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2-Week Cooldown For Hot Sauce Maker

April 24, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                         

Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

To help manage the process of ERP evaluation and selection, offered here are seven guidelines to...

3 Lessons Learned From The Trenches

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

True confessions: I started a business; mistakes were made. Lots of them. Now I’d like to share...

3D Printing & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Articles | Comments

Imagine if manufacturers no longer had to wait multiple years for a perfect location and a...

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Lean And Beyond - Increasing The Awareness Of MRO

April 16, 2014 11:33 am | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Too many companies view MRO stores as a necessary evil; a situation recognized as a constraint but ignored as an opportunity for improvement.                                

Affecting Change To Improve Business Health (Part I)

April 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The effort required to improve the health of your business can be compared to the commitment necessary to change your personal health. It is important to understand what drives successful business improvement change instead of failed efforts.   

Real Time Visibility Translates Into Real Life Savings

April 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

It’s important to consider what software can do to improve your ability to react when faced with an unforeseen production snafu.                                   

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Changing The Tune On Asset Uptime

April 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Not all businesses have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team.       

Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 11, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

We take a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.                           

French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook, and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

April 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We discuss how using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.               

How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 11, 2014 9:23 am | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

Concern about the environmental impact of manufacturing is growing. The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum.      

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Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed

April 10, 2014 1:54 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode.                             

What To Look For When Considering Mexico

April 9, 2014 2:11 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

Approaches and locations for companies in Mexico differ, but a common theme unites them: Growth prospects.                                          

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails.                         

Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.                

Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The federal credit rewards companies anytime they are developing or improving their products and processes that are technological in nature.                                 

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Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party's core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate.            

Benchmark Against The Best

April 8, 2014 2:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

If we try to outdo our KPIs by being just a little bit better than we were last year, we miss an opportunity to really focus on significant process and business improvement.                      

Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.         

April 2014: Real Time Visibility

April 8, 2014 12:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we recap MODEX 2014, discuss how creating a nimble production environment requires up-to-the-minute information, and learn how the latest technology can improve the ROI of predictive maintenance. 

Wind Powered Honda Plant In Ohio

April 8, 2014 11:53 am | by The Weather Channel and Juhl Energy, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products and its operations throughout North America.                                  

3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact The Entire Supply Chain

April 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping. A more efficient inbound freight program can minimize delays, save money, and even reduce confusion.     

Church Calls For Wal-Mart Investor Vote On Guns

April 7, 2014 1:59 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Attorneys for a church in Manhattan are asking a federal judge in Delaware to prohibit Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include its proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.     

How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

April 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, one fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.

Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising, and the surging popularity of craft beer.           

In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 3, 2014 5:18 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                               

How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 2:30 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net, @MnetAmy | Blogs | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                                     

Lawmakers Rip GM's Barra In Hearing

April 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Here's just a sampling of lawmakers hammering General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a hearing over a delayed recall and vehicle malfunctions.                                  

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