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An Age Old Debate

May 27, 2008 7:42 am

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Keeping An Eye On The Game

May 9, 2008 6:21 am | by by Anna Wells , Editor, IMPO

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Counterpoint: The problem with green is that it’s always perceived as black or white

April 29, 2008 11:57 am

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Take The Swings Out Of SOP

April 18, 2008 9:15 am | by Anna Wells, Editor

"Whether the application is engine production, preventive maintenance, or golf, there is something to be said for doing it right the first time, and every time, because you've taken the time to ensure consistency." -Anna Wells As you’ve probably noticed by the artistic design of this month’s cover, IMPO had the opportunity to visit the facility of a known golf car manufacturer, E-Z-GO, for the April cover story.

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A Lesson From My Dashboard

March 24, 2008 10:06 am | by Anna Wells, IMPO Editor

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Give Me A Crew I Can Trust

March 24, 2008 9:48 am

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Maintenance, Inside And Out

March 24, 2008 9:46 am

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It’s Not Just Your Vote That Counts

February 20, 2008 11:20 am

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RFID Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

February 20, 2008 10:39 am

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RFID: Keep On Tracking!

February 20, 2008 10:22 am

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A Resolution For A New Beginning

January 25, 2008 8:35 am

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The Value Of In-House Safety Management

January 23, 2008 9:55 am

/* */ The Value Of In-House Safety Management by Anna Wells - Editor, IMPO In this new segment, our editors square off on timely issues relating to industrial maintenance and plant operation. The editorial staff would like to stress that we are not intending to specifically endorse any one viewpoint, however our intent is only to encourage dialogue by showing a point-counter-point on contentious issues.

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A Proactive Approach To Safety

January 23, 2008 9:40 am

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Winning The Wars At Home

January 9, 2008 3:56 am

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Where The Fight Is Won

December 4, 2007 7:21 am

Where The Fight Is Won While my heart was in the right place, as I tried to pay attention to the speaker at a recent industry function, my mind began to wander as he went over information that I had heard before. By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director We’ve all been there.

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Continuous Improvement In The National Pastime

November 19, 2007 6:45 am

Lean manufacturing tips for Major League Baseball's World Series hopefuls. By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director The zeal that many have when it comes to Six Sigma and other lean manufacturing principles has led to implementation of these concepts in a number of non-manufacturing situations.

Case Study: MIA Products

January 17, 2007 7:57 am

When MIA Products, a frozen dessert processor in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was faced with two nagging problems involving the electrical wiring system in one of its production areas, it turned to Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems to offer a solution. MIA, a division of J&J Snack Foods Corporation, manufactures a wide range of products for brands like Minute Maid and Barq’s.

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Woodchopper’s Ball

May 9, 2005 7:11 am

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief Anyone wishing to polish their powers of deception couldn’t ask for a better teacher than our own President Bush. Tricks that would make con artists envious are enacted before our eyes by the Bush team in dazzling government-financed splendor. Like any shell game, though, if you know where to look, the sleight of hand is evident.

Dipsticks

April 11, 2005 11:40 am

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief Too bad all this talk about oil prices and shortages isn’t just another 1970s nostalgia program. It might be funny if the characters got mixed up in that decade’s “oil embargo” politics. Or if they did something funny while waiting in a long line for gasoline. Then, by next week, the program would be on to a new topic, and the whole gas-shortage thing would be gone.

For Tsunami Survivors and the World

February 10, 2005 5:48 am

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief A Procter and Gamble product called PUR is on duty right now in the tsunami-ravaged areas of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It’s a powder that, when mixed with dirty water, makes it drinkable. It sounds like science fiction, but Greg Allgood, PhD, head of P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, assures me it’s real science and really works.

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