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January 29, 2019 @ 1:52 pm

Measuring and Reducing Fatigue-related Inefficiencies

Dr. Lora Cavuoto,  Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and a faculty expert in ergonomics with the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is here to discuss the fatigue research report for which she was the principal investigator. The three-year study, funded by the American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation looks at the value of wearable technology to reduce workplace fatigue and a link to that report will be available with the player for this podcast on mfgtalkradio.

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January 29, 2019 @ 11:16 am

Manufacturing Matters: Changes In The Global Trading Order: What They Mean To The U.S.

In this episode, I engage in a fascinating discussion with Tom Duesterberg, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, on evolving shifts in the global trading order and their implications for U.S. manufacturing interests. Bringing the combined perspective of an historian, a policy researcher and a policymaker, Dr. Duesterberg agrees that demographic shifts as well as changes in manufacturing production processes and the increasing size and complexity of global manufacturing supply chains are affecting both the economics and the politics of trade. The second part of the interview touched upon issues with specific countries, notably China, Japan, and India.

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January 22, 2019 @ 1:18 pm

Global Perspectives - ariffs, Brexit, and New Developments In The News

Join hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady as they discuss tariffs and Brexit with senior international correspondents Royce Lowe who reports on the EU, and Chong Wang who provides the perspective from China. Then Lew and Tim address new upcoming shows on the Manufacturing Talk Radio channel, as well as new shows on the Women And Manufacturing channel to provide insight for manufacturers across America.

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January 22, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

Manufacturing Matters: The U.S. Manufacturing Sector’s Global Competitiveness

In this episode Rob Atkinson is questioned on a range of issues related to the global competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector. While asserting that there isn’t a comprehensive measure of competitiveness, Dr. Atkinson notes that trade imbalances are troubling. Microeconomic issues support such macroeconomic concerns. Rob points to data, for example, which shows that U.S. manufacturing is lagging in the implementation of increasingly important disruptive process technologies. He also overviews his thinking on human capital inadequacies in U.S. manufacturing in a global competitive context and discusses policy implications.

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January 15, 2019 @ 1:24 pm

Purchasing Managers Indices Weakening Globally

Senior International Correspondent Norbert Ore joins hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the 18 global Purchasing Manager’s Indices he follow from countries around the world, as well as the U.S. ISM PMI and U.S. regional indices to present a broad picture of the world economy. The U.S. still leads all countries. As the tariff wars take their toll on our trading partners causing slowdown, the obvious question is when those ripple effects will reach the U.S. economy. Tune in to learn more.


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January 15, 2019 @ 12:48 pm

Manufacturing Matters #2: The U.S. Manufacturing Sector’s Digital Future

In this episode of Manufacturing Matters Dr. Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C. and senior fellow at the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School (UPenn) describes the dynamic and discusses the implications of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s evolution to a digitized production and distribution model.  In response to questions, Dr. Mandel explains the potentially favorable impacts of digitization for both customer interfacing and new product development.  Issues related to the workforce and to security are also discussed as is the role of all levels of government in the digitization transition.


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January 8, 2019 @ 11:19 am

Introducing Manufacturing Matters With Cliff Waldman

In the premiere episode, I interviewed Chad Moutray, Chief Economist for the National Association of Manufacturers. Chad discussed both the short-term and the longer-term outlook for the U.S. manufacturing sector. After overviewing the slow pace of the factory sector’s rebound from the Great Recession, Dr. Moutray gave his forecast for 2019. In discussing the longer-term outlook for U.S. manufacturing, Chad responded to questions about the impact of disruptive technological change, about the promise of frontier markets, particularly in Africa, and about the readiness of the domestic U.S. manufacturing workforce to respond to 21st-century competitive challenges.


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January 7, 2019 @ 3:12 pm

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Report: Tune in for the Details

While the Manufacturing Report on Business(R) softened a bit, tune in to hear Anthony Nieves, ISM Committee Chair for the Non-Manufacturing Report on Business, present the details behind the overall number in a conversation with hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady. Non-Manufacturing represents the majority of the U.S. economic activity, so get the critical data as 2019 rolls out.

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January 4, 2019 @ 1:58 pm

The Latest Credit Manager’s Index Report with Chris Kuehl

Dr. Chris Kuehl, author of the monthly Credit Manager’s Index report, joins hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the latest details in the world of credit managers, as well as general economic conditions in the manufacturing industry.

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January 3, 2019 @ 2:36 pm

Happy 2019 – Really? Tune in for the ISM Report to find out!

We wish you a merry new year and trust you will tune in each month to hear the ISM Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) report presented by Tim Fiore, Committe Chair of the ISM’s Manufacturing Report on Business(R) as he discusses it with hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady in this episode of Manufacturing Talk Radio.

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