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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?


Around The Country In 30 Days

June 20, 2012 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Getting a chance to see industry leaders take the stage and brag about what they do best is a great way for me to really see the passion, business intelligence, and talent that drives these developments.


China's GDP Dilemma...

June 19, 2012 8:02 am | by Gregg Gordon, author of Lean Labor and senior director of the Kronos manufacturing group

It’s a tricky time for China, as its previous strategy of pushing hard on the gas pedal to grow GDP at any cost won’t work any longer.


Making 'Mobility' More Than A Buzzword

June 13, 2012 8:11 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A new kind of business mobility has emerged in today’s high-tech business environment, and it differs greatly from the traditional definition of the concept.


Finding Sources Of Rare Earths Beyond China, Part 2

June 12, 2012 8:11 am | by H. Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis

The U.S. can create jobs, reduce dependence on foreign resources, and improve national security by encouraging the domestic production of rare earths.


Common Sense Ways to Increase Productivity, Quality, Consistency

June 11, 2012 8:23 am | by David Gulati, President, Fidelity Technologies

Lean principles are more than just words in a business textbook or CEO speak. They are common sense ways to increase productivity, quality, and consistency.

Finding Sources Of Rare Earths Beyond China, Part 1

June 11, 2012 8:20 am | by H. Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis

Companies that require rare earth elements have begun to shift operations from China to other countries to gain less expensive access.


Why Can’t We Innovate Ourselves Out of This Hole?

June 5, 2012 3:27 pm | by Mike Brace, Technical Editor & Partner, EV World

Until the rules that govern the economy fundamentally change, and we make it more profitable to make money with manufacturing, we will not see innovation dig us out of this hole.


The Fallacy of Raising the Bar, Part 2

June 5, 2012 8:08 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Enforcing a one-size-fits-all approach for all students will probably not work for many schools, and proponents of STEM learning should ready with a plan B alternative.


U.S. Clean Energy Policies Need Reality Check

June 4, 2012 8:50 am | by Stanford University

America's approach to clean energy needs to be reformed if it is to meaningfully affect energy security or the environment, according to Stanford writers.


The Fallacy of Raising the Bar, Part 1

June 4, 2012 8:47 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Manufacturing and the high-technology industries desperately need students who have been educated in STEM classes.



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