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    Bridging the talent gap in the semiconductor industry

    Engaging with the broader community and offering flexible work environments could recruit more workers, writes KPMG’s Lincoln Clark. 

    Lincoln Clark • April 2, 2024
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    How specialized apparel can enhance factory safety

    As more companies bolster their operating procedures, specialized safety clothing is one option for better protecting workers from onsite hazards. 

    Nick Warrick • March 22, 2024
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    3D printing a more sustainable and resilient business

    Additive manufacturing can help companies create lighter products that require less manpower and resources, says HP’s Dave Prezzano. 

    Dave Prezzano • Feb. 16, 2024
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    It’s time to prioritize technical cleanliness

    Automakers and suppliers need to integrate the manufacturing approach if they want to keep customers happy in an increasingly competitive market, writes Altair SVP Sarmad Khemmoro. 

    Sarmad Khemmoro • Dec. 21, 2023
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    How additive manufacturing can improve your supply chain’s resilience

    Boeing VP Melissa Orme on what manufacturers should consider before adopting 3D printing in their operations, and how to leverage the technology to improve efficiency. 

    Melissa Orme • Dec. 18, 2023
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    How manufacturers need to adapt to changing PFAS regulations

    Enhesa’s Kamelija Milosev on why companies need to take notice of new regulations against forever chemicals, and how they can prepare to limit the substances in processes. 

    Kamelija Milosev • Dec. 7, 2023
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    Why Inflation Reduction Act subsidies should differentiate between critical mineral mining and process

    While the U.S. is limited in its domestic mining abilities for critical minerals like lithium and graphite, it has the potential for increased processing capacity.

    John DeMaio • Nov. 7, 2023
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    Contribution margin: Why profit planning matters for manufacturers

    Companies need to better understand the true cost of their operations and how to maximize for profit, says CFO Consulting Partners’ Jeffrey Appleman. 

    Jeffrey Appleman • Oct. 9, 2023
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    A path to more sustainable chip manufacturing

    Establishing benchmark metrics and onshoring production are key ways companies can reduce their carbon footprint.

    Art Figueroa • Sept. 18, 2023
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    5 ways manufacturers can execute on innovation

    At a time of immense change in the industry, companies should take manageable steps to experiment with new ideas and implement operational changes. 

    Jerry Gootee • Sept. 11, 2023
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    How chipmakers can manage future growth

    Managing headcount costs and leveraging federal funds are key ways companies can mitigate damage during an economic downturn.

    Irene Signorino • Sept. 6, 2023
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    Key KPIs every manufacturer should leverage

    Metrics that measure a business’ sales pipelines, margins, working capital and utilization rate can help companies not only survive today but thrive in the future.

    Chris Delaney • Aug. 22, 2023