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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.

Prosperity to Panic in 60 Seconds

May 7, 2010 7:49 am | Comments

Procter & Gamble is at the center of an investigation into yesterday’s market chaos, which caused all of our investments and 401(k)s to temporarily tank. It felt like the machines were taking over.

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The Green Energy Rollercoaster

May 4, 2010 1:24 pm | Comments

Can wind farms and solar arrays replace offshore oil rigs?

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What Are You Smoking?

May 4, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

Anti-smoking legislation in Australia will render cigarette marketing obsolete, as brand awareness will be nearly impossible with plain, logo-free packages.

Tobacco Battles Burning Out

May 3, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

Tobacco companies needs to spend less time fighting social and federal efforts and more time looking for ways to become a positive force in a growing health- and environmentally-conscious global marketplace.

We Are Under Attack

April 30, 2010 6:02 am | Comments

How do we rebuild our societal infrastructure to nourish the creators, inventors and entrepreneurs willing to take risks and create new products?

What's a Weekend?

April 28, 2010 5:35 am | Comments

How long can your company ask you to give up weekend after weekend and deny requested vacations days before it puts another body on the floor?

Innocent iPads Detained by Israeli Customs

April 26, 2010 1:11 pm | Comments

Israel’s roundabout way of taking a stance on wireless regulation standards reminds me of last year's PETA campaign to re-brand fish as "sea-kittens.”

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3D Process Improvement

April 25, 2010 10:56 am | Comments

Once you clearly define the desired process improvement, you can develop strategies and deploy tools—such as three-dimensional plant modelling—that will help you achieve your goals.

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