Manufacturers are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.
It's great to meet new people, but isn’t it better when they recognize you before you have to say a word?
At a time when the world’s economic, social, and political problems have become very hard to interpret, I see people opting for simple solutions to complex problems, looking for structure where there isn’t structure, lusting after political prophets who offer one line slogans, and becoming more comfortable with the black and white solutions of a polarized nation.
Turning a plant manager into a data detective can be a challenge.
On an almost bi-weekly basis Johnson & Johnson hits the front page of major news sources with details on yet another recall.
Proper building operations and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring healthy indoor air quality, says OSHA.
Countless businesses have found themselves unable to source necessary parts and scrambled to find new avenues in their supply chain.
Every company has mechanical and electrical engineers, but at PCDworks, a small company resting high atop a tiny Texas town, the staff is used to doing things a little bit differently.
The pace of change in the consumer electronics industry is remarkable, and companies have to be nimble enough to seize opportunities as they arise.
As we all continue to marvel at the phenomenon that is Google, we must remember to look and assess before we jump forward
What struck me was how precise Apple is at getting people to buy something they don’t really need.
According to the 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study, now is a critical time for American small manufacturers. The economic downturn has been difficult, especially for small manufacturers, who may struggle to keep pace with larger competition on a global playing field. Small manufacturers (less than $10 million in revenues) need to assess whether they have the strategies in place to capture competitive advantages, and the ability to put those strategies into practice to be successful in a global marketplace.
A recent survey shows that 1 in 5 Americans now own a tablet computer of some sort, between the likes of the Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook, and, of course, Apple’s iPad. The survey itself , from the Pew Research Center, has some pretty interesting bits of information, but what struck me hardest was exactly how precise Apple is at getting people to buy something they don’t really need.
As the legal consequences for selling faulty products falls more and more on the shoulders of retailers, food processors’ customers may push for greater protections for consumers and themselves. Over the next several months, food manufacturers should prepare for retailers to make changes to requirements regarding food safety and protection.
Last January, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the largest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades. Since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun implementing various guidelines for the food industry. As the FDA moves forward, it is important for the food industry to be aware of the agency’s progress, assistance that will be provided to companies, and the challenges that face both the regulators and the companies affected by the new law.