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J&J: On Your Face, Not In It

February 24, 2012 2:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

On an almost bi-weekly basis Johnson & Johnson hits the front page of major news sources with details on yet another recall.


Breathe Right

February 24, 2012 11:48 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Proper building operations and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring healthy indoor air quality, says OSHA.


How Valuable Is Your Freight Provider?

February 14, 2012 4:09 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Countless businesses have found themselves unable to source necessary parts and scrambled to find new avenues in their supply chain.


Southern Hospitality

February 13, 2012 3:57 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

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.

Always Connected

February 7, 2012 3:14 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

The pace of change in the consumer electronics industry is remarkable, and companies have to be nimble enough to seize opportunities as they arise.


Google Is Getting Too Personal

February 3, 2012 4:09 pm | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

As we all continue to marvel at the phenomenon that is Google, we must remember to look and assess before we jump forward

Learning The Apple Way

February 3, 2012 2:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

What struck me was how precise Apple is at getting people to buy something they don’t really need.


Next Generation Manufacturing

February 2, 2012 5:27 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

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.


Learning The Apple Way

February 2, 2012 5:21 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

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.

Where The Buck Stops

January 31, 2012 9:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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.


FSMA, One Year Later

January 24, 2012 9:00 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manfuacturing

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.

Counterfeiting The Counterfeiter

January 23, 2012 9:54 am

Here is a look at how one independent electronics distributor works to undermine the efforts of counterfeiters around the globe. Founded in Houston in 1984,  Smith & Associates  is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and components for electronic devices.


Which 280 Seconds?

January 23, 2012 5:23 am | by Anna Wells, Managing Editor, IMPO

This past November, I attended a trade show in San Antonio where the keynote speaker was airplane captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III. Captain Sullenberger’s name gained wide recognition, as many of you recall, in May of 2010 when he and a co-pilot successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving 155 lives after ducks flew into both the plane’s engines.


Will Re-Shoring Take Off In 2012?

January 20, 2012 4:23 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

We recently sat down with Kevin Logterman, the Managing Director of Industrial and Family Business for Cook Associates Executive Search, to discuss a survey the company had conducted regarding re-shoring initiatives in 2012. 85 percent of respondents said they saw jobs returning to America from off-shored locations in the near future, which sounds like fantastic news.


The Complexities Of Re-Shoring

January 20, 2012 3:59 am | by Interview by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

David Longshore, General Manager, Creation Technologies Creation Technologies is an electronics manufacturing services company based in Barnaby, Canada. The company aids electronics manufacturers by providing outsourced manufacturing services, depending on their specific needs, through collaboration and a knowledge base built on their own experiences in a number of regions.

General Mills Uses Open Innovation To Help Create New Brownies

January 17, 2012 8:48 am

With trusted brands including Pillsbury®, Gold Medal®, and Betty Crocker®, General Mills knows a thing or two about baked goods. So a delicious, nutritious, 90-calorie brownie would seem to fall right in the company’s wheelhouse. But it turns out, that wasn’t exactly the case.


Apple's Secretive Side

January 10, 2012 9:25 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

I take no issue with Apple’s unconventional business practices as long as the tech giant operates within the boundaries of the law. But I find it is interesting that arguably the most successful company in the world operates in such an unconventional and secretive way. More than three months have passed since the death of Apple co-founder and technology icon Steve Jobs.

Social Cues Simplify ERP

January 5, 2012 7:44 am

By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO It’s too complicated. It’s expensive. It takes too long for people to understand. It’s costly to maintain. The current DOS-based spreadsheet system on my green-type-with-black-background monitor works just fine. When it comes to investing in and implementing ERP software, all of the above are commonly heard when a manufacturer is explaining why they’re hesitant to expand or upgrade their use of such platforms.

Weighing The Risks Of Nanotechnology

January 3, 2012 11:17 am | by Interview by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Interview with Amy Galland, Ph.D., Research Director, As You Sow Nanotechnology is an emerging science that offers many new opportunities for the food industry, but food manufacturers should be aware that there are some potential risks with this new technology. Food Manufacturing spoke with Amy Galland of As You Sow about nanotechnology and what processors should consider before implementing this new science into their processes.

American Picker

December 21, 2011 10:51 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

It’s not recycling, it’s repurposing. Just over a year ago, the owner of a waste company was struck with a vision for old billboard vinyls. Marketing departments use billboards to advertise to commuters, but those advertisements outdate quickly, and are no long of any use to marketing.


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