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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels at Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment, calling for additional government regulations on the practices.             

ClearSign Has the Answer to Industrial Pollution

January 14, 2015 4:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

ClearSign Combustion Corp. has developed a new technology for the combustion region, dubbed Duplex Tile Technology. This new combustion technology could change the industry entirely by eliminating industrial emissions by a staggering 95 percent, reducing downtime and maintenance costs all while increasing profitability and fuel efficiency for manufacturers and plant operators.

Tesla Chief Expects Electric Car Driven Profits by 2020

January 14, 2015 9:51 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit, and will when it's selling 500,000 cars per year. He predicted that sales milestone will be reached in 2020, when its lower-cost car — the Model 3 — is in full production.

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3 Questions for New U.S. Auto Safety Chief

January 13, 2015 12:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. Here are his answers to three questions on how he plans to handle his new position. 

Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 10:32 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity.                                   

Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy

January 12, 2015 1:53 pm | by Julie Pace, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

VW, Ford Take Top Awards at Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2015 10:03 am | by Jeff Karoub & Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

This is the 22nd year for the awards at the Detroit Auto show, and this year the awards were given to Ford for the North American Truck of the Year and VW for the North American Car of the Year.                

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 8, 2015 4:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The first full week of 2015 has been eventful for the manufacturing sector with no shortage of news making this week’s decision for ‘Winner’ and ‘Loser’ difficult. However, after careful consideration, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, co-founders of Ecovative, are this week’s ‘Winner’ while Fayetteville and Dayton, Tennessee receive the ‘Loser’ title.  

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5 Steps To Creating a Culture of Product Safety

January 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier | Articles | Comments

Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense against recalls. But how is this accomplished? Here are five tips to help you shift your organization from complacent to compliant.         

Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter | News | Comments

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House.               

Ford CEO Talks Innovation, Cuba

January 7, 2015 2:34 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford’s CEO Mark Fields says the future of the automaker will go beyond making cars, it will be about helping drivers get from one place to the next in the most efficient way.                     

Dr. Pepper Snapple Strikes Deal With Keurig Green Mountain

January 7, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr. Pepper Snapple to make single-serve capsules for use in Keurig's soon-to-be released cold beverage system.                             

Debunking the Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 2:21 pm | by Barrrett Thompson | Articles | Comments

There’s a perplexing contradiction that exists in the business-to-business sector. B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.

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Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Dan Miklovic

December 30, 2014 10:51 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Dan Miklovic, the Principal Analyst in Asset Performance Management at LNS Research. They covered topics such as Big Data, job creation and tech trends for the upcoming year.

Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Matthew B. Elliott

December 29, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan State President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They talked about upcoming trends, the skilled labor shortage, and domestic expansion.

Tesla Upgrades Roadster Car for More Efficiency

December 29, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla said improvements it is making to its older Roadster model will let the electric car travel about 400 miles on a single charge.                                 

Auto Industry Acts Globally Except on Recalls

December 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships. But when an unsafe car needs to be recalled, that global coordination breaks down.

3 Essential Questions From A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Littlefield | Articles | Comments

LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. In this post, we'll reexamine these questions and provide answers to a few that went unaddressed.

After Reshoring — Opportunities for Cloud ERP

December 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford | Articles | Comments

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier for a Better Safety Program

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO consults with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

OEE Gets a Boost From the Industrial Internet

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out.                               

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week the manufacturing sector has seen huge investments, but unfortunately that isn’t all. It has also been the backdrop of a Supreme Court decision that disregarded warehouse workers rights and sided in favor of a large corporation. So without further ado, these are IMPO’s selection for the “Winner” and “Loser” of the week — President Obama and Amazon warehouse workers, respectively. 

Thought Leaders: Tips on Using Your Supplier for an Improved Safety Program

December 11, 2014 1:58 pm | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO sits down with Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to discuss some of the safety issues Grainger sees with its manufacturing customers, and how it looks to help streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

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