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August: Contract Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 10:30 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside the KEEN utility boot factory, get tips on choosing the right contract manufacturer and help you pick the right abrasive.   

Preventing Critters From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Roxtec | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

IP Theft Bites Back in China...Will it Lead to Change?

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In China, incomes are on the rise, and a clear middle class is emerging, meaning Chinese manufacturers are finding a domestic customer base they didn’t have in the past. Perhaps the days of producing only for export are behind them.      

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach to Industrial Data

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to the Industrial Internet.       

The Daily Grind

August 8, 2014 4:14 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Most every manufacturing facility has a countless inventory of abrasives in a variety of grains for different applications and finishes. The challenge for many is aligning the results needed with the materials available, and thus selection options — and concerns — can be enough to make the average manufacturing worker’s head spin.

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Articles | Comments

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

Brewing a Craft Beer Empire

August 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Sierra Nevada is the largest privately owned craft brewery in the U.S. Founder Ken Grossman is determined to keep it that way, by expanding eastward from California.                         

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A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

BMW, Clemson Develop New Vehicle And Manufacturing Model

August 5, 2014 10:35 am | by Clemson University | Videos | Comments

BMW Manufacturing Co and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research have a long history of collaboration. Together they have created Deep Orange 4 — a truly transformative vehicle and a unique manufacturing model.     

Energy Efficiency May Be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 4:05 pm | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP | News | Comments

By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.                      

Can Malaysian Airlines Survive?

July 30, 2014 3:21 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Malaysia Airlines was struggling before MH17 and MH370. The two disasters deepen the crisis for the carrier. Can the airline survive?                                  

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

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8 Secrets To Spotting When Your Team Is in Trouble

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Drs. Dennis and Michelle Reina, co-founders of Reina, A Trust Building Consultancy | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Monster — the world’s largest and most well known employment website — released findings from an international survey looking into workplace stress. The poll’s revelations were grim.                 

Investing in Energy

July 22, 2014 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.              

Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Treasury announced changes to the Research and Development Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC). And luckily for you, you don’t need to invent fake liquid vitamin food in order to take advantage of this opportunity.       

The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturer that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

Mixing It Up the KitchenAid Way

July 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                        

Aptean Launches Manufacturing Calculator

July 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Aptean | News | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.                   

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

Factory Worker Makes Most of British Open Opportunity

July 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Steve Douglas, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

On a typical Thursday at 10:30 a.m., John Singleton would be making paints and varnishes in a resin factory. Maybe driving around in a forklift truck. Not this Thursday morning.                      

Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save the Middle Class?

July 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

As popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.                

Walmart Turns Business Into a Reality Show

July 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

While this approach may appeal to the lower-end of everybody’s T.V.-watching intellect, it doesn’t seem like a quality way to do business.                                 

11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes To Inspire You

July 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Blogs | Comments

To help you stay in the “lean” mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.                                  

The IoT Uplink: Connecting With a $12 Billion Technology

July 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.                             

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