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Netflix: It’s Eight Bucks, Deal With It

October 7, 2011 9:16 am

By David Mantey, Editor, PD&D For a bit more than the cost of a trade show cup of soup, Netflix will stream an infinite amount of content for you to mainline into your brain on a monthly basis. The amount of content specified may be an exaggeration, but I challenge anyone to try and tear through the Netflix archive in one month.

Netflix: Knee, Meet Shotgun

October 7, 2011 9:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

A lot of people have shared their word about Netflix lately, but I'd like to take my turn at the lectern and offer an opinion as to how badly the company has recently shot itself in the foot. In fact, that cliché hardly even fits -- it's more like taking a shotgun to the knee. Regardless, I think their failures are a good lesson for any business.

Hey, Man...What's Old?

October 7, 2011 9:02 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Everyone has a story about those few items in their lives they’ve retained for years and years that still function far better than the latest and greatest technology. I remember being a teenager, embarrassed by the giant bulky microwave my parents kept in the kitchen. We’d had it for as long as I could remember and it took up a ton of space compared to the new models.

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One Bowl Of Cheerios At A Time

October 4, 2011 9:52 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

How many “bowls of Cheerios” do you have, stacked on the shelves, waiting to be consumed? Feel free to replace the word Cheerios with something that hits a little closer to home—adhesives, cleaning supplies, PPE, or any of the other consumables that take a big dent out of your budget .

Fuel Cells Materialize

September 30, 2011 11:20 am | by Kim Ukura

, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development As fuel cell technology continues to develop, engineers face a number of concerns when trying to specify materials for the components and housing materials of this technology. ReliOn , a developer of modular, fault-tolerant, proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology, is currently developing a portfolio of stationary fuel cells for emergency and backup power requirements, uninterruptible power supplies, digital power needs, and a variety of off grid power requirements.

Are You A 'Worker' Or An 'Employee'?

September 29, 2011 11:26 am

In any given article about manufacturing, you'll perhaps see a few mentions of the company's "workers." Take a similar article about Google, or Apple, for example, and you'll see a different reality. Instead of being powered by "workers," these technology giants have campuses populated by "employees," "engineers," "ninjas" (a term that makes me cringe).

Q&A: A Total Systems Approach

September 23, 2011 9:34 am

Leading up to PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 26-28; Las Vegas Convention Center) , this year's largest resource for packaging and processing innovation in North America, we spoke with Jonathan Titterton, Director of Sales & Marketing at Bosch Packaging Technologies (Booth #1423), Brian Barr, packaging sales manager at Heat and Control (Booth #2433) and Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development at PMMI, to gain insight into the trend towards integration.

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Tools: From Design to Development

September 13, 2011 6:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

To say advancements in technology have had a powerful and positive effect on the hand and power tool industry is to make an obvious statement. Manufacturers and distributors understand the importance of leveraging technology to achieve their business goals, and as the relevant technology continues to evolve, industrial firms are becoming more adept at utilizing it.

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Don't Drink The Water

September 9, 2011 6:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PDD

A stunt by any other name would reek as foul. Recently, one of the few companies to remain living, however infamously, despite continuous bouts with bad press, made a splash in the news when a demonstration from the company’s CEO became a trite example of the company’s ignorance and arrogance.

Just Juice

September 2, 2011 5:50 am

By Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years, which is not to say my diet is always healthy. Let’s not forget that Doritos, cheese pizza, and jelly beans are all technically vegetarian. Despite this, stories of health success interest me in the sense that they're motivating, while still allowing me to sit idly on the couch, eating Corn Nuts (totally a vegetable!), and observing.

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Sticking To The Plan

August 30, 2011 5:53 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Group

In the beginning, there were no single-use packaging applications. There were no dosage control offerings. There were no topical patches. There certainly were no transdermal delivery products. There was however, a stamping and printing company, as well as a man with vision, discipline and an open mind.

How Do Your Benefits Shape Up?

August 30, 2011 5:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

With the troubled economy, all of manufacturing is worried about its future. Most companies are devising new methods for staying competitive against foreign, low-cost providers, and others are still struggling with the possibility of layoffs. While managers and executives worry about the next decade of their company's success, the people they employ are also increasingly concerned about their future, particularly if they're nearing retirement.

Q&A: Processing Sustainably

August 26, 2011 6:00 am | by Interview by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The food industry is ramping up its efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of production, and Green Research has introduced a new benchmarking tool to help manufacturers produce food more sustainably. Food Manufacturing spoke with David Schatsky of Green Research to discuss how processors can most efficiently increase their sustainability.

Step by Step - Innovation & Automation

August 16, 2011 6:40 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief, PharmPro

Not every drug has to be blockbuster. And not every pharmaceutical company is necessarily interested in developing blockbusters. There are plenty of opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to be successful by focusing their efforts on developing and producing products aimed at smaller but no less deserving patient populations.

What Are We Going To Do Now?

August 15, 2011 10:33 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from continuity planning, and resources for handling everything from supply chain shortages to natural disasters. We’re fascinated by the photos and video of the earthquakes and tornadoes – both during the event as well as in the wake of their destruction.

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Backpacking Or Fracking

August 11, 2011 6:22 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.info

Which do you think of when you hear "state park"? Both backpacking and fracking are associated with previously protected state lands. Ohio recently passed a bill legalizing drilling on all state land, including land that has been designated as a state park. Senate's approval of  Bill 133  hit home for me as a native Ohioan who has spent a great deal of time enjoying the state's parks.

What Manufacturing Can Learn From Starbucks

August 9, 2011 6:46 am

Mary Kaye Denning is the Founder and President of Cleveland-based The Manufacturing Mart, a program that helps connect manufacturers and suppliers by establishing a "permanent tradeshow." We sat down with Denning recently to discuss her theory on bringing a Starbucks "philosophy" to the shop floor by creating a better work environment and empowering employees.

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Tackling The 'Ugh' Projects

August 5, 2011 5:43 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Show your customers that you don’t just offer them a commodity or a product, you offer them a solution—and one they might not even quite know how to ask for, at that. Fate somehow selected the hottest weekend of the summer for me to move into my new house.

A Magical Mix

August 2, 2011 6:32 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Childhood friends Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz founded Fairytale Brownies in 1992 in a friend’s Old Town Scottsdale, AZ, catering kitchen. Using Kravetz’s mother’s 55-year-old secret family brownie recipe, the business started out selling to friends, farmers markets, and festivals.

The Future Of Energy Measurement

August 1, 2011 6:31 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D

Imagine being able to monitor the energy usage of a single streetlamp, then using the collected data to predict when the lamp will burn out, allowing for repairs before anyone gets left in the dark. Or, visualize being able to pull out an iPad on the commute to work to check if the coffeepot was left on or the security system was enabled.

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