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Where The Fight Is Won

December 4, 2007 7:21 am

Where The Fight Is Won While my heart was in the right place, as I tried to pay attention to the speaker at a recent industry function, my mind began to wander as he went over information that I had heard before. By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director We’ve all been there.

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Continuous Improvement In The National Pastime

November 19, 2007 6:45 am

Lean manufacturing tips for Major League Baseball's World Series hopefuls. By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director The zeal that many have when it comes to Six Sigma and other lean manufacturing principles has led to implementation of these concepts in a number of non-manufacturing situations.

Case Study: MIA Products

January 17, 2007 7:57 am

When MIA Products, a frozen dessert processor in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was faced with two nagging problems involving the electrical wiring system in one of its production areas, it turned to Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems to offer a solution. MIA, a division of J&J Snack Foods Corporation, manufactures a wide range of products for brands like Minute Maid and Barq’s.

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Woodchopper’s Ball

May 9, 2005 7:11 am

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief Anyone wishing to polish their powers of deception couldn’t ask for a better teacher than our own President Bush. Tricks that would make con artists envious are enacted before our eyes by the Bush team in dazzling government-financed splendor. Like any shell game, though, if you know where to look, the sleight of hand is evident.

Dipsticks

April 11, 2005 11:40 am

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief Too bad all this talk about oil prices and shortages isn’t just another 1970s nostalgia program. It might be funny if the characters got mixed up in that decade’s “oil embargo” politics. Or if they did something funny while waiting in a long line for gasoline. Then, by next week, the program would be on to a new topic, and the whole gas-shortage thing would be gone.

For Tsunami Survivors and the World

February 10, 2005 5:48 am

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief A Procter and Gamble product called PUR is on duty right now in the tsunami-ravaged areas of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It’s a powder that, when mixed with dirty water, makes it drinkable. It sounds like science fiction, but Greg Allgood, PhD, head of P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, assures me it’s real science and really works.

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Cashing In On the Road to Beijing

January 14, 2005 8:11 am

The new Chinese Revolution — the one that is flooding the world with Chinese-made goods has created more than a few unexpected scenarios. To the evaporation of various U.S. industries and other results, add the story of American consultant Sidney Rittenberg. A recent New York Times article profiles Rittenberg as a superstar among U.

Supply Chain's Strong New Link

November 9, 2004 9:09 am

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief You'll learn in this month's cover story that RFID is not the only noteworthy trend in warehousing and distribution, but it is getting the most attention. Since Wal-Mart's 2003 demand that its top 100 suppliers apply RFID tags on shipping cases and pallets by January 1, 2005, the race has been on to learn what it is, how to use it and how to pay for it.

The Manufacturing Candidate

October 19, 2004 9:42 am | by Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief

Who is the manufacturing candidate? John Kerry has said more on the issue than George Bush, but the President says his record speaks for itself. With unemployment hovering near 5% and the country slowly regaining some of the 2 million manufacturing jobs lost since 2000, U.S. manufacturing has been worse off - but not much.

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