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New Jersey: Time To Stop Impeding Tesla

March 12, 2014 9:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve any issues, but according to Tesla, that relationship has fallen apart, and as of Tuesday afternoon, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state via its own sales model.

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What EPA Overregulation Means For U.S. Manufacturing

March 11, 2014 9:26 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and competition from other countries, continue to struggle against an old adversary… Washington, specifically the EPA.                    

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A Bad Week For Boeing

March 11, 2014 9:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Boeing is no stranger to media coverage, but the past several days have seen this aerospace giant’s name in the news under less-than-positive circumstances.                            

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Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

March 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.         

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AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.        

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FYI: Trappings Versus Substance

March 6, 2014 4:58 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Many businesses are very good at the internal and tangible issues inside the manufacturing plant, but are not very good at external issues relating to finding new markets and customers. For a variety of reasons they struggle at industrial marketing.

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Top Manufacturing Organizations Split On Budget

March 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal. Interestingly, they don't agree.               

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Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

March 5, 2014 10:08 am | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions.           

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5 Tips For Young Engineers, From The Experienced

February 28, 2014 9:37 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel

We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. Interestingly, much of the advice was not about technical skills or specific projects.            

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Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming To Your Local Hospital

February 26, 2014 9:32 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor, PD&D

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace.

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IoT Fixes Tesla’s Fire Recall

February 26, 2014 9:28 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued two recalls, one from Tesla and one from GM, both were associated with problems that could cause fires. The major difference? Tesla’s fix only required a WiFi connection, while GM required owners to bring their vehicles in for service.

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Why New-Shoring Is The New School Of Manufacturing Trends

February 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space

You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls. Through a combination of one of the new manufacturing trends, “new-shoring” — creating new jobs closer to home — and smarter international manufacturing practices, small businesses are helping protect their valuable assets.

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Is There A Place For Wearable Tech In Manufacturing?

February 19, 2014 9:51 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Wearable technologies are a hot trend. At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business? 

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2014: The Year Of The Label

February 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing

What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling.

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Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 18, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

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Leading The Way On A New Manufacturing Generation

February 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Spee-Dee

I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.

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What The World Would Be Like If Engineering Didn't Exist

February 11, 2014 8:37 am | by Jenny Ann Beswick

Our buildings, roads, vehicles, and technologies make us human. These engineered structures allow us to translate space, communicate across vast distances, and extend the limits of our bodies. A decline in the sciences is a serious threat to our global society.

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Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. UN and World Bank data show that food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector.

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The North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award

January 31, 2014 3:44 pm | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence

The North American Maintenance Excellence  (NAME) Award is an annual program to recognize North American organizations that excel in performing the maintenance process to enable operational excellence. The NAME Award is run by a non-profit foundation (FIME) and was established in 1990. The board of directors is comprised of past winners. 

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Emergent Biosolutions Wins 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence Award

January 3, 2014 10:47 am | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence and Emergent Biosolutions

Emergent BioSolutions announced that its facility in Lansing, Michigan has been recognized with the 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award by the Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence. The NAME Award honors North American organizations that excel in performing maintenance processes that enable operational excellence.

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