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Michigan's Moves In Advanced Manufacturing

April 24, 2014 12:38 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Closing the skills gap and connecting the private sector with local, educated talent is part of a formula the Wolverine State governor is using to create an environment for success.                   

Strategically Automating The Warehouse

April 23, 2014 11:30 am | by Randy Marble | Articles | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material...

Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

It’s a given that ERP has to stay current to meet today’s business requirements. When...

Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 22, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores...

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

John Sheridan, senior account representative at 3M, takes a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.           

GM CEO On Recall: 'It Took Too Long'

April 17, 2014 12:39 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CEO Mary Barra explains GM's decision to recall 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches and what they are doing to prevent another situation in the future.                         

GE Selects Louisville For First ‘Micro-Factory’

April 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The micro-factory philosophy aims to bring an open platform and co-creation to the appliances market so that the company can create the products that consumers want at an accelerated pace.                 

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Companies Are At Risk From Heartbleed Too

April 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While there’s been a big focus on the Heartbleed Bug and what individuals should do to protect themselves, the truth is the bug has a wider reach than just websites. Companies have some work to do to make sure they’re protected.       

Six Tips To Successfully Deploy Cloud Solutions

April 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jim Shepherd, VP of Strategy, Plex | Articles | Comments

We are entering a new era of manufacturing — one where manufacturers need to move fast and strike hard in order to stay ahead of competitors and stay relevant to customers. This type of maneuverability depends heavily on technology, leading companies to take stock of their ERP solutions and evaluate if they can succeed with what they have.

Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed

April 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode. In essence, the bug potentially exposed your username and password on sites like Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and more. Take a look at the problem and what you should do to protect yourself and your company. 

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers may not be taking full advantage of research and development federal tax credits, so Manufacturing Business Technology took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II from Mueller Prost PC to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.

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Michigan Boosting Efforts For Auto Industry Jobs

April 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades, officials said. Nigel Francis, the state's senior automotive adviser, this week plans to outline details of a 30-year strategic plan that aims to elevate Michigan's status as a global auto industry leader

Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising and the surging popularity of craft beer.         

Building The Industrial Cloud: The Immediate Future Of M2M Technology

April 2, 2014 12:50 pm | Articles | Comments

If the Internet of Things is already big news among retail manufacturers, it’s even bigger news in heavy industries. For these companies, the possibility of rolling out cheap, massively distributed networks that can collect and communicate consumer and process data offers tantalizing and easily understood business opportunities. The only challenge is finding the hardware that can do the work. 

How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

March 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, once fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.

3 Keys To Saving The Bloated And Broken American Manufacturing Industry

March 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity | Blogs | Comments

Many American manufacturers are bloated and broken. And their CEO’s are fat, dumb and happy. That is until a foreigner comes along to dismantle and dismember the company.                       

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GE, Local Motors Team Up For Future Appliance Designs

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

GE announced a partnership with Local Motors to launch a new model for the manufacturing industry. The partnership will pair co-creation and micromanufacturing to build and commercialize the next evolution of various GE products.      

GM Creates New Post For Safety Issues

March 18, 2014 3:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has named a 40-year engineer as its new safety chief, placing a single person in charge of recalls and other safety issues as it deals with a huge compact car recall that has damaged the company's reputation.        

Dell Saves $50 Million With mcaConnect And Dynamics AX

March 7, 2014 5:14 pm | Videos | Comments

At one time Dell Computers had 11 factories - each operating with a unique IT system. This led to high operating costs, complex infrastructure demands, and added difficulties in handling any changes. There was also a higher level of unreliability due to the slower and less effective manner in which all of these factories, with their different systems, could communicate.

‘Manufacturing’ A Culture Of Innovation

March 5, 2014 4:15 pm | by Think. Innovate. Texas Instruments Blog | Blogs | Comments

All over the world, ideas from TIers are constantly being put into action, resulting in revolutionary and incremental innovations. From state-of-the-art, advanced technological advances to very low-tech, simple fixes, these ideas make fabrication and assembly/test plants more efficient and productive while lowering costs.

EPA Overregulation: What It Means For U.S. Manufacturing

March 5, 2014 11:06 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Survivability in the manufacturing industry is at an all-time high, but still faces some roadblocks. An independent review of EPA regulations examines the disparity between EPA projections and the industry’s more realistic concerns about future profits, job loss and taxes.

Gain A 360-degree View Of Your Business

March 3, 2014 10:35 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Having the ability to truly visualize your business anytime, anywhere and from any device. That’s how your business benefits from the cloud.                               

Manufacturer Rebranding: 7 Keys For Success

February 28, 2014 10:48 am | by Miller Ingenuity CEO Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity | Articles | Comments

No matter your reason for embarking upon a business rebranding effort of a company, product name, logo, phrase, design scheme or other such asset, one thing is certain: execute poorly and suffer extreme consequences.         

Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs In U.S.

February 26, 2014 2:27 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

The United States could create up to 5.8 million new jobs if it acted to end global currency manipulation, according to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.

Five Simple Rules To Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.                     

Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

February 26, 2014 10:17 am | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

If you are a manufacturer or distributor, most likely you use many modes to ship your freight, such as less-than-truckload freight shipping or LTL shipping. If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate and are making the best long term decisions.

Lessons On Salt For Dietitians — By A Chip Maker

February 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating. In fact, the food industry hosts several workshops at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, where thousands of dietitians can earn education credits to maintain their licenses.

Patti Engineering And Hagbros Precision Announce Strategic Alliance

February 25, 2014 2:59 pm | by Patti Engineering | News | Comments

Patti Engineering, Inc., a leader in control systems integration, and Hagbros Precision, LLC, a leader in the design and manufacture of precision injection molds, dies, assembly fixtures, gauges and tooling, have announced the formation of a strategic alliance. 

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