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Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 28, 2014 | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Comments

I recently read about a product that “hacks” a part of life that I happen to rather enjoy — eating. Soylent is a liquid food replacement made of a slurry of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates that its inventors are calling the future of food. 

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5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc.

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

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11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes to Inspire You

July 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich

The concept of "lean manufacturing" can help companies become more competitive, reduce waste and even increase profits. To help you stay in the "lean" mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.  

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How Can Heat Illness be Prevented in the Workplace?

July 7, 2014 12:45 pm | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center

Workers exposed to hot conditions are at risk of heat illness, especially those using bulky protective clothing and equipment. New and temporary workers are susceptible to heat-related illness if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions.

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Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs to the U.S.

July 3, 2014 8:45 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S. In a recent survey, 54 percent of executives indicated that they are planning to reshore.

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Are Manufacturers Stuck in the 20th Century?

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon

Technology continues to advance and companies performing compliance the same way year after year will quickly fall behind the competitive curve and will soon find themselves with noncompliant events impacting both operations and company brand image.

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McCormick Mulls Move, I Want My Old Bay

June 27, 2014 12:18 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged

With Maryland's historical spice and ingredient manufacturer, McCormick, debating moving out of state, a big question comes to mind. What's really more important: the company's history near Baltimore or the efficiency to be gained from consolidating?

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Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap is Serious

June 26, 2014 8:40 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth. How are educational institutions, government entities and businesses working to develop these skills?

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The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening? Let's take a closer look at the big picture.   

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Is the American Dream Out of Reach?

June 19, 2014 10:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to a CNNMoney poll, 6 out of 10 people believe the American Dream is out of reach. Perhaps the belief comes from the misconception of where the “good jobs” are. Maybe the manufacturing industry's best kept secret is that they're here.       

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Improving On-the-Floor Maintenance with Mobile Devices

June 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Jeffrey Dalto

One way mobile can help at work is as an aid to maintenance workers — by getting information where it’s needed and to the person who needs it, by allowing or improving communications over distances and by helping to ensure and track compliance. 

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That Other Thing Making Us Fat

June 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

We don’t need a war on “Big Food” to lower obesity rates in the U.S. We need to reevaluate our lifestyles as a culture. Overeating unhealthy food isn’t helping, but it’s also not the one-and-only culprit in the U.S. and global obesity epidemic.

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Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

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Making It Real

May 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to a February article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent. Nearly half of low income women work in low-pay industries.

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Mobile Device Trends in the Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

The new mobile device trend can help to drive employee productivity by staying connected in the work place. Companies can use mobility as a means of exceeding customer needs, just as they have used communication platorms in the past. 

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

May 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM

Using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.                 

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Bringing Healthy, Local Food To School Lunches

May 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by Bistro Kids Founder Kiersten Firquain

Kiersten Firquain launched a whole farm-to-school program called Bistro Kids to revamp how students eat, including menus that focus on fresh, local foods; visits from farmers; cooking lessons and school gardens. It serves 5,000 meals a day in Kansas City and St. Louis area schools.

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Are the Highest Paid in Manufacturing Worth Their Weight in Gold?

April 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

The gap between those who make big decisions and those who make the products is pretty extreme. The executive role is shorted lived — and more demanding — but to what degree? Is the training and education, along with this added stress, worth a pay package 400 times that of the average production worker?

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Is a Pabst Return Good for Milwaukee?

April 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of its beer-producing history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. and returning the brand to its birthplace. Supporters consider this brand almost like a birthright. But there is another point to consider: funding.

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Benchmark Against the Best

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna

I believe it's possible that the best are hiding from you — and that's why it's important to find ways of getting to know your peers. Even the most minimal networking can yield the kind of feedback you'd never get internally or from a customer.

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77 Safety Glasses

April 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna

Service is often a company's bread and butter. If your company is not open to letting suppliers into its plant, your competition may be. Skipping these kinds of service offerings can escalate from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.

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