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Nike, Converse Chuck a Lawsuit at 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching my head is — what took so long to file the lawsuit?

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Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs.                           

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 10, 2014 9:25 am | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology, Associate Editor

Not only is the trade deficit possibly hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that the U.S. trades with could be making it worse.                       

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 11:55 am | by Chris Fox, Manufacturing.net, Editor

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in.         

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Nestle's Animal-Welfare Move in Line With Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Hartman Group

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.”

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Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu for Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Mike Pantoleano

The time is right to make plant data portable. Soon, I predict, we’ll wonder how we ever managed our plants without it.                                     

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The Skills Gap and Why We Need a Modern Rosie

October 6, 2014 11:13 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. So why aren’t more women attracted to careers within the manufacturing sector?                

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Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 2:33 pm | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point

In industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in regards to the adoption of new technologies and the transformation of old business models. This uneasiness with the pace of change and confusion over the best path forward leads to innovation vertigo.   

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The Inversion Crackdown is in Full Swing

September 26, 2014 11:46 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas.                                   

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UPS may be Changing the Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 1:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport, a UPS facility in Louisville, on a daily basis, this facility is not just a massive (and efficient) mailroom, it is a wonder of contemporary automation.

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America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort of

September 23, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It looks like foreign investors are taking one more slice of Americana pie. News broke this week that Pabst is being sold to a Russian company, which begs the question, “Can we still claim it as our own?”             

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What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 16, 2014 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

With all the news about cars that will be able to drive themselves and new automotive technology in the works, I have begun to wonder whether things such as driver’s ed. will become obsolete for future generations.           

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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show, so we’ve collected some of the best of IMTS 2014.                                  

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NFL Team Takes a Stand on Sustainable Food Manufacturing

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

The STL Rams’ Edward Jones Dome will be serving sustainably-manufactured hot dogs and burgers this upcoming football season.                                    

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Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, not Just Training

September 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks.                 

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5 Key Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

September 9, 2014 12:56 pm | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc.

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.           

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7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

September 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions

Your supply chain is the biggest source of risk in your entire operation. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day aspects that you’ll never be able to completely control or manage.                   

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Infographic: Where Are All The Women In STEM?

September 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all. 

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Manufacturing & Education: Understanding The Connection

September 5, 2014 10:12 am | by Editor

Manufacturing & Education: Understanding the Connection. That is the name of an educators’ workshop I just attended that brought teachers and manufacturers together to share perspectives and opportunities. Panelists talked about workforce needs and what they find in job applicants. 

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Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

September 3, 2014 4:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon

If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.                                     

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