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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

Purchasing Poison for my Daughter

June 7, 2010 12:15 pm | Comments

I’m not trying to off my six-year-old; I’m just one of those consumers that assumes big corporations test their products for safety issues before selling them to the public. My mistake.

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Good News is No News

June 7, 2010 7:00 am | Comments

Whenever a major food safety disaster occurs, the industry grumbling begins: "How come you don’t hear about the facilities that are doing things right?" Well, because, “This system functioned as designed, thus nothing newsworthy happened,” is not news.

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Safe Chemicals Act is a 'No-Brainer'

June 4, 2010 7:10 am | by JAMES A. KOSCH | Comments

However, the legislation could also increase the liability risk from trade partners’ lack of compliance, additional product-testing costs and higher costs associated with finding alternatives to questionable chemicals—just as the battered economy is on the cusp of a recovery.

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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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