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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.

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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.

A Culture of Excellence

July 26, 2011 10:26 am | by LUKE SIMPSON, Associate Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing

Prior to 2010, Pfizer Health AB produced its legacy products Genotropin® and Somavert® in separate facilities. Somavert was sourced from a contract manufacturer, while Gentropin was manufactured at a Pfizer facility in Strängnäs, Sweden. The two drugs have opposite effects on the human physiology — Genotropin is used to treat growth hormone deficiency and Somavert is a growth hormone antagonist — but the proteins used in each are very similar.

The Sound Of Science

July 22, 2011 6:44 am | by Anna Wells

It sounds like something out of the future, but when George Lord alludes to “The Scientific Factory,” he doesn’t mean some sterile Orwellian assembly line. That said, there is nothing old-fashioned about ABB’s New Berlin, WI-based facility either. It is something in between, a solution to what Lord, managing director of ABB’s U.

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The Incredible Egg-Opening Machine

July 21, 2011 5:12 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing

Novartis Vaccines provides more than 20 vaccines to prevent viral and bacterial diseases, and is dedicated to delivering on its promise of prevention through the research, development, and production of innovative, safe and effective vaccines. The company’s new MARS (Marburg Site) facility in Marburg, Germany was designed and built to be the company’s “Center of Excellence” for modern vaccine production.

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Cellphone Tumors

July 21, 2011 5:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Your cellphone will give you cancer, your laptop will make you sterile, your water bottle will hit three favorites — breast cancer, sperm count, and prostate cancer (among others) — and yet we remain sweaty, sport jacket-wearing mouth breathers who will be suddenly shocked when we turn paternal/maternal only to realize that our plumbing has been stripped out by homeless copper bandits.

Teaching Others Is Often The Best Lesson

July 19, 2011 5:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

After two years of work on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations (IMPO), I’ve accepted the role of managing editor at Manufacturing.net, another property with Advantage Business Media. I was recently tasked with training a new employee to take over my previous responsibilities with IMPO Magazine .

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PACKing A Punch

July 18, 2011 6:26 am | by Interview By Krystal Gabert, Editor

Charles Yuska, President, PMMI PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will be held September 26–28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Food Manufacturing spoke with Charles Yuska of PMMI about the event and about food processors’ top-of-mind concerns regarding food packaging applications.

The Challenge Of Marketing Nutrition

July 15, 2011 5:23 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

It seems more and more emphasis continues to be placed on eating healthy, especially with the ongoing media coverage of the nation’s obesity problem. Government agencies and task forces have stepped up efforts to shrink Americans’ growing waistlines, highlighted by programs such as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the new MyPlate initiative.

Did We Really Kill The Electric Car?

July 11, 2011 6:02 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

It was recently announced that Tesla Motors, the car company founded by billionaire Elon Musk and several Silicon Valley brains, would discontinue production on its pioneer model, the Tesla Roadster. The Tesla Roadster was designed as a way to get electric vehicle technology into the hands of early adopters, without subjecting them to the cart-type designs available up to that point.

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Don't Become The Laughing-Stock

June 23, 2011 8:07 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

If you’re paying much attention to the business/technology/Internet world right now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the numerous nefarious hacks that have occurred against a wide array of targets, from the U.S. government to Sony to Citibank to online video games. These attacks have been perpetrated, largely, by two organizations: Anonymous and the relative newcomer, Lulz Security (LulzSec).

Studies: Knowing When To Respond

June 10, 2011 9:15 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

I continually am amazed by the flood of new studies suggesting that consumers eat this; avoid that; disregard this study; ignore that study, the results of which overturned some other study that should be reconsidered; and so on. Savvy consumers looking to keep themselves and their families healthy are likely too overwhelmed to know what to think.

Government Work: Pushing The Monolith

June 6, 2011 6:53 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

It’s hard to doubt the impact government work can have on a small business in terms of both financial and technological gain. Just imagine the potential such programs could have if the playing field were level. In its first ten years of existence, visualization software company Tecplot  relied almost entirely on R&D contracts with the U.

Full Of Sound And Fury

May 26, 2011 11:19 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As someone who spent the better part of college studying modern literary theory — a vocation so rich with complexity yet sparse in practical application — I can sympathize with the other liberal arts devotees out there: the ones with the music performance or art history degrees.

Making A Sport Out Of CEO Pay

May 25, 2011 12:09 pm | by by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

I’ve been a die-hard sports fan all my life. As I’ve grown and matured over the years, my highly-emotional, rabid fandom has evolved into something more statistically-oriented and analytical in nature. But that also means I have less and less tolerance for coaches and executives who don’t look at sports the same way.

Expect The Unexpected

May 20, 2011 6:03 am | by by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net

I suffer from Not-Enough-Hours-In-The-Day Syndrome. I barely have enough time during the day for daily maintenance, let alone preventative maintenance.  Since I have a company computer, I assumed that all of my antivirus software was current and that I was protected from threats. I didn’t think I needed to download any anti-spyware or anti-malware programs.

Google's Geek Haven

May 19, 2011 4:27 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

So seldom do companies continue to create incentives to retain employees that I was astonished to find Google had extended yet another fringe benefit, a geek haven. In an effort to extend the company’s founding principles through every bronchiole of its hierarchy, co-founder Larry Page’s latest brainchild, “ Google Workshops ”, offers employees a chance to get a taste of Google’s earliest days.

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