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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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An American Manufacturing Movement: Productivity

January 20, 2012 1:06 pm

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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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Top 10 Process Safety Management Tidbits

January 10, 2012 4:52 pm | by Eric Conn, Head of the OSHA Practice Group, Epstein Becker & Green

This is a list of the 10 most important things that chemical plant operators need to know about the new nationwide Chem NEP.

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Top 10 Project Management Trends For 2012

January 10, 2012 9:46 am

As the project environment grows in complexity, project management will require team, stakeholder, and executive collaboration in 2012 like never before.

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Report: Equipment Investment To Grow 9 Pct. In 2012

January 9, 2012 3:24 pm | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

The macro outlook for 2012 is for a slow improvement, with more positive cyclical trends kicking in later in the year.

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Former Olympus CEO Throws In The Towel

January 6, 2012 1:05 pm | by Malcom Foster, Associated Press

The former Olympus Corp. CEO who blew the whistle on dubious spending at the Japanese camera and medical equipment maker said Friday he is giving up his fight to regain the presidency and plans to sue the company.

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A Little Business Intelligence Can Go A Long Way

January 5, 2012 8:17 am

2012 is here. It's time for manufacturers to gain some business intelligence. This Q&A with Erik Kaas, Vice President of Product Management for Mid-market ERP products, Sage North America , discusses some ways companies can approach gaining greater business intelligence -- at a reasonable price.

What's In A Name?

January 5, 2012 7:59 am

Management Dynamics, a leading provider of Global Trade Management solutions, recently announced that it has changed its name to Amber Road. According to the company, Amber Road evokes images of trade throughout history, and it more accurately embodies the nature of the company's business. Scott Byrnes, Amber Road's Vice President of Marketing , spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about the name change, the reasons behind it, and what it means for the company moving forward.

Weighing The Risks Of Nanotechnology

January 3, 2012 6:40 am

Nanotechnology is an emerging science that offers many new opportunities for the food industry, but food manufacturers should be aware that there are some potential risks with this new technology.  Food Manufacturing, MBT’s sister site, recently  spoke with Amy Galland of As You Sow about nanotechnology and what processors should consider before implementing this new science into their processes.

When Performance Lags, Look to the Team Culture

January 3, 2012 4:53 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., Author -Publisher, Majorium Business Press

An effective team will define specific performance goals, a work-product, a set of challenges to overcome, and milestones to meet. Teams, team results, team culture, performance goals, milestones, team work-product, focus, goals, problem solving, objectives, productivity.

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