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The Future of Manufacturing?
Feb 25 2010 - 5:55pm
Technology has changed our society in may ways. Think for a moment about dark room technicians and photo film development. Just a few, short years ago this industry generated billions in revenues,...

General Electric invests in Michigan
Feb 24 2010 - 5:13pm
Yesterday, G.E. announced it was looking to add up to 50 new parts suppliers in the Metro Detroit area.  G.E. will be having a procurement fair soon and has invited 200-300 suppliers to participate...

3 Things Manufacturers Can Learn From ChatRoulette
Feb 23 2010 - 5:53pm
ChatRoulette is the latest online fad/craze/time-waster to take off virally around the world. It's only function is to connect you with anyone else on the site at random - ergo, the "Roulette." In a...

Cool Technology Alert - Bacteria-Powered Gears
Feb 23 2010 - 4:36pm
Graphic showing the movement of gears turned by the bacteria. Click image for larger version. (Credit: Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University) Maybe you've seen this already, but...

The Truth About Toyota
Feb 19 2010 - 11:05pm
Oh, yeah ... it's all over the news. We love to watch our heroes get torn down, don't we? Whether it's Tiger or Toyota, we can't turn away. Our heads say "calm down," but our curiosity says "click...

Seriously Europe, where are your direct materials programs?
Feb 19 2010 - 5:46pm
I love our European cousins, truly.  They bring different perspectives and cultural opinions to almost any discussion.  However, currently, European sourcing professionals are missing one of the...

There's An App For That? Cutting Tools & Machining Utilities
Feb 19 2010 - 4:20am
There have been a couple of interesting developments lately for machinists on the online front. It's always been interesting to me that machining and small- and medium-sized manufacturers have been...

Source Direct Materials Smarter in 2010 - Innovation Starts With You
Feb 18 2010 - 4:08pm
Things are different.  If we learned anything in the last 18 months it should be simply that, things are different.  We absolutely cannot expect to work business as usual when it comes to how we do...

Industry is Cool - Boyd Coleman of Karl's Event Rental
Feb 17 2010 - 4:28pm
Boyd Coleman is the manufacturing manager with Karl’s Event Rental.  Karl's was responsible for the construction of over a million square feet of tent at the Vancouver Winter Olympics currently...

Don't use a fire extinguisher to source!!
Feb 16 2010 - 10:47pm
Supply interruption. It is a phrase that can send an executive into a panic.  Supply interruption can force a company to make a budget crippling and profit killing decisions.  If direct materials are...

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