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...

Michigan Manufacturers Diversify & Thrive
Feb 16 2010 - 10:45pm
That's right. I said Michigan. And yeah, I mean in or near Detroit. And no - these 3 small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) aren't just surviving ... they're THRIVING. Detroit is seeing...

Did You Know - Is At The Olympics?
Feb 15 2010 - 9:01pm
Betcha didn't ... as a matter of fact, the majority of the brackets, fasteners and aluminum extrusions used to build the Olympic Dining Hall for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver was sourced through...

Tom Peters on 'The Problem Isn't The Problem'
Feb 15 2010 - 6:15pm
Take a few minutes to watch Tom Peters explain where problems and solutions really come from. Nothing else to say, except that this is a great message for manufacturers of all stripes: