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  • La-Z-Boy Cutting 100 Jobs In N.C.

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    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business.The furniture maker said Wednesday that it will idle two North Wilkesboro facilities and put them up for sale. It will move warehouse and repair functions from those sites to another North Carolina plant, in Hudson. La-Z-Boy is ending production of some of its bedroom furniture at the Hudson facility in the quarter that ends in October in 2014, as it shifts to importing all of its wood furniture.
  • Miss. Gov. Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities

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    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence."Just to be blunt about it: We just don't want unions involved in our businesses or our public sector," Bryant told reporters after he signed the bills, which become law July 1.Mississippi AFL-CIO president Robert Shaffer said in March that the bills will hurt low-wage workers.
  • Remote Tank Monitoring

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    jhans
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    TankLink introduces a new way for propane distributors to implement industry-leading tank level monitoring without the upfront hardware expense.
  • Service Centers’ Steel, Aluminum Deliveries Rebound for March

    IndustryWeek
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Robert Brooks Shipments, steel inventories results offset lackluster start to 2014 Service centers across North America increased delivery volumes during March, and steel service centers managed to reduce their inventory levels, too. read more
  • Service Centers’ Steel, Aluminum Deliveries Rebound for March

    IndustryWeek
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Robert Brooks Shipments, steel inventories results offset lackluster start to 2014 Service centers across North America increased delivery volumes during March, and steel service centers managed to reduce their inventory levels, too. read more
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  • Remote Tank Monitoring

    jhans
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    TankLink introduces a new way for propane distributors to implement industry-leading tank level monitoring without the upfront hardware expense.
  • La-Z-Boy Cutting 100 Jobs In N.C.

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business.The furniture maker said Wednesday that it will idle two North Wilkesboro facilities and put them up for sale. It will move warehouse and repair functions from those sites to another North Carolina plant, in Hudson. La-Z-Boy is ending production of some of its bedroom furniture at the Hudson facility in the quarter that ends in October in 2014, as it shifts to importing all of its wood furniture.
  • Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued her order Thursday in Corpus Christi. Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents some owners, had argued that the GM cars could at any moment lose power and expose their occupants to serious injury or death.
  • Miss. Gov. Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence."Just to be blunt about it: We just don't want unions involved in our businesses or our public sector," Bryant told reporters after he signed the bills, which become law July 1.Mississippi AFL-CIO president Robert Shaffer said in March that the bills will hurt low-wage workers.
  • Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:WHAT'S MAKING US SICK?
 
 
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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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  • Self-lubricating rod-end bearings

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    THE WN 648 self-lubricating rod-end bearings, now available in inch sizes, are for control and link mechanisms in all types of machines. These RoHS-compliant bearings are designed for high-load, low-speed applications with hanging angles, requiring linear, rotational, or oscillatory motions. read more
  • Direct-drive radial-piston motor

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The Hydre-Mac direct-drive radial-piston motor handles variable-speed applications. The low-speed, high-torque motor, featuring a cam-lobe design, employs a MacTaggart Scott heavy-duty motor design. The motor increases component life with two inlet and outlet ports that reduce pressure drops at high power; generating less heat overall. read more
  • Single-axis drive/controller

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    THE ACS stepper drive/controller for electric actuators comes in both servo and stepper control technologies. With built-in configurations for electric actuators, linear motion is easily created in the desired linear units (mm or inch). read more
  • Miniature contactors

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The CWC Series of miniature contactors, for switching and controlling motors, take up less space inside electrical enclosures while still offering 15 hp @ 460 V. read more
  • Bellows grippers

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The DHEB Series bellows grippers safely and gently handle fragile workpieces for electronic and light-assembly applications. They expand in diameter when actuated by an integral pneumatically driven piston to securely grip a workpiece’s interior surface. read more
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  • Remote Tank Monitoring

    jhans
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    TankLink introduces a new way for propane distributors to implement industry-leading tank level monitoring without the upfront hardware expense.
  • La-Z-Boy Cutting 100 Jobs In N.C.

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    MONROE, Mich. (AP) -- La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business.The furniture maker said Wednesday that it will idle two North Wilkesboro facilities and put them up for sale. It will move warehouse and repair functions from those sites to another North Carolina plant, in Hudson. La-Z-Boy is ending production of some of its bedroom furniture at the Hudson facility in the quarter that ends in October in 2014, as it shifts to importing all of its wood furniture.
  • Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued her order Thursday in Corpus Christi. Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents some owners, had argued that the GM cars could at any moment lose power and expose their occupants to serious injury or death.
  • Miss. Gov. Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence."Just to be blunt about it: We just don't want unions involved in our businesses or our public sector," Bryant told reporters after he signed the bills, which become law July 1.Mississippi AFL-CIO president Robert Shaffer said in March that the bills will hurt low-wage workers.
  • Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

    alawrence
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:WHAT'S MAKING US SICK?
 
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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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  • We wish we were making this up: Federal Government has no idea how it is managing environmental reviews

    Ross Eisenberg
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    A new report on the Obama Administration admits a stunning lack of oversight of our nation’s bedrock environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is the law that requires all major projects — think highways, bridges, pipelines, transmission lines — to submit to a comprehensive review of their potential environmental impacts prior to construction. NEPA is often the largest, costliest, most time-consuming regulatory hurdle developers face before they can build. It also is a common target for abuse, as there are countless ways to throw a wrench in the…
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered

    Carolyn Lee
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Last Friday President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Narayana Kocherlokata (Ph.D.), noted in a speech that, “the future course of the U.S. economy is not predetermined by the events of the past seven years. Both history and theory have the same lesson: It is possible to undo what might now appear to be permanent changes.” The way that he proposes to do this is by reducing he suggests is by, “reducing the tax rate on the process of transforming current goods into future goods. In practice, the government can accomplish such a reduction in a relatively targeted fashion by…
  • New NAM Video Explains Impact of Ozone Regulations

    Greg Bertelsen
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover. With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time.” –President Obama, September 02, 2011 With the unemployment rate hovering above 9% and in the early stages of his reelection campaign, in September 2011, President Obama told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop its work on a new ozone regulation – a…
  • Democrats Ask for Action on Keystone XL while White House Offers No Clear Deadline

    Kelley Raymond
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-LA), joined by ten Democratic senators, sent a letter to President Obama on April 10 pleading with the Administration to commit to a timeline for a final decision on Keystone XL. At well over five years since the application was first received, the Administration has been criticized for repeatedly delaying the process. The 11 senators agreed with critics, calling the process “exhaustive in its time, breadth, and scope. It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify.” Sen. Landrieu and her…
  • Monday Economic Report – April 14, 2014

    Chad Moutray
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here is a summary of this week’s Monday Economic Report: In the minutes of its March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Federal Reserve Board highlighted the negative impact of weather events on first-quarter growth. Winter storms hampered business investment, construction, consumer spending and manufacturing production. Nonetheless, the Federal Reserve still anticipates real GDP growth of between 2.8 and 3.0 percent in 2014, faster than last year’s 1.9 percent expansion. While this reflects a slight downgrade in the outlook for the year from the last forecast, it…
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  • Things That Make Me Worry About My Colonoscopy: Patient Safety

    Mark Graban
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sorry to get all Katie Couric on you, but I’m going to have a colonoscopy on Friday. I turned 40 last October and I have some family history that leads my doctor to get one done now rather than at 50. Unlike Katie, I won’t be broadcasting mine live, but I’ll share some articles and reflections on the process and, being process focused, what could go wrong. It’s a very necessary procedure, but there are, sadly, some very unnecessary and preventable risks. According to  Dr. Wikipedia (backed by journals): This procedure has a low (0.35%) risk of serious complications…
  • #Lean *IS* about Doing More with Less, But Be Careful Saying That

    Mark Graban
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s often said that Lean is about “doing more with less.” Historically, and practically speaking, it’s true. But, it’s a phrase that we should be careful about, for a number of reasons. Looking back at the origins of the term “Lean” as “Lean Production” 25 years ago (read more here). Generally speaking, the term “lean” was used because Toyota (and to some extent other Japanese automakers) did more with less. That was a fact and it was backed by data. The idea of “do more with less” is helpful as a comparison…
  • My Comments on #Lean Healthcare in These Challenging Times

    Mark Graban
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Thanks to Dodge Communications for interviewing me for their blog: “Improving healthcare–there’s no instant pudding.” I was, of course, citing the late great Dr. W. Edwards Deming and his “There is no instant pudding” admonition. Hospitals and health systems are facing a lot of pressure right now, especially with lower reimbursements. Lean is powerful, but healthcare leaders who expect a quick fix will be disappointed. Part of the interview: Dodge: It sounds like the ACA, much like Toyota’s WWII dilemma, is a catalyst for hospitals really examining…
  • My Skepticism about GM’s “Speak Up for Safety” Program

    Mark Graban
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have a new article posted on LinkedIn: “My New Program: Speak Up About “Speak Up for Safety” at GM.” GM seems to continue their “blame the employees” game, as they’ve suspended two engineers (in my mind, blaming individuals for systemic cultural problems). CEO Mary Barra says that some executives may be punished, but starting from “the bottom up” with the punishments doesn’t sound like a new GM. I’m skeptical that a “speak up” program will do anything. The problem wasn’t a lack of employees speaking up, but…
  • What Lean is Lacking: Disco Medallions?

    Mark Graban
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When we lament why Lean hasn’t been more widely embraced as a new management model in healthcare (or other industries, for that matter), it’s good to ask “why?” We can identify gaps and propose countermeasures that might help solve this problem. As much as I believe that benchmarking isn’t as useful as many think it is, I did see a recent innovation in the Six Sigma world that we might want to consider… or maybe not. As I’ve written about before, I’m not a certified Six Sigma anything. I took Green Belt classes when I worked at Dell, but was…
 
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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…
  • Gemba Academy is 5 Years Old! Come celebrate with us!

    Kevin Meyer
    6 Mar 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 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?  Or individually as…
  • 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 took up a binder - a…
  • 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 with a meaty discussion of the…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • 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…
  • New Stone Tools Shown to Improve Productivity

    Gordon Benzie
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    In an interesting twist from the digitization that is now part of how business and manufacturing gets done, one manufacturer is taking a different path – the Stone Age Institute. Researchers there are working on the manufacture and use of stone tools. Apparently, the selection of an Enterprise Resource Planning system has not even been considered, nor is there a pressing need for other IT systems, automation equipment or robotics. The production process is 100% manual. Current output projections are targeting to have a prototype available soon, but it will only come in one variety, will not…
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  • 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…
  • Dispatch 2.0: How Scheduling Optimization Can Keep Your Fleets Running Smoothly

    Megan Van Vlack
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Dispatch is the nerve center of every field service operation. With all of the information that managers need to juggle, from travel data to average repair times and even weather updates, a scheduling optimization system is key to boosting productivity. ServiceMax’s Spring 2014 release includes new functionality that will help service organizations address increasingly complex dispatch and scheduling challenges. Here, Dave Hart, vice president of global customer transformation at ServiceMax, explains how scheduling optimization works — and how it benefits field service…
  • Goodbye Cranes, Hello Climbing: GE Innovates for Wind Turbine Repairs

    Courtney Buchanan
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Servicing wind turbines is by no means a typical field service job. Technicians who repair wind turbines need not only skills and technical knowledge but a willingness to work 270 feet in the air. That is, unless the repair requires that the gearbox be taken apart, in which case a crane brings the 36,000-pound gearbox down to the ground. To avoid having to hire a crane, General Electric recently introduced its Global Wind Turbine Drivetrain Repair Innovation Lab to explore how techs can do more repairs at the top of the turbine, or “uptower.” The main goal of the Albany-based…
  • This Week in the Field: The Techs Who Do The ‘Most Dangerous Job in America’

    Derek Korte
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Field service is fraught with perils that office workers just don’t face on a daily basis. And then there are extreme field service jobs that require pros to climb to towering heights and fix dangerous equipment like wind turbines and oil rigs. What does it take to do what’s been called the most dangerous job in America? Here’s a look at the sometimes risky business of field service, and other news from around the Web this week:  Extreme Field Service: Cell Tower Techs One of the most dangerous (and deadly) jobs in America is an extreme form of field service.
  • Tech Swap: Forgot Your Measuring Tape? There’s an App For That

    Megan Van Vlack
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Field service techs on the road have to travel light, but there are some tools in their belt that techs just can’t do without. Chainsaws and screwdrivers won’t soon be replaced by a mobile application, but new mobile applications allow techs to swap classics such as a measuring tape and a level for a phone or a tablet. One free mobile app, EasyMeasure, is designed for the iPhone and can measure objects using the iPhone’s camera. The app uses a 3D camera overlay grid to calculate the height and width of any object, from tall buildings to coffee cups. It’s a handy tool…
 
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  • 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…
  • Habits of successful people in the HVAC industry

    Mike Moore
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Steal the habits of highly successful HVAC leaders: 1. They’re morning people. The early bird really does get the worm. While others are dragging into work at 9 a.m., successful people already have checked e-mails, caught up on the news, had breakfast, and even done a work out. Learn to set your alarm early and just get up and go. 2. They know their time is valuable and don’t give it away freely. You can’t say yes to everything. Use a calendar to schedule important things you know have to get done — meetings, training, etc. Also schedule certain days and times for free time —…
  • 3 times your employees need more from you

    Mike Moore
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every now and then, your team is going to need more attention and time from you. These common real-life scenarios explain exactly how to tackle the situation like a pro and give your team the confidence needed to set them up for success in the future. When they’re floundering. While your pockets may love when business is booming, your employees can feel overwhelmed. No one likes to feel there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it, and resentment can grow if they see you taking long coffee breaks while they’re drowning in work. Step up, get your hands dirty, and do the job with…
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  • 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…
  • Recycled Pallets Jenga

    Randy Teadt
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    Making a game of Jenga out of pallets is surprisingly easy and a lot of fun! We were a little skeptical at first as to whether or not it could be done due to how rough a surface pallets have, but the game turned out amazingly well. Check out the video above if you haven’t yet to see the pallets in action and read on to learn more about how you can recycle old and busted pallets into a giant game of Jenga! How to Recycle Pallets into a Game of Jenga Step 1: Acquire a ton of pallets. You’re probably going to want 10 or so to make a tower high enough to play Jenga with. Step 2: Cut…
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  • New Beta Version of GW Editor With Improved Performance Available to Test

    Bob Warfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Every now and then I make a major change to one of our core products.  That necessitates some Beta testing rather than just dumping all that new stuff into the production code line.  When that happens I need your help to give the new goodness a good wringing out.  In this case, I have a new Beta version of G-Wizard Editor available.  What’s been done to it is to replace the 3D graphics library with a much newer one.  Switching to the new 3D graphics library (my equivalent of OpenGL) accomplishes several things: 1.  … Read the rest
  • Announcing Our April CNCCookbook Sale Because of Welding, Jelly Beans, Guitars and More

    Bob Warfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I’m announcing our April 2014 CNCCookbook Sale because, um, because… Well, the truth is, I tried to find a nearby holiday or special occasion to hang this sale on, but the pickings are a bit slim in April.  Every other month has plenty to go on.  There is a National Jelly Bean day in April, but that didn’t seem important enough to associate with a sale.  It is National Welding Month, and that’s very much related to manufacturing, so we will definitely tip our hats to any welders.  It’s also International Guitar Month, and I happen to know a surprising number…
  • Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 6: Motor Selection Wrap-Up

    Bob Warfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This is the sixth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far: Part 1:  Donor Mill Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such) Part 3:  Close Loop vs Open Loops (Servos vs Steppers) Part 4:  Motion Performance Part 5:  Acceleration and Cutting Forces In this installment, we’ll wrap up the process for selecting your axis drive motors, leadscrews, and timing belt drives. Time to wrap up the last 3…
  • Results of the CNCCookbook Tool Data Management Survey

    Bob Warfield
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Last week we did a survey on how everyone is doing their Tool Data Management.  Lots of response to the survey, so it’s time to summarize the results.  The idea here was to understand specifically how people deal with tool length (and to a lesser extent tool width) data as well as syncing up data from their CAM program to their Machine Controllers and Shop Floor. Why is Tool Data Important? Tool Data is important because it is a problem everyone must solve.  We start from CAM, which has to know what tool is to be used for each operation.  … Read the rest
  • Announcing Our New Partner: FASTech

    Bob Warfield
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    I’m pleased to announce that FASTech, one of the Top 10 Mastercam dealers, is now offering G-Wizard Calculator to customers to help them with their Feeds and Speeds.  These folks are a wonderful resource to the Mastercam community and are responsible for the eMastercam online community for Mastercam users.  Their territory is Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.  Check them out if you’re in that area, and even if you’re not check out the various resources they offer and especially eMastercam.  There’s a ton of expertise and good information available from that online…
 
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    L&S Electric

  • Quick ROI from Reliability

    David Manney
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    We constantly post articles regarding the implementation of reliability services, such as predictive and preventative maintenance programs. The reason? Simply these programs put a spotlight on the health of your electro-mechanical equipment. Having a good idea on how your equipment is performing helps avoid those crushing catastrophic breakdowns.visit site to read more]
  • Predictive Maintenance from Afar

    David Manney
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Implementing a thorough predictive maintenance program can be a somewhat arduous task. Yet with that effort comes the benefit of knowing the health of your electro-mechanical equipment. Predictive maintenance tasks will take you all over your plant. However, in some cases, access to some of the nooks and crannies can be difficult if not dangerous. visit site to read more]
  • Fracking Turning US Into Powerhouse

    David Manney
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    For those of us who are old enough to remember the long gas lines in most US cities during the tumultuous 1970s, the idea that our country could become a leading oil producer was ludicrous. A few decades later and that pipe dream … [visit site to read more]
  • Efficiency drops when running an AC motor too fast

    David Manney
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    If you were told you would be able to run your AC motor at 125% capacity without affecting efficiency, would you do so? Recently, electric motor manufacturers have begun to mark their motors with service factors (SFs) of … [visit site to read more]
  • Failure Costs Rising: Save by Paying Attention to Your Bearings

    David Manney
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    This may not come as a surprise to you, but the cost of doing business isn’t getting any cheaper. Inflation, law of supply and demand, and repair costs are leading causes for the bump in expenses. Among the culprits may be something you hadn’t thought of: your ball bearings. visit site to read more]
 
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • 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…
  • New sheet metal design and manufacturing capabilities on display at SEU14

    David Chadwick
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:21 am
    New method to determine manufacturing information for formed components to be shown at SEU14 Optimizing design of sheet metal components has been a strength of Solid Edge for many years and there will be plenty to see in this area at SEU14 in Atlanta, May 12-14th. I can’t divulge all the sheet metal related enhancements in Solid Edge ST7 that will be shown for the first time at this event, but I think especially customers who manufacture formed or deep-drawn components, and those who want more flexibility for creating sheet metal models from “regular” CAD models will be excited about…
  • Redefining engines with manufacturing simulation

    Aaron Frankel
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When our customer, Perkins Engines Company, asks the question, “Who says you can’t have it all?”— as they do in the marketing material for their Tier 4 engines – they’re referring to the trade-off between emissions legislation and customer demands, and making the case that it’s possible to satisfy both sets of requirements in a single diesel engine. Perkins’ customers (heavy equipment OEMs) want performance and fuel economy, along with other features such as durability and a good price. Emissions legislation, on the other hand, forces Perkins to continually reduce particulate…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • 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
  • Engineers, Machine Operators and Maintenance Technicians Are In Demand

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Randstad, the second largest global staffing firm, said that according to a recent survey, the demand for engineers, machine operators and maintenance technicians has been unwavering since last August. The increasing demand for these…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

  • '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…
  • 34 Key Metric Stats from the MESA/LNS Metrics that Matter Survey

    Greg Goodwin
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Embarking and accelerating on a continuous improvement journey toward improved manufacturing performance is becoming increasingly important these days, as the shifts around global supply and demand, heightened customer expectations, and exciting newtechnological capabilities have created an atmosphere where manufacturing excellence is required to lead, or even maintain your spot within your industry, regardless of what that industry might be. Follow @LNSResearch For this reason, it's important to ensure that your improvement efforts are optimized to create the most value. A key part of…
  • One Aspect Missing from Most Continuous Improvement Initiatives [DATA]

    Mike Roberts
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    With today’s global economy only becoming more competitive, it’s no surprise that everybody in the manufacturing environment is talking about continuous improvement. Proven leaders understand that if you’re not moving forward, making year-over-year gains in key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics, then you’re destined to face some serious challenges down the road. Follow @LNSResearch Most executives know the basic principles of continuous improvement: set goals, align resources to achieve those goals, measure progress, and then refine and repeat. But our experiences have shown…
  • Plant Managers: Which Metrics Are They Monitoring Closely?

    Greg Goodwin
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    As a plant manager, you’re responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of production, logistics, and maintenance in your assigned facility. Your position is one that’s hands-on and focuses on using all the resources at your disposal to maximize production accuracy and profitability while ensuring worker safety and government compliance in a particular unit of the manufacturing organization. Follow @LNSResearch Like benchmarking at any level of a business, the plant manager level needs effective metrics to assess performance for his or her responsibilities to adjust as…
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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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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • 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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