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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.                                  

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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.                               

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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.                                  

Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                       

Wave Of Suicides Caused By Work Culture?

April 3, 2014 9:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Orange France has seen a second slew of worker suicides in the last decade. Some that work there say the stress of privatizing the telecom company has been overwhelming.                       

Large Vertical Motor Load Testing Minimizes Downtime And Expense For The Oil Field

April 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Load Testing is critical to ensure reliability of motors in the field and in mission-critical situations.                                         

Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 2, 2014 8:33 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Adhesives and sealants are an essential asset of every maintenance and operation plan, and with technology and products always changing, it’s important to stay on top of these trends.                   

Motor Diagnostics And Predictive Maintenance Training Courses

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by ALL-TEST Pro, LLC | News | Comments

ALL-TEST Pro, LLC announces their accredited 2-part Electrical Machinery Diagnostics Workshop (EMDW) to be held May 5-9th in Indianapolis, IN.                                

The Make-Or-Break Moment For GM And Mary Barra

April 1, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's a crucial test for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as she heads to Washington to answer questions about the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.                               

The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

April 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.     

Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.                    

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