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It’s true sometimes success comes easy to a lucky few. However, most people at the top of their game have to work hard to get there. If you’re tired of feeling mediocre, the only person who has the ability to change that is you. Stop waiting for success to find you and start taking action… Read more »

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Your investment in employee training and development is a critical aspect of your company’s current and future success. Failure to make this commitment is akin to not upgrading your equipment, yet still expecting increased productivity. As noted by the American Society for Training and Development, the chance for ongoing learning is one of the top… Read more »

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act gives employees the right to file a complaint and request a workplace inspection if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following an OSHA standard. The process is confidential and it is a legal violation for a company to demote, fire, transfer… Read more »

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Recognition is more than just a “nice thing to do” for your employees. It’s a powerful communication tool that reinforces the most critical outcomes people create for your business. The best formula is a combination of ongoing recognition that emphasizes the little wins, encouraging employees to keep going with positive behavior, and recognition for “above… Read more »

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Five Strategies for Implementing New Company Policies

Company policies are not static. Chances are you’ll have to implement a number of new ones during the course of a year. And it can be a daunting prospect, as people’s natural tendency to resist change must be overcome every time you take such a step. Old systems will need to be reworked or discarded… Read more »

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Anytime a manufacturing plant opens or expands in the United States, it spurs development, creates jobs and has a positive spill-over effect on area businesses and communities. At the same time, it bolsters our nation’s competitive position in the global marketplace. In post-recession America, the manufacturing sector is growing again, which bodes well for everyone… Read more »

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3D printing dates back nearly 30 years but has rapidly taken off as computational technology has advanced. Today, 3D printing in additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping is one of the tech industry’s hottest sectors. In one of the latest 3D breakthrough areas, it’s become clear that what the technology successfully does for industrial materials, it… Read more »

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It goes without saying that safety is the number-one priority of any manufacturer. As technology advances, designers are increasingly called upon to incorporate protective mechanisms into products at a very early stage. Even preliminary design engineers now have a profound influence on ultimate plant safety. As you execute your effective design process, consider the potential… Read more »

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Keep an eye on these developments that are radically changing the future of consumer product design. Hiring managers: Look for acuity in these areas as you source candidates for your materials engineering teams. The “Miracle Material” Graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon arranged in a honeycomb lattice. It was discovered in 2004 at… Read more »

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The most recent research on the RFID market points to a 17 percent growth rate – from $7.9 billion to $9.2 billion – this year. This includes sales of tags, readers, software and services for active and passive products. According to the report “RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities: 2014 – 2024,” this growth is attributed… Read more »