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Feature Story: R & D Tax Credits

Feature Story: R & D Tax Credits

May 9, 2017 No Comments

Are you leaving money on the table? by John Madsen As many Midwest manufacturers actively look for business opportunities to improve their profitability or their bottom line, one of the most overlooked resources is the ability to use Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. “I am amazed how many manufacturers do not realize or understand […]

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Feature Story: Proving The Numbers

Feature Story: Proving The Numbers

May 9, 2017 No Comments

Data Analysis Leads To Efficiency by Kelli Billstein Jon Klinger has a thing for data. He likes analyzing data and he likes tracking it. What kind of data does he track? Everything from his paycheck’s allocation to the hours of sleep he gets each night. It was Klinger’s data-tracking obsession that led him to save […]

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Feature Story: Fire-Resistant Hydraulic Fluids

Feature Story: Fire-Resistant Hydraulic Fluids

May 9, 2017 No Comments

Key To Minimizing Disasters, Maximizing Safety by Michelle Brakke and Jim Urquhart The risk of fire in a manufacturing workplace is always a reality. Taking measures to prevent fires is part of safety and compliance; but, in some areas of manufacturing, businesses need to look further into the risk of fire. For instance, industrial manufacturers […]

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Cover Story: Transformed by Fire

Cover Story: Transformed by Fire

May 9, 2017 No Comments

Metalcasting Industry Withstands Test of Time By Melissa DeBilzan At Smith Foundry in Minneapolis, sparks fly every time 2,000 pounds of molten iron is poured into a ladle and then into molds. The entire process is carefully timed and monitored. First, recycled steel scrap and virgin pig iron are dumped into an 8-ton electric induction […]

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E-clusive: Enhancing the Image of Manufacturing

By Nancy Huddleston Let’s face it – we’re humans and it’s in our nature to care about our looks...

E-clusive: It’s Time to Evangelize Manufacturing

By Nancy Huddleston It’s not every day that you hear someone say, “we need to evangelize manufacturing as a...