider for the process industries, offers ten top initiatives in the journey to supply chain excellence.                             

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Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 26, 2015 11:02 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery

Forklift fleets offer significant opportunities for warehouses and distribution centers to improve their eco-efficiency. One way is to convert from forklifts powered by internal combustion (IC) to electric lift trucks.         

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Industrial IoT Creates New Job Requirement — ESP

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Bhavesh S. Patel

Meet the new job requirement for industrial facility and IT operations professionals — extrasensory perception, a.k.a. ESP.                                     

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into the Lifecycles of Their Products

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Larry Korak

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

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Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 2:21 pm | by GE Reports

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacturing robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, his interaction with humans, and his day-to-day work. 

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