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Is It All About Money?

Is It All About Money?

Many people get bored with their job or feel unappreciated in their position; so they turn to new employers for a new job. However, some try move up in the job they currently have. Everyone is searching for a “career”; they want stability. Of course, we all know, money is one of the key factors people look for in either situation, but is that all? Do people even care about other incentives? Do they care about making more money at another…

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5 Advantages of Cluster Manufacturing

5 Advantages of Cluster Manufacturing

Manufacturing has become one of the most widely discussed industries in the country. As a contributor of 12% of the nation’s GDP, and one of the hardest hit by the recession (5 million jobs were lost from 2009 to 2012), pundits, politicians, and industry professionals have endlessly debated how to revive American Manufacturing. Some are now looking towards the benefits of cluster manufacturing as the answer. Since the early 1990s, groups of…

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Fifteen Questions to Expect During Job Interviews

Fifteen Questions to Expect During Job Interviews

Though no two job interviewers will be working from the same mental script, there are definitely certain questions to expect during job interviews. The wording may be different but the core of these questions will always be the same. So in no particular order, here are the fifteen questions that you will need to know how to answer for your next job interview. 1.) Can you tell me a little about yourself? This question isn’t a platform for…

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Can 3D Printers Pay for Themselves in a Year?

Can 3D Printers Pay for Themselves in a Year?

Could a 3D printer pay for itself in less than a year? That is what a Michigan Technological University study claims. According to the study, simply printing instead of buying 20 commonly used household items saved participants about $2,000 a year, which is about the cost of many reasonable 3D printers. From there, it is all profits. The Study Taking into account retail costs, shipping, and applicable taxes, the study concluded that printing…

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Can These Manufacturing Programs Change American Business?

Can These Manufacturing Programs Change American Business?

Over the last few years, Mexico has not only grown into the manufacturing titan of the Western Hemisphere but it has set the stage to supplant Chinese manufacturing as the most efficient and inexpensive option coming out of the developing world. Bloomberg Businessweek predicts that the wages of Mexico’s highly productive workforce will be 30 percent lower than China by 2015. Even the upsurge in the U.S. natural gas industry is expected…

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10 Questions to Ask During Your Next Interview

10 Questions to Ask During Your Next Interview

The questions you ask at an interview are just as important as the ones you answer. It is important to remember that the interview isn’t over when the hiring manager has finished speaking, as they usually end on the same note: asking you if you have any questions for them. Asking a diverse range of questions can set you apart from run-of-the-mill candidates and leave a resounding impression of you on the hiring manager. But that is not the…

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Can Lean Manufacturing Hurt Your Business?

Can Lean Manufacturing Hurt Your Business?

For those of you who are lean manufacturing practitioners, the idea of continuous improvement isn’t a foreign one. You probably aren’t surprised that in a 2011 survey of manufacturing leaders, nearly 70% of them said their implementation of lean manufacturing measures led to cost reductions of around 5%. That percentage of waste elimination may allow businesses to pass along greater value to customers but can it simultaneously hurt…

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Cost Cutting Tips for Manufacturers

Cost Cutting Tips for Manufacturers

It’s the end all question of a manufacturers existence: how to cut costs without reducing the quality of products. And after production costs have been reduced it’s on to the next task: how to cut more costs while still maintaining product quality. Recently, Lean manufacturing, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), and Six Sigma have been the go-to methodologies for manufacturing facilities to cut costs, resources, and time without killing…

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The Job Application Follow Up Call: Your Saving Grace

The Job Application Follow Up Call: Your Saving Grace

We all have experienced that sense of anxiety after sending a job application, refreshing our email account every microsecond with the hope that some tech lag is all that’s keeping us from that long awaited job interview. When a week of this routine goes by, you may start to doubt your chances. Before giving up, follow up with the hiring manager. It could be your saving grace. Remember: you are not the only person one who applied. Depending on…

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The Open Source 3D Printing Revolution!

The Open Source 3D Printing Revolution!

Evolution or revolution? That’s the question I posed in my last article about 3D printing technology and, as with any example of disruptive technology, the answer is not so cut and dry. Though additive manufacturing is beginning to establish a greater foothold in traditional manufacturing fleets, there are some who view the technology as the harbinger of a less centralized manufacturing world. These futurists predict that the technology, once…

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