Business & Industry

Eye on Washington: Your One Stop for Government Issues Affecting Industry

To find out about a proposed program that is earmarked to help small/mid-sized manufacturers transact business online, the possible extension of the Internet Sales Tax moratorium; and The Supreme Court's surprising decision regarding the Clean Air Act, click: Most e-commerce studies of U.S. companies have indicated that small/mid-sized manufacturing businesses are adopting e-commerce technologies...

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Going Mobile: Easing Plant Floor Data Efforts

A new wave of portable data collection systems is hitting the market and plant engineers are snapping them up. Are these devices expensive playthings or powerful tools that facilitate manufacturing? Portable data collection systems are rising in popularity. Manufacturers seem to appreciate the ease of the hand-held devices and more and more are taking advantage of the new software and latest...

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New Semiconductors Raise New Safety Concerns

In addition to guarding the safety of their workers, semiconductor manufacturers now have a new concern: the welfare of the chips themselves. As innovations result in more costly components, the task of protecting semiconductors from the dangers of electrical fires and flammable chemicals is becoming an even greater concern. Over the past few years, semiconductor wafers, the thin slices of...

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Welcome to "Fill-in-the-Blank" Valley

Silicon, the long time material of choice for the semiconductor industry, is now facing some competition. Engineers are exploring new compounds for use as the basic building blocks in the computer chips of tomorrow. If advances in the semiconductor's structure are to continue beyond the next decade, it's likely that they will be made using other materials in addition to silicon. This is largely...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

TIA - Telecommunications Industry Association TIA is one of the leading trade associations in the communications and information technology industry. Through its worldwide activities, the association facilitates business development and provides a market-focused forum for its more than 1,100 member companies that manufacture or supply products and services used in global communications. For more...

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Field Study: Do Electrical and Magnetic Fields Affect Worker's Health?

Just as they surround us, an air of mystery surrounds EMFs, or electric and magnetic fields. Members of the medical community have begun to question the effect of these low frequency fields on the health of electrical workers. Though we don't often think about them, the pervading presence of electric and magnetic fields, or EMFs, is a part of modern society. These invisible waves of force are...

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Virtual Engineering Becomes a Reality

From facilities layout to prototyping, virtual engineering´s innovative approach to design is saving time and money. The technology known as "virtual reality" currently has several working definitions. To some it is simply the combination of 3D-rendering headgear and an interactive glove device, others see it as a system that differs from traditional simulation systems only in that real-time...

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Making it Easier For Custom Manufacturers To Succeed Online

Web-based services developed with the custom manufacturing marketplace in mind can remove the inefficiencies commonly associated with the collaborative part of the procurement process. Before the Internet, job shops selling custom manufactured goods exhausted valuable time and energy locating and cultivating new customers. Efforts to establish relationships with buyers added to the frustrations...

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Slaying the Voltage Vampire

Don't let a power outage rob you of your precious production time. Learn how simulated testing and retrofitting can keep you out of the dark. One of the most aggravating situations for a plant manager is the sudden loss of production time due to equipment failure. While equipment maintenance goes a long way toward preventing unwanted downtime, sags in power supply are often unforeseen, and can...

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Solutions for Common Purchasing Challenges

Suggestions on handling the shared purchasing problems of supplier relationship management, pricing issues and product quality. Purchasing departments across industry experience similar dilemmas of establishing and maintaining profitable supplier relationships, confronting the problem of price increases, and ensuring supply quality. What follows is a review of the most common purchasing concerns...

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