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Some Words For My Friends…

April 10, 2012 8:38 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

I think we all need to sometimes need to talk ourselves out of buying things that aren't conducive to our environments.

The Cost Of The Untrained

April 5, 2012 4:43 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

In America, there will be no sustainable recovery in the manufacturing sector without the right training programs to teach the necessary skills.

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What You Need To Grow

April 4, 2012 8:45 am | by Michael P. Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Manufacturers like to do things that are action-oriented, and lead to tangible and believable results.

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Apply Visualization Tools To Achieve Quality… Affordably

April 3, 2012 8:38 am | by Richard Rots, New Business Development & Project Manager, Dimensional Control Systems

The question asked by manufacturers is not how to achieve quality, but how to achieve it within cost and time constraints.

Open Innovation & Co-Development

April 2, 2012 8:44 am | by Louise Rainone, Vice President of Marketing, PCDworks

It seems to me that being open minded, and trusting decision makers to create and inspire their team, is one of the most important things a company can do.

How Much Is Too Much?

March 30, 2012 8:29 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

If you were offered the opportunity to take over a company on the verge of bankruptcy, what would you ask for in return?

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Bust Through Confusion By Changing Contexts

March 30, 2012 8:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The next time you're struggling to get everyone to see how to proceed, change the focus from the subject of confusion to a subject everyone already understands.

Go Forth And Simplify

March 28, 2012 8:04 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

One of the most effective ways to improve business performance is to simplify everything we do.

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Where Gardentrucking And ‘Geek Culture’ Meet

March 26, 2012 5:21 pm | by Joel Hans, Manufacturing Editor, Manufacturing.net

If we want to influence a generation that will help us gain back the technical prowess we’ve lost, we won’t get there through mandated education.

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Software: Only As Useful As The Users Are Trained

March 22, 2012 3:02 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

All too often, business are impressed with what new technology promises to do, but never take the time to fully learn and implement these promised wonders of productivity.

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Slow Motion Sandwich

March 21, 2012 8:19 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

There is always an opportunity to succeed just as much as there is one to fail.

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Will Manufacturing’s Future be Open?

March 19, 2012 3:33 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacutring.net

Manufacturers are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.

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The New Face Of The Company

March 15, 2012 4:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

It's great to meet new people, but isn’t it better when they recognize you before you have to say a word?

What Happened To Critical Thinking?

March 9, 2012 12:12 pm | by Mike Collins

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.

A Numbers Game

March 2, 2012 3:07 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Turning a plant manager into a data detective can be a challenge.

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J&J: On Your Face, Not In It

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

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

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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.

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How Valuable Is Your Freight Provider?

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

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

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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.

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