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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.                    

Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing, @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.             

A Radical Company Challenge: Stop The Complaining

March 27, 2014 2:13 pm | by Peter D. Winiarski, CEO, Win Enterprises, LLC | Articles | Comments

Taking 100 percent responsibility for the outcomes in your life means giving up blaming others or complaining about external events.                                 

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The Nuts & Bolts Of MRO: How Inventory Data Can Strengthen Your Supply Chain

March 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Brian Norris, Vice President of Inventory Management, Grainger | Articles | Comments

Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Just as there are a lot of different types of inventory, there are a lot of different ways to manage it.             

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 2

March 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to prioritize maintenance work, schedule it in advance, and share findings in real time is a great way to keep facilities running at peak performance, often with cost savings.                   

Justification For Migration

March 26, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.                                  

Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

Investors: Coca-Cola Exec Pay Is Excessive

March 25, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An investment fund is taking issue with Coca-Cola's pay plan for management, saying it's particularly excessive in light of the beverage maker's slowing growth.                          

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77 Safety Glasses

March 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.             

Toyota Case Highlights Difficulty In Prosecuting Execs

March 25, 2014 9:53 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told."          

A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

March 24, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.      

Detection Perfection

March 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial Scientific's products are often the first and last line of defense for a tradesman working in a potentially hazardous environment.                               

Mystery Of Lost Jet Now 2 Weeks Old

March 24, 2014 9:57 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Rob Griffith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aircraft and ships from China headed to the desolate southern Indian Ocean to join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks.                            

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Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the best course of action.             

This Is What A Billion Dollar Brand Looks Like

March 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.                       

Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors, beware. Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future.                  

Arizona Bill Would Let Tesla Skip Dealers

March 20, 2014 10:11 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Bill 2123 is strongly opposed by traditional auto manufacturers and dealers, who argue that Tesla wants to operate outside the normal rules that require manufacturers to sell cars through dealers.                 

Mary Barra Apologizes For GM

March 20, 2014 10:07 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CEO offers personal apology and provides an update on how automaker is fixing the problem.                                              

Timeline: What Went Wrong At GM

March 20, 2014 10:04 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

Here's a look back at the timeline of engineering problems and accidents surrounding GM's ignition switch. Why didn't the company or NHTSA recall the cars sooner?                          

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 1

March 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to access information and control processes from afar saves time, money, and can keep workers out of potentially dangerous situations. For many solutions providers, this means more business apps for mobile devices.        

Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

March 19, 2014 4:38 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?   

An Inside Look At CAT's Business Ingenuity

March 19, 2014 8:33 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In recent years, Caterpillar had incredible performance and growth, the darling of financial analysts. But it wasn’t always so: In the 1980s, some observers wondered whether CAT could survive as it hemorrhaged financial losses.       

GM Creates New Post For Safety Issues

March 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has named a 40-year engineer as its new safety chief, placing a single person in charge of recalls and other safety issues as it deals with a huge compact car recall that has damaged the company's reputation.     

Making Room For More Lead Time

March 17, 2014 2:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

No matter what the end product, there is always pressure to be an industry leader in lead time, and to meet those targets in a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient manner. Reducing lead times can provide manufacturers with a multitude of benefits.

Report: New Mexico Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response, and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently contaminated by a radiation leak. 

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