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The Role Of Small Part Innovation

August 13, 2012 8:39 am | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Manager for the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Bearings & Tolerance Rings Group

Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to iPads and airplanes. Small components – such as bearings and tolerance rings – are integral to successful product development and should be recognized for – and held to – high standards for performance and durability.


Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 2

August 8, 2012 8:40 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting

In emergency response planning, the three most important things are training, training, and more training.

Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 1

August 7, 2012 8:39 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting

Police and fire officers are not the first responders; they are the official responders. You and your employees are the first responders.


The IP Bogeyman

August 3, 2012 4:16 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Is the IP Bogeyman under your bed, or in plain sight?


Cheaper, Foreign Engineers

August 3, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Rainone, Contributing Editor, PD&D

If foreign engineers are well-educated and less-expensive, does that give these countries a competitive advantage? Not necessarily.


Pushbutton Power

August 1, 2012 8:13 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

The industry is experiencing a growing need for sensors, switches, and devices that monitor the surrounding environment.


Enhanced Workflow Technologies Allow Closer Management

July 31, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A good technological solution can make a significant impact on business operations. A great technological solution can transform the way a company does business.


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.


Google: Made In The USA?

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

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


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.


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.


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.


Being There

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

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.


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.


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.


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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