Industry Market Trends

Editor's Note: The Kick's No Good

November 25, 2014

U.S. energy policy can be described currently as muddled and, at best, in flux. Last week saw the double-event of a Senate rejection on the Keystone XL pipeline and the EPA’s announcement that it has delayed its ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard. One indecision and another that just narrowly missed set up a... Read More

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'Subtractive' Industries Are Coming to Terms with Additive Manufacturing

November 25, 2014

Additive manufacturing is on a roll. Also known as 3D printing, AM has been around for three decades, but it has finally begun an entrenched march into mainstream manufacturing. The advent of part-making platforms that combine "subtractive" machining capabilities with printing technology is the latest and most... Read More

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10 Tips for Streamlining Reverse Logistics

November 24, 2014

[Editor's Note: This article is furnished by Inbound Logistics, a Thomas Publishing Co. sister publication providing the latest news about warehousing, logistics, supply chain management, transportation, cargo, freight, and more. Inbound Logistics is the information leader in supply chain and logistics management. To... Read More

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Slip and Fall Fatalities Climb Amid Manufacturing Resurgence

November 20, 2014

Although many countries are still in deep economic battles, the American economy shows positive signs of growth. U.S. exports have grown to record highs and about twice the $1.1 trillion level reported during summer of 2008. Economic analysts point to this year’s 5.8 percent unemployment rate and strong, steady... Read More

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Accountability Is the Game-Changer in Business Relationships

November 20, 2014

When something goes wrong, it is always someone else’s fault. The whole concept of accountability is tainted with misconceptions, frustration, and blame. Within the business construct, accountability is even more frustrating and brings tension and more excuses. Accountability, at its core, is doing what you say... Read More

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Editor's Note: The Big Cargo Hold

November 18, 2014

When a six-year contract between West Coast dockworkers and container cargo lines expired earlier this year, the prevailing observation was a new deal will get hammered out, talks will go past the expiration, and this has happened before. No sweat. That was back in July. Four months have passed and the Pacific... Read More

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Viewpoint: How to Spark Interest in Manufacturing Among Our Youth

November 18, 2014

It's not even winter yet, but I have snowballs on my mind. You know how you pack and roll and pack and roll to make the biggest snowball possible, and it just grows and grows? My hope is that, through articles and through outreach in my community and beyond, efforts to attract younger skilled workers (and young... Read More