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What Aren’t Manufacturers And Customers Telling Each Other?

January 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A few months back, UL released its Product Mindset survey, which takes a dramatically different look at the relationship between manufacturers and consumers. Many manufacturers are aware that they need to continuously develop, produce, and sell products that consumers want, but there seems to be a large disconnect between what manufacturers perceive as consumer demand, and what the case actually is.

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Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

January 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association (NMA) | Articles | Comments

After decades of outsourcing, the resurgence in domestic manufacturing is now America’s favorite comeback story. But one troubling trend could signal a major complication for returning manufacturers: our nation’s increasing reliance on unstable supply chains of imported minerals.

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Guard Rail With PermaCap Design

January 7, 2014 8:49 am | by ValueRail | Product Releases | Comments

ValueRail.com – a factory-direct, on-line supplier of low-cost safety guard rail – has announced a major improvement in the design of its guard rail posts, replacing the troublesome “rubber post cap” with an innovative, new PermaCap™ design.

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Submersible Pressure Transducers

January 7, 2014 8:40 am | by Automation Products Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

PT-500 Submersible Pressure Transducers from Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) are now available with additional output, cabling, cage, vent cap, and installation options. The result is highly robust and reliable performance to suit specific application needs in the most challenging environments.

Ford Sales Increase By Nearly 50 Pct. In China

January 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Ford Motor Company | News | Comments

Ford China sold 935,813 wholesale vehicles in 2013, a 49 percent increase from 626,616 vehicles in 2012. In 2013, Ford also dramatically expanded its imported vehicle offerings in China, with the introduction of the Ford Focus ST, the Ford Fiesta ST, and the Ford Explorer.

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AME Manufacturing Excellence Award Issues Call For Applications

January 6, 2014 1:51 pm | by AME | News | Comments

The AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recognizes North American manufacturing plants that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business operations. The primary focus of the award is to acknowledge continuous improvement, best practices, creativity, and innovation.

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Russia's First WTO Dispute Targets EU Duties

January 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization says the dispute is the first to be initiated by Russia since it became a full member of the Geneva-based WTO in August 2012. In a statement Monday, the WTO said Russia is seeking consultations with the EU over its anti-dumping duties on Russian steel products and ammonium nitrate, which is mainly used in fertilizer.

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Local Labor Influence Takes Hit In Boeing Contract

January 6, 2014 1:43 pm | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tight count exposed deep rifts in the once-powerful union, but with plenty of states lining up to give Boeing exactly what it wanted to get work on the 777X, the aerospace giant had a tremendous advantage. The company, the state's governor, and national union leaders all hailed the contract as a vital boost to the region's economy, but to some observers the vote dealt a blow to local union influence.

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U.S. Factory Orders Up On Planes, Business Spending

January 6, 2014 1:39 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factory orders rose 1.8 percent in November, the Commerce Department said Monday. That follows a 0.5 percent decrease in October. Orders received by manufacturers totaled a seasonally adjusted $497.8 billion in November, the highest level on records dating to 1992

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Boeing 787 Deliveries Beat Goal Last Year

January 6, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Monday it delivered a total of 648 planes in 2013, a new record. That appears to put the Chicago company ahead of European competitor Airbus, which has said it expected to deliver about 600 jets for the year.         

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2013's Worst In Tech

January 6, 2014 1:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BlackBerry's struggles, Samsung and Apple's ongoing legal battles, and the glitches of healthcare.gov are the worst of tech news in 2013.                                 

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Wave Of Wearable Gadgets Expected At CES

January 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. There are countless smartwatches for tech nerds who'd rather glance at their wrists to check messages than reach for their smartphones.

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Staff Seize Bosses At French Goodyear Site

January 6, 2014 9:40 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

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Utah Gun Maker Turns Down $15M Deal With Pakistan

January 6, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns. It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal.

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Boeing Machinists OK Contract Tied To 777X

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

The issue fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from politicians who said the deal was necessary to support the area's economic future. Boeing has been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could trigger a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from the place where Boeing was founded.

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Corvette Will Let Owners Record, Share Drives

January 6, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone, and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

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GM To Outfit Chevy Vehicles With 4G From AT&T

January 6, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says it will start outfitting most Chevrolet vehicles with 4G cellular capabilities in partnership with AT&T. The technology will let drivers make phone calls and allow passengers to surf the Web without burning through the voice and data limits on their phone plans.

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Finding And Keeping A Next-Gen Workforce

January 6, 2014 9:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment, or with CNC machines, can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries, and manufacturing-centric education faltering or disappearing elsewhere.

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How Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Operational Excellence

January 6, 2014 9:00 am | by LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Operational Excellence is a continuous improvement journey facilitated by a culture and mindset of optimizing an organization’s people, processes, and supporting technology resources. Depending on current strategy and position, however, every company will have different Operational Excellence goals and objectives.

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Self-Contained, Prefabricated Automated Cell

January 6, 2014 8:34 am | by Mazak Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Mazak now offers its space-saving, high-performance Vertical Center Nexus Compact 5X Vertical Machining Center as part of a self-contained, prefabricated automated cell that provides efficient, cost-effective lights-out manufacturing for small-to-medium sized parts.

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