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How To Avoid a Bearing Meltdown

December 4, 2006 7:01 am | Articles | Comments

Performance Roof Systems, Inc. (PRS) based in Kansas City, MO, has been manufacturing Derbigum modified bitumen industrial roll roofing systems for over 30 years. Derbigum provides membrane tensile strength up to 200 lbs./per in. Polyester and fiberglass scrims resist punctures and wear. Derbigum is produced by blending APP (Atactic Polypropylene) Modified Bitumen with other materials that provide flexibility, strength and stability, even at subzero temperatures.

4 on the Floor

November 27, 2006 11:26 am | Articles | Comments

For maintaining a 487,000-sq.ft. floor in a engine-building factory, diamonds can be a plant manager's best friend. Find out how the process works and plan to save $1.50-$5.00 per ft. The second of five World Engine plants, built by the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA), opened in Dundee, MI on October 13, 2006.

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What You Need To Know About Choosing A Palletizer ROBOTICS FOR PALLETIZING OR DEPALLETIZING

November 6, 2006 5:37 am | by Pat O’Connor, Product Manager, Palletizing Systems, FKI Logistex North America | Articles | Comments

From conveying items in production, to palletizing them on the way to the dock door, manufacturers are searching for automated material handling systems to boost their bottom line. Where speeds are low, depalletizing and palletizing operations can be done manually.

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10 Minutes With: CORENTIN THIERCELIN Founder & CEO, DirectIndustry.com Marseille, France

November 6, 2006 5:27 am | Articles | Comments

Bio :Corentin Thiercelin founded DirectIndustry in 2001. Before DirectIndustry, he founded AllAccess (a precursor to DirectIndustry) and Access Technology--a free quarterly journal distributed to 20,000 opinion formers in the automation sector. He previously served as the head of research and development for the conception and implementation of quality-control machines in commercial agriculture for MAF Inc.

Technology: Save Time and Money With Moisture-Cured Coatings

November 6, 2006 5:10 am | by Tony Ippoliti Senior Corrosion Specification Specialist Sherwin-Williams Industrial & Marine Coatings | Articles | Comments

Painting above-ground water tanks has its challenges. For one, the tank’s surface has to be dry. Condensation from the water in the tank makes this almost impossible, so standard painting practices call for draining the tank…which can really drain your budget. The recent development of moisture-cured urethane coating technology has put an end to the requirement that above-ground water tanks have to be drained to paint.

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Corporate Philanthropy in America: Better to Give Than Receive

November 6, 2006 5:09 am | by Nancy Syverson, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Times are tough, but manufacturers are still finding time to donate their time and money to charitable causes. American industry has a long tradition of corporate giving. Since 1889, when Andrew Carnegie, founder of Carnegie Steel (today U.S. Steel) publically announced that the rich had a moral obligation to give away their fortunes, corporations have developed a wide array of charitable vehicles: foundations; non-profit and association umbrella groups; and community outreach programs.

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The Challenge of Global Compliance

September 1, 2006 5:40 am | by Nancy Syverson, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

New international standards like RoHS and WEEE add to manufacturers’ already complex compliance responsibilities. The world of compliance just became more complicated. For U.S. manufacturers wishing to sell into the European Union, last month (July 1) marked the start date for the E.

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Are You Learning From Your Bills Or Just Paying Them?

November 11, 2005 9:39 am | by Jeff Hart, CEO, Cadence Network, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Business Intelligence & Operational Expense Management Business intelligence. For too many, this seems like an oxymoron, but it does not have to be. Business intelligence strategies bring to the forefront critical understanding of significant amounts of data for companies, including large industrial manufacturers.

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Agency Submittals Made Easy

November 11, 2005 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

By Steve Rogers NRTLs (nationally recognized testing laboratories) offer companies the ability to secure third-party verification of product capabilities. These approvals can also be a wise marketing strategy since they allow products to be compared fairly and completely by potential customers. However, the process can be both costly and lengthy without organization and attention to detail.

Autodesk Acquires ‘Engineer-to-Order’ Company

November 11, 2005 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has acquired certain assets of Engineering Intent Corp., Waltham, MA. Engineering Intent provides "Engineer to Order" (ETO) software and services. The acquisition enables Autodesk to help its customers address the growing demand for mass customization — efficiently delivering end products uniquely designed and configured for individual customers.

SME Introduces New Lean Certification

November 11, 2005 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

A new Lean Certification has been established by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and The Shingo Prize. The new Lean Certification is intended to set an international standard for aligning Lean practices. According to a statement from SME, this is the only true professional Lean Certification on the market that is based on a public body of knowledge and not tied to any training program.

A Slice of Design Engineering

November 11, 2005 9:39 am | by Lisa Arrigo, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Unique coupling provides solution for veneer production system Manufacturer Louis Merritt wrote in 1929 of the importance of designing machines that are simple yet modern. Responsible for several patents that led to the international demand for his company’s veneer lathes, Merritt worked with his father and brother to establish their company as a leading woodworking machinery manufacturer.

House Approves Aerospace Workforce Legislation

November 11, 2005 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an Aerospace Industry Association (AIA)-supported bill to create a federal inter-agency task force on aerospace workforce revitalization. The move is seen in some corners as a major step to addressing a looming critical shortage of engineers and other workers in the industry.

Competition Recognizes Die Cast Designs

November 11, 2005 9:39 am | Articles | Comments

The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) is conducting a special industry competition to promote cutting-edge die cast design. With its annual International Die Casting Competition, NADCA recognizes the outstanding casting designs of the year, based on their design, quality, cost savings, ingenuity, innovation and industry-changing potential.

Study Finds CDAS Systems Define Future Factory Automation

November 11, 2005 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

Most companies today are exposed to one of the most complex and diverse business environments in manufacturing history. With a globally distributed design/build process and supply chain, a demand-driven market, and the need for real-time collaboration and response across the manufacturing enterprise, companies are facing formidable challenges.

Should You Outsource Your Production Maintenance?

November 9, 2005 5:13 am | by Stephen C. Welch, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Here’s a guide to help you answer that question, and tips for what to do if the response is ‘yes.’ Outsourcing of IT maintenance is expected to grow as more manufacturers turn to computer-based production technologies. Many companies have been guilty of viewing production maintenance as a necessary evil or, at best, a cost that is difficult to isolate and control.

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RFID: Coming to a Tool Crib Near You

June 16, 2005 6:42 am | by Don Kafka, President, ToolWatch Corp., Centennial, CO; and John Doherty, Product Manager, Bosch Digital Power Tools, Mt. Prospect, IL | Articles | Comments

Keeping the line moving at the tool crib has always been a problem. Without an efficient method for handling the congestion of workers waiting for the tools they need, it’s easy for employees to spend more time in that line than the company might like.

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Best Practices: Goodrich Corp., Cargo Systems Division: Running Lean, Flying High

June 16, 2005 6:27 am | Articles | Comments

This North Dakota-based maker of aircraft cargo systems believes its lean-based operating platform is the key to a bright future. By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief Of all industries hurt by 9/11, aerospace probably tops the list. Commercial carriers, airplane builders and suppliers all saw their business drop after that tragic day.

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Match Lift Trucks to Your Operation and Operators

May 9, 2005 7:34 am | by Joe Ritter, Director of Marketing and Product Management, Crown Equipment Corp. | Articles | Comments

Application and operators: These are the two things that should drive the decision of purchasing a lift truck, not acquisition cost. You need to know how well potential trucks are designed for your application. And you need to know how well they’re designed for operator confidence, productivity and safety. With the appropriate truck in the hands of a confident operator, productivity is optimized. And when that machine is built to last, you get the winning combination of high productivity, safety and low total cost of ownership. 

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Woodchopper’s Ball

May 9, 2005 7:11 am | Blogs | Comments

By Rick Carter, Editor-in-Chief Anyone wishing to polish their powers of deception couldn’t ask for a better teacher than our own President Bush. Tricks that would make con artists envious are enacted before our eyes by the Bush team in dazzling government-financed splendor. Like any shell game, though, if you know where to look, the sleight of hand is evident.

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