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Common Sense Ways to Increase Productivity, Quality, Consistency

June 11, 2012 8:23 am | by David Gulati, President, Fidelity Technologies

Lean principles are more than just words in a business textbook or CEO speak. They are common sense ways to increase productivity, quality, and consistency.

Finding Sources Of Rare Earths Beyond China, Part 1

June 11, 2012 8:20 am | by H. Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis

Companies that require rare earth elements have begun to shift operations from China to other countries to gain less expensive access.


Why Can’t We Innovate Ourselves Out of This Hole?

June 5, 2012 3:27 pm | by Mike Brace, Technical Editor & Partner, EV World

Until the rules that govern the economy fundamentally change, and we make it more profitable to make money with manufacturing, we will not see innovation dig us out of this hole.


The Fallacy of Raising the Bar, Part 2

June 5, 2012 8:08 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Enforcing a one-size-fits-all approach for all students will probably not work for many schools, and proponents of STEM learning should ready with a plan B alternative.


U.S. Clean Energy Policies Need Reality Check

June 4, 2012 8:50 am | by Stanford University

America's approach to clean energy needs to be reformed if it is to meaningfully affect energy security or the environment, according to Stanford writers.


The Fallacy of Raising the Bar, Part 1

June 4, 2012 8:47 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Manufacturing and the high-technology industries desperately need students who have been educated in STEM classes.


Five Key Elements Of A Successful Manufacturing Website

May 31, 2012 5:03 pm | by Derek Singleton, ERP Analyst, Software Advice

These days, just having a website isn’t enough to generate business. To truly capitalize on the online opportunity, manufacturers need to create a website that meets buyer expectations.

Closed-Loop Quality Management Minimizes The Cost Of Quality

May 30, 2012 8:32 am | by Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems

The manufacturer that can minimize CoQ, while producing products the fastest, is the one that will win in today’s market.


Offshoring Economic Damage May Be Overstated

May 30, 2012 8:29 am | by Newswise

Sending jobs overseas may not be as damaging to the U.S. economy as commonly believed, according to a study.


Picking Glass Out of My Eyes

May 29, 2012 8:33 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Is anyone else concerned about the technologies that have metaphorically blinded us to the world?


Get The Most Intelligence Value From Existing ERP Data

May 29, 2012 8:30 am | by Matt Walker, EVP of Supply Chain, TAKE Solutions

Learn how changing your perspective into current ERP data maximizes performance and drives business.


The Connected Culture: The Issue Of Overreliance

May 25, 2012 8:32 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

The fact that technology is weaved into almost every facet of our lives could have potential repercussions.


The Fine Line Between Corporate Greed & Groundbreaking Discovery

May 23, 2012 8:25 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

When companies that are only interested in their bottom line take control of something we absolutely need, they essentially control our lives.


The Deceptive Nature Of Metrics

May 23, 2012 8:19 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Metrics are important. However, we must remain vigilant against the misleading potential of metrics and should establish behaviors to guard against metrics-driven mistakes.


Systemic Failures Of Leadership

May 22, 2012 8:27 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks

Virtually every decision we make is a hypothesis about the future, a bet; and we place thousands of internal wagers every single day, large and small.

Could Manufacturing Use A Makeover?

May 18, 2012 8:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Manufacturers know that design can’t possibly be important to the overall efficacy of the investment. Or can it?


The Dangers Of Process Automation

May 16, 2012 8:30 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

While automation can be very effective, other process problems should be addressed first for an investment in automated systems to pay off.

Say Thanks With An iPad, $500, & A 283-Piece Tool Chest

May 15, 2012 8:23 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

You know what’s even better than a quick thanks and a pat on the back after somebody makes your life a little easier or your factory run a little smoother? Giving them a bunch of cool stuff.


Making It In America: Strategic Partnerships

May 11, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

How do you compete in a market space dominated by low cost imported products with an American-made product?


Impatience Is A Virtue

May 11, 2012 8:57 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, MBT

Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if one seemingly insignificant bother, left untreated, could develop into a major hurdle.



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