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Protecting Your Ideas

June 26, 2014 4:25 pm | by Michael Sherban, patent attorney | Articles | Comments

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Here's how to protect yours.                                    

The IoT Uplink: How Secure Are Our 14 Billion Connected Devices?

June 26, 2014 4:12 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This episode examines the growing concerns manufacturers face in keeping connected devices secure, with projections taking machine-to-machine communication platforms impacting as many as 18 billion devices within the next five years.       

Building Displays for the Largest Arenas in the World

June 24, 2014 3:23 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Get a look inside Daktronics, a company that has made scoreboards and display systems for some of the biggest teams in professional and collegiate sports.                             

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Purchasing the Right Jib Crane

June 24, 2014 9:29 am | by Don DeSimone, Wynright | Articles | Comments

When you’re operating in a highly regulated industry, buying major equipment is about more than just getting the best deal. Ask these four questions before making a purchase you could regret.                  

June 2014: Manufacturing Jobs Report

June 23, 2014 11:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we investigate the current state of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad, and we explore technological advancements in infrared applications and conveyor systems.

Senator Wants To Tighten Controls On Radioactive Material

June 19, 2014 4:54 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator is urging the Obama administration to tighten procedures after a congressional audit found security problems at companies using radioactive material.               

Industry Agrees To Ban 'Microbeads'

June 19, 2014 1:09 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.

How Will GM Fix Its Corporate Culture?

June 17, 2014 9:59 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.            

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Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping by U.S.

June 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.         

Re-Engineering The Manufacturing Enterprise

June 16, 2014 3:52 pm | by SME | Videos | Comments

Find out how customer-driven production challenges are met by re-engineering the manufacturing enterprise through case studies with Black & Decker, Aeroquip Corp. and Himont Corp.                   

Quick Changeover For Lean Manufacturing

June 16, 2014 3:45 pm | by SME | Videos | Comments

This program shows examples of how four different companies reduced changeover times to be more responsive to customer orders.                                   

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 16, 2014 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                       

Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 13, 2014 10:59 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.           

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The Price Tag for Corporate Negligence

June 12, 2014 11:59 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

While this recall disaster and public relations nightmare rages on, sales of GM vehicles have soared, shocking most analysts.                                      

What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design

June 12, 2014 11:41 am | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online | Articles | Comments

No matter what your industry, the design of your warehouse has far-reaching ramifications for efficiency and savings.                                       

Cargill To Change Hog Production Facilities

June 10, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spurred by pressure from animal-rights groups, Cargill Pork has announced plans to change how it houses sows.                                         

Kohler Brings Artists to Factory To Inspire

June 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company known for kitchen and bathroom fixtures has opened its factory floor to artists for the past 40 years, allowing them to share ideas and techniques with factory workers so that both can be inspired.            

Ford CEO on Company's Comeback, Retirement and GM

June 9, 2014 1:59 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

From deep debt to soaring profits, Ford CEO Alan Mulally discusses the motor company's rise, his plans to step down on July 1 and the GM recall.                               

What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close.               

Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

June 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

Radically Reshaping Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:23 pm | by McKinsey & Company | Videos | Comments

Katy George, global co-leader of McKinsey & Company's manufacturing group, explains next-shoring and makes the argument that companies must view their manufacturing process as an ecosystem that needs to be optimized from the supply base to the consumer. 

The Spark of Innovation: Zippo Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by USCC | Videos | Comments

The company behind the Zippo lighter has accomplished the near impossible — it has grown and adapted to today's fickle market while remaining a steadfast American icon.                        

3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

Majority of Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.                              

How One Toy Maker Is Addressing the Skills Gap

June 4, 2014 11:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

K’NEX Brands has dedicated a large focus of its company to improving STEM education and recruiting the next generation to manufacturing jobs. All of this while working to reshore as much production as possible.            

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