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Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

Top Manufacturing Organizations Split On Budget

March 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal. Interestingly, they don't agree.               

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Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

March 5, 2014 10:08 am | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions.           

How To Identify The Right Forklift For Your Operation

March 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Reddon | Articles | Comments

Today, there are plenty of lift-truck designs out there for all types of businesses, and with the right knowledge, you’re sure to find the right machine for your needs.                        

Manufacturing Operations Management: Identifying The Best Solution Approaches

March 4, 2014 8:43 am | by Mark Davidson, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In the 2013-2014 LNS Research MOM survey, approximately 325 manufacturing professionals shared their preferences on how they leverage internal resources, systems integrators and consultants, and software suppliers to support their manufacturing improvement initiatives.

Manufacturer Rebranding: 7 Keys For Success

March 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity | Articles | Comments

There is simply no rebranding effort where the stakes are not extraordinarily high and the margin for error is slim at best.                                     

Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

Each year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.        

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Google Donates Nearly $7M For San Francisco Program

February 28, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is donating nearly $7 million to allow San Francisco to continue providing free bus and other transportation services to low-income city kids. City officials announced the donation on Thursday and said it will cover an additional two years of the free transit program.

5 Tips For Young Engineers, From The Experienced

February 28, 2014 9:37 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. Interestingly, much of the advice was not about technical skills or specific projects.            

5 Simple Rules To Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 28, 2014 9:15 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.                      

5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data To Work

February 25, 2014 9:52 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when a company implements a plan and the light bulb goes on and they finally see how data can drive truly effective action. When data-based systems are installed, the implementation is too often considered successful once the data are flowing and people can get to the data.

Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI | Articles | Comments

While new FDA standards improve public safety and health, they also present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans, and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.         

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Warren Buffett Offers Lesson In Value Investing

February 24, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett is offering a refresher course on his approach to investing in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders. Buffett's full letter won't be released until Saturday, but Fortune magazine published an excerpt of it online on Monday.

Google Announces $1M Donation To Solve Problems Through Technology

February 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, Google's ideas director, announce New Digital Age grants for groups or individuals that use technology to solve problems. Schmidt and Cohen also discuss the future of technology.     

Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.      

Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures, and risks in real time.

Why New-Shoring Is The New School Of Manufacturing Trends

February 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls. Through a combination of one of the new manufacturing trends, “new-shoring” — creating new jobs closer to home — and smarter international manufacturing practices, small businesses are helping protect their valuable assets.

9 Tactics To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

February 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Articles | Comments

Are you doing all you can to make sure that your operation’s manufacturing safety is a well documented, practiced, and backed up process? How do companies achieve a level where they can boast of safety as one of the operational backbones, that itself in many cases becomes a competitive advantage?

Lean Principles, Impressive Results

February 13, 2014 3:43 pm | by Mike Engel, Chief Operations Officer, FLEXcon | Articles | Comments

FLEXcon began its lean manufacturing program in 2003 and has since achieved a 90 percent improvement in on-time deliveries, 20 percent reduction in waste and a 35 percent increase in total productivity. Dollar savings are more than 10 times what was invested to roll the practice out and educate and train 1,000 employees. 

Q&A: How Manufacturers Can SAVE FOOD

February 13, 2014 3:07 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food waste drains food manufacturers’ resources and profits. Data on the issue is shocking. For example, 40 percent of all food produced in less-developed countries spoils every day before it reaches consumers.            

Protecting Manufacturing From A Hacker's Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 12, 2014 9:40 am | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

Although social engineering often ultimately leads to cyber attacks, it may not start out that way. It may start with someone pretending to be a customer or the CEO’s friend, telephoning your company and tricking someone into giving out information they should not be divulging.

Leading The Way On A New Manufacturing Generation

February 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Spee-Dee | Blogs | Comments

I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.

Why ERP Doesn’t Work, And Steps To Fix The Problem

February 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology | Articles | Comments

While a key enabler for the modern supply chain, ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality. 

Must-Have ERP Features For The Automotive Industry

February 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Plex | Articles | Comments

Automotive OEMs and parts manufacturers are fighting for survival in an increasingly more competitive global economy. As large companies spin off parts of the whole and smaller companies are acquired by more substantial players in the industry, they share one common goal — streamlined, efficient operations that maximize profitability.

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