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Note for 2010: Stop Buying 5-lb Bags of Oranges

January 4, 2010 6:18 am | by ANNA WELLS, Editor, IMPO | Comments

Among the things I learnt in 2009: E-mail is slowly suffocating me, I cannot hit a fast-pitch baseball or eat a 5-lb bag of oranges before they turn, and manufacturing’s place in America is not a given.

Why All the NASA Hate?

December 22, 2009 10:25 am | by JOEL HANS, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Comments

A colleague of mine wrote a column a while ago titled, “We Landed On The Moon, Big Deal.” There’s no mincing words here; it’s easy enough to tell what his stance on NASA is.

The World's Worst Christmas Wish List

December 22, 2009 7:15 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, PD&D | Comments

ZZVXW4HSZJ47 I’m not one for wish lists. I prefer to treat the requests like odd ransom demands or Sunday shopping lists. What do I really want for Christmas? Tide, maybe some dish soap or a towel.

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Throw The Book At Him

December 21, 2009 11:32 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

Beijing Autos says it doesn’t know anything about the ex-engineer who photocopied thousands of documents and coincidentally took an overseas vacation to shop his merchandise to the highest bidder.

The Post-Industrial Myth

December 21, 2009 9:14 am | Comments

We cannot transition into a manufacturing-free, post-industrial service economy without enormous problems.

Avoiding The Cliché

December 3, 2009 4:46 am | by JEFF REINKE, Editorial Director | Comments

The reccurring challenge for us right now is the same that many of you might be encountering - how to fully embrace the need to continuously improve and, excuse the cliché, take that next step.

Oh, The Irony

November 24, 2009 3:37 am | by JEFF REINKE, Editorial Director | Comments

I like to consider myself a true connoisseur of irony. So   the circumstances regarding a recent article that our esteemed colleague   Meaghan Ziemba forwarded on was not lost on me.

Notes From The Real World

November 23, 2009 5:23 am | Comments

By Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks To offer an alternative to my usual rant, this month I thought I'd share some hard-earned insights with those of you who have an insane itch to develop, manufacture, and sell your own products.

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What A Piece Of Junk

November 19, 2009 11:22 am | Comments

By David Mantey, Editor, PD&D Professionally, I’ve always considered myself a fairly progressive and forward-looking individual.

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There's A Wireless App For That

November 18, 2009 5:12 am | by LUKE SIMPSON, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

We keep an eye on things that seem to be flying under the radar, one example of which is wireless plant technology.

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Taxing The Sweet Tooth

November 16, 2009 12:28 pm | Comments

A small tax on sugary beverages would not affect the pocketbooks of occasional soda-drinkers, but it could curb the kind of excessive soda consumption that leads to obesity.

Stressed If You Do, Stressed If You Don't

November 16, 2009 5:17 am | Comments

By Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO Although it’s an instance that is becoming more and more rare as we grow older and our responsibilities increase, my friends and I like to get together on the occasional weekend night and spend hours at a long, lavish dinner out.

Operating In A Carbon-Constrained Marketplace

November 13, 2009 5:03 am | Comments

By Casey Whelan, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Energy Services As Congress moves toward implementing a mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) compliance system, and a cap and trade market, manufacturers need to evolve to keep up with the changing risks and opportunities.

Adaptability Via A Quest For A Vibrating Cow

November 9, 2009 10:22 am | Comments

By Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing (FM) Walking through the Worldwide Food Expo several weeks ago, I was struck most by the adaptability of the suppliers with whom I spoke.

Greenwashing — I've Been Had

November 9, 2009 4:33 am | by CARRIE ELLIS, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The environmental benefits of "green" products are at times hazy, maybe even pseudo-green. How can individual/commercial consumers rely on green labeling to make purchasing decisions.

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