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FDA: Put Up or Shut Up

August 6, 2010 12:26 pm | Comments

If the FDA wants to provide food oversight, it needs to do its own testing on chemicals before they are put into food and packaging — whether the manufacturers okay it or not.


Arguing as an Art Form

August 6, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

If OSHA says you are in violation of safety codes, you should pay for it. You shouldn’t be able to hire an attorney to argue that you should be responsible for only some of the violations.


Livestock Antibiotics a Threat to Human Health?

August 3, 2010 9:33 am | Comments

The FDA told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee they believed overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals is leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could threaten human health.


Collaboration is Job No. 1 in Manufacturing

July 29, 2010 12:46 pm | by CRAIG HODGES, Manufacturing Industry General Manager, Microsoft Corp. | Comments

These days, manufacturers have their heads in the cloud because cloud computing promises to drastically improve the ability of companies to drive manufacturing efficiencies.


Ag Under Attack — Is Food Processing Next?

July 27, 2010 7:50 am | by JEFF SIMMONS, President, Elanco Animal Health | Comments

It seems likely that those opposing technology’s role in agricultural production will continue to advance their efforts to restrict its use in other areas of the food chain.

Old School vs. New School

July 27, 2010 6:13 am | by AMANDA EARING, News Editor, | Comments

Veteran workers and managers can represent a challenge — when workers get comfortable with the way things are run, they meet any change with vehement opposition.

The Tax Downfall

July 26, 2010 6:44 am | by AMANDA EARING, News Editor, | Comments

Many argue that policymakers should reform the tax code to assist — not punish — the manufacturing sector, which is a key to U.S. innovation, productivity and well-paying jobs.

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.


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 …


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).


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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