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Lessons from the Fonz: Nix the Water Skis

July 23, 2010 6:47 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

Technology and the Web have a lot to offer, but you can easily drown in it if you don’t know what it is that you need.

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Message to the Next Gen

July 20, 2010 10:53 am | by CARRIE ELLIS, Editor | Comments

We can never ask ourselves to save the world alone, but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t even try to make it better …

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World Cup Oil Spill Awards

July 16, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

In the World Cup, awards are given for most valuable player (Golden Ball), most goals (Golden Boot) and best goal keeper (Golden Glove). I'm giving out Gulf oil spill-related awards for worst leadership (Oily Mouth), worst containment technique (Oily Brain) and best cleanup solution (Oily Rag).

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You’re Only as Good as Your Suppliers

July 15, 2010 11:45 am | by KEN APPEL, Manager for Regulated Markets for Veriteq, a Vaisala Co. | Comments

Before, supervision of suppliers in distant lands was lax or non-existent. It is not so today, as risk-based models drive the direction of regulatory agency inspections.

Shock, Awe Nausea in the Gulf

July 14, 2010 6:43 am | by MIKE RAINONE, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Comments

When a catastrophe occurs, it’s because we have compromised, and when big profit is involved, the willingness to compromise becomes dangerously easier.

Get Ready to Get Training

July 13, 2010 5:47 am | by JOEL HANS, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

In upping our technological base, turning to automation and implementing technology that requires a firm grasp on mathematics and engineering principles, we have alienated an eager work force.

Not in my Backyard or With my Money

July 12, 2010 7:42 am | by JIM LANE, Editor and Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Comments

A U.S. poll revealed that 58 percent of Americans believe that U.S. energy policy needs to change, but 51 percent say that they would oppose a tax to pay for it: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

We Created a Culture of Job Insecurity

July 9, 2010 5:28 am | Comments

As manufacturing continues to decline, so does our ability to innovate. In the long term this means fewer well paid jobs, lower productivity, declining wages, declining living standards and low economic growth.

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FIRST Competition: Playing on the Same Team

July 7, 2010 6:52 am | by PAMELA KAN, President, Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. | Comments

To see an arena full of kids cheering each other on and having a great time building something, using their minds to solve problems and learning how to operate within a team is mind blowing.

Changing the Mindset of Manufacturing

July 6, 2010 6:27 am | by AMANDA EARING, News Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

When I was in college, I worked at a printing plant every summer, but each season I heard the same spiel from “lifers” at the plant — stay in school, get your education and don’t come back.

So Boring, It Must Be Important

July 2, 2010 6:38 am | by JEFF REINKE, Editorial Director | Comments

When we address critical issues like training and safety, we can almost hear the eyes of our readership glazing over.

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Are We Safer Yet?

July 1, 2010 1:58 pm | by SCOTT ORLOSKY | Comments

At what point does the economic hardship of “perfect” safety outweigh the risks of inherently risky operations?

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Grasstopia: The USDA Regional Biofuels Roadmap

June 29, 2010 1:40 pm | by JIM LANE, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Comments

The plan is a success in that it forms a useful first step on a journey toward meeting Renewable Fuel Standard targets, rather than annually forcing them into insignificance.

For Health or Money?

June 28, 2010 1:52 pm | by JEFF REINKE, Editorial Director | Comments

Sorry, but in my opinion, those who choose to abuse their bodies with an influx of poor eating decisions would not be hindered by higher costs for Mountain Dew and Pizza Hut.

Manufacturing’s Age-Old Problem

June 28, 2010 6:02 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

If key players were to leave, we could find what’s hidden in desk drawers, but what about the elements hidden in their brains? We hold onto more cerebral knowledge than we realize.

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