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Republican Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The president of the United Auto Workers union rejected a new wage tier Wednesday after reports...

Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier From UAW

March 25, 2015 9:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors and Ford might seek a new, lower wage tier from the United Auto Workers union...

Wilson To Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 11:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the most iconic brands in baseball is changing hands for the first time in its more than...

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Are You In Compliance? OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 10:59 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards

Using Mobile Video Collaboration To Address The 'Problems To Resolution' Gap

March 20, 2015 10:42 am | by Romulus Pereira | Articles | Comments

As strides in mobile technology are made, it’s becoming possible for anyone on the manufacturing floor with a mobile device to live-stream what they’re seeing to experts who can help with problem resolution in real time. 

March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 17, 2015 11:52 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees filling out brackets, checking scores, and watching games during work hours over the next few weeks, especially this Thursday and Friday.

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Using A Holistic 5S Approach To Drive Innovation

March 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

A holistic approach to 5S lean implementation is an effective system in driving the successful standardization of process flows, automation codes, process control methodologies and spec details of process across two distinctly different fabs.

Re-Skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

March 11, 2015 11:17 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi | Articles | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 6, 2015 11:58 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

A manufacturer who is prepared — with adequate inventory levels — will be able to build positive relationships with customers and optimize the use of resources. 

Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 5, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to reject a federal rule aimed at shortening the window between a union election petition and the start of voting by workers.

Thought Leaders: How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 12:29 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory.

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 24, 2015 10:30 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry, but says that the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out, if necessary.

Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:48 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country.

New York Manufacturing Grows At Slower Pace In February

February 17, 2015 9:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by weaker orders and hiring.

Fatigue Detection Technology For Workers

February 13, 2015 11:50 am | by Vinod Pathangay & Aparna Kumpatla | Articles | Comments

The cost of fatigue is of increasing concern to organizations across the globe as fatigue-related accidents and losses are extremely high.

Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier For A Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 12:33 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing Business Technology consults with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

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Technology On The Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor.

Steelworkers To Expand Strike To 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 10:39 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:32 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

Key Performance Indicators For The Supply Chain

February 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

5 Ways The Cloud Can Improve Your Manufacturing Operations

January 30, 2015 11:12 am | by Doug Fair | Articles | Comments

There is no need to fear — transitioning to cloud-based technology is actually a huge step towards improving manufacturing operations not only at the plant level, but also throughout the entire enterprise.             

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end customers — has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.

How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves | Articles | Comments

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop floor so the right product is built. The challenge is that quite often what was designed isn’t actually built.             

States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 11:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues.                      

Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

3 Ways To Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 11:00 am | by Stewart Florsheim | Articles | Comments

Agility — flexibility, scalability, and readiness to seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls — can mean the difference between success and failure.                             

7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches, businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are 7 key questions related to these challenges that organizations need to ask in moving forward with a GHS initiative.

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