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Case histories may best underline the importance of quality control in manufacturing. Toyota in 2009 was forced to recall 12.4 million cars due to sticky gas pedals and floor mats that caused accelerators to jam. The cost to the company was a staggering $12.4 billion. Firestone, Tylenol … the list goes on. Even the Titanic… Read more »

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Scaffolding is designed as a temporary structure used during construction or maintenance work. It allows workers to reach heights they normally wouldn’t be able to and, as long as it’s erected and used correctly, it’s highly safe and effective. But even if a small section of scaffolding collapses, a single floorboard flips or safety rail… Read more »

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Exposure to chemicals and other materials commonly used in the workplace can lead to a variety of health issues including poisoning, skin rashes, and disorders of the lungs, kidney and liver. Keep your employees safe from injuries or illness related to hazardous materials. Highlights from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Part #1910 Written Action… Read more »

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Would you like to build more units per month? Enhance your production flexibility to manufacture smaller product combinations in lower volumes? Factory automation can be a cost-effective ad resource-efficient solution to many of today’s complex assembly challenges. Thanks to smarter and more dexterous robots, more lights-out manufacturing has become feasible. A growing number of plants… Read more »

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As in most industries, engineering is increasingly benefiting from mobile apps that make the job easier. Apps liberate engineers to complete required analyses on site and do quick calculations on their smartphones and tablets. And as is also true across all business and science sectors, apps are the wave of the future. As noted by… Read more »

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You know the importance of emergency preparedness in your workplace – and what would be at stake if a crisis occurred. Staying current with OSHA recommendations on emergency action plans (EAPs) is critical as you take every possible measure to ensure safety. Best Practices An EAP is a written document for the purpose of facilitating… 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 »

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The outlook is positive for manufacturing production growth in the months and years ahead, according to reports including those from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). Every three months, MAPI provides a detailed look at the health of the domestic manufacturing sector based on its analysis of 27 major industries. Momentum in 2013… Read more »

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Recent industry reports confirm that the manufacturing sector of the U.S. and global economy is on the rise. It’s a bright picture for anyone looking to manufacturing as a career path. And manufacturing leaders can celebrate recovery from the recession and a new era on the horizon. Talent in Demand Worldwide, manufacturing has survived a… Read more »

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If you’re interested in beginning or advancing your career in manufacturing, the job picture is promising, as 34 percent of global employers report difficulty filling open positions due to a shortage of qualified talent. Approximately 10 million manufacturing jobs worldwide are vacant, according to the World Economic Forum. Among the areas of greatest vacancy are… Read more »