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The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Labor

July 30, 2012 8:40 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

A facility full of underpaid and underinsured workers does little to guard the food supply against adulteration.


Google: Made In The USA?

July 27, 2012 10:49 am | by Joel Hans, Editor,

I simply don’t buy the idea that it’s impossible to make electronics in America at a competitive price.


What Happened To Transflective Displays?

July 25, 2012 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News

Like advanced technology vehicles and solid-state lighting, transflective displays entail a higher upfront cost for long-term savings.


In A New Era, Opportunity Arises From Risk Management

July 20, 2012 4:08 pm | by Dennis Omanoff, Seagate senior vice president, Worldwide Supply Chain and Procurement

Aggressively investigating “what if” scenarios for a global supply chain doesn’t just make it less vulnerable to risk.

Disconnected or Connected? That is the Question

July 20, 2012 12:56 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

It seems like the closer technology intends to bring us together, the farther it actually drives us apart.


The Inside Dirt On Clean In Place

July 17, 2012 8:14 am | by David McCarthy, President & Chief Executive Officer, TriCore Inc.

Let’s face it: Time cleaning your process equipment is time spent not making your product.


Being There

July 13, 2012 8:16 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder,

I’m an enthusiastic user of information automation, but it’s not so interwoven into my life that I would think that “going to the floor” could imply such third-order observation as staring at a computer screen.

How Cheap Is This Breakfast?

July 12, 2012 3:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Even when pointing to the characteristics (or price) of your product, never assume that these “benefits” are a no brainer.


Conflict Is Inevitable With Persistent Resistance To Change

July 11, 2012 8:40 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., Author & Publisher, Majorium Business Press

Resistance is experienced in most teams as they struggle with the concept of change.

Finding 'The New New Thing'

July 10, 2012 8:58 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

“The New New Thing” is out there waiting to be developed, deployed, and utilized. And Microsoft isn’t waiting to stumble upon it.


When Reliability Is Considered A Maintenance Activity

July 10, 2012 8:08 am | by Mark Latino, President of Operations, Reliability Center Inc.

Production in general doesn’t know the value of using reliability tools, such as root cause analysis, as a business tool to gain consistent high productivity.

The Holy Grail of Innovation

July 6, 2012 8:37 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks

We all know that innovation is messy, unpredictable, full of unknowns, and risky.


Next-Gen ERP

July 3, 2012 9:15 am | by Dylan Persaud, Managing Director, Eval-Source

Next-gen ERP products allow organizations to quickly create new processes, reconfigure and tweak existing processes, as well as add additional functionality that they may already have but need to configure.


Working Stiffs At Age 15

July 2, 2012 8:33 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

There has been an emergence of a new type of education, or rather a new format; the concept of Technical Education High Schools.


Wisdom Wanted!

June 29, 2012 8:04 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Businesses are beginning to hire experts and mid-level leadership again, but they are cautious in their selections. It is a challenge to dig beyond what a person knows to decipher what a person can do.


A Man & His Glue Gun

June 27, 2012 8:39 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Everyone has a million dollar idea, but only a select few have the gusto to see the project through, to success or failure.


Head Directly To Jail, Do Not Collect $2M

June 26, 2012 8:28 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Quite a bit more damaging than a few lost plastic houses, fraud in manufacturing companies seems to be becoming more and more common.


Manufacturing As A Career

June 25, 2012 8:44 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Young people need to know that a career in manufacturing has great future potential.


Trash Your Employee Handbook

June 22, 2012 8:48 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Handbooks have morphed into a bureaucratic tool to control employee behavior, which eventually takes away the autonomy of the supervisor and the worker.

Leading Inefficiency Indicators

June 22, 2012 8:46 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder,

Why rush to fix the machine when you’ve got a downstream operator with a ball-peen hammer?



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