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Microsoft Unveils The Future And It’s Called HoloLens

January 22, 2015 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

This week Microsoft showed off its new operating system, Windows 10, and a new idea in computing that uses holographic technology displayed in the world around you.                         

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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 15, 2015 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations are chiming in on where they see the oil industry moving.     

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 8, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

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New York State To Officially Ban Fracking

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Although hydraulic fracturing in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will now formally ban the practice.                     

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 11, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. With the auto industry being so heavily entrenched with labor unions, is the fight to keep them out futile?       

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New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome For Manufacturers

December 4, 2014 11:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions in the United States. And while this new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry, as they are the ones being targeted to reduce emissions.

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A Lawsuit, Fighting A Recall & Quality Control

December 3, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

So far it’s an interesting week for three large manufacturers. Apple is facing an antitrust class action lawsuit over its iPod, Takata is fighting back against a nationwide U.S. air bag recall and the NTSB released a report on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner battery issues of 2013.

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Privacy Advantages Of Using A Datacenter In Iceland

November 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Natalie Lehrer

According to most data security analysts, Iceland is often referred to as the most privacy-friendly nation for hosting sensitive data. Because data files are becoming larger, it becomes more practical to host data in one central location where it can be readily accessible from any where in the world.

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How The Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 12:45 pm | by Lori Payne

No small manufacturing leader wants the distraction and expense of investing months of team time into solutions that take a long time to vet, even longer to implement, and don’t allow the flexibility you need to answer your unique business challenges.

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Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

While companies are being more open and honest about the flaws in their products, consumers could be left confused and indifferent to the process as they become inundated with reports — especially when it comes to dangerous air bags.     

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Does America Deserve A Raise?

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

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Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 1:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced on Monday that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require country-of-origin labeling on packaged beef and pork products. While the labeling would have helped U.S. ranchers, the WTO said the requirements would put Canadian and Mexican meats at an unfair disadvantage.

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Hackers, Downtime And Deathmobiles In The Age Of IoT

October 20, 2014 12:27 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

It seems that many in manufacturing operations and IT are being tasked with quelling security fears instead of being given the opportunity to address these concerns, and leverage the advantages of greater enterprise-wide connectivity.     

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Nike, Converse Chuck A Lawsuit At 31 Companies

October 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades, so what leaves me scratching my head is — what took so long to file the lawsuit?

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Did A Highway Guardrail Manufacturer Put Profits Over Safety?

October 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Trinity Industries is facing allegations that it changed its guardrail design without informing the Federal Highway Administration and that those changes may have led to deaths and injuries across the U.S.             

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 9, 2014 1:10 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The U.S. trade deficit could be hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that we trade with could be making it worse.                           

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Is The Trade Deficit Really So Bad?

October 9, 2014 11:35 am | by Mike Collins

As with most economic issues, there are no completely wrong or right answers — the truth is that there are winners and losers.                                   

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Are HMI And Mobile Devices On The Menu For Your Plant?

October 6, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Pantoleano

Consumer mobile devices are proliferating in the commercial sector. But in the industrial sector, their use has been limited to remote diagnostics and maintenance visualization in SCADA solutions — so far.             

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The New Threat That’s Worse Than Heartbleed

October 2, 2014 1:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Just because you have the right services in place with smart people watching over and securing your data, don’t ever think the job is done. A new threat has arrived, and it is much worse than Heartbleed.             

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Apple Launches iPhone 6 And With It ‘BendGate’

September 25, 2014 1:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

No company is perfect, but after the debacle that was “Antennagate” with the launch of the iPhone 4, you’d think that Apple would be more meticulous about future generations of products. It appears that the answer is “Not so.”       

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