Archive for May 14th, 2013

Which communication skill is most important: listening, writing, or speaking? Given the nearly non-stop use of email and social media in every aspect of your life you might respond immediately with “written communications.” Given a few more moments to think about it, you might choose “spoken communications” over writing. You spend a lot of time engaged in conversations on your mobile or face-to-face. But in both cases you’re off the mark. While writing and speaking effectively are important skills to employ daily in your life, they aren’t the most important when it comes to communicating. That spot is reserved for listening.
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Social network, media and marketing

In the latest Expert’s Corner, Michael Keating sheds light on how manufacturers can deliver their marketing message via social media, and the specific digital tools and strategies manufacturers are employing to boost their business. Read more


Robots are a regular fixture of manufacturing, but they’re typically run in isolation to prevent potential risks to workers, and this takes up a tremendous amount of space on an average shop floor. New safety techniques and advanced automation technology are now clearing the way for normalized human-robot interaction that would eliminate many cumbersome space and operational requirements. Read more

Cash Flow

The recent boom in U.S. crude oil production has created transport bottlenecks that are keeping oil from reaching key markets and creating disparities in petroleum pricing that are penalizing domestic producers. What’s being done to alleviate the problem and get oil flowing to right places? Read more


In Car Guys vs. Bean Counters, author and former vice chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz explains how his emphasis on creativity and product excellence over dry statistical data helped steer one of America’s most iconic car companies back onto the right track. Read more

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The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DoE) announced Friday that it has awarded $16 million to 88 small businesses for technologies that support or enhance energy systems. In a statement released last week, the DoE said the funds “highlight President Obama’s focus on small businesses as leaders in an economy built to last.”

According to the statement, the technologies were chosen based on having a “strong potential for commercialization and job creation” and added that the funds “will help small businesses with promising ideas that could improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on foreign oil, and generate electricity from renewable sources.” Read more

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