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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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Array Fracking Extracts Oil Safely Effectively

March 13, 2013 5:11 am | Comments

It looks like we may have more available oil than we thought, thanks to a new procedure called array fracking . What does that mean? It means that the oil boys are drilling the oil holes closer together.

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Hot Sauce! Five Bayoufuels Lessons from Louisiana, Part 1

March 11, 2013 11:48 am | Comments

 Louisiana is hot as a cayenne pepper in biofuels capacity development, but when it comes to the first generation of ethanol and biodiesel-based biofuels, the state didn’t figure much into the calculations.  

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Like Water off a Duck’s Back, 21st Century Style

March 8, 2013 11:10 am | Comments

There’s a product out there that is living in fear. Yes, it is quite terrified … of water. It’s so terrified of water in fact that it can’t even stand to be around it.

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Control Your Data Securely When Employees Come Go

March 8, 2013 10:37 am | Comments

The amount of security-related data stored across a network is immense for many organizations, and relating all this data to the user’s account information in Active Directory can be tricky and time consuming.

The Big Military Biofuels Build-Up, Part 2

March 7, 2013 10:37 am | Comments

Defense officials and military leaders overseeing DOD energy programs are promoting two linked but distinct efforts to address energy concerns. The operational energy challenges that the United States faces today in Afghanistan and other countries threatens both blood and treasure.  

The Big Military Biofuels Build-Up, Part 1

March 7, 2013 10:30 am | Comments

The recent debate over the role of the military in investing in renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and conservation programs and alternative biofuels has included many voices that sometimes conflate the linked but distinct efforts by defense officials to address energy concerns.

Performance Plans Create Results Maximize Performance

March 7, 2013 6:55 am | Comments

A performance plan differs from a conventional plan in that it is a proactive document. It is designed for continuous use throughout the year as a guide and reference tool to direct the leader and his or her unit's activities. The primary purpose of a performance plan is to create results and maximize performance.

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Food Fraud: Are Your Ingredients at Risk?

March 6, 2013 12:08 pm | Comments

While some cases of food fraud are due to the efforts of unscrupulous processors, some honest food companies are unknowingly producing items containing fraudulent ingredients.

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Congress, FDA Should Make Pharmacy Compounding Safer

March 6, 2013 6:15 am | Comments

The  technology to prevent errors is already available. Automated pharmacy compounding systems have existed for more than a decade — it’s just that too few pharmacies use them

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How to Play Cheap Natural Gas

March 5, 2013 6:55 am | Comments

Godzilla could learn a thing or two from cheap natural gas in terms of frightening people. All you have to say is “natural gas” and a lot of people in the biobased world turn pale, tremble, and scamper into corners.  

Eliminate Volatility with Dynamic Operations, Part 2

March 4, 2013 11:19 am | Comments

While manufacturing executives remain optimistic about growth, they are well aware that potential obstacles remain. Success in this era of seemingly permanent volatility requires flexibility and agility in their operations.

Eliminate Volatility with Dynamic Operations, Part 1

March 4, 2013 10:53 am | Comments

Despite approaching 2012 with cautious optimism, manufacturers expressed concern about a wide range of factors that could prevent them from reaching their goals. Uncertainty about customer demand and rising commodities costs topped their list.

I’m Doing This You’re Coming with Me, Part 2

March 1, 2013 10:56 am | Comments

When skeptics or unwilling participants are the first ones through the system and they meet the first bump in the road, they will present the roughness of the path as proof that the plan is flawed and cannot succeed.

I’m Doing This You’re Coming with Me, Part 1

March 1, 2013 10:47 am | Comments

Accepting the axiom that business and process improvement is fundamentally an outcome of changed behavior, we must address how to lead a change in behavior.  

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