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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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The Vital Signs Of American Manufacturing

November 14, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

American manufacturing is in the news these days. A sudden wave of optimism about growth possibilities seems to pervade the media.  But a real assessment of American manufacturing also requires a longer term examination of manufacturing vital signs.

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Q&A: Preventing Hand Injuries At Your Facility

November 13, 2013 5:15 pm | by Brenda Nader, Kimberly-Clark Professional

Brenda Nader serves as senior product supply manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, GA, which is a leading provider of hygiene, safety, and productivity solutions. As a safety company, manufacturing companies rely on KCP for safety products that help protect both their employees and the environments they work in.

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Onsite: A Brain For Grain

November 13, 2013 4:38 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In the spring of 1996, 20 producers, land-owners, and businessmen in Missouri developed a local cooperative called AgraMarke, in order to pool the group’s knowledge and resources to grow non-GMO grains. AgraMarke grew to 350 producers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.  In June 2001, the group established LifeLine Foods, LLC.

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Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

November 6, 2013 3:23 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Maker’s Row, a website and free service that helps facilitate connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll. The New York-based technology startup has recently secured $1 million in funding to help hire more developers.

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Drivers Ed: Maintenance Best Practices and Energy Awareness

November 6, 2013 11:35 am | by Anna Wells, IMPO Executive Editor

Since motors and drive systems are so often directly intertwined with production, problem areas likely result in costly downtime — something every manufacturer wants to avoid at all costs.                  

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The China 'Rules' Of Business

November 6, 2013 11:23 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

American businesses and the government know that China wants to become the number one economy in the world and we simply ignore the fact that the Chinese have shown they will do whatever it takes (legal or illegal) to achieve their goals.    

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U.S. Manufacturing In Position To Regain Millions Of Jobs By 2020

October 29, 2013 9:12 am | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists

Although no prosperity is guaranteed for the years ahead, the market seems to indicate that we’re on the verge of a strong boom period when it comes to job creation for the manufacturing industry.               

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The Importance Of Metal Fabrication Management

October 23, 2013 9:25 am | by Mike Bowlby, Owner, Mack Hils Metal Fabrication

Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products.

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Simple Metrics For Process Improvement

October 14, 2013 10:15 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

It seems contrary to modern business practice not to have a sophisticated dashboard of business metrics to communicate and visualize the health of our organization. We especially like to observe that our process improvement programs and methods are paying off.

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Innovation Dares To Be Different

October 10, 2013 11:56 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Real innovation does not represent adding simple upgrades to existing products, or developing products to compete with others. Real innovation is developing something no one else dreamed of.          

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M2M + Security + Cloud = Love

October 9, 2013 9:21 am | by Marie McGehee, Director of Corporate Communications, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

With sensors and networking technology being strapped to nearly every machine around the globe at a blistering pace, estimates projecting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may be too conservative.              

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Why Everyone Should Understand Process Improvement

October 8, 2013 9:56 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Let’s face it. Sometimes the biggest roadblocks to process improvement are people and their attitudes. Likewise, as much as we politely don’t discuss it, sometimes the biggest sources of waste, especially in office environments, are not processes, but people and their expectations and demands and decisions.

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The Importance Of Metal Fabrication Management

October 2, 2013 8:02 am | by Mike Bowlby, Owner, Mack Hils Metal Fabrication

Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products. 

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Robots Are Not The Enemy

September 18, 2013 8:02 am | by Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment? But this notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity. 

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Getting From The Vision To The Sales

September 17, 2013 4:29 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

How do you get from the vision to actual sales growth? Many articles on the wonders of vision statements imply that if a manufacturer writes a good vision statement that somehow it will be implemented (the rain dance myth). In my experience, visions and goals are never realized unless someone develops a plan that shows every department and manager what they must do to reach the goals.

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The Center Of The Universe

September 17, 2013 3:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

A reader recently sent me an email lamenting some of the big business-big labor tensions that had been peppering IMPOmag.com’s news section. Paul’s point was about compromise, and how give and take was the necessary component to everything — whether it be tense negotiations in the workplace, or even a discussion with your family about how to spend your Saturday.

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Manufacturing Irony: Fans Are The ‘Achilles Heel’ Of Your PC

September 16, 2013 8:02 am | by John Donoghue, Content Manager, Logic Supply

Those of you working with a desktop, take a moment and look at the fans on the back of your PC. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Not a pretty sight, I imagine. If you are like most people - even those working in an air conditioned office - you are seeing a nice patina of dust covering your blades. And if you are in manufacturing, you are likely seeing something much uglier: the genesis of a huge suck of time, money and resources.

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"Made In America": The Competitiveness Imperative

September 10, 2013 8:01 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. And so, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign – by Democrats and Republicans alike – very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness – and – jobs agenda?

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