Archive for October 1st, 2013

Congress’ move to force a federal government shutdown drew a sharp rebuke from the nation’s largest manufacturing trade organization, which labeled the situation “a clear message of dysfunction.”  Read more


Connecticut. Dream it. Do it. Manufacturing Month,” which features industry initiatives aimed to educate a future workforce about industry and manufacturing jobs.
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If the U.S. is to undergo the hoped-for manufacturing resurgence in the coming years, the sector will need industrial engineers (IEs), the professionals trained to design and optimize factories. Many believe that education in the field is lacking and too few students show an interest in the career.  Read more

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Every October, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, AMT, hosts its annual Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference. This year, attendees will converge on Cincinnati for great networking opportunities, innovative manufacturing business strategies and concepts, and inspiring keynote speakers. But the main reason why people go to this event is to hear the economic and market forecasts given by the industry’s top economists. In short, people come because they want to know the future. Read more


electricalgridThe pathway to alleviate the risks associated with dependency on conventional fuels is the rapid development of a smarter electrical grid. Public and private investments into smart-grid technologies are a critical part of both the business-as-usual scenario and the new business cases like the one developed by Project Butterfly. As the energy industry struggles to cost-effectively meet demand, the smart grid can help make better use of our existing energy infrastructure.

The development of a smart grid also presents the most interesting outcomes for yet-to-be-discovered innovation that can lead to rapid reductions in energy use and in the carbon intensity of final energy. Currently, an aging electrical infrastructure, an uncompetitive power market, and an extremely centralized means of transmission dominate the U.S. and global energy landscape.  Read more


A smart plan that maximizes a manufacturer’s supply chain can be a huge advantage in disaster recovery. In his latest Expert’s Corner series on disaster recovery, Michael Keating offers advice and resources that can help businesses construct such plans.  Read more


In Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less, Joe Pulizzi offers the critical keys to help businesses cut through the noise, commotion, and bad information that is right now cluttering up your customers’ digital space.  Read more

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