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Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 9, 2014 1:49 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional

The baby boomer generation occupies a major section of the working demographic, and while many are retired or retiring, a surprisingly large cohort will be working well into their later years.                 

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How One Toy Maker Is Addressing the Skills Gap

June 4, 2014 11:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

K’NEX Brands has dedicated a large focus of its company to improving STEM education and recruiting the next generation to manufacturing jobs. All of this while working to reshore as much production as possible.            

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The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

May 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.           

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Making It Real

May 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to a February, 2014 article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent.             

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Mobile Device Trends in the Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 9:46 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution - @AbbigailatID

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.                

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The Sudden Death of Windows XP

May 20, 2014 9:42 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos

Strictly speaking, computers running Windows XP didn't die on April 8, 2014; they just became instantly vulnerable to malware, hackers and others who had been kept somewhat at bay by security upgrades from Microsoft.          

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Information Superhighway May Become More Of A City Street In Disrepair

May 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

More than 100 Internet companies, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, sent a letter to the FCC calling for the agency to reject FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's open Internet proposal.          

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Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 8, 2014 9:53 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon

Why are companies accepting unnecessary environmental liability associated with archaic, paper-based programs and what can they do to leverage existing technologies to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?          

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What Does ‘Made In America’ Really Mean?

May 6, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize.         

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Mexico vs. China Manufacturing: Who Has The Upper Hand?

May 5, 2014 3:11 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. - @Cerasis

The reshoring trend has gotten a lot of attention of late, as American companies that once outsourced jobs overseas are bringing them home. But jobs aren't just coming home — they're also going to Mexico. So who has the upper hand, China or Mexico?

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7 Hilariously Ingenious Engineering Pranks

April 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com

When it comes to eye-opening pranks, hacks, and stunts, no one can equal a team of determined engineering students.                                       

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Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 3:01 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D - @ChrisFoxPDD

The survey results tell the suspected tale that engineers feel underpaid and overworked, but perhaps more importantly engineers feel qualified to engineer.                            

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Positive Signs Point To A Good Year In Manufacturing

April 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Positive numbers continue to indicate that manufacturing is shaking off its winter blues and that this could be a good year.                                    

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Does It Matter If We Beat The Recall Record?

April 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Do these massive recalls point to quality problems in our cars and trucks? And is the car parked in your driveway still safe to drive?                                  

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Is A Pabst Return Good For Milwaukee?

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

A few weeks back we ran a story on a small group of Milwaukee residents who were campaigning to bring the Pabst brand back to Wisconsin. But is it a good idea for Milwaukee?                       

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Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants

To help manage the process of ERP evaluation and selection, offered here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when entering into an ERP project.                               

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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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