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Trading off Pros Cons

June 2, 2010 7:27 am | by JEFF REINKE, Editorial Director | Comments

While there have been fewer handshakes at the trade show booth, the purchasing power, technological savvy and prestige of the representative companies have made recent trips.

Poor, Poor, Pitiful BP

June 1, 2010 7:18 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, Product Design & Development (PD&D) | Comments

How many bright minds can $6 billion buy? That’s $1.2 million to get the next foot right — and you’re still playing with house money only from the first quarter.

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Delusions of Free Trade Capitalism

May 27, 2010 1:35 pm | Comments

Asian countries have moved into a position of economic dominance with a combination of central planning, government funding and finagling — in collusion and in full cooperation with our American corporations.

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Economic Terrorism

May 27, 2010 7:55 am | by MIKE COLLINS, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Comments

Counterfeiting in China is spiraling out of control. More than 8 percent of China's GDP is generated by counterfeited products, and up to 20 percent of well-known brands for sale in China are fake.

All Biofuels Are Not Equal

May 26, 2010 8:05 am | Comments

Scientists want to correct a perception that all biofuels and bioenergy are equally good for the environment and are all lower in carbon emissions than fossil fuels.

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Take Advantage of Emerging Megatrends

May 24, 2010 1:55 pm | by VIVEK JAIN, Global Research & Development Director, Ticona Engineering Polymers | Comments

In the past few years, we've pushed material innovation back into the reactor to change the backbone chemistry and create truly innovative polymers.

Stop Whining, the Economy is Improving

May 24, 2010 7:10 am | by JIM TOMPKINS, CEO of Tompkins Associates | Comments

Like a father that thinks his son's report card is never good enough, there is still a lot of complaining about the economy despite the positive reports.

Washing Off All this Oil

May 21, 2010 7:39 am | Comments

Natural disasters remind us that some things are out of our control, but there is a lot to gain from being prepared for the worst.

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What’s under your Garbage Blanket?

May 19, 2010 6:42 am | by ANNA WELLS, Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

We allow ourselves to ignore trash simply by shoving it in a desk drawer or behind a closed door. If your facility’s “snow” melted, would there be a big pile of garbage underneath?

Manufacturing can be Competitive in the U.S.

May 18, 2010 7:32 am | Comments

There are still many ways to improve performance and become more competitive while keeping operations in the United States.

Everyone Has a Price

May 17, 2010 6:20 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, Product Design & Development (PD&D) | Comments

James Delayo, New York City’s former chief crane inspector, is headed to up to six years in prison because 10 grand in sweaty money was too much to pass up. It’s time to contemplate pricing.

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Bioenergy Can Save Lives

May 13, 2010 1:24 pm | Comments

It is estimated that ten percent of all U.S. military casualties come from the delivery of fuel.

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The Evolution of Innovation

May 11, 2010 1:29 pm | Comments

GPS — once used to locate nuclear submarines — is now used to find Starbucks. Companies like Nestle are trying to keep up with these fundamental shifts in technology.

How to Reduce Product Recalls

May 10, 2010 2:30 pm | Comments

We keep failing to recognize all the potential problems with new products, as well as how to really conduct product safety analysis.

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Direct Your Angry E-Mails Elsewhere

May 10, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

The Obama administration wants to know what you think should be included in its manufacturing policy, so put the politics aside and get involved.

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