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The Basics Of Internal Auditing

January 31, 2014 9:13 am | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Normally companies will have a schedule that is written to audit their entire quality system on an annual basis. Usually the Quality Manager or Engineer is responsible for creating this schedule. The schedule consists of the elements of the standard to be audited, who will be auditing, and when the results are due.

MSHA Issues 135 Citations At Mines In December

January 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it also issued 24 orders following inspections at 11 coal mines and two other mines. MSHA issued seven orders and six citations at Hanover Resources LLC's Caymus Mine in Boone County.     

Solving The Production Puzzle To Improve Your Bottom Line

January 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Every day, plant planners are expected to solve extremely complex puzzles – which operation will run on which line, how many of each part needs to be produced, how will each step happen at the right time – and they often lack the proper tools to do the job.

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Three Keys To Sound Marketing Plans For Your Manufacturing Business

January 27, 2014 10:15 am | by Steve Staedler, Senior Account Executive, LePoidevin Marketing | Articles | Comments

How effectively are you marketing your manufacturing business? How are you integrating marketing principles into your business strategy to not only keep existing customers walking through the door, but attract new ones as well? Are you marketing your business at all?

Harley-Davidson's York Manufacturing Facility

January 23, 2014 9:38 am | by Harley-Davidson | Videos | Comments

This video showcases how Harley-Davidson and its employees are "exporting freedom" around the globe every day. Get a behind the scenes tour of their facilities and plant practices that create the Harley culture.            

Achieving Net-Zero Use Of Grid Energy In Manufacturing

January 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Articles | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency in their manufacturing, product lines, distribution, and administrative operations. 

Investments In MIS On The Rise

January 21, 2014 9:00 am | by John Tertin, Director of MIS, ESE, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety. Quality standards. Yield management. Waste control. Cost containment. The list goes on. With so many competing requirements, manufacturers’ need for more timely and accurate process data is accelerating both the interest and demand for Manufacturing Information Systems.

Company Files For Bankruptcy After W.Va. Spill

January 20, 2014 9:30 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company blamed for a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water filed for bankruptcy Friday, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that were forced to shut down for days.   

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Next-Generation Manufacturers Are Saving Money On Energy

January 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

The modern energy marketplace is changing. Annual non-renewable energy expenditures for the industrial sector have been projected to grow from approximately $206 billion in 2010 to $584 billion in 2040. Thus manufacturers find themselves with increased bargaining power that can lead to larger savings.

Auto Shows Do More For Women, But Lean Towards Guys

January 17, 2014 2:07 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Women now buy nearly half the new cars in the U.S., a sharp increase compared with a generation ago, and the auto industry is trying to demonstrate that it's keeping up with the times when it showcases the latest models to the public.     

Survey: Costs Of Electronic Equipment Failure Rising

January 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Innovolt | News | Comments

The costs and challenges associated with electronic asset failures are significant. To better understand these issues, Innovolt Inc. sponsored a survey of executives from several industries that are particularly dependent upon the reliability, performance, and lifespan of sensitive electronic equipment.

PwC 2014 Manufacturing Trends Predictions

January 17, 2014 9:04 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Every January, companies make predictions about the year ahead and what trends they should expect. Bobby Bono, the U.S. industrial manufacturing leader at PwC, has assembled a list of trends he is predicting for the manufacturing sector moving forward.

Getting The Most Out Of Scarce Production Resources

January 17, 2014 8:33 am | by Hernan J. Clarke, president and CEO, 4Sight Technologies | Articles | Comments

Resource optimization software can not only help to adapt more efficiently to these resource constraints, but it can also minimize idle time, anticipate parts shortages, free up labor and equipment to be shifted among tasks, and otherwise get the most out of your labor and capital. 

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Living The Dream: Manufacturing Chocolate

January 16, 2014 9:16 am | by Mondelez International | Videos | Comments

Hear from Mondelez's UK Manufacturing Director of Chocolate, Neil Chapman. Chapman explains why he is passionate about working in manufacturing, and tells the story of manufacturing at Cadbury. Also watch insider footage of how the Cadbury Dairy Milk bar is made. 

Review: Site's Groundwater, Soil Cleanup Working

January 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons has been effective so far and will continue for years, according to the first five-year review of the site.   

Accelerating Operational Excellence: Q&A With LNS’s Mark Davidson

January 15, 2014 9:30 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

When you consider some of the challenges that manufacturers face across industries today — they’re unprecedented. The pressures of global supply and demand dynamics, supply chain complexities, disparate production locations and systems, regulations, and other factors have forced manufacturers to reevaluate operations and optimize them everywhere possible in order to remain competitive and profitable.

Harnessing Big Data With A Systems Thinking Approach

January 15, 2014 9:23 am | by Tom Kadala, Founder and CEO of Alternative Technology Corporation | Articles | Comments

With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years, what can we expect our data vaults to hold two or even twenty years from now? Companies who are hiring data scientists with the hopes of harnessing big data and data analytics' mythical promises are potentially making a huge mistake.

New GM CEO Hopes To Inspire Science Students

January 13, 2014 1:41 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Responding to a question about being an inspiration to women, Barra said she hopes her engineering credentials make her a role model for young people. "With my technical background — I'm an electrical engineer — and I can motivate young women or young men to pursue a career in science," she said.

The Evolution Of Private Equity & Why Supply Chains Take Center Stage

January 13, 2014 9:22 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International | Articles | Comments

The private equity game was once focused on buying and selling a company as quickly as possible. But the industry has evolved to focus more on engineering companies’ supply chains to build profit and value.             

Ammunition Manufacturer Goes Lean

January 13, 2014 9:13 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Metalform manufactures American-made magazines for the 1911 pistol to brands like Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Kimber. Over the past few years the company has experienced amazing expansion, with forty percent growth in their business.     

PepsiCo's 'Performance With Purpose' Strategy

January 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, discusses her company's initiative to shift to more "good for you" snack foods and ramp up the development of new products. This was an extremely difficult transformation, says Nooyi.       

Food Companies Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories

January 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that between 2007 and 2012 the companies reduced their products' calories by the equivalent of around 78 calories per person per day. The total is more than four times the amount those companies had pledged to cut by next year.

Okuma America’s 2014 Technology Showcase

January 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Okuma America Corporation | Events

Held annually, Okuma America's Technology Showcase is designed to give attendees the unique opportunity to see and gain hands-on experience with Okuma’s latest technology and discuss their individual needs with a variety of industry experts.

Game-changing Joint Ventures In The Manufacturing Sector

January 9, 2014 9:19 am | by KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice | Videos | Comments

Steve Burch, of KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice, explores some key opportunities and challenges for the Manufacturing sector and how joint ventures and alliances, if well planned and executed, can help deliver growth.       

Turning Wasted Activity Into Productivity

January 9, 2014 8:19 am | by TedxTalks | Videos | Comments

Bill Peterson, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, discusses his theories on turning wasted time into productive time using lean countermeasures.          

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