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  • One Report Identifies Growing Trend in Supplier Relationship Management Among Strategic Sourcing Groups, Outlines Best Practices

    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News
    Editorial Team
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    Company: Source One News Location: Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Published On: June 4, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Source One Management Services, LLC released its Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) Insights Report today, outlining the benefits that SRM programs can provide to an organization’s bottom line. The report, titled Building the Case for Supplier Relationship Management, defines the [...]
  • Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

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    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.
  • 2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing

    IndustryWeek
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    IW U.S. manufacturers generated $6.07 trillion in revenue in 2013. read more
  • 2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing

    IndustryWeek
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    IW U.S. manufacturers generated $6.07 trillion in revenue in 2013. read more
  • Leading Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Consultancy Opens Newest Location in Chicago

    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News
    Editorial Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Company: Source One, Inc. News Location: Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Published On: July 17, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Source One Management Services, a procurement service provider who has been providing strategic sourcing and supply chain services since 1992, has recently announced that it has opened a second office in Chicago, Illinois. Headquartered just outside of Philadelphia, [...]
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  • Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.
  • PHD Introduces Low Cost Lead Screw Electric Linear Solutions

    cfox
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    PHD, a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions, has announced a new, lower cost lead screw version of its series of PHD Plus™ line of electric cylinders and linear slides. In addition to the existing ball screw design, the Series ECV Electric Cylinders, the Series ESK/ESL Electric Thruster Slides, and the Series ESG Electric Gantry Slides are now offered in lead screw designs.
  • Japan Trade Deficit At Record $75B

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.Japan's bulging import bill was partly due to a jump in demand as businesses and consumers stepped up purchases ahead of an April 1 increase in the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent.Imports for the six months jumped 10 percent to 42.6 trillion yen ($420 billion) while exports rose 3.2 percent to 35.1 trillion yen ($346 billion), the preliminary data show.
  • Ford 2Q Net Income Rises To $1.3B

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. beat Wall Street's expectations in the second quarter as it chalked up a record profit in North America and made money in Europe for the first time in three years.But things will get leaner in the second half as Ford closes one of its pickup truck plants to prepare for its new aluminum-sided F-150 and spends more on materials and advertising.Ford's net income rose 6 percent to $1.3 billion in the April-June period. The profit, of 32 cents per share, was up from 30 cents per share in the same period a year ago.
  • W.Va. Man Sues GM Over Deadly Crash

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife.The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1nvktcn) reports Jason Vest of Princeton filed the lawsuit last week in Mercer County Circuit Court. It also names a parts manufacturer and a Princeton car dealership.
 
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  • 2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    IW U.S. manufacturers generated $6.07 trillion in revenue in 2013. read more
  • Auto Supplier Expands Footprint in Michigan

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Challenge Manufacturing will build two facilities in Michigan and one is expected to supply a General Motors plant slotted for production of the next generation Chevrolet Camaro. read more
  • A Smarter Way to Fight Fraud and Reduce Risk

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Subhashis Nath, Axis Risk Consulting Remote monitoring lets companies continuously find and mitigate risk before it impacts the bottom line. read more
  • Chevron’s New Premium Base Oil Plant Up and Running

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    In an effort to fulfill the company’s goal to be the “world’s largest producer of premium oil base,” Chevron Corp. (IW 500/3) announced last week that its subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has begun commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s Pascagoula, Miss. refinery. read more
  • GM Profit Skids on Recall Costs

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    GM net profit dived 85% to $190 million. read more
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  • 2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    IW U.S. manufacturers generated $6.07 trillion in revenue in 2013. read more
  • Auto Supplier Expands Footprint in Michigan

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Challenge Manufacturing will build two facilities in Michigan and one is expected to supply a General Motors plant slotted for production of the next generation Chevrolet Camaro. read more
  • A Smarter Way to Fight Fraud and Reduce Risk

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Subhashis Nath, Axis Risk Consulting Remote monitoring lets companies continuously find and mitigate risk before it impacts the bottom line. read more
  • Chevron’s New Premium Base Oil Plant Up and Running

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    In an effort to fulfill the company’s goal to be the “world’s largest producer of premium oil base,” Chevron Corp. (IW 500/3) announced last week that its subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has begun commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s Pascagoula, Miss. refinery. read more
  • GM Profit Skids on Recall Costs

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    GM net profit dived 85% to $190 million. read more
 
 
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  • High-torque synchronous drives

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system offers high torque and low maintenance with less overhung load than V-belt drives. The HT500 belts offer longer life in wet/oily environments than their rubber counterparts. read more
  • How to Select and Size Hydraulic-Oil Coolers

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Floyd Engelking, Applications Engineer, Parker Hannifin Corp., Accumulator and Cooler Div. , Machesney Park, Ill. Here''s how to select and size hydraulic-oil coolers. (Print title: "Cool-Running Hydraulics) Heat kills hydraulic systems. That's why hydraulic oil coolers are widely used in a diverse range of agricultural, mobile, manufacturing, and industrial settings. They remove excess heat generated by energy losses in a system, as well as that from external sources such as engines, furnaces, and even the surrounding environment. read more
  • Add a Custom Material to a Custom Content Library Family in Autodesk Inventor

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Create a linked custom content center family from an existing custom family, and add a new material to an existing custom content family.
  • Baxter the Robot Becomes More Trainable

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
  • Boeing 2Q Profit Up 52 Percent

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Increased production of passenger jets helped push up Boeing''s profit by 52 percent in the second quarter, topping Wall Street''s expectations.The Chicago-based company said net income increased to $1.65 billion, or $2.24 per share, from $1.09 billion, or $1.41 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $2.42 per share. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.02 per share.
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  • Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.
  • PHD Introduces Low Cost Lead Screw Electric Linear Solutions

    cfox
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    PHD, a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions, has announced a new, lower cost lead screw version of its series of PHD Plus™ line of electric cylinders and linear slides. In addition to the existing ball screw design, the Series ECV Electric Cylinders, the Series ESK/ESL Electric Thruster Slides, and the Series ESG Electric Gantry Slides are now offered in lead screw designs.
  • Japan Trade Deficit At Record $75B

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.Japan's bulging import bill was partly due to a jump in demand as businesses and consumers stepped up purchases ahead of an April 1 increase in the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent.Imports for the six months jumped 10 percent to 42.6 trillion yen ($420 billion) while exports rose 3.2 percent to 35.1 trillion yen ($346 billion), the preliminary data show.
  • Ford 2Q Net Income Rises To $1.3B

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. beat Wall Street's expectations in the second quarter as it chalked up a record profit in North America and made money in Europe for the first time in three years.But things will get leaner in the second half as Ford closes one of its pickup truck plants to prepare for its new aluminum-sided F-150 and spends more on materials and advertising.Ford's net income rose 6 percent to $1.3 billion in the April-June period. The profit, of 32 cents per share, was up from 30 cents per share in the same period a year ago.
  • W.Va. Man Sues GM Over Deadly Crash

    alawrence
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife.The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1nvktcn) reports Jason Vest of Princeton filed the lawsuit last week in Mercer County Circuit Court. It also names a parts manufacturer and a Princeton car dealership.
 
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    Green Manufacturing

  • The internet of (green) things

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Or … what would my refrigerator tell me if it could talk?Recently I was at a conference on manufacturing where I was caught in in an avalanche of buzzwords … cloud, big data, internet of things, industrial internet, connectivity, connected revolution and so on. This feeding frenzy of connectivity and data is driven by a number of things, real and imagined. Businesses see opportunity for enhanced productivity and reduced time from design to production. Other businesses see opportunities for providing services and products to an informed customer - all at much greater speed. Others still…
  • Creating the Circular Economy, Part I

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Or putting some wheels on the Ricoh comet circleThe end of the last posting (an embarrassing long time ago!) spoke of the need to do a better job of communicating just what sustainability is. That is, of course, one of the objectives of this blog - or at least as it applies to manufacturing, design and all things related to product creation and production.An early concept introduced way back in September 2009 was the circular nature of sustainability as practiced in society represented by the Ricoh Comet Circle reproduced here below.The circle diagram visualizes nested loops of tight or loose…
  • New Year's Resolutions

    21 Jan 2014 | 4:32 am
    or ... Things that renew our faith in the future!Over the New Year in the US (perhaps other places too) there is a tradition of making a set of “resolutions” or pronouncements and promises that one will follow in the upcoming year that will make things better. These often have to do with personal behavior (“I will try to like my co-workers”) or health (“I will work out more and eat less”) or finance (“I will try to live within my budget”) and so on. Typically these last a few weeks or months before the reality of daily life kicks in and they are forgotten. But, no worries,…
  • Extending the life of products

    5 Dec 2013 | 3:35 pm
    Déjà vu all over again!The last few postings have been concentrating on effective utilization of resources and resource productivity as a driver for manufacturing (including green manufacturing) innovation. In part 3 of that series a list of seven ways to improve resource effectiveness was given. These were (and see part 3 for the details):1) Avoid use of a resource in the first place2) Light-weighting 3) Increased yield 4) Reduced footprint of resources5) Insure high re-use yield and low "cost" of reuse6) Leveraged resources7) Extended life It's that last one that is the focus in this…
  • Sustainability as a Driver for Manufacturing Innovation

    9 Nov 2013 | 7:18 pm
    7th Wu Lecture at University of MichiganI was invited to present the Seventh S. M. Wu Lecture in Manufacturing Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on October 28th, 2013. The topic was billed as "innovation in advanced manufacturing" but I used the occasion to shift rapidly into a discussion about sustainability as a driver for manufacturing innovation - a familiar topic to reader of these posts!The lecture was videotaped and made available to stream on-line to anyone interested. In place of a written blog this time around I am offering this lecture instead. There is a link to…
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  • Are Big Changes Coming to Employer-Sponsored Insurance?

    Joe Trauger
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Arguably the biggest outstanding question about the Affordable Care Act is what effect it will have on employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) coverage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 156 million Americans receive coverage through their employer or their spouse’s employer. Many employers had to change the benefit structure of their plans to comply with the mandates contained in the ACA, but the larger question looming is whether employers continue to provide coverage at all in the coming years? The frightening thing about this question is no one really knows and there is a wide…
  • Continued Progress in China and the U.S., with Europe and Japan Growing More Modestly

    Chad Moutray
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    The HSBC Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) expanded for the second straight month in July, rebounding from softness from January through May. The headline index rose from 50.7 in June to 52.0 in July, its highest level since March 2011. The underlying data were mostly higher, including new orders (up from 51.8 to 53.7), output (up from 51.8 to 52.8) and exports (up from 50.6 to 52.7). The sales pace was the fastest since January 2011, and each of these measures are a sign that recent stimulative actions taken by the Chinese government have had a positive impact.
  • Manufacturers Support Pension Law Clarification

    Christina Crooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    There is no question that maintaining a traditional defined benefit pension plan comes with significant complexity and costs for the manufacturers that sponsor these plans. We have written before about the millions of dollars manufacturers must pay the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in the form of premiums, but manufacturers are also running up against further costs as a result of the PBGC’s interpretation of an existing pension law. Under Section 4062(e) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), companies with traditional pension plans must notify the PBGC when…
  • Manufacturers Be Aware: Money Market Fund Reform Rules are Now Finalized

    Christina Crooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    For years, regulators have threatened to impose new reforms on money market funds (MMFs) in an attempt to reduce the risk of future runs and maintain financial stability. Today, by a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved final rules that will change the way MMFs operate. Since many businesses use MMFs to meet short term financing and investment needs, manufacturers should be aware that these new rules may impact how manufacturers manage cash. The new rules, effective over a two year transition period, require that institutional prime funds adopt a floating net asset…
  • Improved Trade Policies Will Foster Indian Innovation and Opportunity

    Jamie Hennigan
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    While there are many variables that factor into a country’s development, the ability for businesses and individuals to innovate is key to empowering economic growth and fostering opportunity. When countries like India embrace innovation, they can create new jobs, expand trade opportunities and strengthen international relations. There is reason to hope that the government of newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi will improve the India’s innovation environment and reverse a worrying downward trend in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Case in point, India…
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    Lean Blog

  • Intuit CEO Brad Smith & Lean Thinking

    Mark Graban
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Intuit CEO Brad Smith I was happy to see this article in FORTUNE’s recent issue: “Brad Smith, Intuit CEO: How To Be A Great Leader: Get Out Of The Way.” Smith (@IntuitBrad) talks about the Lean Startup concept often called “getting out of the office” to see how customers live and work.  Toyota would call this “Genchi Genbutsu” (go and see) and they do this with American customers, for example, to better understand the needs of the market here. “Design thinking” and IDEO would call this ethnographic research – either way, it’s…
  • Podcast #205 – Joe Schnur, Hand Hygiene & Patient Safety

    Mark Graban
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    MP3 File (run time 32:43) Episode #205 is a conversation with Joe Schnur, VP Business Development at Intelligent M, a company that “designs data-driven hand hygiene compliance  improvement solutions for hospitals that dramatically reduce healthcare-acquired infections and their associated costs.” Joe and I share a passion for improving patient safety and we’ve had a number of great conversations comparing notes on the problem and the different ways we need to work toward solving it. We decided to finally record one of those discussions for a podcast. In the podcast, Joe…
  • A Survey Would Show 83% of Surveys about Lean Healthcare are Dubious?

    Mark Graban
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last month, I saw a headline flying around Twitter about a survey that says a majority of hospital pharmacies are embracing Lean. A statement like that, of course, begs the question of what “embracing” means and we might also ask what “Lean” means in this concept. Hooray, they are doing 5S? Here is the web page people were linking to, which has a headline that most readers here would agree with: “Healthcare needs lean management“ A company, Kit Health, surveyed 600 pharmacy directors to ask them what they think. This approach introduces a lot of biases and…
  • Report to President Obama Endorses Lean & Systems Engineering in Healthcare

    Mark Graban
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I recently saw a tweet that referenced a May 2014 that was sent to President Obama and his administration: “Report to the President - Better HealthCare and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering.” The report was written by the “President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology,” or PCAST, and a working group that includes professors, business leaders, and healthcare leaders – including a few names that would probably be familiar to readers of this blog: Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google James P Bagian, Director, Center…
  • Podcast #204 – Paul Plsek, Lean & Innovation at Virginia Mason

    Mark Graban
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    MP3 File (run time 34:37) Joining me today for Episode #204 is Paul Plsek (@PaulPlsek) and we’re talking about his excellent book (a Shingo Research Award recipient this year) titled Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The Virginia Mason Experience. Virginia Mason, of course, is Virginia Mason Medical Center, the outstanding Lean organization that was named “Hospital of the Decade” by Leapfrog Group. In our discussion, we touch on topics including how you can be Lean AND innovative, how an organization and people can LEARN to be innovative, and…
 
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    Kevin Meyer

  • On Asiana, Driverless Cars, and Factories

    kmadmin
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    I've always been interested in technology - its use, advantages, and disadvantages.  Regular readers know that I often advocate for manual solutions first, such as whiteboards to run factories and a handwritten notebook for notes. Some believe that I'm against technology, but nothing could be further from the truth.  I'm more like the guy that stands in line at the Apple Store to spend money on the latest iPhone that is supposedly but in reality indistinguishably better than the previous version.  A few weeks ago there was a long discussion on this topic in the Lean CEO LinkedIn group,…
  • Big Data, Small Data

    kmadmin
    16 May 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I’ve been following the panting exuberance of big data apostles for the past few years, rolling my eyes at most of it. Sure, it can be interesting, but maybe my age showing when I say “so what?” to most of it. What finally pushed me over the edge enough to comment on it was a tweet I saw from none other than our friends at SAP, saying (I’m paraphrasing) “you have lots of data, let SAP analyze it.” But of course. There’s gold in them there data… at least to SAP. Just because we have lots of data, does it mean it has to be analyzed? What is the question, what is the problem,…
  • The Devil on the Bus

    kmadmin
    10 May 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The other day while skimming LinkedIn I came across yet another one of those cheesy quotes that, unfortunately, have become all too common on the site: "Surround yourself with people on the same mission."  I proceeded to get into an online discussion with several people who have probably never held a serious leadership position in their careers.  I should have known better, or maybe I've just spent too many decades in the trenches. This concept has bothered me for many years, back to when I first read the similar concept floated by Jim Collins of "get the right people on the bus" with the…
  • The Dangerous Lite Side of Mindfulness and Lean

    Kevin Meyer
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    By Kevin Meyer I’ll preface this post by saying that yes, I’m from crazy California, I eat granola with fruits and nuts in the morning, am vegetarian (well, pescatarian), dislike wearing shoes, and practice yoga. At least I don’t have dreadlocks – yet. So there – now you’re warned. I’m currently winging my way over to Hawaii’s Big Island, probably my favorite U.S. destination, and a place I’ve been to a few times a year for over a couple decades – including only three weeks ago. It’s a special place for me and especially my wife, who was born in Hilo and then eventually…
  • The Engagement of Risk

    Kevin Meyer
    23 Feb 2014 | 10:30 pm
    By Kevin Meyer Rules are a funny thing.  We like some of them because they make us feel protected, aligned, and perhaps operating on a fair playing field.  We dislike them because they can protect us to the point of being smothering, align us to the points of being constraining, and fair to the point of being unfair.  Regardless of perspective, there are an increasing number of them.  Over 3,000 new laws and regulations each year, for starters. I won't get into the political side of the increasing number of rules, but what are we doing to ourselves as a society?
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • When it Comes to Packaging, Paperless Manufacturing is an Art. Literally.

    Rick Gallisa
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    You’re in the store, shopping for a household item. You scan the shelves quickly, see the brand you’re looking for, and grab it. Or perhaps you don’t have a specific brand in mind, and you’re attracted by the package design. Either way, you’ve just shown how important the package can be to a product’s success. To enterprises that sell their goods on consumer store shelves, or even online, packaging is a vital part of the sales process and is integral to the brand itself. For some products and customers, the package is the product! That’s why companies spend so much time…
  • The Relentless Pressure for Supply Chain Agility

    Gordon Benzie
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    As most of you are probably well aware, Gartner publishes a Supply Chain Top 25 list every year, representing those companies that have best mastered the skill, precision and art of managing their supply chains. This list is a big deal, and is revealed each year at a special conference held in the spring, usually at a nice resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to Gartner, in order to make this list, a manufacturer must typically have achieved: Harmonized foundational processes, data structures and solutions across their global supply chain while driving next-level, tailored performance…
  • 3 Operations Habits of Highly Successful Manufacturing Companies

    Brian Wilkins
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    As activity in the global manufacturing sector continues to grow post the financial crisis of 2007-08, successful in-house operations rest on a few basic factors: keeping costs low, morale high and productivity up. The latest research shows that smart executives build a culture of communication, innovation and respect at their facilities. Learn what experts say you should be doing to help your manufacturing outfit prosper: 1. Embrace Innovation and Open Communication Pennsylvania State University conducted a study entitled, “Review of Innovation Practices in Small Manufacturing…
  • Working at Scale: Which Production Method is Right for Your Business?

    Ella Mason
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    When it comes to manufacturing, there are a number of production methods, with each offering a range of benefits depending on product type and market size. All businesses operate differently so it’s important to know the differences between the various production methods to ensure that you are choosing the most suitable and most cost-effective solution. More importantly, it is important to realize that while one production process might work best today, a different one might be better tomorrow. Successful manufacturers understand the need for flexibility with how their operating processes…
  • Apply a Profit Imperative to Traceability Regulations

    Rick Gallisa
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    What follows is a transcript of a podcast recently recorded [hear the podcast recording]. Today we will be talking about The Profit Imperative of New Approaches to Traceability Regulations. I am Debra Gray, and would like to introduce Rick Gallisa, Industry Director for DELMIA Apriso and Julie Fraser, Principal at Iyno Advisors. So, let’s get started. I’ll kick it off with a question to Rick.   Debra: Regulated industries have always had to provide traceability and genealogy. Why is this issue pressing now? Rick: You’re absolutely right Debra; it always has been a pressing…
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    Field Service Management Tools, Tech, Mobile & Software | SmartVan

  • Who Is in Control — You or Your Data?

    Maeghan Ouimet
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sometimes it seems like technology in the workplace can simultaneously be a help and a hurt. In fact, most Millennials in the workforce admit they’re overwhelmed by the influx of digital improvements they encounter every day: from a new app or new Intranet feature to new ways to communicate with colleagues. What’s more, these advancements are collecting loads of data. But there’s good news: this endless stream of numbers floating in the cloud can actually serve as a way to empower employees — if utilized properly. According to MIT Sloan School of Management’s Dr.
  • Big Data’s Big Promise for Field Service Performance

    Courtney Buchanan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Thanks to more diverse and complete data sets, field service organizations are able to drive increased business value by understanding where they can improve performance and boost efficiency. Every year the amount of data increases by 56 percent, and the number of sources of data has grown to include more information from internal and external sources such as social media, Twitter feeds and blogs, according to a 2013 Aberdeen report. Best-in-class organizations reported they improved their business decisions by 31 percent as a result of more data in more formats from more sources, according…
  • How to Make Meetings More Productive

    Maeghan Ouimet
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most service techs stop by the company home-base once or twice a day (if that), so holding an effective meeting with a fleet or group of technicians can be challenging. One great thing about technology is that folks in the field can tune in to a meeting from virtually anywhere, but just because they can attend, doesn’t mean they should. According to research from Verizon Business nearly 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings and 91 percent of attendees admit to daydreaming during a meeting at some point. In order to get the most out of your meetings —…
  • Epic Customer Service Fail Reminds Companies to Show Respect

    Marguerite McNeal
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We now live in an age where our every move is just a click away from going viral. That’s a lesson Comcast learned all too well this week when a customer service call that turned sour lit up the Internet. Ryan Block and his wife, (former) Comcast subscribers, called to cancel their Internet service. The customer service representative wouldn’t hear it. After 10 minutes on the phone, Block began recording the remaining eight minutes of the cringe-worthy conversation, which he uploaded to Soundcloud. During the recording the representative repeatedly and aggressively questions why…
  • GE Bestows Intelligence on Manufacturers of All Sizes

    Marguerite McNeal
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Thanks to connected devices and Internet-enabled sensors, field service equipment is becoming intelligent enough to monitor its health and alert techs when it needs attention. In the Industrial Internet—General Electric’s term for the integration of physical machinery with networked sensors and software—mashing Big Data with big machines leads to better performance. While GE has pioneered the use of data for real-time analytics of its own assets, such as freight locomotives and jet engines, this week the company announced a service for small and medium-sized original…
 
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  • New Ways to Close the Sale: Part 1

    Mike Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    A salesperson is only as good as the sales process he practices. I’ve met many salespeople who have been using the same process since they started in the industry, but as products and services change, shouldn’t your sales pitch change too? Invest in a new way to sell and invest in your own success. I sat down with Vickie Ashmore, HVAC Learning Solutions Training Manager, to talk more about the SPIN selling process. Moore: Vickie, tell me why people in the HVAC industry need to know about SPIN selling. Ashmore: “Unfortunately, most sales personnel are focused on the features and benefits…
  • Beer can cold myth

    Mike Moore
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Join us in this weeks vlog as Jose De La Portilla addresses whether the long time myth of the "Beer can cold" will properly suffice the next time you need to charge an A/C.
  • The secret of successful HVAC companies: forever learners

    Mike Moore
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Those who find themselves at the top of a company never say, “I’m done learning.” In the daily grind, you might lose sight of what got you there in the first place: education and a desire to learn. But think about it, HVAC technicians couldn’t walk into a customer’s home without product knowledge and current industry standards. HVAC salespeople wouldn’t know the first thing about selling such a niche product without it. From technicians to office staff, new hires to CEOs, continuing education is essential to staying on top of your game. Here are three traits forever learners and…
  • HVAC business growth: a prep diagnostic

    Mike Moore
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    As the economy  has gotten back to a stable status, you may be looking at growing your HVAC empire. I will warn you though — tread carefully. While growth of your HVAC business is encouraged, there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to this pivotal decision in your company. Here’s a short diagnostic to determine if your HVAC business is ready: 1. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats The first step you may want to consider is to perform a SWOT analysis. This is the part where everyone gets honest. There may be vulnerabilities in the area of meeting the 24-hour…
  • Three things you forgot at your last HVAC sales presentation

    Mike Moore
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    An HVAC salesperson is never done learning. Why? The way we sell to customers is the fastest changing part of the HVAC industry. As a small treat, I’ve included some quick tips from our Master Selling class that can take you to the next level as early as this afternoon. Differentiate Stop dressing like everyone else with the service shirt. Re-confirm your appointment and be organized. Stay in touch in a unique way. It’s that little extra that will keep you top of mind, and help you succeed. Sometimes it’s not about what you say; it’s about your actions. Understand Customer Types No…
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    CNCCookbook CNC Blog

  • Does Your Shop Use DNC Software to Move G-Code Around?

    Bob Warfield
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    How does your shop go about getting g-code part programs on to the various CNC machines on your shop floor? There’s the old stand bys–usb key, floppy disk, PCMCIA, and so forth.  These involve plugging some sort of media into the machine temporarily to transfer the code.  Newer machines can connect to your WiFi or cabled Ethernet and access folders on a server.  These methods are all fairly manual, but there’s a more automated way to transfer g-code to your CNC machines that is called “DNC,” which stands for “Distributed Numerical Control.”  The…
  • CNCCookbook’s 10 Best Magnet Articles

    Bob Warfield
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Suppose you’re a CNC enthusiast, out browsing the Internet, looking for something interesting.  You’re using Google or your favorite search engine to find it.  What pages on CNCCookbook are most likely to get you “hooked” as a regular CNCCookbook reader? It’s an interesting question.  Lots of pages have answers to common specific questions.  Folks land on them, collect their answer, and then go back to what they were doing.  I was curious to find pages that were gateways to more regular CNCCookbook consumption.  Pages where someone who landed on them was…
  • CNC’ing the Ultimate Arduino Case: A G-Wizard Customer’s Project

    Bob Warfield
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    No matter what you’re building that involves using our G-Wizard Software (Calculator or Editor) to make it better, we love to hear from you.  This week’s customer story is about Ridgeline Enterprises, which is making what may be the ultimate case for the popular Arduino single board computers.  They’re offering the Arduino cases for what look like reasonable prices for good CNC work via Kickstarter.  The cases are very solid and from the Kickstarter article, it looks like they were first created so an Arduino could be used to control a custom toolchanger project.  Here…
  • Helical Interpolation: New Chapter in the G-Code Programming Tutorial

    Bob Warfield
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Have you tried Helical Interpolation yet?  It’s a handy g-code programming technique that causes the cutter to move in a helix.  It’s useful for thread milling, making holes larger than your cutter, and for doing circular ramping to get the tool down to the proper depth before beginning the rest of a toolpath for a feature such as a pocket.  Your CAM software may generate Helical Interpolations for you, but it’s still a good idea to understand what the g-code is doing.  The new Helical Interpolation Chapter in our Free CNC G-Code Programming Course lays it all out: -…
  • What Do CNCCookbook Readers Do In CNC Machining?

    Bob Warfield
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    As part of our recent article, Where do CNCCookbook Readers Come From, we ran a little survey to see what role they play in CNC Machining.  Folks were allowed to check as many answers as they wanted, so be aware that there is overlap–a person may play more than one role.  For example they might like CNC both as a hobby and as a profession. Here are the results:   How are you involved with CNC Machining? If you would’ve asked me, I would have said our readers are a diverse, creative, and skilled audience, but the survey really nails that down with numbers: -  Over half of…
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    L&S Electric

  • A Look at the Different Rare Earth Metals

    David Manney
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    In most modern technologies such advanced transportation and electric motors, rare earth metals are now used for a wide range of applications. These components are known for their magnetic and electrochemical properties, which enhance the performance of various industrial equipment with minima weight and emissions. Furthermore, they offer superior efficiency, durability, performance and speed to several pieces of equipment used in a number of industries. visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Avoiding Bearing Misalignment

    David Manney
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    When travelling over an ocean in a ship, precise navigation, using a compass, are necessary to successfully reach a destination. If your course is off even a few degrees, you’ll end up quite a distance away from your goal. This analogy holds true in the rotating apparatus world. If you’re using either an electric motor or pump, misaligned bearings, even a minute misalignment, can lead to problems. visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Another Look: Preventative vs Predictive Maintenance

    David Manney
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    In any type of large-scale operation, it is important to ensure that the equipment is up and running at any given time. This is also true of smaller operations. If the equipment should happen to go down, it could cause the entire assembly line to grind to a halt, which would be both costly and inconvenient. Typically, the machinery used within your business can be kept in working order on a consistent basis by either using predictive maintenance or preventative maintenance. As you will … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Motor Alive

    David Manney
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    It may sound like old hat, but a consistently good maintenance program, including predictive and preventative maintenance, helps you know the health of your motor and, hopefully, how long that health lasts. To give some ideas on some ways to keep an eye on your motors, here are three articles providing some insight on what can be done to maintain motor health. First up, from our friends at Ludeca. Healthy bearings can go a long way and visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • The Types & Benefits of Motor Controls

    David Manney
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Last week, we talked about the impact VFD cables have on their environment. VFDs, as you know, are one method of controlling motors providing a variety of benefits. Drives are not the only method of motor control, but one option among many.
 
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • New inventions on display at Maker Faire Detroit

    David Chadwick
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    With Solid Edge, we’re very interested in the “maker movement” which is all about new applications of technology and encourages invention and prototyping; so we are excited to be participating in the Maker Faire Detroit, which is being held at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan July 26-27th. At this event more than 400 makers will be demonstrating their ideas and inventions, with new products from robots and flame throwers to animatronics and solar powered mechanical sculptures on display.   Inventors and inventions take center stage at Maker Faire Detroit…
  • Astronomic Instruments Maker uses Femap to Save Time and Costs

    Al Robertson
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    ADS International, based in Valmadrera, Lecco, Italy, has been designing and building telescope, radio telescope and astronomic instruments for nearly 30 years. The company’s two main product lines are adaptive optics and optics alignment systems. The nature of this business is such that each product is one of a kind, and ADS’ customers include large international observatories such as the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The main challenge in the design of astronomic instruments is responding to the unique demands of this industry within a reasonable time frame. The ADS team needs to…
  • Plant Simulation Conference: Achieving peak performance

    Aaron Frankel
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Designing and maintaining optimal efficiency of production operations is a challenge without the ability to accurately predict the real-world performance of manufacturing plans. How to use plant simulation technology to achieve peak production performance was the headline theme during the 2014 Plant Simulation Worldwide User Conference in Stuttgart, Germany last May. The 2014 Plant Simulation Worldwide User Conference was an exhibition of digital manufacturing innovation and knowledge; over 100 attendees representing 37 companies from 17 countries discussed what is possible with the Plant…
  • NX CAD Community Wrap Up

    Amy Allen
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    There are exciting new stories and tips in the NX CAD Community you don’t want to miss! This wrap up features soccer-playing robots, a racecar that drives 300 km/h solely on electric power, and plenty of video quick tips that make using NX CAD a breeze. Don’t forget to check out the NX Design forum for more great resources and tips! Registration is easy and free. Design NX Case Study: Robots become superior “soccer players” by design —  The RoboCup is pretty much the World Cup for robots. Learn how Graz University of Technology in Austria designs their autonomous robots…
  • University of Michigan solar car team on a mission to win solar car challenge

    Dora Smith
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In just 10 days, the University of Michigan (U-M) Solar Car team will race in the American Solar Challenge (ASC) from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although U-M is the defending champion of the race, they are entering the event with a relatively inexperienced team. This is the first test under real race conditions for most team members. The race is more than 1,000 miles. It will be a heated competition (figuratively and literally). It will be a good test of the U-M’s car, team and training. And it will better prepare them for an even longer race in the 2015 World Solar…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • Innovation Contests Help Maintain a Competitive Edge

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Traditional development processes and cycles are falling behind in the race to invent, reinvent and improve technologies.    Open Innovation (OI) has become a proven method for reducing development times by sourcing solutions from…Read More
  • The IoT Manufacturing Transformation

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing manufacturing as we know it.   “Global competitive pressures are challenging industrial and manufacturing companies to drive inefficiencies out of their systems, manage workforce skills gaps…Read More
  • Manufacturing and Retail: Blurred Lines

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    It used to be that the flow of products, from manufacture to consumer, was a straight and narrow one.  Not anymore.  In this multi-channel world we live in, retailers often have manufacturers ship items directly to the customer and…Read More
  • Improve Productivity with Effective Management of Idle Time

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Many warehouse managers attempt to meet the “do more with less” challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs, namely by implementing labor measurement systems to measure  productivity and by adding incentive-based pay systems to…Read More
  • Manufacturers: Is it time to reassess your pricing to help your bottom-line?

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    By: Angie Walters In difficult times many manufacturers focus on cutting costs as the primary survival tactic.  Drastic budget cuts and layoffs will temporarily stop the bleeding on the bottom-line, but can often backfire and lead…Read More
 
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    Charles Day (Steels) Ltd

  • Laser cutting tube and plate for Sheffield Bishop

    Peter Sanderson
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    Back in October 2013 one of our customers Stefan Tooke was commissioned to make a new crosier for the Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft. A crosier is a ceremonial staff used by the Bishop, the Bishops current crosier is over 100 years old and is not allowed to leave Sheffield cathedral. Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, with the old crosier left and new crosier right. Not only will the new crosier be able to be used in ceremonies in other parishes, but the piece jointly celebrates the centenary of Harry Brearley’s discovery of stainless steel in 2013 and the centenary of the Sheffield…
  • 100 Year Stainless: Stainless Steel Cascade

    Peter Sanderson
    29 Jul 2013 | 5:28 am
    Sample of parts cut for stainless steel cascade Local Sheffield artist Lucy Coyne contacted us back in March to be a sponsor of the steel city cascade, a stainless steel sculpture to be hung from the roof of the Sheffield Winter Gardens. The project was collaboration between Lucy and various schools within Sheffield to design and fabricate a suspended sculpture. It is centre piece to the Sheffield Children’s Festival but also incorporates the 100 year stainless steel celebrations. It not only is a great piece of art but also gave the children involved in making it an exciting experience of…
  • 100 Year Stainless: Centenary Knives

    Peter Sanderson
    26 Jul 2013 | 6:02 am
    About Stuart Stuart Mitchell is a quality custom knife maker based in Portland Works, Sheffield. Stuart can create custom knives to any size, shape or specification. He was commissioned to design and craft a limited run of stainless steel centennial knives. Sticking to the history of Portland Works he wanted to create a kitchen knife. Stuart came to Charles Day (Steels) to get his knife blanks laser cut, after which he crafted them into works of art. 100 Year Knives Stuart used Outokumpu grade SF100 (a Sheffield steel grade normally used by Gillette and Wilkinson Sword in their razor blades).
  • 100 Years of Sheffield Stainless Steel

    Peter Sanderson
    25 Jul 2013 | 4:45 am
    (Above: Faunagraphic’s portrait of stainless steel inventor Harry Brearley, at the side of the Howard Hotel, Sheffield.)   Stainless Steel Centenary This year marks the centenary of Harry Brearley’s discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield. 100 years after its discovery Sheffield still plays an important role in its use and production. We at Charles Day (Steels) are happy to have Sheffield as our base. From our work profiling and cutting stainless steel for companies throughout the UK we get to see not only what a vast range of applications stainless steel has but also the…
  • New Laser Machines with Automation

    Peter Sanderson
    24 Jul 2013 | 7:41 am
      We are pleased to announce the installation of two new laser machines with full sheet and plate automation: Our fully automated sheet storage towers for 24/7 cutting are reducing delivery times. BySpeed Pro: up to 25mm in carbon and stainless BySprint Fiber – High speed cutting up to 5mm including Non-ferrous (Bronze, Copper and Brass). Fiber Laser Advantages Fiber laser cutting is an advanced alternative to conventional CO2 laser. Reflective or yellow materials such as brass or copper are easily processed. Thin sheet metal up to 5mm cut by the BySprint Fiber are cut faster than…
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    blog.lnsresearch.com

  • 3 Things Helping to Elevate Industrial Energy Management Goals [DATA]

    Greg Goodwin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Today, industrial manufacturing companies are facing greater operational and regulatory burdens than ever before. And while most companies have a strong annual focus on growing financially, the new realities of the business climate have made many organizations see that growth can only occur if operations are efficient and harmonized with sustainability initiatives. This is where Industrial Energy Management (IEM) can and does play a big role for many companies in helping companies see and handle the larger overall energy picture. Follow @MrG00dwin In this post, we'll discuss the challenges…
  • Rockwell Automation Accelerates Connected Enterprise Software at 2014 RSTechED

    Mark Davidson
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    LNS Research was pleased to be among the industry media and analyst guests at Rockwell Automation’s RSTechED event last month in Orlando, FL. This was the 17th annual event series, which is geared around education and competency in the latest automation and information offerings for Rockwell Automation and partner attendees. Follow @markymarketing Over 1,900 attendees from 39 countries were in attendance for the more than 130 available sessions in Orlando, and a total of 5,000 people are expected to be trained as additional regional RSTechED events are completed around the globe. Continued…
  • The Coming IoT Revolution: Is Your Company Prepared?

    Natalie Tarutis
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    A lot has been made about the future promises (and rightly so) of the Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, as one of the major and potentially transformative overarching tech trends coming into focus, the possibilities for production, maintenance, fulfillment, customer service and more within the manufacturing sphere have created a massive buzz. But what has perhaps been less frequently discusssed are the challenges and preparations that companies need to make sense of before they are ready to change the way they operate. In this week's round-up, we take a look at some of the barriers and early…
  • What’s Holding You Back from Having a Common Management System?

    Matthew Littlefield
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Management systems like those represented in the ISO standards and others have a major impact on what happens in the industrial setting. Whether we’re discussing those aimed at quality, environment, health and safety, risk, social responsibility, or energy management, each is designed to provide structure around resources—processes, procedures, and personnel—while enabling continuous improvement. Follow @m_littlefield In many respects, these various systems are very similar—so much so that it begs the question: why aren’t more organizations integrating them? Identifying…
  • 4 Ways Wearable Tech Will Transform EHS Dynamics

    Paul Leavoy
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    If some self-proclaimed tech prophets are correct, in a couple of years you’d be reading an article like this on some form of wearable technology. These prognostications are a little strong, and while the hype over wearable tech may be vast, it would be folly to underestimate its potential. Follow @paul_leavoy We’ve seen many demonstrations on how wearable tech could change our personal lives, but how about wearable tech’s impact on the workplace? In particular, are there uses for these products within an environment, health and safety (EHS) context? Short answer: yes. Before we discuss…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc.

  • Exporting

    Dave Turbide
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Unlike import restrictions and charges (see previous blog), exporting is usually free and unrestricted – countries like to encourage manufacturing (and jobs) and are happy to have producers market their goods in other geographies. There are restrictions, however, on certain kinds of exports, and keep in mind that the country on the other end of the transaction might have import limits or duties to pay (see previous blog). Export limits generally apply to critical technologies that might pose a risk if they are available to the exporting country’s enemies or rivals. There are generally two…
 
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    MetalMiner

  • The Indicators Behind Aluminum’s Bull Rush Don’t All Point North

    Stuart Burns
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Aluminum certainly has stronger fundamentals now than it did 6-12 months ago, yet there are still headwinds in the form of massive inventory, a Shanghai Futures Exchange with limited upside and long... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aluminum’s Medium-Term Outlook Depends On The LME Warehouse Appeal

    Stuart Burns
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    The aluminum market is tighter at the moment than we initially expected which supports prices. However, at the end of July the LME rule change ban will be challenged and, if successful, will likely... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Posco-Mesco Finex Steel Plant Deal: Will It Happen?

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Will a new Finex steel plant that doesn't use coking coal come to fruition in India? South Korea's Posco Steel and plant site provider Mesco are hoping its the first of many successful PoscoMescuous... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • South Korea’s Posco Steel Misses Estimates With 2nd Quarter Filing

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    South Korean steel giant Posco’s second-quarter profit missed analyst estimates after that nation’s largest steelmaker faced slumping global demand and prices. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI®... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nucor Beats Estimates, Reports Strong First Half as AK Steel and Steel Dynamics Expand

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    US steelmaker Nucor reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday as shipments and average prices increased from a year earlier. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Chronicle

  • ETHICS – Culture of Ethics

    Seth Rice
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    The Power of Company Culture Research shows that our actions are in large part determined and influenced by the circumstances of our environment and the standards that our leaders and peers set for us—even if it means compromising our own personal moral ideals. So you can imagine how important and powerful a company’s culture truly is. Frances Frei and Anne Morriss at Harvard Business Review even suggest that company culture is the backbone of an organization’s ethical foundation—picking up where the handbook leaves off. “Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day,…
  • Encouraging Graduates Toward Purposeful Pursuit

    The Chronicle
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Carlos Cardoso, Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO, recently delivered the commencement speech at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, and reminded graduates they have the ability to make a positive difference throughout their life’s journey. He talked of the importance of being an innovator and sustaining the American Dream, as well as opportunities he had when he came to America years ago without knowing English. In this inspiring speech, Carlos talks about the importance of the manufacturing industry to the country’s future, and the opportunities that are open to graduates…
  • “This Flight Is Not Boarding”

    Nick Gaten
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Delayed flights are an inevitable part of travel. As a frequent flyer, I know delays can happen at any time and for almost any reason, from inclement weather to flight crew issues. While flight delays are frustrating, they don’t have to ruin the trip. How you handle the situation often determines your mood for the rest of the trip. Because flight delays happen often, I consider it my job to make the best of the situation, for me and other passengers. I travel frequently, especially for business. When my flight is delayed, I like to use this time as an opportunity to meet people. For…
  • 7 ways to improve workplace morale and employee engagement

    The Chronicle
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    An employee who really feels like part of the company family, regardless of global location, is usually a happy, productive employee. Kennametal’s Bob Richards talks to Jennifer Miller about his philosophy on creating employee engagement, despite the barriers of distance created by leading team members from across the world.  No micromanaging. Address the exception to the rule; don’t make up a bunch of rules. Know which behaviors to encourage, discourage, and ignore. Establish boundaries and then get out of the way. Get to know your team and match their strengths to projects. Remove…
  • Cubicle Etiquette: Your Guide to Survive!

    Rebecca Diamond
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Office life often means spending the day in a cubicle. For some, “life in the cube” is not unlike life on the farm, with large groups of diverse beings clustered together, trying to live in harmony, despite their many differences. Unfortunately, life in the cube can mean being without a moment’s privacy, and hearing and seeing everything your neighbors do. It’s enough to drive a person to the trough. If your day involves living in the cube, follow these simple tips to survive, thrive, and save your (and your neighbor’s) sanity. 1. Keep It Down Don’t squawk: Whether you’re…
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