Industry Market Trends

Unified Manufacturing Can Enhance Design and Innovation

September 30, 2014

The ability to network once-disparate elements like shop-floor production machinery, design and management software, controls and data analysis tools, and robots is weaving them together into a synergistic environment ripe for innovation. Read More

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Editor's Note: In a 'Rare' Bind

September 30, 2014

Will China's dominating control of rare earth elements bury U.S. manufacturers, as growth of green and clean technologies requires more of the minerals? Read More

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Keeping Innovation Alive in the Family Business

September 25, 2014

There are challenges in every business, but family businesses tend to suffer harder when there are obstacles and especially conflict. Family businesses must turn the "familiarity mindset" into an advantage. Combining this familiarity with a culture of innovation can accelerate new ideas and ways of doing things to keep the business flourishing. Read More

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State of Packaging and Opportunities in Carbonated Soft Drinks

September 24, 2014

With trends toward healthier beverages threatening the growth of carbonated soft drinks, finding new and innovative ways to get consumers to buy through packaging stimuli will be a key focus for packaging manufacturers and brand owners. However, cost will still be the key ingredient to any new packaging feasibility. Read More

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Why Risk Is Critical to Quality Management: 3 Functional Ways

September 23, 2014

When an operational risk management framework is embedded into quality management systems, the two begin to feed each other information that mutually improves both of these functions internally and in the supply chain. Read More

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Editor's Note: Holding the Charge

September 23, 2014

After a few years, electric vehicles have made a lot of progress, but they still have a mountain to climb against gasoline cars. Still in the single digits in market share of all vehicles, a lot more needs to happen technologically before EVs can play in the big leagues. Read More

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10 Simple Warehouse Safety Hacks

September 18, 2014

Safety measures not only ensure operations such as warehousing are compliant with federal workplace laws, they engender better worker ergonomics, productivity, and less strain and fatigue. Here are inexpensive, quick-hit ways to ramp up warehouse safety. Read More