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Supply Chain Planning Is Dead — Or Is It?

February 6, 2012 2:38 pm

Companies and supply chains must have an eye to geopolitics and assess the risk/reward associated with this aspect of the world we live in. Too often we focus on how to handle the next flood or earthquake, but not the next revolution.


Automatic Improvement: Spotlight On PLCs

February 3, 2012 1:36 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

While PLCs are not new technology, their functionality has evolved to include networking, relay control, and advanced data handling capabilities.

Start-Up Innovators Look For Traction After CES

February 2, 2012 4:58 pm | by Reuters

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month was a forum not just for big manufacturers of televisions and computers but also for small companies with innovative products to sell. In the so-called Eureka Park section of the show, several of these up-and-coming companies showed off their wares.


4:3 vs. 16:9 Aspect Ratio: Which Monitors Are Best?

February 2, 2012 2:02 pm | by Herb Ruterschmidt, TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc.

In order to avoid video images which are stretched, chopped, squeezed, shrunk or distorted, be sure to choose a LCD monitor with a aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9) that matches your camera or other incoming video signal.


Improving Billing To Improve Operations

January 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mitch Rose, Vice President of Marketing and Billing Strategy, Billtrusts

No matter what business you’re in, billing is a key part of your operation. An efficient billing strategy can increase your customers’ satisfaction, improve your company’s cash flow, and significantly lower operating expenses throughout your organization.


Outsourcing Education For The Well-Trained Employee

January 31, 2012 1:37 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

As technologies and processes continue to improve and become more efficient, U.S. manufacturers are relying on an educated workforce.

Reshoring Initiative Encourages Insourcing

January 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Supported by 27 companies and trade associations, the Reshoring Initiative pursues its mission of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States by helping U.S. manufacturers recognize the profit potential of utilizing local sourcing and production as well as the critical role they can play in strengthening the economy.


U.S. Jobs Lost As Technological Lead Shrinks

January 27, 2012 2:00 pm

The United States lost 28 percent of its high-technology manufacturing jobs over the last decade, as the nation’s rapidly shrinking lead in science and technology in the global marketplace was accompanied by a toll on U.S. high-tech jobs.


Q&A: The Manufacturing Workers Of Tomorrow

January 27, 2012 1:18 pm

This interview with Stephen R. Huffman, the 2007 President of ISA and current member of the ISA Finance Committee, discusses the employment outlook in the manufacturing sector, training the manufacturing workers of tomorrow, and how companies can locate the best and brightest talent.


Walking Your Employees To Higher Productivity

January 26, 2012 12:49 pm | by James K. Todd

When all is said and done — having healthy employees is essential for every manufacturer. Whether your goal is to reduce healthcare costs, curb absenteeism, increase productivity, boost morale or a combination of all — providing wellness/walking as a voluntary but positive benefit is the only way to grow.


Spending Trends In The CMO And CSO Market

January 24, 2012 3:04 pm | by CRO, CMO, budget, outsourcing

Understanding shifts in annual outsourcing budgets and spending can help CROs and CMOs to better position themselves for capturing business.


An American Manufacturing Movement: Competition

January 23, 2012 1:08 pm

How do we create a competitive advantage through next generation supply networks and advanced logistics?


An American Manufacturing Movement: Productivity

January 20, 2012 1:06 pm

How do we achieve next-generation productivity through smart innovation and manufacturing?


Mobile Technology: A Means To Improve Operational Efficiency

January 19, 2012 2:45 pm

The use of mobile technology as a means to improve operational efficiency has become increasingly prevalent in the manufacturing industry. More and more companies have realized the benefits that can be gained from investments in various mobile devices and complementary business software.

An American Manufacturing Movement: Talent

January 19, 2012 2:26 pm

Federal, state, and local governments along with high schools, universities, community colleges, national laboratories, and industry should prioritize Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and push for greater integration of community colleges in the innovation pipeline.

An American Manufacturing Movement: Expansion

January 17, 2012 12:46 pm

One of the most notable challenges facing today's manufacturing industry is the need to fuel the innovation and production economy from start-up to scale-up.


An American Manufacturing Movement: Innovation

January 16, 2012 12:47 pm

This five-part series by the Council on Competitiveness calls for a new era of production excellence in America. Check back Wednesday for the next strategy for American manufacturing excellence. 


Being Industrious In An Age Of Uncertainty (Part 2)

January 13, 2012 3:50 pm | by Barry Jaruzelski, Arvind Kaushal, Dan Holland & Marian Mueller, Booz & Company

Manufacturers should focus on acquiring, managing, and sustaining an increasingly global and diverse talent base across multiple geographies; building practical mechanisms to support global collaboration; and driving a cost and process structure that is lean and flexible.


Inspiring Change

January 12, 2012 10:32 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Change comes with resistance. If we are the top dog of our organization or team, we can force change by dictating it. If that isn’t your option or your style, then inspire change by addressing the emotional motivations to change. Logic alone just isn’t reason enough. 


Being Industrious In An Age Of Uncertainty (Part 1)

January 12, 2012 10:12 am | by Barry Jaruzelski, Arvind Kaushal, Dan Holland & Marian Mueller, Booz & Company

If industrial firms sit on the sidelines with their cash for too long, they may end up under-investing in their businesses and innovation — and minimizing their growth prospects.



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