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Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 2

March 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by JIM LANE, Editor, Biofuels Digest | Comments

Productivity and power are linked — the lesson of history not lost on the Soviets. For when their productivity fell — so too did their fall from power hasten and hurry. To avoid this fate, the Communists bet their collective and collectivist society on single-celled yeasts and algae.

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Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 1

March 20, 2013 12:38 pm | Comments

Those darn little one-celled freedom fighters. Making themselves unpalatable to cattle — is it really possible that they brought down the old regime and ended the Cold War?  

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Can 10 Million People Be Wrong?

March 20, 2013 11:56 am | Comments

Last month Hasbro Inc. missed a golden opportunity to immortalize the importance of our country’s manufacturing sector … especially with the renaissance the sector is currently experiencing. 

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Fighting to Reclaim Manufacturing in America

March 20, 2013 11:15 am | Comments

American manufacturing is battling for its vitality right now. Quite frankly, ‘dominant’ would be one of the last terms to sum up the past fifteen years of U.S. manufacturing, despite our strong presence.  

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Choosing the Right Oil Company to Own in 2013

March 19, 2013 10:44 am | Comments

Where are you getting your crude? How much is it costing you to develop? How much will it continue to cost you? When those numbers add up and the results tell a tale of efficiency and growth, you've got a stock that you can confidently hold.

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QA: The Evolution of PLM, Part 2

March 19, 2013 6:59 am | Comments

We see two or three genres of interaction between PLM and manufacturing systems. On the very advanced end, some companies basically feed iterated or updated design information to the MES and CNC machines.

The Apocalyptic Threat of Undead Projects, Part 2

March 18, 2013 1:49 pm | Comments

We must learn to recognize the zombie projects and either lift the curse that afflicts them, or put them to a merciful death.  Take some time this week and look at your project portfolio.  If you see a zombie on the list, work with your leaders to do the right thing. 

QA: The Evolution of PLM, Part 1

March 18, 2013 1:15 pm | Comments

I think PLM really took off and probably became most popular originally in the sectors of manufacturing where there were complex systems involved, such as airplanes and cars. A lot of the bigger PLM vendors came out of the CAD or engineering space

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The Apocalyptic Threat of Undead Projects, Part 1

March 15, 2013 1:22 pm | Comments

Are there any of us who haven’t been assigned to the “undead” project?  You know, those projects that seem to go on forever without ever possessing the priority or proper resources to get finally to launch.

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The Training Manufacturers Really Need

March 15, 2013 1:02 pm | Comments

A recent study authored by Deloitte LLP and the Manufacturing Institute says that “for years, manufacturers have reported a significant gap between the talent they need and what they can actually find.”

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Five Ideal Participants for Demand Response

March 14, 2013 12:37 pm | Comments

Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand.

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Lessons from the Cupping Room

March 14, 2013 10:26 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

I’ve been through every plant you can think of, whether it produces motors, lawn mowers, refrigerators, treadmills, or Tequila Rose. From construction equipment to breathalyzers — I’ve seen it all. I even once toured the plant of a manufacturer of caskets, where rows of associates sewed linings with delicate care.

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The European Gamble

March 13, 2013 1:50 pm | Comments

Italy, and the rest of Europe, will never realize its potential to provide well-paying, high-tech jobs to its people, without which there is a real danger of the entire continent becoming a Greece.

The Importance of Food Safety Training

March 13, 2013 12:29 pm | Comments

Jeff Eastman of Alchemy Systems shares his views about training’s impact on food safety, its role as a preventive control under FSMA and how to ensure employees comprehend and apply their training at all times.

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Prepare for Disaster ( Minimize Downtime)

March 13, 2013 5:28 am | Comments

Disasters come in many sizes and shapes and are often unexpected, which is why manufacturers must prepare for them, treating disaster recovery plans almost as an insurance policy. And they do happen, often at the most inconvenient times.

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