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We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 22, 2014 10:07 am | by Mike Collins, Author

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. We cannot and should not depend on them to address the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

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American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita

Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?                                           

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3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

3D Systems has announced their partnership with Staples for a pilot program that offers 3D printing services to small businesses. This offers enormous potential for small businesses to print with the technology without having to invest in it.   

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Are The Highest Paid In Manufacturing Worth Their Weight In Gold?

April 15, 2014 9:17 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

Some argue that CEO pay packages may seem inflated, but are partially in response to the often truncated length of service — essentially, these are short-term gigs.                         

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Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

There are two ways one can look at this film. First is that it’s a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn’t well-known. The second is that it’s exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be.

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America's Infrastructure Problems, Part 2 - Why We Should Invest

April 9, 2014 8:29 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Besides reducing reactive spending, another very good reason to consider a comprehensive plan to deal with the infrastructure problems is that it would create a lot of jobs in both construction and manufacturing.            

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Benchmark Against The Best

April 8, 2014 2:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

If we try to outdo our KPIs by being just a little bit better than we were last year, we miss an opportunity to really focus on significant process and business improvement.                      

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3D Printing Humans

April 8, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It appears that we’re on the cusp of a new world where custom human body parts can be grown or printed for those that need them.                                    

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Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

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Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.               

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Patrolling The Patent Trolls

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos

If you ask someone at Apple Computer, the defendant in more cases filed by patent trolls than any other U. S. firm, Apple will probably tell you that a patent troll is a person or organization that acquires a patent solely for the purpose of suing a deep-pocketed firm.

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 3, 2014 5:18 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                               

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 2:30 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net, @MnetAmy

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                                     

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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

Does your small business have plans to hire or are PNC’s survey respondents being overly optimistic based on the circumstances?                                    

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The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

March 31, 2014 10:15 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?                           

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

If you’re like me and finally got the disgusting pink soft-serve-like image of “pink slime” out of your head, get ready for more stomach churns.                               

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Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing, @foodmfged

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.             

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Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

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77 Safety Glasses

March 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.             

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