March 10, 2014 1:00 pm
Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and global competition, continue to struggle against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency has instituted tough regulations on U.S. businesses, worrying many manufacturers that compliance may be a rough road.
January 31, 2014 8:00 am
Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, but it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico.
January 31, 2014 12:00 pm
Internal auditing is performed for a variety of reasons. Some of the benefits of internal auditing include to catch issues before they become issues, to prevent customers from receiving nonconforming material and to ensure that the business practices are being followed.
January 30, 2014 8:00 am
As the demand for fresher and healthier foods grows, the shelf life of many products is decreasing. The result is a challenging quality dilemma for manufacturers. As companies are reformulating their products to make them fresher, they must also evaluate how they are delivering their products to maintain the quality.
January 30, 2014 12:00 pm
In recent weeks I’ve run into multiple posts, articles and discussions concerning findings that employee morale does not equate to productivity. I’ve read a few of the discussions and a couple of the articles, and the subject proves to be an excellent example for discussion about how easily we can mislead ourselves with data.
January 29, 2014 12:00 pm
Many “lean” concepts have been at the heart of operations management for years now. But more and more companies are starting to ask themselves a simple question: Just how lean do we really want to be? In answering that question, many are starting to rethink the way they manage their processes and supply chains.
January 28, 2014 8:00 am
Although many global manufacturers may have a limited view of contract manufacturing, seeing it as a safety valve to handle the pressures of excess demand, manufacturing leaders identified in an Accenture study are outperforming their peers and making contract manufacturing a core part of their long-term strategy.
January 28, 2014 2:09 pm
The idea of munching on horse meat triggers the gag reflex of most Americans and Europeans, a reaction rooted in tradition. The taboo surrounding horses as food in the West is deeply rooted in history and the close humans-equine relationship, though lack of an alternative forced tastes to change at times.
January 28, 2014 12:00 pm
The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency in their manufacturing, product lines, distribution and administrative operations.
January 27, 2014 8:00 am
A wide variety of practices and methodologies enables us to pursue optimization with greater sophistication than designing to arbitrary safety factors or setting controls well within limits. Choose the right and best way for your organization to establish appropriate safety factors and stay within performance limits.