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  • Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

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    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent.Exxon reported net income of $8.78 billion in for the second quarter Thursday, on revenue of $111.65 billion. Last year during the same period, the company earned $6.86 billion on sales of $106.67 billion.
  • Fiat Gets Green Light for Global Reorganization

    IndustryWeek
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    With the reorganization, the Italian carmaker gets a new name, a new home and suddenly becomes the world's seventh-largest automobile giant. read more
  • Fiat Gets Green Light for Global Reorganization

    IndustryWeek
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    With the reorganization, the Italian carmaker gets a new name, a new home and suddenly becomes the world's seventh-largest automobile giant. read more
  • Barrier Plastics Introduces Innovative Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC)

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    Editorial Team
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Company: Barrier Containers News Location: Irvine, California Published On: July 26, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Barrier Plastics, Inc. proudly announces the long-awaited launch of its new Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC). A full year of research and development went into the release of the IBC, which is made with HDPE and Quoral® Barrier Resin. The [...]
  • Dammam's 3rd industrial city ready

    Zawya.com - Manufacturing News
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    The head of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) has said the 3rd industrial city is ready to receive 100 factories, Al-Eqtisadiah daily reported.
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  • Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent.Exxon reported net income of $8.78 billion in for the second quarter Thursday, on revenue of $111.65 billion. Last year during the same period, the company earned $6.86 billion on sales of $106.67 billion.
  • Running On Wind In America's Heartland

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This article originally appeared in IMPO's June print issue. 
  • 5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    A new white paper from Kardex Remstar reviews 5 order improvement strategies. There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput, optimized labor productivity, increased accuracy, improved space utilization or better accommodation of demand spikes.Faster Throughput
  • Engineering Newswire: The Army’s New Glow-in-the-Dark Bullets

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Today on engineering newswire, we’re shrinking power inverters for a chance to win a million dollars, firing glow in the dark bullets, and creating power with industry by-products. This episode features:Little Box ChallengeWant to win one million dollars? All you need is a little box. Well ...  you have to  find an innovative way to shrink power inverters to something less than the size of a small laptop.
  • Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save The Middle Class?

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Frozen ginger slushies, tea-based pro-biotic drinks, a bed bug-killing steam machine — these are just a few of the locally-grown products coming out of Brooklyn’s burgeoning artisan economy. But as popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.
 
 
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  • Barrier Plastics Introduces Innovative Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC)

    Editorial Team
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Company: Barrier Containers News Location: Irvine, California Published On: July 26, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Barrier Plastics, Inc. proudly announces the long-awaited launch of its new Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC). A full year of research and development went into the release of the IBC, which is made with HDPE and Quoral® Barrier Resin. The [...]
  • Leading Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Consultancy Opens Newest Location in Chicago

    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, [...]
  • Jervis B. Webb Company Promotes Rob Schmit To President

    Editorial Team
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Company: Daifuku Webb News Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan Published On: June 6, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Jervis B. Webb Company, a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Schmit to President. Daifuku Webb Holding Company also announces new senior vice president. In his new role, Schmit will oversee [...]
  • Ampac Introduces E-Z SnackPak™: New Packaging Format for Single Serve Snack Food Market

    Editorial Team
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:51 am
    Company: Ampac News Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Published On: June 6, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, introduces the E-Z SnackPakTM, a new packaging format for the single-serve snack food market. The E-Z SnackPak is a new exclusive packaging technology from Ampac that provides a unique and convenient packaging solution [...]
  • One Report Identifies Growing Trend in Supplier Relationship Management Among Strategic Sourcing Groups, Outlines Best Practices

    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 [...]
 
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  • L-3 Fires 4 Workers Over Accounting Misconduct

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Defense contractor L-3 Communications said Thursday that it fired four employees after discovering they overstated the company''s profit and sales from a contract with the U.S. government.
  • Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash.The company says in a statement Wednesday that the bags may not inflate in the proper position if the driver isn''t wearing a seat belt. Chrysler says it doesn''t know of any injuries from the problem.The recall covers cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years including 25,500 in the U.S. and another 4,000 in Canada.Dealers will replace the driver''s side knee air bags at no cost to owners.
  • Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Today's warehouse managers constantly are challenged to "do more with less." Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Many have implemented labor measurement systems to measure associates' productive work, and some have gone a step further by adding incentive-based pay systems to entice higher productivity levels. Few, however, have spent time to understand and manage a key component of labor cost: indirect, or idle, time.
  • GE's Industrial Core Packs More Punch as Demand for Machines and Services Grows

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
  • Britain To Test Driverless Cars Next Year

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January.
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  • Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent.Exxon reported net income of $8.78 billion in for the second quarter Thursday, on revenue of $111.65 billion. Last year during the same period, the company earned $6.86 billion on sales of $106.67 billion.
  • Running On Wind In America's Heartland

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This article originally appeared in IMPO's June print issue. 
  • 5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    A new white paper from Kardex Remstar reviews 5 order improvement strategies. There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput, optimized labor productivity, increased accuracy, improved space utilization or better accommodation of demand spikes.Faster Throughput
  • Engineering Newswire: The Army’s New Glow-in-the-Dark Bullets

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Today on engineering newswire, we’re shrinking power inverters for a chance to win a million dollars, firing glow in the dark bullets, and creating power with industry by-products. This episode features:Little Box ChallengeWant to win one million dollars? All you need is a little box. Well ...  you have to  find an innovative way to shrink power inverters to something less than the size of a small laptop.
  • Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save The Middle Class?

    cfox
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Frozen ginger slushies, tea-based pro-biotic drinks, a bed bug-killing steam machine — these are just a few of the locally-grown products coming out of Brooklyn’s burgeoning artisan economy. But as popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.
 
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  • ISM: Healthy Expansion of Manufacturing Activity in July

    Chad Moutray
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) was up strongly in July, building on the healthy gains seen in June. The headline PMI figure rose from 55.3 in June to 57.1 in July, its highest level since November. After declining sharply in January, sentiment has gradually moved higher each month, with the sector rebounding from winter-related disruptions and slow growth in the first quarter of this year. These findings are largely consistent with other indicators showing manufacturers cautiously optimistic about the next six months. Production,…
  • Personal Income and Spending Rose Modestly in June

    Chad Moutray
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that personal income and spending both increased by 0.4 percent in June, building on the gains seen in May. Regarding compensation, personal income has risen for sixth straight months, or every month so far in 2014. Since December, personal income was up 3.0 percent, with 3.9 percent growth over the past 12 months. For manufacturers, total wages and salaries increased from $781.8 billion in May to $786.1 billion in June. Manufacturing wages and salaries have moved up from averages of $734.4 billion and $747.6 billion in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
  • Manufacturers Add 28,000 Workers in July, Averaging 22,000 Over the Past Three Months

    Chad Moutray
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that manufacturers added 28,000 workers on net in July, its fastest pace in eight months. There were also revisions to May and June data, adding another 11,000 to the bottom line. Overall, these data confirm two things that we have noticed in prior reports. First, hiring and manufacturing activity have largely rebounded from weaknesses earlier in the year. Indeed, average employment growth was 9,600 from December to April, but that was edged up to 22,000 over the past three months (May to July). Second, total hiring has fared pretty well since the third…
  • New CFTC Chairman Agrees That Derivatives End-Users Shouldn’t Face Additional Requirements

    Christina Crooks
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    In one of his first public appearances since becoming Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in June, Tim Massad today expressly supported the need to make derivatives markets still work for nonfinancial companies when hedging risk. During a Politico Morning Money event, Massad said that nonfinancial companies had nothing to do with the financial crisis, and that Congress made it clear in Dodd-Frank that end-users should not be burdened by new derivatives requirements. Massad went on to explain that the CFTC has the authority to ensure that end-users are not overly…
  • Most expensive regulation in history may be coming this December. Merry Christmas, America.

    Ross Eisenberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    This morning, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a study by NERA Economic Consulting that examines the economic costs of a stricter new standard for ground-level ozone. The study, an executive summary, and individual results for each of the lower 48 states can be found on our website at http://www.nam.org/ozone. We asked NERA to model an ozone standard set at 60 parts per billion (ppb), a level EPA is currently considering and the number environmental and health advocates are asking the EPA to arrive at. According to NERA, the costs of a regulation set at this level are…
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  • 3 Ways to React to Human Error

    Mark Graban
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    What happens when a mistake is made in your organization? How do you react when an error occurs? A lab specimen gets mislabeled. The wrong product is shipped to the wrong customer. A patient is injected with the wrong medication. These are moments that matter. Does emotion take over or do we stay calm? How do we respond? Have we thought this through and planned this out, or do we just react? People often talk about “human error,” but what does that really mean and how does it color our response? When there’s a problem, I often see three common types of responses and…
  • Video: What is Kaizen?

    Mark Graban
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I made this short three-minute video for KaiNexus where I try to succinctly answer the question, “What is Kaizen?” Click the thumbnail below to view the video and/or to read the transcript: Please leave a comment on the KaiNexus website, or here on this blog post, and let us know what you think. What is the meaning of Kaizen to you and your organization? What impact is it having? What Kaizen means to Catholic Charities I had a chance to visit Catholic Charities Fort Worth on Monday. Just over two years ago, I stumbled into the opportunity to do some pro-bono Kaizen training for…
  • Lean Post: Standardization is a Countermeasure, Not a Goal

    Mark Graban
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today’s post is being hosted by the Lean Enterprise Institute and their “Lean Post” blog… click on the headline below or the image to read: “Standardization is a Countermeasure, Never the Goal“ It’s a post that encourages people to “ask why” when thinking about standardized work, 5S, and other Lean practices. Instead of thinking “what tool should we implement?” the question should be “what problem are we trying to solve?” The same tool or tactic (putting tape around a stapler) might be really helpful in one…
  • #Lean: The Worst Root Cause Problem Solver in the Animal World Is…

    Mark Graban
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all know the beaver is “the engineer of the animal kingdom.” That’s why MIT has a beaver as a mascot… it’s an engineer who likes to build things and is generally nocturnal, an apt description of MIT students. A survey taken by the National Geographic Society has found that the owl, however, is the worst problem solver in the animal world. Why? Because they only ask “who?” instead of “why?” OK, there was no National Geographic study. But why let that get in the way of a good joke? Why let a good joke get in the way of a serious point?
  • Weird Al’s Hilarious “Mission Statement” Song & Video Mocks Corporate Buzzwords

    Mark Graban
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Weird Al” Yanokvic skewers corporate buzzwords in this new song and music video. He also skewers the now-tired “hand writing on a white board” style of corporate videos, which I think is even more brilliant of him. There are a few somewhat Lean-related buzzwords in the video… the last one looks like it has PDSA cycles drawn there :-) Funny stuff! It’s a little known fact that, during a dry spell in Weird Al’s career, that he wrote a line of corporate parody songs for target markets like Lean and Six Sigma. Songs included: Lean It (parody of Michael…
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  • Lean Management Part 2: Continuous Improvement

    Tuan Nguyen
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In my last blog post, I wrote about how visibility into real-time manufacturing intelligence can let management improve and enhance Lean programs. This improvement can be accomplished with access to real-time production information, ideally aggregated from across the enterprise. Better, faster access to information allows management to act with greater efficiency, which contributes to improved Lean performance. But what if we took the idea even further? What if manufacturers could continuously improve the management process itself, in the same way that they continuously improve a production…
  • A Lean Approach to Management

    Tuan Nguyen
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Leverage manufacturing intelligence to gain insights on how to improve the management process.   Manufacturing enterprises have invested heavily in Lean practices for many years, wringing the inefficiencies out of every operation in the production process. Supply chains have been tightened, inventories reduced or virtually eliminated with just-in-time processing, and production operations at every stage streamlined and optimized. But there is one area in the Lean revolution that often is not considered—not because it doesn’t matter, but because it has been so difficult to deliver a…
  • In Case you Didn’t Notice … Corporate Accountability just Moved into a Fishbowl

    Fred Thomas
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    We have always lived in a world where shareholders (and the SEC) demand financial transparency, where global supply chains and business operations require visibility, and where manufacturing strives to make quality and productivity the priority. These are excellent pillars upon which manufacturers can build an agile, competitive company. But, as we’ve all witnessed, we don’t live in a perfect world. There are cracks in the corporate foundation for some organizations. That fissure is in the form of accountability—or, rather, the lack thereof. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)…
  • 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…
 
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  • Amazon Eyes Move Into Lucrative Services Market

    Derek Korte
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Online retail giant Amazon has been expanding beyond e-commerce into new business opportunities, including same-day delivery through AmazonFresh and the still-in-development Amazon Prime Air, which would use drones to quickly deliver purchases. Field service could be the latest business opportunity for Amazon as it eyes a move into the lucrative, $400 billion local services market, according to Reuters. The company already sells everything under the sun, but the online retail giant intends to be the marketplace where customers turn to find local technicians who can install, repair and…
  • Your Brand Is Everything

    Megan Van Vlack
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    This article is a guest contribution by Adrian Steel Marketing Manager Todd Goldmeyer. Adrian Steel is a nationwide manufacturer of commercial vehicle upfits. After surviving the recent recession, it’s tempting as a contractor to believe that everything is on the upswing and you no longer have to struggle against other companies for business. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case. The recession left potential clients feeling more cautious about how to spend their money, so it is vital that you present your business in a way that shows that you are a cut above the rest. One of the…
  • How GE Oil & Gas Connects People, Data and Machines in Remote Service Areas

    Marguerite McNeal
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    With improvements in mobile technology and connectivity, “always-on” employees have access to people, systems, data and business processes whenever and wherever they want to work. And businesses rely on data coming in from workers in the field. This year businesses and governments will spend $13 billion globally on iPads, according to Forrester Research.  What happens when work not only is far from an office, but it’s also out of cell tower range? That’s a challenge for GE Oil & Gas field service techs, who spend their working hours on oil rigs and wind…
  • The Spare Parts Pitfalls Hurting Your Bottom Line

    Field Technologies Online
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Field service excellence seems to be a moving target. When I started researching field service five years ago, the conversation revolved around the schedule and ensuring technicians reached customer sites within a given service window. Then, mobility was all the rage. And now, topics such as wearables and the Internet of Things are taking center stage. But what really matters in field service? I think the common thread amongst all of these trends is the customer and how service can better resolve customer issues. So how do we get better at providing service to customers beyond the trends…
  • Big Data to Improve Driver Efficiency

    Megan Van Vlack
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    While big data holds many promises for field service organizations looking to improve systems and lower costs, it also poses challenges when it comes to harnessing and acting on resulting insights. However, UPS believes that they have found a solution to put the data they receive from the field to work for their business. Recently, UPS launched a platform called On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION), a routing software that collects data from the field and analyzes it to determine the most efficient routes for UPS drivers to take. The platform is currently being released…
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  • On-site safety tips technicians often forget

    Jose de la Portilla
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I can’t stress enough the importance of on-site safety in the HVAC industry. Even for those of you like me who have been in the industry for more than 25 years, we can get so used to our daily routine that safety slips our minds. Before you head out on that next job, brush up on these top five major safety tips that sometimes even experts forget. No matter how uncomfortable they are, safety glasses are a must! Flying debris can cause an eye injury, even with quick reflexes; you won’t be able to react fast enough. Wearing gloves will help prevent lacerations or electrical shock, but what…
  • New to management? Tips for first time managers.

    Mike Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    By So you’re new to management. You’ve finally achieved that new position and are taking on a first-time leadership role managing a team. For each rung of the  ladder you climb, there is a new set of knowledge and skills you need to master in order to succeed. Preparation starts with learning, and The Learning Center on DaveNet.com is the perfect tool for you to get what you need to succeed in your new management position. What are some of the benefits of online Human Resources courses through the Learning Center? Confidence: Confidence is key to successful leadership. Go into your…
  • New Ways to Close The Sale Part 2

    Mike Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In part one of my series, New Ways to Close the Sale, I sat down with HVAC Learning Solutions Manager of Training Vickie Ashmore to talk about a new selling technique called SPIN selling. Today we will touch on some examples of SPIN selling and some selling resources available through DaveNet. So, let’s say you’re in the home of a customer and you’re trying to assess their needs. Go beyond products and services and get down to the customer’s wants and needs. Consider this scenario: Salesperson: “Are you experiencing any hot or cold rooms with your current system in your home?”…
  • 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.
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  • Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey

    Bob Warfield
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    We put together a survey that helps evaluate what shops are investing in to improve their competitiveness and why.  If you are part of a CNC manufacturing operation, please tell us about your shop’s competitiveness plans.  We’ll share the results soon when we’ve gotten enough responses so everyone can see the trends. Take the Survey Here.  It’s Fast and Easy!… Read the rest
  • Are 3D Printers the Ultimate Burglar Tool?

    Bob Warfield
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    I came across a fascinating article in 3Ders.org that talks about using 3D printers to make keys.  Wired Magazine is talking about it too. The trick is to use a photo of a key taken with your smartphone to produce a model suitable for a 3D printer.  From there, the rest is easy: a plastic key works fine in most locks to get you in as long as it is made reasonably accurately.  The required accuracy is well within the capabilities of even a relatively cheap 3D printer.  All that’s needed is good enough access to your house key (or other keys) for long enough to make a decent…
  • Results of Our DNC Survey

    Bob Warfield
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Every CNC machine user needs a way to get g-code programs onto their machines.  Our recent DNC Survey was aimed at understanding how people are going about doing this.  Here are the results: Use DNC:  59% Use Memory Cards, Direct Network Connection, or Other:  41% This is not surprising.  DNC is going to be more common at larger shops, at least shops with multiple machines.  It does give some idea of the readership’s propensity along those lines though. What do you use DNC for?      Downloading G-Code:  88%      Drop Feeding G-Code:  56%      Monitoring Machines:  6%…
  • 50 Interview Question Ideas for CNC Jobs

    Bob Warfield
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    I have always told managers that the one decision that is the most important one they will ever make is hiring.  No other decision has the potential to cause so much pain if done poorly, or to make the manager’s job and the underlying business more successful if done well.  Yet many hiring managers go into the process without having thought about it much, treating is as a distraction that they fiddle with, and often waiting for some sort of consensus among the interviewers to make the final decision easy.  Like anything else, there’s no free lunch, but what makes the job easier…
  • 4 Ways Geometry Affects Machining and What to Do About It: Infographic

    Bob Warfield
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Geometry has a profound effect on your cutter’s health and well-being, not to mention your surface finish and material removal rates.  Here is an Infographic that walks through 4 ways geometry can affect your machining along with what you can do about it in each case:… Read the rest
 
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  • Developing a Predictive Maintenance Program? Consider This

    David Manney
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    If you’ve been on the fence trying to decide if a predictive maintenance program would help your facility, you are not alone. Like most business initiatives, you’ll need to spend money in order to correctly implement the proper predictive maintenance program for your facility. Over time, of course, the programs you develop will end up paying for themselves hopefully many times over. Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Product Spotlight: Browning & Morse Gearing

    David Manney
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    L&S Electric is proud to introduce two lines of gearing products from Emerson Industrial Automation: Browning® Helical Shaft Mount Speed Reducers and Morse® Worm Gearing. Browning Torq Taper Plus Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Arc Flash Prevention an Increasing Concern

    David Manney
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    According to OSHA, 80% of electrically related accidents and fatalities are caused by industrial arc flash events. Despite such high incident occurrences, past surveys told us that it wasn’t until recent times that protection from arc flash became a priority to plant professionals. Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Getting to Know Rare Earth Metals

    David Manney
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    On Wednesday, we talked about the types of rare earth metals. What are rare earth metals, and why are they significant in modern technologies? Moreover, how do industries – and the environment – benefit from these elements? Today, we’ll discuss the key features of rare earths, their benefits and common uses in various … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | 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
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  • Intosite: A Best Practice for Manufacturing Collaboration

    Aaron Frankel
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the complex business of manufacturing, finding the right information to get a job done and sharing best practices between production facilities are big issues. Siemens’ IntositeTM and its complementary Intosite mobile application for the iPad (immediately available on the Apple App Store) are designed to solve these challenges and improve the way manufacturing engineers and operations personnel access information and share knowledge. Intosite addresses issues related to information management by providing the ability to easily find and access information presented in its geographical…
  • Michigan Solar Car team wins eighth national championship

    Dora Smith
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    This Monday, the University of Michigan (U-M) Solar Car completed a seven-day, 1722-mile race to win the 2014 American Solar Challenge. This is the eighth time that the University of Michigan has won the national championship. The team uses Siemens PLM Software to design, analyze and build their solar vehicles. U-M beat second-place University of Minnesota by three hours and 52 minutes and third-place Iowa State by eight hours and 51 minutes. Principia College, another team leveraging Siemens PLM Software, came in fifth place, 12 hours and three minutes off the pace. The cross-country race…
  • NX CAD and CAE Community Wrap Up

    Amy Allen
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Exciting new posts are continually added to the NX CAD and CAE communities. Here are the highlights you may have missed from the past two weeks in the NX Design and Simulation forums. This week’s wrap up from Siemens PLM contains event previews, success stories, a woman who followed in her namesake’s footsteps to make history, and more! Design         Modern-day Amelia Earhart becomes youngest woman to fly around the world— Amelia Earhart (no relation to her namesake) made history when she flew around the world in the Pilatus PC-12 made by Pilatus Aircraft with NX software.
  • 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…
 
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • Top Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014 and Beyond

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By: Allan Peiser Manufacturing in the United States continues to gain momentum. Critical factors such as the shrinking gap between wages in the United States versus those in foreign countries, the increase in overseas supply chain…Read More
  • 7 Steps to an Operations Strategy

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Without an adequate written vision for the organization, it is difficult to maintain continuous improvement plans and elevate your business.  Keep in mind when drafting your plan that your vision should be attainable, as well as…Read More
  • 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
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  • 5 Tips for Applying Sentiment Analysis to Closed-Loop Quality

    Mehul Shah
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    We’ve been talking about the concept of Closed-Loop Quality Management a lot as of late, and with good reason. Today, producing the highest quality products is no longer the only thing organizations can do to differentiate and achieve greater competitiveness. Indeed, in today’s service-based economy, on top of this now requisite sky-high standard on product quality, exceptional and lightning-fast customer service responsiveness is becoming critical for every business to be sucessful. Follow @mehulshah82 In order to do this, organizations are transforming the entire model of customer…
  • The Internet of EVERYthing Will Engage EVERYone

    Dan Miklovic
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    IoT, the Internet of Things, is dominating the media these days. Some say IoT itself is probably a misnomer. For instance, futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil says it really ought to be the Internet of Everything (IoE). Whenever we hear IoT, the first thing many start talking about is M2M or machine-to-machine communication, enabling us to get ever-expanding amounts of data, but what about the other things involved. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch Google certainly gets that this data will need parsing, contextualizing and analyzing it to turn it into usable information. That is one of…
  • 5 Ways Behavior-Based Safety Could Become More Mainstream

    Paul Leavoy
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    In the realm of health and safety management, few topics have been a greater source of ongoing controversy over the years than Behavior-Based Safety (BBS). Some safety professionals believe this approach to environment, health, and safety (EHS) management helps reduce worker error, thereby minimizing health and safety incidents and, ultimately, saving lives. Others, however, think the approach is inherently flawed and suffers from a lack of quantifiable metrics and actionable intelligence. Follow @PaulLeavoy Just as we have divergent beliefs on the value of BBS approaches, it is important to…
  • 20 Asset Performance Management Acronyms You Need to Know

    Greg Goodwin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    As a research company covering several areas of operations within a variety of manufacturing and process industries, we’re accustomed to reading and writing acronym-heavy content on a daily basis. It’s just part of the game. However, we realize that this can at times lead to confusion with either lesser-known or updated terms if they aren't properly defined and differentiated. Follow @LNSResearch Making Sense of the Landscape of APM So, in the spirit of providing education and clarification as we launch our Asset Performance Management ((APM)—see?) practice here at LNS Research, the…
  • Think Cloud Manufacturing Is Unattainable? Think Again [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    More and more small-to-mid-sized manufacturers are being drawn to the cloud due to advancing technologies, declining costs, and improving data security. We inspect that topic in this week's roundup. We also take a look into Statistical Process Control (SCP) software for managing supply chain, as well as a major acquisition in the supply chain management space this past week. Why Every Manufacturer Can Think in “The Cloud” Join in the exploration of how a manufacturer can make use of a cloud network for storing, accessing, sharing, and leveraging data from connected devices. Some of the…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc.

  • So How Did That Acquisition Work Out?

    Brent Grover
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I was in a management meeting of a distributor client recently when the subject turned, as it often does these days, to mergers and acquisitions. This particular distributor made an acquisition a little over a year ago. An obvious question to ask was, “Now that it’s been a year, how do you guys feel the acquisition is working out?”. Some of the answers surprised me. One of the managers said that it’s too soon to know. I “reframed” the question as follows: “How did the first year results compare to your expectations?”. The answer was unsettling. The acquired company did pretty…
 
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    MetalMiner

  • Rising Dollar Pushes Commodities Down While China Drives Industrial Metals Up

    Raul de Frutos
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    The USD dollar rose 2.20% in July, primarily due to the Euro's decline. A combination of weak economic news and falling Eurozone assets are having a negative impact on its common currency as well as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Week in Warehousing: LME Aluminum Battle Rages; Qingdao Scandal Opens China to the West?

    Jeff Yoders
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    The week in metals was once again dominated by the ongoing court case between the London Metal Exchange and Russian aluminum producer UC Rusal over new rules for the loading in and out of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Palladium Price Up As China Invests in Pollution Control

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Palladium continued to lead the precious metals in increases this week. In addition to palladium's consumption by industrial automotive suppliers and the lingering effects of the South African... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • F-150 Pricing Shows Confidence Ford Has in Aluminum Body Design

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Brian Johnson, automotive analyst for Barclays, told Forbes that Ford’s price increase on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 is a signal that it intends to open its pricing lead over GM and Fiat Chrysler... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ArcelorMittal, Glencore Interested in Guinean Simandou Iron Ore Mine

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    ArcelorMittal and Glencore are among potential bidders for Guinea’s Simandou project, the world’s largest untapped iron-ore deposit, after it was seized from Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Fitness on the Road

    Jan Anderson
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    In our busy lives, fitness is becoming more and more important. It’s a great way to relieve stress after a long day, it’s about the best cure for jet-lag, and it improves your physical well-being to help you stay bright and alert for longer. Personally, I love exercise because it helps me gather my thoughts. I’ve been known to lace up the running shoes when I’m tackling a particularly difficult problem. The physical activity makes my mind much more focused on the key details, without drowning in the background noise. With more and more business travelers wanting to keep in shape,…
  • 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…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Cost-Effective Complex-Shape Composites Solution Found for Aerospace Applications

    Mary Beck
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    New research by Greene, Tweed, a Pennsylvania-based aerospace supplier, and Aerolia, a French aerostructures Tier 1 supplier, has successfully advanced the use of thermoplastic composite materials for aerospace structural metal replacement in complex-shape applications that was previously not suited for composites. Many composite-intensive aircrafts still use machined metallic components because of an absence of cost-effective complex-shape composites solutions. This new research could lead to even more composites parts on aircrafts. The project included material characterization of Xycomp®…
  • Fiber Reinforced Aluminum Could Lead to Stronger, More Efficient Building Envelopes

    Mary Beck
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Researchers the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and aluminum manufacturer UC RUSCAL have developed fiber reinforced aluminum (FRA), which is stronger than aluminum and cheaper and lighter than steel. The material could be used to produce building envelope systems that are safer, cheaper, more energy-efficient and easier to mount. The research team changed the composition of carbon fiber by using nanotechnology, which allowed it to perfectly integrate with the aluminum. Industrialists have long looked for a way to merge carbon fiber with aluminum, and this research could…
  • Composite Converts Water to Steam with Little Solar Energy

    Mary Beck
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering researchers have produced a sponge-like composite material that helps convert water to steam by using sunlight only one-hundredth as bright as what conventional steam-producing solar generators require. The new material is a composite of graphite flakes layered on a bed of carbon foam that is reported to convert as much as 85 percent of received solar energy into steam. The team says the material can be made from relatively cheap materials and may be suitable for a new range of inexpensive, compact, steam-powered applications. Their experiments show…
  • Lignin Found in Poplar Trees Could be Used to Create Carbon Fiber and Plastics

    Mary Beck
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Money doesn’t grow on trees, but we might soon be able to make carbon fiber from trees. Gerald Tuskan of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biosciences Division postulates that in 50 years, scientists will be able to make carbon fiber from trees genetically engineered to contain more lignin. To make the venture even more appealing, this method would be carbon neutral. One-third of a tree’s weight derives from lignin, a fibrous polymer that helps strengthen plant cell walls. “We can melt it and spin it into carbon fibers,” Tuskan says. “For a car, the tree could be…
  • Muscle Training with the Strength of Composites

    Mary Beck
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Gordon L. Brown CAPT, USNR (Ret.) President, Flexi-StiX, LLCM Co-Owner, Tsunami Bar, LLC Those in the composites industry know how strong composite materials are, so why not use their strength and flexibility to make our own muscles stronger? Gordon Brown’s Tsunami Bar® flexible barbells use pultruded fiberglass to simultaneously flex and oscillate, requiring up to three times the force for the user to return the bar to its original position than from a steel barbell. Introduced to the market in 2012, the product line has continued to expand and receive praise, including the Best of Show…
 
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • 10 Incredible Electronics Manufacturing Stories in the First Half of 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Technology advances at a rapid pass, often times going so fast that we don’t have a chance to know where it is going to take us and just how quickly our lives and work will shift with it.  In order to keep updated on what has happened in the first six months of 2014, we took a look at some of the newest and most exciting electronic technologies launched or announced this year.  Here’s our rundown of 10 of the most interesting stories to hit the tech news world in the last 7 months.   Tesla Opens Patents to the World   (image credit: US Patent Office) Seeking a…
  • Micro Fans- The Smallest Fans on the Planet

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Many industry members will agree that miniaturization is a major trend in electronics. The popularity of small, portable devices over large and clunky ones is truly no surprise; smaller electronics are easier to handle, carry, and store. In the quest to create ever smaller devices, manufacturers have miniaturized everything from consumer electronics to highly precise medical tools. To make these devices so small, however, they’ve also gone to great lengths to reduce the size of their internal components. Cooling fans are one such example. The fans that go inside miniaturized electronics…
  • Four Ways to Cool Compact Electronic Devices

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    We’ve all been there: working or playing for extended times on our cell phone when soon the battery begins to run down quickly and the device starts to heat up. Often the only solution is to turn off your phone or tablet and give it some time to cool down. Since the beginning of the technology, one of the biggest challenges for makers of compact electronic devices is keeping them cool. This is especially true these days as mobile devices get more complex and powerful with larger HD screens and tons of applications running at once. As each new device hits the market, the pressure…
  • Five Cost Saving Factors You May Not Have Considered

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you own a business be it big or small, you know how critical it is to keep costs down.  Everyday is a battle to find new ways to save money all while keeping quality levels high. Often in the electronics industry, there are inventive and even hidden heating and cooling cost saving factors not instantly thought about. In this blog, we will cover the top five ways Pelonis believes can help electronics manufacturers improve their bottom-line. 1.Heat Pipes The overheating of electronics is a topic that will run through most of this blog’s theme. It is one of the top…
  • Three Challenges in Cooling Compact Electronic Devices

    2 Jun 2014 | 7:49 am
    The mobile device industry has many challenges, but one of the most challenging is the ability to keep components cool, because overheating causes significant reduction in the operating life of a device and leads to device failure. As electronic devices get smaller, engineers and designers are faced with the growing challenge of keeping up with the need to optimize processing speed within a shrinking form factor. Faster processors necessitate increased power consumption, which generates heat; and smaller form factors necessitate greater miniaturization of the implements used to disperse that…
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