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How to Calculate the Value of Big Data in a Manufacturing Environment

Now that the connection between managing data and higher performance has taken hold in leading organizations, businesses are looking into how to measure the effectiveness of their Big Data strategies. According to a March 2013 study from the Aberdeen Group, top performers are building up their Big Data and advanced analytics activities as a priority to help them take control of manufacturing...

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Brookings: "Blue-Collar STEM" is Overlooked, Underfunded

A new comprehensive report by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program underscores that there is hidden STEM talent in blue-collar jobs, and emphasizes how policymakers and leaders should focus more efforts on STEM careers that require associate's degrees to avoid missed opportunities to capture talent. The Hidden STEM Economy highlights how even though much awareness, training, and federal...

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Energy Management: What Is It and Why Is It Important for Manufacturing?

The concept of quality management was foreign to most companies in early-to-mid 1980s. However, today most companies employ a full-time person or equivalent dedicated this function. Likewise, energy intense manufacturers are now employing teams of professionals whose job is to continually look for opportunities to improve energy performance. Energy management is identified by practitioners and...

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For Manufacturers, Impact of Sequester Is Just Beginning

Sequestration spent a lot of time at the top of the news early this year. But most Americans haven't felt much effect yet. The economy is adding jobs, the stock market is at record levels, and the housing market is climbing. This has led to media speculation that fallout from the sequester, while occurring, is overblown. When the sequester -- which cut $85.4 billion from the federal budget --...

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Industrial Firms Increasingly Pursue Zero Discharge for Wastewater

Recognizing the risks around looming water scarcity and stress, industrial firms are increasingly turning to zero-discharge models for treatment of wastewater. Gena Leathers, water issue leader for corporate water strategy at The Dow Chemical Co., explained to me in an interview that zero-liquid discharge at its core involves "bringing in technologies that allow you to capture, recycle, and reuse...

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How Are New College Grads Faring in Today's Job Market?

New college graduates with a bachelor's degree or better may initially face tough times landing work, but there are reasons for hope. A new study looks at how recent college graduates are faring in the post-recession job market. Youth unemployment has become a troubling trend in recent years, having spiked to historic levels during the Great Recession and remaining at record-high rates even as...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Jobs Data Mixed, But Largely Positive

Plus: MAPI Manufacturing Outlook More Optimistic Machine Vision Sales Rose 11 Percent in First Quarter Economic Confidence Improved in May April Saw a Boost in Small Business Loans Slight Rise in New Factory Orders Multiple employment data sources, including U.S. Dept. of Labor and business outsourcing service ADP (Automatic Data Processing), showed a mix of positive and negative hiring figures....

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Can We Eliminate Nuclear Waste by Turning it into Energy?

The question of what role nuclear power will play in this country's energy future is filled with uncertainty. On one hand, it is the only low-carbon source of gigawatt scale power that even environmentalists like James Lovelock and Stewart Brand have endorsed. On the other hand, post-Fukushima safety concerns, rising cost projections, and the steadily decreasing cost and rapid growth of...

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Federal and Industry Partners Issue Challenge to Manufacturers

A coalition that includes the U.S. federal government and over 200 major commercial building sector partners has issued a simple challenge to U.S. manufacturers: If you can build wireless sub-meters that cost less than $100 apiece and enable us to identify opportunities to save money by saving energy, we will buy them. A group of at least 18 manufacturers has already agreed to take up the...

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Friday Focus: 3 Creative Ways for Students to Engage in STEM

The launch of someone's career in a science, math, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field can start as early as elementary school, though the right elements are necessary to engage students. Several unique initiatives across the country are helping cultivate interest in STEM and fostering learning outside of the classroom curriculum. An early STEM education not only ensures better preparation...

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