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U.S., China Talk Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 10, 2014 11:35 am | by Bradley Klapper & Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.   

Improving In-the-field Maintenance With Mobile Devices

June 17, 2014 12:46 pm | by Jeffrey Dalto | Blogs | Comments

Mobile can help manufacturers ...

Astronauts Repeat Spacewalk With Mixed Results

January 28, 2014 10:36 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Two Russian space station astronauts took a spacewalk Monday to complete a camera job left...

Southeast Manufacturing Activity Climbs In October

November 5, 2013 10:50 am | by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center | News | Comments

According to the report, the 1.9-point increase in the Southeast PMI to 50.4 was based primarily...

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Jim Tompkins: When Considering Reshoring

September 18, 2013 10:29 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International | Blogs | Comments

Is manufacturing coming back to the U.S.? Some may be returning, but the single best answer is “No”. No, there is not a mass movement to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. No, we are not moving away from global supply chains. No, the U.S. does not have a large workforce waiting to take low paying jobs.

Lean Energy Management In Manufacturing

July 26, 2013 10:04 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO, ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Lean manufacturing is by now a widely understood method of making wide variety, small quantity products. This movement has effectively created the low-cost, wide variety product universe in which we live now.            

Retaining Your Number One Asset: Employees

July 16, 2013 4:01 pm | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

There is one absolute that applies to every company, independent of industry: You cannot expect to operate efficiently without dedicated and skilled employees. When looking at the manufacturing industry specifically, finding a highly skilled workforce has proven to be one of the greatest challenges.

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Continuous Improvement: Real Improvement Or Mediocrity?

June 10, 2013 9:59 am | by Mark Latino, President, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Incremental improvements are more or less feel good measures that say to management “there was a problem and we did this to solve it.” In reality, most continuous improvements have come from technology advancements, not from employee performance advancements. Has the continuous improvement mentality caused manufacturing to settle for mediocrity?

Study: No Higher Cancer Rate At CT Pratt Plants

May 24, 2013 10:26 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An 11-year study of the incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in the state ended Thursday with university researchers saying they found no statistically significant elevations in the rate of cancer among workers.

Procter & Gamble's Environmental Vision

May 16, 2013 10:24 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CEO Bob McDonald wants Procter & Gamble to move to a zero waste production environment. The company has a 4-part vision that includes things like powering plants with 100 percent renewable energy, renewable materials used in their products and much more. 

China's Struggling Automakers Jump On SUV Boom

May 7, 2013 10:22 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BYD is known for electric cars but this year's flagship model is the S7, a gasoline-powered SUV. It comes with an air purifier, radar to help with backing and digital TV. An onboard hard drive can hold 1,000 films. This is China's Year of the SUV. Whatever their specialties used to be, automakers ranging from global brands to China's ambitious rookies are scrambling to cash in on the explosive popularity of sport utility vehicles.

Ethiopian Air Wants Compensation For 787 Grounding

May 7, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines says his company will seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes. Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press on Tuesday his company will soon start discussions with Boeing over compensation.

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Ford To Enter Myanmar With Showroom By August

April 30, 2013 10:28 am | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. announced its entry into Myanmar on Tuesday, saying it plans to open the nation's first sales and service showroom for new vehicles by August. Myanmar's vehicle market has been stunted by decades of international sanctions and strict import controls put in place by the military junta that ruled for nearly 50 years, handing out import licenses to a few favored tycoons.

Manufacturing American Efficiency

April 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The majority of today’s LED solutions are not produced in America. And for the first five years of doing business, that was true for NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group as well. Headquartered in Houston, NEUTEX has become one of a list of companies that have recently moved operations to the U.S. from overseas. Today, the company is developing its Houston presence as it positions itself as a leading manufacturer of LED lighting.

Teaching An Old Dock New Tricks

February 4, 2013 10:19 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

As manufacturing companies find more and more in the way of technology improvements around material handling, the loading dock has not been ignored. This how-to gives manufacturers some tips on where to begin assessing and addressing risk.

2012 Energy Intelligence Report

January 3, 2013 11:57 am | Articles | Comments

Find ways to save money through investing in energy efficient equipment and alternative energy solutions here! Included in this supplement are tips on the energy audit process, the Energy Incentive Guide and results of a recent survey on manufacturers' energy spending. 

Increasing Productivity With Workflow

December 19, 2012 10:50 am | by Tom Troy, Director of Operators and Execution Portfolio, Invensys Operations Management | Articles | Comments

Establishing world-class, end-to-end business and manufacturing processes help manufacturers become more agile, competitive and profitable. Workflow software breaks down organizational barriers to information and unites people and systems.

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BlackBerry Maker Hopes To Launch A Comeback

December 19, 2012 9:31 am | by David Friend, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

After a year of persistent struggles, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion hopes to launch a comeback in 2013 as it works to convince customers its latest smartphones are a worthy alternative to the growing list of competitors. It's a battle that won't be won overnight, and depending on who you ask, might not be won at all.

HP Stock Drops After Analyst Douses Breakup Talk

December 19, 2012 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s stock backtracked Monday after an analyst tried to debunk speculation that the troubled technology company will be pressured into spinning off its personal computer and printer division. Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore believes it's highly unlikely HP will consider breaking itself in two.

The Power Of Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology

September 21, 2012 3:42 pm | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc. | Articles | Comments

Essential factors for the success of a business include production up-time and process machinery efficiency. Real-time monitoring of machinery makes it possible to detect and prevent equipment failure proactively.

The Changing Role of the Operator

September 17, 2010 10:02 am | by GE Intelligent Platforms | White Papers

As businesses strive to gain a competitive advantage from their operations, the way operators perform their work has evolved. Shifting from being purely functional to highly analytical, operators have become an increasingly critical part of today’s business processes—significantly changing the way businesses operate and adding more value than ever before.

Ten Warning Signs That Your ERP System Is Killing Your Business

September 8, 2010 1:21 pm | by Plex Systems | White Papers

Selectingan ERP system means success or failure to a manufacturer’s overall performance. These ten questions move you toward success.

Achieving Operational Excellence In Consumer Products Manufacturing

September 7, 2010 10:12 am | by General Electric | White Papers

Operational Excellence is known to help manufacturers increase both flexibility and profitability without large capital expenditures. When implemented successfully, these goals can be realized while also protecting the most critical assets to the business—brand equity and brand quality.

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