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Changing the Mindset of Manufacturing

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


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?


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.

Wash, Wax, Waste Of Money

June 25, 2010 6:53 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

Cutting corners at the car wash typically has little consequence. It’s when the BPs of the world cut corners that there are more pronounced damages than soapy, stuck-on bugs and water spots.

When Words Collide

June 22, 2010 12:00 pm | by KIM H. PRIES & JON M. QUIGLEY PMP | Comments

“People are our greatest asset.” Given the disparity between words and deeds, you must wonder if nearly every motivational issue that an organization may have is self-inflicted.


Sustainable Design or Shiny Plastic?

June 22, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

Many of our products today are made to look fancy on the shelf, but they are so cheap that within weeks the materials have aged poorly and there is no inheritance.


So That's How they Do It

June 21, 2010 6:55 am | Comments

Shows like How Do They Do It and organizations like John Ratzenberger's Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs are just what we need to revive interest in building and creating things.

Would You Swim Laps after a 12-Hour Shift?

June 18, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

I'm amazed by Apple’s lack of reaction to the plight of Foxconn’s workers. For most companies, this sort of news would be a deal-breaker.


Doctor, Stop Watching TV

June 15, 2010 1:23 pm | Comments

Enlisting the help of healthcare providers in the quest to weed out false advertising might seem like a good idea, but shouldn't they be concentrating on taking care of the sick — and not evaluating ads?


A Toxic Reputation

June 15, 2010 6:11 am | Comments

We have the responsibility to disseminate hazardous claims about our products, processes and/or businesses, and in an equal-opportunity kind of way, dispel damaging disinformation.


When Component Price is Right

June 11, 2010 1:40 pm | Comments

It is not always easy to assign a dollar value to critical services that address emergency situations, improve productivity, solve recurring equipment failures and contribute to reliability.

The (Almost) Perfect Game

June 8, 2010 1:40 pm | Comments

It’s moments like these where I’m glad that my day-to-day decision-making isn’t subject to a slow motion replay in front of millions of angry viewers.


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