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Chemicals In iPhones Could Be Dangerous For Workers

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.          

How LEGO Builds Toys Kids Want

March 13, 2014 9:29 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

LEGO says they became the number two toy manufacturer by staying true to what kids want.                                               

GM's Stock Is A Lemon In 2014

March 13, 2014 9:25 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Recalls and investigations have plagued the start of Mary Barra's tenure as CEO of General Motors. But if she continues to address the issues head on, a stronger economy and auto sales should help GM.               

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Take Profitability To The Next Level

March 13, 2014 8:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

We truly believe manufacturers and distributors can benefit tremendously by collaborating on best practices and generating new ideas for better business models.                           

New Approaches To Contract Manufacturing Open Doors For Manufacturers

March 12, 2014 5:28 pm | by David Douthit, Operations Executive, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Contract manufacturing can be an effective way for companies to extend capacity and add flexibility to their production network, critical benefits in a highly volatile business environment.                 

Millennials Want To Ruin Everything

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye.                         

Bad Decade: Malaysia Airlines To Face More Problems After Disapearance

March 12, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The revelation this week that the jet's co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.             

March 2014: Minimizing Downtime

March 12, 2014 11:09 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Liberty Bottleworks talks American pride, experts explain quality and reusability for compressed air piping systems, maintenance best practices and energy awareness drive down industrial motor costs, and more. 

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FYI: Trappings Versus Substance

March 6, 2014 4:58 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Many businesses are very good at the internal and tangible issues inside the manufacturing plant, but are not very good at external issues relating to finding new markets and customers. For a variety of reasons they struggle at industrial marketing.

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.               

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.           

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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.        

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.         

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.      

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