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  • Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

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    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.The Labor Department says the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750. The four-week average fell two weeks ago to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the recession began.
  • Caterpillar Profits Up but Warns of China, Ukraine Risks

    IndustryWeek
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    CEO Doug Oberhelman cited an ambitious effort by China to transition its economy to a more sustainable-growth model, "an enormous task that carries risks for the world economy." read more
  • Caterpillar Profits Up but Warns of China, Ukraine Risks

    IndustryWeek
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    CEO Doug Oberhelman cited an ambitious effort by China to transition its economy to a more sustainable-growth model, "an enormous task that carries risks for the world economy." read more
  • Introducing The CO2 Sensor Module Designed for OEM Applications

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    Editorial Team
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdor, Austria Published On: April 9, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The sensor module EE893 from E+E Elektronik allows highly accurate and long-term stable CO2 measurements in demanding OEM applications. Due to its very small size and low power consumption, E+E Elektronik said the EE893 can be used in both [...]
  • Iran to build pharmacy plant in Oman

    Zawya.com - Manufacturing News
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Iran and Oman have agreed to boost mutual cooperation in the fields of medicine and pharmaceuticals.
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  • Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.The Labor Department says the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750. The four-week average fell two weeks ago to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the recession began.
  • Chiquita Wants Court To Toss Terror Payments Case

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    MIAMI (AP) -- Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war.An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel will hear arguments Thursday.Chiquita once had huge banana operations in Colombia. The company says the lawsuits should be dismissed because Chiquita can't be directly linked to each killing, despite paying $1.7 million to a right-wing paramilitary group.
  • Durable Goods Orders Up 2.6 Pct. In March

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.The Commerce Department says that orders for durable goods increased 2.6 percent in March following a 2.1 percent rise in February. Those back-to-back gains followed two big declines in December and January which had raised concerns about possible weakness in manufacturing.
  • Alstom Shares Jump Amid Rumors Of GE Buyout

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    PARIS (AP) -- Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.Alstom said in a statement Thursday that it has not been "informed of any potential public tender offer for shares of the company."It said it would not comment further until its annual earnings report May 7.Alstom shares climbed more than 12 percent in early Paris trading Thursday, to 27.43 euros.
  • Large Scania Shareholder Accepts VW Bid

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Volkswagen has come closer to realizing its ambition to takeover Scania after the fourth largest shareholder in the Swedish truck maker announced it will accept the 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) bid.Fund manager Swedbank Robur on Thursday said it thinks the offer of 200 kronor ($30.62) per Scania share is reasonable.Europe's biggest auto manufacturer said late February it wants to purchase the 37.4 percent of Scania it doesn't already own. Swedish pension fund AP4 and the Skandia Liv financial group have previously said they won't accept the bid.
 
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  • Caterpillar Profits Up but Warns of China, Ukraine Risks

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    CEO Doug Oberhelman cited an ambitious effort by China to transition its economy to a more sustainable-growth model, "an enormous task that carries risks for the world economy." read more
  • Margin Squeeze on Businesses

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    With rising costs creating a margin squeeze on businesses, now is the time to get ahead of the curve and invest in future labor and labor-saving systems. Make Your Move read more
  • GM Profit Plunges after Recall Costs

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    GM posted net profit of $125 million, dragged down by a $1.3 billion charge for recalling seven million vehicles worldwide. read more
  • Emotional, Violent Protests on Anniversary of Bangladesh Disaster

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    As well as the dead, more than 2,000 people were injured in a tragedy that highlighted the lax safety standards and often abusive working conditions in the world's second-biggest clothing producer. read more
  • Environmentalists Urge US to Drop WTO Case on India Solar Market

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The World Trade Organization's dispute settlement body in Geneva has scheduled Friday to hear the U.S. case for a panel against India, which has some of the world's most ambitious plans for expanding solar power. read more
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  • Caterpillar Profits Up but Warns of China, Ukraine Risks

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    CEO Doug Oberhelman cited an ambitious effort by China to transition its economy to a more sustainable-growth model, "an enormous task that carries risks for the world economy." read more
  • Margin Squeeze on Businesses

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    With rising costs creating a margin squeeze on businesses, now is the time to get ahead of the curve and invest in future labor and labor-saving systems. Make Your Move read more
  • GM Profit Plunges after Recall Costs

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    GM posted net profit of $125 million, dragged down by a $1.3 billion charge for recalling seven million vehicles worldwide. read more
  • Emotional, Violent Protests on Anniversary of Bangladesh Disaster

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    As well as the dead, more than 2,000 people were injured in a tragedy that highlighted the lax safety standards and often abusive working conditions in the world's second-biggest clothing producer. read more
  • Environmentalists Urge US to Drop WTO Case on India Solar Market

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The World Trade Organization's dispute settlement body in Geneva has scheduled Friday to hear the U.S. case for a panel against India, which has some of the world's most ambitious plans for expanding solar power. read more
 
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  • Introducing The CO2 Sensor Module Designed for OEM Applications

    Editorial Team
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdor, Austria Published On: April 9, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The sensor module EE893 from E+E Elektronik allows highly accurate and long-term stable CO2 measurements in demanding OEM applications. Due to its very small size and low power consumption, E+E Elektronik said the EE893 can be used in both [...]
  • New Report From Source One Details How Strategic Sourcing Can Collaborate With Marketing To Increase Revenue And Drive Innovation

    Editorial Team
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Company: Source One Management Services, LLC News Location: Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Published On: April 8, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Source One Management Services, LLC released its Marketing Insights Report today, outlining the benefits that a Strategic Sourcing department can provide to alleviate the challenges and burdens that Marketing Professionals face when overseeing agency relationships and [...]
  • CAN-9009:2013 Brings Quality Assurance to the Medical & Recreational Marijuana Industry

    Editorial Team
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    (IndustrialPR) WASHINGTON, DC - Industrial Leaders Group (ILG), the leading independent accreditation body for quality assurance introduces the first certification program for the medical and legalized recreational cannabis developed to benefit patients, growers, healthcare providers, cannabis manufacturing equipment suppliers and consumers as well regulators implementing laws for the medical and legalized recreational cannabis industry. ILG [...]
  • Hazloc Heaters Introduces World’s First ATEX/IECEx Certified Forced Air Explosion Proof Heater

    Editorial Team
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Company: Hazloc Heaters Inc. News Location: Calgary, Alberta - Canada Published On: March 31, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Hazloc Heaters™, a leading manufacturer of industrial unit heaters for hazardous and severe-duty locations, is pleased to announce the introduction of the AEU1 series of Explosion-Proof Electric Air Heaters certified to ATEX and IECEx requirements. Full Story: [...]
  • Golf Goes Digital for Father’s Day with SensoGlove – World’s First Digital Golf Glove

    Editorial Team
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Company: Thomas PR News Location: Melville, New York Published On: March 31, 2014 Social Media Pitch: SensoGlove Works as a Personal Golf Trainer to Avoid Bad Habits Features Automatic Sensitivity Selection Button for Optimal Pressure Corrects "Death Grip" for Better, More Accurate & Powerful Golf Swing Full Story: http://www.industrialpr.net/news/classified.php?listing=13006
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    Zawya.com - Manufacturing News

  • Iran to build pharmacy plant in Oman

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Iran and Oman have agreed to boost mutual cooperation in the fields of medicine and pharmaceuticals.
  • Plans to launch four petchem plants

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    An Iranian deputy oil minister said the Islamic Republic plans to launch four petrochemical plants in the current Iranian year (started March 21).
  • Kenya eyes Qatar LNG for 700MW power plant

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    The gas-powered power plant is part of the government's plans to add 5,000MW to Kenya's existing 1,664MW generation capacity by 2017 to accelerate economic growth, which is expected to push Kenya's power demand up to
  • UAE to tighten bottled water laws

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Potable water manufacturers in the UAE will have until October 1 this year to comply with the new regulations issued by Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (Esma).
  • Pharmaceutical market of KSA estimated at SAR13.5bn

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:11 pm
    The volume of pharmaceutical market in the Kingdom is estimated at nearly SAR 13.5 billion, including government procurement deals, local media said quoting experts.
 
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  • Soft-Touch Robots Nix Complicated Kinematics and Delicate Force/Torque Sensors with Software to Improve Complex Machining

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    A brand-new robot called the Touch Robot uses direct-drive motors, software algorithms, and cable-based actuators to finish and polish aerospace and other parts. read more
  • Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles For Wrigley Field

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) -- During a recent game at Wrigley Field, John Weber was using a pencil and scorecard to expertly track the game between his hometown Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 86-year-old retired transit worker figures he is an increasingly rare kind of baseball fan."Look around, do you see many people keeping score?" he asked.
  • Google, SunPower Team Up For Solar Energy Program

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels to homeowners, the companies said on Wednesday.Google is investing up to $100 million, while solar panel maker SunPower is committing the other $150 million. Some 20,000 people in the U.S. already lease solar panels from San Jose-based SunPower, the companies said. The new financing program will make it available to more people.The deal is Google''s third investment in residential rooftop solar panel projects, the companies said.
  • Canada To Phase Out Old Rail Tank Cars

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    TORONTO (AP) -- Canada will require a three-year phase out or retrofit of the type of rail tankers involved in last summer''s massive explosion of an oil train that destroyed much of a Quebec town and incinerated 47 people, a government official told The Associated Press Wednesday.Last July, a runaway oil train derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, near the Maine border. Forty-seven people were incinerated and 30 buildings destroyed.
  • Skechers Sprints To Multi-Year Highs After Boston Marathon

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Skechers is trading near four-year highs during a banner week in which the winner of the Boston Marathon crossed the finish line wearing its shoes and a day later, it blew away Wall Street''s expectations for the first quarter.By Wednesday, analysts that follow the company were aggressively raising their target prices on the stock and shares jumped 10 percent in early trading.
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  • Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.The Labor Department says the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750. The four-week average fell two weeks ago to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the recession began.
  • Chiquita Wants Court To Toss Terror Payments Case

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    MIAMI (AP) -- Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war.An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel will hear arguments Thursday.Chiquita once had huge banana operations in Colombia. The company says the lawsuits should be dismissed because Chiquita can't be directly linked to each killing, despite paying $1.7 million to a right-wing paramilitary group.
  • Durable Goods Orders Up 2.6 Pct. In March

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.The Commerce Department says that orders for durable goods increased 2.6 percent in March following a 2.1 percent rise in February. Those back-to-back gains followed two big declines in December and January which had raised concerns about possible weakness in manufacturing.
  • Alstom Shares Jump Amid Rumors Of GE Buyout

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    PARIS (AP) -- Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.Alstom said in a statement Thursday that it has not been "informed of any potential public tender offer for shares of the company."It said it would not comment further until its annual earnings report May 7.Alstom shares climbed more than 12 percent in early Paris trading Thursday, to 27.43 euros.
  • Large Scania Shareholder Accepts VW Bid

    alawrence
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Volkswagen has come closer to realizing its ambition to takeover Scania after the fourth largest shareholder in the Swedish truck maker announced it will accept the 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) bid.Fund manager Swedbank Robur on Thursday said it thinks the offer of 200 kronor ($30.62) per Scania share is reasonable.Europe's biggest auto manufacturer said late February it wants to purchase the 37.4 percent of Scania it doesn't already own. Swedish pension fund AP4 and the Skandia Liv financial group have previously said they won't accept the bid.
 
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  • 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…
  • Effective utilization of resources, Part 3

    21 Oct 2013 | 5:21 pm
    So … what is effective?In the last posting we covered some additional background about “resource productivity” as a driver for innovation in (sustainable) manufacturing. That also covered some of the established definitions of resource productivity and gave an an example of efficient production technology relative to a metal forming manufacturing process. This process, in exquisite alignment with the Ricoh Comet Circle (see an earlier posting on the Comet Circle if you don't recall this!) Returning product back to the consumer with as little intervention from recycling, reprocessing,…
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    Shopfloor

  • Exporters for Ex-Im: Texas Small Business Expanding to New Markets Thanks To Ex-Im

    Lauren Airey
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    In the latest edition of NAM’s Member Focus, the featured success story of Polyguard Products reveals the importance of the Export-Import Bank’s services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. In 2005, Polyguard—a Texas-based manufacturer of protective coatings for weld joints on pipelines—was sitting on the sidelines of the global marketplace. Like many small businesses, the company knew there was substantial opportunity to grow their business, but was initially hesitant to take the risk of expanding export activity without export credit insurance to safeguard against potentially…
  • Growing Manufacturers’ Opportunities in the Asia Pacific: U.S. Push for Ambition and Market Access in TPP Must Continue

    Jessica Lemos
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    With President Obama’s Asia visit kicking off in Japan today, manufacturers are hopeful that the President and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make meaningful progress towards achieving ambitious and market-opening outcomes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and that work will continue during the President’s visit to Malaysia to meet Prime Minister Najib Razak later this week. Manufacturers have long supported the negotiation of the TPP that TPP Leaders described in November 2011 that “will be a model for ambition for other free trade agreements in the future,…
  • Ex-Im Critics Ignore Reality; Re-Authorization is Really about Jobs and Competitiveness

    Linda Dempsey
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Over the last days and weeks, critics of the Export Import Bank (Ex-Im) have talked about lots of issues and attempted to smear lots of mud. Yet, they continue to ignore the crux of the Ex-Im issue: American jobs and American manufacturing competitiveness. While critics may enjoy debates inside isolated ivory towers, our nation’s manufacturers have no such luxury. Manufacturers big and small, in communities across the country, face a highly competitive global economy every single day. Every sale made can mean jobs that are saved or new jobs are created. When they lose out to foreign…
  • China’s Manufacturing Sector Contracted for the 4th Straight Month; U.S. and Europe Strengthened

    Chad Moutray
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Chinese manufacturing activity contracted for the fourth straight month. Yet, the pace of the decline slowed, with the HSBC Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) up from 48.0 in March to 48.3 in April. The data largely mirrored the recent deceleration seen in other economic indicators, including China’s real GDP falling from an annualized 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Despite the weaknesses, one could put a positive spin on the slightly better – but still contracting – levels of new orders (up from 46.9…
  • Growing Manufacturers’ Opportunities in the Asia Pacific: Seizing Huge Growth Potential

    Jessica Lemos
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    The President’s visit to Asia this week should highlight the value of strengthening trade and investment ties and identifying areas for increased commerce and cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We believe that increased American economic and commercial engagement in the Asia-Pacific is critical unlocking numerous growth opportunities for manufacturers in the United States.  The Asia-Pacific represents a huge market with an even greater growth potential that we hope the President’s trip can help catalyze. Already, the Asia-Pacific region is a strong and growing purchaser of…
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  • Gaming the System: Graduation Rates & Pneumonia Rates

    Mark Graban
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Regular readers of the blog will know that one of my favorite topics is “Gaming the Numbers” (or “Gaming the System“). As Brian Joiner so brilliantly wrote, as shared by the late, great Peter Scholtes , there are three things people can do when faced with having to hit goals, targets, or quotas: (1) improve the system, (2) distort the numbers, or (3) distort the system Two items were in the news recently about #2 and #3 — from NCAA basketball and from hospitals. Coach Cal Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari seems like the type of coach I’d…
  • A Book, a Webinar, a Workshop & a Summit from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

    Mark Graban
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I am an unabashed fan of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, as you’re probably aware. For full disclosure, I was previously an employee of the Lean Enterprise Institute, a key partner of the Center. They have a lot of great information and events, so I’d like to use today’s post to share that with you and encourage you to take advantage of what they’re offering and to help share. Book: Beyond Heroes The Center is now taking orders for a new book: Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare, written by Kim Barnas, a former Senior VP at the ThedaCare…
  • Lean is Common Sense? #ObviouslyLean

    Mark Graban
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    I’ve been amused by the Hotels.com “Captain Obvious” character and TV commercials. Hotels.com is, um, a site where you book hotels. Obvious. It’s often said that Lean is “common sense.” If that’s true, I guess it goes along with the phrase that common sense is uncommon. Aspects of a Lean culture often seem like common sense, but only in hindsight. We should involve all employees in identifying and solving problems. Obvious. Simple. Then why doesn’t that happen in most organizations? As David Mann says, the challenge isn’t that Lean is…
  • How to Create a Dysfunctional Culture Where Employees & Customers Are Unhappy

    Mark Graban
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    On this blog, I write a lot about how to create a “Lean” culture where employees and customers are happy. Engaged employees lead to happy customers — and sustainable business success. It’s often instructive, however, to see or hear about a broken and dysfunctional culture. Sometimes the clearest examples of WHAT to do come from looking at what NOT to do. That’s one reason why the first year of my stint at GM was so helpful to me, even if it was really frustrating (as I’ve written about here, here, here, and here). When you see the results of a BAD culture,…
  • Video: Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today… a Huge Difference

    Mark Graban
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    I’m not a racing fan, but wow this video is impressive. I can appreciate a great process and all of the planning that’s involved. I can also see the difference between having four pit crew members and 18 crew members (or so… it’s hard to count). Please upgrade your browser What can you do to improve your processes? It takes more than “throwing people at it” if that’s even an option. What planning, training, tools and coordination are required? About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare”…
 
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  • 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?
  • Just a Simple Strategy

    Kevin Meyer
    16 Feb 2014 | 10:33 pm
    By Kevin Meyer I remember two decades ago when I was in my first real executive role and I was asked to come up with a strategy for my business unit.  I was in control and I could develop and set a direction!  I could finally use some of what I had learned in those traditional business school courses and seminars. SWOTs, PESTs, Porter Five Forces, and the like were created and analyzed. Assessments performed, gaps identified, and finally strategies created.  A plan for technologies, markets, people, and quality was developed, with detailed action plans for each.  It…
  • Gemba Academy is 5 Years Old! Come celebrate with us!

    Kevin Meyer
    6 Feb 2014 | 2:52 pm
    By Kevin Meyer Five years ago I, and two good friends of mine, began what’s turned out to be an incredible journey. Specifically, in March of 2009 Gemba Academy was born.  We had no way of knowing whether there would be interest in what we were doing… but we started nonetheless.  We wanted to create an easy and affordable way to deliver high quality lean training to the masses. Now, here we are five years later, with over 500 lean and six sigma training videos used by over 2,000 companies around the world. Growing Up We’ve made many mistakes over the years, but we've taken the…
  • The Power of High Performance Decisions

    Kevin Meyer
    12 Jan 2014 | 5:32 am
    By Kevin Meyer For the past couple weeks I've been digging into employee handbooks as a startup I'm involved with has grown to the point of needing one.  Few perhaps realize how that document, usually given to you on your first day and then mostly forgotten, shapes culture and thereby fundamental organization performance. As one reference point, a company I've recently worked for has a 40+ page tome that starts every section with "COMPLIANCE IS ESSENTIAL" highlighted in bold, with "required to conform" sprinkled liberally throughout the document, ending…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Does the Movie “Transcendence” Portray the Future of the Internet of Things?

    Gordon Benzie
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Last weekend I saw Johnny Depp’s latest movie, Transcendence. While it might not garner glowing reviews by the critics, it is a classic science fiction story that definitely tackles some of the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and an inextricable part of it – the Internet of Things. Without giving away the plot, the basic premise of the movie was to question the role that Artificial Intelligence plays in our future. Specifically, what limit should machines (i.e. computers) have? Should they be able to perform computations beyond solving a formula or responding to an input…
  • Balancing Industry Expertise with Client Needs

    Ella Mason
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Sometimes clients have a very rigid idea of what they want and there’s very little you can do to persuade them otherwise. In these situations, it’s important to remember that though the client’s needs are paramount, you are the one with the expert knowledge. This source of potential conflict can be further challenged when operating in an industry with a client in transformation. For example, what might have been a great deployment plan for a plant-based system might now be different with the migration towards global, multi-site IT systems. No matter what sector you work in or what…
  • 5 Steps to Proving the Value of Enterprise Quality Management Software

    Matthew Littlefield
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Proving the value of a software investment takes a well-thought out approach from the beginning, one that starts well before an implementation and continues to measure its effectiveness over time. This becomes increasingly important when we discuss investments in Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS), where multiple business units, departments, and regions are all impacted. As customers only become more demanding, supply chains more global, operating margins tighter, processes more complex, and so on, EQMS suites as well as specific functionalities are quickly becoming a cornerstone…
  • Establishing a Hierarchy Model for Manufacturing Analytics

    Tuan Nguyen
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    W. Edwards Deming was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant. He gained notoriety in the manufacturing world by his extensive promotion of the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” cycle, a strategy to implement continuous process improvement. One of his quotes was “The most important things cannot be measured.” His point was that strategic, long term issues can’t really be measured up front – you don’t know what will be important until time has passed. In the world of manufacturing operations management, however, I would argue that nothing will improve…
  • What the 4th Industrial Revolution is all About

    Diana Martins
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    I recently read an article written by Alex Enderle (@Alex_Enderle) about the 4th Industrial Revolution and how her company (BOSCH ) considered that the real revolution was the business model and not the concept of connected industry. When we were developing our positioning regarding the 4th Industrial Revolution a few months ago it was clear to us from the beginning that Industrie 4.0 highlighted a part of the 4th Industrial Revolution but that other key aspects needed to be covered as well. The introduction of smart machines to create smart and connected production, and potentially enable…
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  • Tech Swap: Highways Get Safer and Smarter

    Megan Van Vlack
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The average fleet manager and field service tech knows that, while night driving is inevitable, it comes with an increase in safety risks for drivers. Well-lit roads are vital for preventing accidents and keeping drivers safe, but governments have struggled with the costs of maintaining street lamps. In the Netherlands, for example, “The government is shutting down streetlights at night to save money,” explains designer Daan Roosegaarde, in an interview with the BBC. To solve this, Roosegaarde has partnered with Heijmans, a Dutch civil engineering firm, to…
  • Candy Not Included: The Industrial Tool Vending Machine for Technicians

    Megan Van Vlack
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    How organized is your team’s supply closet? From every day tools and office supplies to replacement parts, field service organizations have a lot of equipment to track and inventory. According to Aly Pinder, research analyst at Aberdeen, more than 50 percent of field service visits require a service part. “The efficient delivery of service is dependent on a number of inter-related functions working together; i.e., the right parts are available when a technician arrives at a customer site, yet the parts depot isn’t overrun with excess inventory,” says…
  • Why Customer Service Should Be A Part of Every Employee’s Job

    Shep Hyken
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    No doubt that customer service is a great differentiator.  This is especially true in a world where a customer, depending on what they need, has many choices of businesses to choose from, all selling similar, if not exactly the same, products and services. I’m a fan of every employee being a part of customer service, not just the customer service department or others on the front line.  Some companies take this to a higher level than others. Here’s an interesting story to make the point.  Olark is, today, a live chat software company. Olark was founded in 2009. The very first project…
  • This Week in the Field: The High-Tech, Wearable Future of Field Service

    Derek Korte
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    For all the hype about Google Glass and other wearable technologies, it’s not hard to imagine interesting — and practical — uses for the tech in field service. This week, those use cases came one day closer to becoming a reality, literally. Google sold its $1,500 smart headset for one day only. Here’s a look at the reception, and other technology news from around the Web this week that field service pros shouldn’t miss:  Google Glass on Sale — for One Day The response to Google’s one-day Glass sale, much like people’s reactions thus…
  • Tech Swap: Gauge Surface Orientation With a Mobile Level App

    Megan Van Vlack
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Forgetting a vital tool can set a service tech back hours and even days. However, if they can download an app on their smartphone that can stand in for the forgotten tool, they might be able to get the information they need to finish the job. The handy measuring tape mobile app EasyMeasure enables field service techs to make some quick, rough measurements using their smartphones. The Android app Bubble Level and the iPhone app iHandy give techs the ability to check the angle and orientation of surfaces using their phones’ accelerometer feature. Both apps…
 
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  • Filters facts and fables

    Mike Moore
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Jose De La Portilla, Senior Technical Training Consultant of HVAC Learning Solutions, debunks fact from fiction in this week's vlog  by HVAC Learning Solutions.  
  • Common HVAC summer problems

    Mike Moore
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Jose De La Portilla, Senior Technical Training Consultant of HVAC Learning Solutions, shares his experience in the industry, how to handle those summer demand service calls, and what you need to prepare for the hot summer months.
  • The art of creating authentic sales differentiation

    Mike Moore
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    So you want to differentiate yourself from others in the HVAC industry when selling. You don’t want to sound cheesy, and you want to be authentic about it. Here’s the perfect equation for authentic sales differentiation: Be nice. No one wants to hear staged sales pitches. While you should be knowledgeable about what you’re selling, ask yourself who you’d rather hear from — a boring sales machine, or a nice guy trying to have a conversation? If you make yourself the type of person you’d like to hang out with, your customers will want to hang out with you too (and hear what you have…
  • What buyers aren’t telling you

    Mike Moore
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Getting customers to open up is never an easy feat. However, my years in the HVAC industry have taught me two things: customers don’t always know what they want, and sales techs need to have the skills to help them figure it out. Forget trying to figure out what they want, because often they don’t even know. That’s right. Customers may think they know what they want, but they often really have no idea. For example, Malcom Gladwell gave a TED Talk. He said most people say they prefer a dark, rich, bold coffee because that’s what sounds nice. But in reality, only about 27 percent of…
  • My best advice for selling HVAC to women

    Mike Moore
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Selling to women has always been a hot topic in the industry. I’ve learned a lot in my years with HVAC Learning Solutions and I’d like to share my three greatest lessons on the subject. Ensure she is safe This is obvious, so I’ll get it out of the way. The main takeaway here is to stay respectful in any circumstance. Don’t walk inside until you’re invited. Don’t bring HVAC equipment into a home without permission. Keep the conversation professional. Be courteous to her time frame. Promptness and professionalism gives women confidence that they’re in the right hands. Empower her…
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  • Intermodal Transportation Statistics

    Randy Teadt
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It’s often debated which mode of transportation is the most efficient. It’s difficult and often inaccurate to compare and contrast each mode of freight transportation due to the enormous variables and inconsistencies in data. It’s unfair to compare the cargo weight of a cargo plane with the cargo weight of a fright train simply because they serve different purposes. A freight train doesn’t need to worry about flying over the ocean, for example. It is interesting to see a few statistics for each freight transportation mode to get a feel for how efficient each of them…
  • Warehouse Equipment in Video Games – The Forklift!

    Randy Teadt
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:49 pm
    A forklift: the noblest of vehicles. Driving one says “I’m king of this warehouse.” Everyone wants the experience of getting behind the wheel of one of these powerful, majestic pieces of warehouse equipment. One industry that has taken notice of Forklift Envy is the video game industry. Though many video game players are not yet old enough to operate their first pallet inverter, they can still get a virtual warehouse experience thanks to a slew of video games that have introduced the forklift as a drivable vehicle. Here, we take a look at five of our favorite forklift-friendly games. 1.
  • Recycled Wood Pallets Tardis Dog House

    Randy Teadt
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:38 pm
    We’ve introduced a number of pallet projects on this site, but we cannot think of a better use of pallets throughout all of space and time than to make a Tardis out of them. Better yet, let’s make it even more useful and make a dog house that looks like a Tardis! Here’s how to used recycled wood pallets to make a Tardis Dog House: Step 1: Dismantle a wood pallet and saw the wood into a bunch of equal-sized boards. Step 2: Arrange the boards so that there are five on each side, four on the back and two up front. Step 3: Use some scraps to piece your sides together. We used…
  • The History of Packing Peanuts

    Randy Teadt
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Packing peanuts were invented in 1965 by Dow Chemical. What are Packing Peanuts and How are Packing Peanuts Made? There are two types of packing peanuts, those made from foam, and those made from starches like corn or grain sorghum. Polystyrene-based packing peanuts were invented in 1965 and have been used ever since. Polystyrene packing peanuts can be used over and over again and can be recycled at shipping stores around the world. Ever since the early 1990s, corn starch has been increasingly used to form packing peanuts. these are more environmentally-friendly as they can be dissolved in…
  • The History of Bubble Wrap

    Randy Teadt
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:39 am
    You’ve been riveted by our looks into the history of shipping materials with the history of cardboard boxes and the history of tape, but let’s venture inside the box now and look at the world’s favorite packing material: bubble wrap! When Was Bubble Wrap Invented? Bubble wrap hasn’t been around for too long. It was invented in 1957 by two guys looking to create a 3-D plastic wallpaper (the 50s were a weird time). The wallpaper was a failure, but they did discover bubble wrap made an amazing packing material. How is Bubble Wrap Made? A plastic sheet gets fed into a…
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    CNCCookbook CNC Blog

  • What if Porsche Made CNC Machining Centers?

    Bob Warfield
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I was recently contacted by the West Coast Office of Datron Dynamics.  It seems they were interested in getting G-Wizard Calculator into the hands of their customers.  Their machines are, to use their word, Unconventional.  For one thing, they all have very high speed spindles, which makes Feeds and Speeds problematic.  Even if you’re an old hand running the usual VMC’s found in manufacturers, very few will have had experience above, say, 15000 rpm.  This is the realm of High Speed Machining.  Suffice it to say that G-Wizard worked great for their customer.  … Read…
  • Telling the MeshCAM Story a Little Better: Easy CAM for Beginners

    Bob Warfield
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    When I first discovered and reviewed MeshCAM, I was surprised at its simplicity.  So much so that I wrote about it in these pages.  It wasn’t very long before I approached the author, Robert Grezsek, about being able to offer his software here on CNCCookbook.  I was so pleased when he said, “Yes.” But, after putting up a very simple notice on our Software page, I never got back to putting together a proper home page for MeshCAM here at CNCCookbook.  We sold a bunch of it, but I can’t help but think we could’ve told the story a little better.  … Read…
  • Big New G-Wizard Calculator Release 2.40 Adds New Tool Types and Wizards

    Bob Warfield
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I just uploaded GW Calculator version 2.4 to the install page.  Lots of neat stuff in this release: - Added Lathe Threading as a new Tool Type in Feeds/Speeds. - Added a Threading CADCAM Wizard. - Added the ability to transfer thread specs from the Thread Database to the Threading CADCAM Wizard. - Added a Center Drill Tool Type in Feeds/Speeds. - Added CADCAM Custom Wizard for CADCAM Estimator and other Cycle Time calculations. - Updated the csv file format to include an “opTime” column that is the time in minutes for the operation.… Read the rest
  • Building the Rostock Max v2 3D Printer, Part 1

    Bob Warfield
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    We just got in our Rostock Max v2 3D Printer kit from SeeMeCNC the other day, so I want to chronicle what it’s like to build one.  Here’s the contents of the big box delivered to our door: Related parts are individual bagged into parts kits.  Printer structure is laser cut melamine… The parts are neatly divided into individually bagged sets of related components plus the laser cut melamine that makes up the bulk of the printer’s structure except for the vertical rails.  The manual needs to be downloaded from the site, which is nice, because you can scan through the…
  • Can 3D Printed Ice Cubes Make Your Whiskey Taste Better?

    Bob Warfield
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Start with Autodesk’s 123D Catch software that converts photos to 3D models.  Add a CNC Router with high speed spindle that’s in a chamber chilled to -7 degrees C.  Take a block of ice made from the finest pure spring water and slice a smaller blank from it.  Place the ice onto the the CNC Router, cue the jazz music and make your ice cube: When the cube is ready, put it in your finest crystal tumbler and add a splash of Suntory whiskey.  Relax in your favorite chair and enjoy.  … Read the rest
 
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    L&S Electric

  • Paper: Understanding Natural Gas Fuel Reliability for Backup Power

    David Manney
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Knowing you can rely on a backup power supply when you desperately need it eliminates one worry if the power supply to your facility is interrupted. For decades, the fuel of choice to run those backup power units has been diesel. However, some new kids on the fuel block have forced their way into the conversation. One great concern for those in charge is the reliability of the fuel supply. For all the benefits diesel fuel has provided, maintenance and delivery concerns have grown and the … [visit site to read more]
  • 2014 SME Minnesota Mining Expo

    David Manney
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    If Cheese isn’t your thing, or you’re not anywhere near Milwaukee, swing by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) and join use for the 2014 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME) Expo. This year’s theme is “Minnesota Mining: Meeting the Global Challenge.”
  • Visit us at the Cheese Technology Expo

    David Manney
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you are in the southeastern portion of Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday next week, come and visit us during the 2014 Cheese Technology Expo:
  • What Would You do to Prove the Value of Reliability?

    David Manney
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Sometimes, when you’re attempting to measure something that’s rather nebulous it becomes an effort similar to eating jello with a single chopstick. It’s difficult to grasp and harder to control. Like assigning a dollar value for reliability.
  • Infograph: The Burgeoning Bakken

    David Manney
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    The landscape of US oil production has been changing the past several years because of the ability to reach oil-rich shales that have been difficult, or impossible, previously. Shales in Texas, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and of course, the Bakken in North Dakota have given the US an opportunity to reduce its dependence upon foreign oil. The #Bakken has been the object of many glowing reports because of the amount of oil produced and the trickle down effect it has with the local economy and … [visit site to read more]
 
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • A brief history of manufacturing

    David Chadwick
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Well bicycle manufacturing anyway! – as my  first job after graduating from college in 1983 was working as for T.I.Raleigh, a huge manufacturer of bicycles based in Nottingham in the UK. Mass production at its peak: Raleigh bicycle manufacturing factory in Nottingham, UK. My desk is marked with a red dot. The factory was past its peak when I joined but it was still huge: 40 acres  and employing 7,000 people! My desk in the production engineering office would shake as the press lines pounded out thousands of brackets every day, and the smell of machine oil and brazing gas filled the…
  • A brief history of data management

    David Chadwick
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    26 years ago I started my first job for a CAD company, Intergraph UK, who were just transitioning from offering a VAX based solution to a UNIX based solution. At that time Intergraph designed and built their own processors, monitors and workstations as well as creating the software! I was immediately interested in the data management issues faced by our CAD users and worked on a solution called I/PDM that supported Intergraph’s I/EMS solid modeling solution. It seems strange today but I/PDM ran on top of a general file management solution (I/NFM) that itself ran on top of a database…
  • Excellence in design leads to real business returns

    David Chadwick
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    I have been reading some new research from Motiv Strategies and the Design Management Institute that looks at the characteristics and performance of  ”design-centric” companies. The conclusion of this research is that the stock market return from investing in companies where design is at the center of their business model is 228% greater than that from investing in the market as a whole, my inference from this is that the underlying business performance of these companies has been significantly superior. Some of the criteria used to identify these organizations were that…
  • Siemens PLM customer facing systems and Heartbleed

    Chris Kelley
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    You may have already heard about the Heartbleed vulnerability that affects certain, SSL-secured internet traffic and websites. Siemens PLM Software has evaluated its external web facing systems (our website and our community) used by customers and prospects and has determined that no Heartbleed vulnerability remains in effect. Additionally, Siemens PLM Software is continuously checking with external system providers to ensure that no separate vulnerability exists with regard to company or customer data sent or stored within third-party systems. We will keep you posted as our assessment…
  • Siemens PLM Community Wrap Up – Week of March 31

    Susan Cinadr
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    We are few weeks behind so this will be a long list. This week’s Siemens PLM Community Wrap-Up has information about how customers are using NX, tons of Tips and Tricks for almost all of our software, Solid Edge ST7 Sneak Peeks, a new 2D Drafting Forum and some exciting opportunities at this years PLM World conference. Let us know what you think! Femap MAYA HTT Presenting at the 2014 Femap Symposium – Details about the Femap Symposium and the MAYA Heat Transfer Technologies presentation! The entire process of structural design and analysis on a space antenna assembly. NX Design NX Quick…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • U.S. Factory Output Continues its Upswing

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    After harsh weather caused production to go down in January, U.S. factory output rose last month, extending strong growth from February.  Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products. Higher…Read More
  • An Uncertain Future for Textiles Manufacturing In America

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    The apparel industry has always been highly competitive.  In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced plans to close a plant in Jamestown, KY.  Production will be moved to Honduras in an…Read More
  • The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Manufacturers

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The rising cost of manufacturers’ healthcare threatens the ability of manufacturers to create jobs and compete in the global economy.  Ninety-seven percent of The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) members provide health care…Read More
  • OJT Training Can Help Close the Gap

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In order for America to stay competitive as thousands of jobs go unfilled and many more are expected to become available due to impending retirements, the need to build a more robust workforce pipeline in advanced manufacturing…Read More
  • Outsourcing Manufacturing to China? Here are 6 important tips

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Allan Peiser According to the Economic Policy Institute, since 2001 more than 2.7 million jobs were lost to China, with the highest percentage coming from the manufacturing sector. This number indicates that while there has been…Read More
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    Cut-Tex® PRO

  • Cut-Tex PRO Slash Resistant Fabric Now Key Part of Police Officers Uniforms

    Robert Kaiser
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Members of another Police Force have now been issued with new uniforms partly made out of a high performance cut resistant fabric called Cut-Tex® PRO. In order to protect all officer’s safety, the country’s name cannot be named. Cut-Tex PRO Cut Resistant High Performance Fabric These new protective garments have been manufactured by one of Italy’s leading uniform manufacturers and without question will help save lives in the future. “Dealing with potentially hostile and intoxicated members of the public is not always easy, and we must do everything to improve their personal safety…
  • PPSS Group Launch Slash Resistant Homeland Security Base Layers

    Robert Kaiser
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:07 am
    PPSS Slash Resistant Homeland Security Base Layer The latest ‘Homeland Security Base Layer’ designed, developed and manufactured by UK based PPSS Group is another great product launched to effectively help protect homeland security professionals. Please look at the great media coverage this new product has created: http://www.policeone.com/police-products/body-armor/press-releases/6644106-PPSS-Group-Launch-Slash-Resistant-Homeland-Security-Base-Layers/ http://www.canadiansecuritymag.com/markets/public-sector/slash-resistant-homeland-security-base-layers-2053…
  • PPSS Knife Resistant Shirt Presented at Anti-Terrorist Convention in Tokyo

    Robert Kaiser
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    One of the best articles featuring our high performance cut/slash resistant clothing during the 2012 Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism (SEECAT) in Tokyo. We are LOVING it !
  • How Uniform Manufacturers Can Benefit From Cut Resistant Fabric?

    Robert Kaiser
    2 Jul 2013 | 7:25 am
    Forearm cut injury resulting from an edged weapon attack. Such injuries can be prevented by assuring that tactical clothing and uniforms are covering the most vulnerable areas by incorporating Cut-Tex PRO Cut and slash resistant fabrics have been developed following thousands of cut and slash related injuries at all sorts of different workplaces around the world. One particular group of men and women at risk are the ones who protect and serve our countries, and this include especially all homeland security professionals, such as law enforcement and correctional officers. For many years…
  • Cut-Tex® PRO – The World’s Best Slash Resistant Fabric

    Robert Kaiser
    1 Jul 2013 | 8:19 am
    Cut-Tex® PRO slash resistant fabric is now being used to manufacture some of the most effective high performance cut and slash resistant protective clothing for law enforcement and other homeland security professionals around the world. Forearm cut injury resulting form an edged weapon attack. All frontline professionals dealing with potentially aggressive, hostile or intoxicated members of the public are obviously working in a higher risk environment. We believe personal protective equipment (PPE) or clothing using Cut-Tex® PRO to protect vital areas will improve their personal safety and…
 
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    blog.lnsresearch.com

  • The Consumerization of IT: Next-Generation Manufacturing Software

    Greg Goodwin
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s 2014, and that means there are a handful of ways you could be perusing this and any other sentences on your reading queue, daily to-do list, etc. While it’s certainly possible you printed it out, it’s far more likely that you’re viewing it on your desktop or laptop or, increasingly from smaller mobile devices like tablets or even your smartphone, perhaps with your window for your favorite game app temporarily minimized.   Follow @LNSResearch It's a multi-tasking world and the line between work and personal activities is becoming fuzzier and fuzzier. Technology is at least…
  • U.S. Manufacturing Optimism on the Rise, Along with Performance Metrics

    Natalie Tarutis
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Some good news for U.S. manufacturing to start off this week's roundup. According to PwC, for the first time in eight years U.S. manufacturers' optimism on the domestic economy is on the rise. And that's not the only thing looking up. We just finished up our five-month research study with MESA International on manufacturing performance metrics and, overall, respondents reported some impressive improvements. For a recap of the event, including answers to many questions that were not able to be addressed due to time, read on to the bottom of this week's roundup. Top Challenges of Moving from…
  • 10 Questions Answered from Wednesday's 'Metrics that Matter' Event

    Mark Davidson
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    On April 16, 2014, LNS Research and MESA International held a webcast event entitled, “2013-2014 Manufacturing Metrics that Really Matter.” By the end of the event, we had received a barrage of questions from attendees, many of which couldn’t be addressed live due to time. In this post, we’ll address the top 10 questions that were asked. Follow @LNSResearch For readers who weren’t able to attend the webcast, here’s some background information. This was a joint research project conducted with MESA International from October 2013 to February 2014 focused on identifying the metrics…
  • 'Real-Time' Information is a Relative Thing

    Paul Leavoy
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    'Real-time information' is a term that's bandied about by vendors and end-users alike when it comes to discussions about manufacturing and enterprise software. For example, we talk about real-time data, real-time visualization, and real-time reporting. It's also a term that can be used liberally by marketers to describe and promote product capabilities. Follow @LNSResearch But how ‘real’ is real-time actually? That depends on who you talk to–and what kind of ‘real-time’ information and activity is fast enough for your needs. Based on process ownership, functional requirements,…
  • U.S Manufacturing Performance and Improving CAPA-bilities

    Natalie Tarutis
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we've written about, effective enterprise quality management is becoming indispensable in today's global economic climate. With increased regulatory burdens, competition, and reliance on supplier relationships, there's less and less room for error. Core to achieving this is having structurally sound corrective and preventive actions, which Vince Smith of Sparta Systems discusses in this week's roundup. Also, if you're curious about the current state of U.S. manufacturing, there is compelling data below to color your opinion if you read on. The Key to Creating a Structurally Sound CAPA…
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    MetalMiner

  • MetalMiner Launching New Membership Site

    Kyle Fitzsimmons
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    MetalMiner, the leading online publication for metal-purchasing organizations, is pleased to announce the launch of its new membership site the week of Monday, April 14, 2014. Many free features of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Week In Review: ArcelorMittal Steel Price Hike, ABI in Construction, The Pistorius B.I.G.

    Taras Berezowsky
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s been a wild week of metals price trends, indexes slipping from the previous month’s values, and introspective looks at metal market drivers here on MetalMiner. All for the low, low... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ores Soar, Increasing the Cost of Nickel and Stainless

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Nickel hit a one-year high Thursday as speculators bought up futures of the metal to bet on a shortage later in the year from the ban. China also recently said it would cut production of nickel pig... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Automotive MMI®: GM Recall Costs Hit $1.3 Billion, Copper a Drag

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Copper and steel continued to drive the automotive MMI down last week. GM, the largest US automaker, had its recall costs soar to $1.3 billion, mostly due to the ongoing federal investigation into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Evraz, Abramovich Prepare for Crimea Annexation Hit

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Evraz, the Russian steelmaker part-owned by billionaire Roman Abramovich, warned that the crisis in Ukraine could hit its business this year, as it reported a deepening in losses, the Financial Times... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 3D Printing Heading to Space in 2014

    EvanShimron
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    3D printing may still be relatively young, but it is apparently already making its way to the final frontier. That’s right, in the same year as Richard Branson and his team most likely, 3D printing will be heading to space courtesy of NASA.<!–callout–> <!–br–> A (3D) Space Odyssey Specifically, US space agency NASA will be launching a 3D printer into space sometime next year to help with the manufacturing of spare parts and tools for space stations in zero gravity conditions. Of course, this will be the first 3D printer to make it out of the…
  • How to Get Product Feedback from a Focus Group

    EvanShimron
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    When you’re planning on investing a lot of time and money into a product idea, it’s important that you never presume to know your market. It might seem like common sense to you that people will need the invention you’ve come up with, but once you actually release it, you couldend up being surprised. There may be factors that you overlooked, or it may be that a design element would put off a large part of your demographic. There is also a chance that the demographic you choose to target might not be the right one.<!–br–> Hence, it’s important to do…
  • Efficient Products – How to Reduce Waste and Cut Overheads

    EvanShimron
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    These days every business should strive to be as green and efficient as possible. That means making sure that you don’t create any waste, that you are as efficient as you can be, and that your business model is generally eco-friendly to begin with.<!–br–> For entrepreneurs and start-ups selling products, this is no different. Going green will at once help you to reduce your overheads and save money and help you to create a clean image that will help you sell more. <!–callout–> Top Tips for Going Green <!–br–> Efficient Design: The…
  • A Great List of Helpful Resources for Hardware Startups

    EvanShimron
    13 Feb 2014 | 9:34 am
    Entering the hardware industry is no straightforward task and presents a range of challenges to any startup or entrepreneur that’s willing to throw their hat into the ring. Thankfully though, you’re not on your own and there are many others who have gone before you. To help make life a little easier there are a huge range of resources and tools out there available for those who are willing to look for them, and these can make all the difference to your success. Read on for a list of some of the most useful resources for anyone developing hardware.<!–callout–>…
  • How Decide on Pricing for Your Product

    EvanShimron
    19 Jan 2014 | 9:13 am
    One factor that is easy to forget when you’re in the throes of creating something exciting is pricing. Often, startups and entrepreneurs will make the mistake of thinking that this is an aspect that can be left until the end when the design and costs have been finalized.  This could be a huge mistake. It’s important to consider your pricing from the very beginning and throughout your design process and marketing plan development.  <!–br–><!–callout–> <!–br–> Premise The basic premise of pricing is that if you lower your price,…
 
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