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How Much Is Too Much?

March 30, 2012 8:29 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

If you were offered the opportunity to take over a company on the verge of bankruptcy, what would you ask for in return?

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Bust Through Confusion By Changing Contexts

March 30, 2012 8:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The next time you're struggling to get everyone to see how to proceed, change the focus from the subject of confusion to a subject everyone already understands.

Go Forth And Simplify

March 28, 2012 8:04 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

One of the most effective ways to improve business performance is to simplify everything we do.

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Where Gardentrucking And ‘Geek Culture’ Meet

March 26, 2012 5:21 pm | by Joel Hans, Manufacturing Editor, Manufacturing.net

If we want to influence a generation that will help us gain back the technical prowess we’ve lost, we won’t get there through mandated education.

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Software: Only As Useful As The Users Are Trained

March 22, 2012 3:02 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

All too often, business are impressed with what new technology promises to do, but never take the time to fully learn and implement these promised wonders of productivity.

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Slow Motion Sandwich

March 21, 2012 8:19 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

There is always an opportunity to succeed just as much as there is one to fail.

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Will Manufacturing’s Future be Open?

March 19, 2012 3:33 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacutring.net

Manufacturers are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.

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The New Face Of The Company

March 15, 2012 4:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

It's great to meet new people, but isn’t it better when they recognize you before you have to say a word?

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What Happened To Critical Thinking?

March 9, 2012 12:12 pm | by Mike Collins

At a time when the world’s economic, social, and political problems have become very hard to interpret, I see people opting for simple solutions to complex problems, looking for structure where there isn’t structure, lusting after political prophets who offer one line slogans, and becoming more comfortable with the black and white solutions of a polarized nation.

A Numbers Game

March 2, 2012 3:07 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Turning a plant manager into a data detective can be a challenge.

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J&J: On Your Face, Not In It

February 24, 2012 2:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

On an almost bi-weekly basis Johnson & Johnson hits the front page of major news sources with details on yet another recall.

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Breathe Right

February 24, 2012 11:48 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Proper building operations and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring healthy indoor air quality, says OSHA.

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How Valuable Is Your Freight Provider?

February 14, 2012 4:09 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Countless businesses have found themselves unable to source necessary parts and scrambled to find new avenues in their supply chain.

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Southern Hospitality

February 13, 2012 3:57 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Every company has mechanical and electrical engineers, but at PCDworks, a small company resting high atop a tiny Texas town, the staff is used to doing things a little bit differently.

Always Connected

February 7, 2012 3:14 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

The pace of change in the consumer electronics industry is remarkable, and companies have to be nimble enough to seize opportunities as they arise.

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Google Is Getting Too Personal

February 3, 2012 4:09 pm | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

As we all continue to marvel at the phenomenon that is Google, we must remember to look and assess before we jump forward

Learning The Apple Way

February 3, 2012 2:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

What struck me was how precise Apple is at getting people to buy something they don’t really need.

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Next Generation Manufacturing

February 2, 2012 5:27 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

According to the 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study, now is a critical time for American small manufacturers. The economic downturn has been difficult, especially for small manufacturers, who may struggle to keep pace with larger competition on a global playing field. Small manufacturers (less than $10 million in revenues) need to assess whether they have the strategies in place to capture competitive advantages, and the ability to put those strategies into practice to be successful in a global marketplace.

Learning The Apple Way

February 2, 2012 5:21 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

A recent survey shows that 1 in 5 Americans now own a tablet computer of some sort, between the likes of the Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook, and, of course, Apple’s iPad. The survey itself , from the Pew Research Center, has some pretty interesting bits of information, but what struck me hardest was exactly how precise Apple is at getting people to buy something they don’t really need.

Where The Buck Stops

January 31, 2012 9:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

As the legal consequences for selling faulty products falls more and more on the shoulders of retailers, food processors’ customers may push for greater protections for consumers and themselves. Over the next several months, food manufacturers should prepare for retailers to make changes to requirements regarding food safety and protection.

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