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Top Challenges In Electronics Manufacturing

August 31, 2012 8:09 am | by Mike Roberts

The rate of change and advancement in the electronics industry can be startling, especially over the past few decades. The names at the top of the industry today were brand new companies just ten years ago. To survive, an electronics company needs to be as flexible as it is quick. And to excel, that company must be able to overcome both existing and emerging challenges in the market.

Why Cheaper Warehouse Equipment Isn’t Always Less Expensive

August 29, 2012 8:06 am | by Carol Thorsen, Manager of Wynright Corporation’s Inside Sales

Perhaps one of the most significant contributions the Internet has made to our daily lives is the ability to find the rock-bottom price for just about anything we need to purchase easily. With a quick search on the right keywords, or a visit to megasites such as or eBay, we can find exactly what we’re looking for and save money to boot. Or so it would seem.


Social Technology In Manufacturing & Supply Chain

August 28, 2012 8:06 am | by Dylan Persaud, Managing Director, Eval-Source

In today’s world, the term social is used to describe the simplest task or component and often is more a marketing term than anything else. For all the social interactions written about social and sharing, they have mostly referred to a B2C business model. The social aspect works well for this scenario. What has been forgotten and overlooked is the lack of communication and social aspect as it pertains to the B2B model.


Manufacturing Is Getting A ‘Kickstart’

August 27, 2012 8:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Maybe you’ve heard of Kickstarter before. It’s a relatively simple service in theory: It helps inventors, artists or designers (and other professionals) get funding to transform their designs into real products when they don’t have the up-front cash. The web service has definitively taken off in the last year or two, with many projects gobbling up millions of dollars in “investment.”


U.S. Industrial Markets Remain Resilient In A Challenging Time

August 24, 2012 8:06 am | by Jim Dieter, Cushman & Wakefield National Industrial

The resiliency of industrial real estate is showing itself noticeably heading into the second half of 2012. Key markets nationwide continue to experience healthy demand, declining vacancies and positive absorption, which are beginning to push rent growth and foster the return of speculative construction.


The Cloud: Still A Work In Progress

August 22, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The cloud computing "ecosystem" failed Mat Homan, and his plight should serve to remind individuals and companies that store sensitive data in “the cloud” that the technology (while oozing with upside and potential) remains very much a work in progress.


Imagining The Future Of Lean & Six Sigma, Part 2

August 21, 2012 8:40 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Now let’s discuss Six Sigma. Six Sigma, too, attacks a very real demon. That bad guy is named “variation.” It is a real and true deficit to our businesses to expend resources, time and energy desperately trying to control outcomes that are continuously changing and unpredictable. The aim of Six Sigma is to control processes well enough that their outcome is always stable and always predictable.


Imagining The Future Of Lean & Six Sigma, Part 1

August 20, 2012 8:40 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC

A friend and colleague asked me a difficult question recently. He queried, “What do you think the future of Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) will be? Will it continue, or is it a dying idea?” I did my best to offer my personal perspective while caught a little unprepared for such a thought.


Is Your ERP Ready?

August 17, 2012 8:36 am | by Bob Vormittag, CEO and President, VAI

Bolstered by new innovation, ERP has become an even stronger business asset, and this is changing how mid-market customers define successful ERP implementations. Key mid-market industries – such as manufacturing, retail, distribution, food, and services – are eager to harness the power of cloud computing to implement cost-efficient IT solutions that ultimately drive improved bottom-line benefits to their organizations.

From Need-To-Know To Need-To-Share

August 15, 2012 8:36 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

Do you have the right strategy that improves productivity, keeps your corporate information secure, and protects you from liability?

Without Wonder, We Cease To Exist

August 14, 2012 8:12 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

The United States is a nation of supposed capitalists, but it is easy to be a businessman; we need inventors to take over the capitalist world again.


The Role Of Small Part Innovation

August 13, 2012 8:39 am | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Manager for the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Bearings & Tolerance Rings Group

Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to iPads and airplanes. Small components – such as bearings and tolerance rings – are integral to successful product development and should be recognized for – and held to – high standards for performance and durability.


Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 2

August 8, 2012 8:40 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting

In emergency response planning, the three most important things are training, training, and more training.

Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 1

August 7, 2012 8:39 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting

Police and fire officers are not the first responders; they are the official responders. You and your employees are the first responders.


The IP Bogeyman

August 3, 2012 4:16 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Is the IP Bogeyman under your bed, or in plain sight?


Cheaper, Foreign Engineers

August 3, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Rainone, Contributing Editor, PD&D

If foreign engineers are well-educated and less-expensive, does that give these countries a competitive advantage? Not necessarily.


Pushbutton Power

August 1, 2012 8:13 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

The industry is experiencing a growing need for sensors, switches, and devices that monitor the surrounding environment.


Enhanced Workflow Technologies Allow Closer Management

July 31, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A good technological solution can make a significant impact on business operations. A great technological solution can transform the way a company does business.


The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Labor

July 30, 2012 8:40 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

A facility full of underpaid and underinsured workers does little to guard the food supply against adulteration.


Google: Made In The USA?

July 27, 2012 10:49 am | by Joel Hans, Editor,

I simply don’t buy the idea that it’s impossible to make electronics in America at a competitive price.



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