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8 Secrets To Spotting When Your Team Is in Trouble

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Drs. Dennis and Michelle Reina, co-founders of Reina, A Trust Building Consultancy

Recently, Monster — the world’s largest and most well known employment website — released findings from an international survey looking into workplace stress. The poll’s revelations were grim.                 

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5 Important Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

July 25, 2014 11:52 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc.

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.           

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China’s Meat Scandal and Other Food Fails

July 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week it was reported that U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to major fast food chains. And as companies are breaking ties with the supplier, one company is vowing to stand by them.         

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Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

Recently, the Treasury announced changes to the Research and Development Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC). And luckily for you, you don’t need to invent fake liquid vitamin food in order to take advantage of this opportunity.       

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The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturer that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

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Walmart Turns Business Into a Reality Show

July 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

While this approach may appeal to the lower-end of everybody’s T.V.-watching intellect, it doesn’t seem like a quality way to do business.                                 

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11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes To Inspire You

July 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich

To help you stay in the “lean” mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.                                  

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Fighting for American Jobs

July 8, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

With the U.S. steel market being flooded with imports of pipe from South Korea and other nations, state-side manufacturers are being forced to idle or shutdown factories, putting at risk nearly 600,000 American jobs.         

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How Can Heat Illness Be Prevented?

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center

Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.                       

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Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 1, 2014 3:02 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                                

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Taking Engineering Services Outsourcing to the Next Level

July 1, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kamakshya Prusti

Systematic offloading of engineering services delivers dual benefits. It ensures seamless transition to higher value added service and locks up the cost advantages emanating from an outsourcing program for a longer period of time.         

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NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' by NLRB Judge

June 26, 2014 1:52 pm | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.                    

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Down With Pink: The Rise of Female STEM Toys

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, PD&D

Whether the topic is limiting the skills sets girls develop while playing or failing to introduce STEM as a career option because those are “boy’s” toys, it’s always been an interesting discussion, to say the least.            

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Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious

June 23, 2014 4:38 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Learn how educational institutions, government entities and businesses alike are working to develop the skills needed to fill vacant positions in manufacturing.                          

The State & Future of the Global Electronics Market

June 17, 2014 10:34 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, Product Design & Development

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.”            

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Is the American Dream out of Reach?

June 13, 2014 11:09 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Perhaps the belief that the American Dream is out of reach comes from the prevailing misconception of where the “good jobs” are. Maybe the manufacturing industry's best kept secret is that they're here.              

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Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 9, 2014 1:49 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional

The baby boomer generation occupies a major section of the working demographic, and while many are retired or retiring, a surprisingly large cohort will be working well into their later years.                 

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How One Toy Maker Is Addressing the Skills Gap

June 4, 2014 11:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

K’NEX Brands has dedicated a large focus of its company to improving STEM education and recruiting the next generation to manufacturing jobs. All of this while working to reshore as much production as possible.            

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The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

May 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.           

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Making It Real

May 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to a February, 2014 article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent.             

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