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How The Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 | by Lori Payne | Comments

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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Daily news and top headlines for IT professionals

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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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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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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America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort Of

September 23, 2014 11:59 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

It looks like foreign investors are taking one more slice of Americana pie. News broke this week that Pabst is being sold to a Russian company, which begs the question, “Can we still claim it as our own?”             

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What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 17, 2014 12:55 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO

With all the news about cars that will be able to drive themselves and new automotive technology in the works, I have begun to wonder whether things such as driver’s ed. will become obsolete for future generations.           

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Apple Watch Announcement Sparks Questions About Wearable Longevity

September 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

This week, Apple introduced their entry into the tech wearables market, called the Apple Watch. But after seeing the device and learning a bit about what it can do, I can’t help thinking to myself, “So what?”            

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Volvo Finally Goes Domestic In China

August 28, 2014 11:34 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.Net

The Chinese auto market is the largest in the world, but most of the country’s autos are foreign. Now, a potentially successful domestic car has landed, from Sweden.                         

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Lockheed Martin Designs The Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 27, 2014 1:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. What could that mean for manufacturing?              

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Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Younger Execs?

August 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, years of experience generally trumps all else. But as younger Millennials edge into corporate leadership, does that experience matter anymore?           

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Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet, causing cheesemakers to pull popular product lines.                 

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How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

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Car Tech Taking Over

August 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

There’s no doubt that technology is making our vehicles more complex. But is technology infiltrating our vehicles too fast and is it all just too much?                             

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5 Tips For Manufacturers To Protect Against IP Theft

August 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by Salo Fajer

There’s no doubt that technology has made manufacturing easier, but it has also opened up manufacturers to IP and data theft that can cost billions. Here are some tips on how companies can protect themselves.            

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Pressuring Apple For Change

August 14, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Apple Inc. announced that it is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of its products as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers. But were they bullied into the decision? 

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Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 13, 2014 1:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

U.S. Senators Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. Will it work?       

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