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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Labor

July 30, 2012 8:40 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

A facility full of underpaid and underinsured workers does little to guard the food supply against adulteration.

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Google: Made In The USA?

July 27, 2012 10:49 am | by Joel Hans, Editor, Manufacturing.net

I simply don’t buy the idea that it’s impossible to make electronics in America at a competitive price.

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What Happened To Transflective Displays?

July 25, 2012 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News

Like advanced technology vehicles and solid-state lighting, transflective displays entail a higher upfront cost for long-term savings.

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In A New Era, Opportunity Arises From Risk Management

July 20, 2012 4:08 pm | by Dennis Omanoff, Seagate senior vice president, Worldwide Supply Chain and Procurement

Aggressively investigating “what if” scenarios for a global supply chain doesn’t just make it less vulnerable to risk.

Disconnected or Connected? That is the Question

July 20, 2012 12:56 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

It seems like the closer technology intends to bring us together, the farther it actually drives us apart.

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The Inside Dirt On Clean In Place

July 17, 2012 8:14 am | by David McCarthy, President & Chief Executive Officer, TriCore Inc.

Let’s face it: Time cleaning your process equipment is time spent not making your product.

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Being There

July 13, 2012 8:16 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder, OldLeanDude.org

I’m an enthusiastic user of information automation, but it’s not so interwoven into my life that I would think that “going to the floor” could imply such third-order observation as staring at a computer screen.

How Cheap Is This Breakfast?

July 12, 2012 3:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Even when pointing to the characteristics (or price) of your product, never assume that these “benefits” are a no brainer.

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Conflict Is Inevitable With Persistent Resistance To Change

July 11, 2012 8:40 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., Author & Publisher, Majorium Business Press

Resistance is experienced in most teams as they struggle with the concept of change.

Finding 'The New New Thing'

July 10, 2012 8:58 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

“The New New Thing” is out there waiting to be developed, deployed, and utilized. And Microsoft isn’t waiting to stumble upon it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, OldLeanDude.org

Why rush to fix the machine when you’ve got a downstream operator with a ball-peen hammer?

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