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Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

December 2, 2013 1:19 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Maker’s Row, a website and free service that helps facilitate connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll.                                             

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Large Retailers Race Toward Safer Chemicals

November 21, 2013 3:43 pm | by Mark Rossi | Comments

With new chemical policies in place, Target and Wal-Mart have joined Whole Foods Market in moving well beyond regulations to reduce the chemical footprints of household cleaning and personal care products sold in their stores.                               

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Talent Management: Easier Hires, Better Skills, More Compliance

August 8, 2013 2:27 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

There is an epidemic of sorts within the high-tech manufacturing community, and a large portion of this skilled labor shortage cannot be solved by any given manufacturer — in many cases, the people simply aren’t trained well enough, or aren’t willing to take on new skills.

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Long Live the Twinkie: The Future of Hostess Brands Sheds Light on Manufacturing Evolution

July 17, 2013 4:39 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Comments

If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.

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By the Numbers

July 16, 2013 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

Conveying equipment can’t just keep getting faster — it has to get smarter as well. Learn how market conditions, design elements, and maintenance issues work together to create positive trends in the conveyor industry. Investments in conveying systems have been slowly creeping up in manufacturing environments.

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Dodging Disaster: Tyson Foods Inc.

July 1, 2013 12:58 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Dodging Disasters feature details the missteps and safety oversights that led to a recent plant disaster and provides actionable information to help processors avoid the same mistakes. Today we explore the recent ammonia leak at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas.

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U.S. Boss Held In Chinese Factory: A Case For Reshoring

June 28, 2013 10:10 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

A hostile act by workers at Specialty Medical Supplies in China shows the growing unease the Chinese manufacturing labor force has about jobs during a time of slowing economic growth in the country. Part of this evolving economy is a U.S. push toward reshoring foreign jobs.

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Bremen Castings: Making Heavy Industry a Safer Place

June 27, 2013 9:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI), has been around long enough, having been established in 1939, to gain a reputation of being one of the area’s best employers. But back in 2010, BCI’s executives and upper management decided its plant floor safety initiatives needed an overhaul.

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Safety Scene: Storing Chemicals

June 24, 2013 4:32 pm | by Kimberley Schmitt, Associate Editor | Comments

Chem.Info’s recurring Safety Scene feature focuses on how to improve safety in processing plants. In this installment, we highlight chemical storage safety. While processors may utilize several types of chemicals, ensuring proper storage is critical.

NI Strengthens FIRST Partnership for Better STEM Education

June 3, 2013 10:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A new partnership aims to create more scientists and engineers by fostering students of all ages — from kindergarten through the end of high school — in programs that inspire not only technical innovation, but also communication and business skills.

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Top of the Pops

May 30, 2013 10:27 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing | Comments

If you were to liken the interest in single-use and disposable technologies in the pharmaceutical industry to terms we are familiar with when talking about hot web topics, you might say they have been “trending” for several years, or perhaps they have gone “viral.”

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Exploring Energy: Hydroelectric Power

May 3, 2013 9:07 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Comments

Chem.Info’s recurring Exploring Energy feature provides readers with a chance to familiarize themselves with energy technologies and processes, both new and old. In this installment, we explore hydroelectric power.

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Groups Clamor for ‘Safer’ Chemicals

April 11, 2013 9:04 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Comments

A group of nearly 450 organizations ranging from environmental groups to labor organizations to health care providers and other businesses have joined forces to pressuring retailers to drop products containing chemicals that the coalition has deemed unsafe.

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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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