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Successful Manufacturing Starts With Respect

September 18, 2009 10:35 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net

“We don’t have unions within our company except in countries where it is mandated,” says David Armstrong, CEO of Armstrong International. “When we came in as new owners, we moved the employees into a new, clean building. We cleaned the machinery, the shelving, and we treated the people with respect and courtesy, which are core values in our company.

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Sustainability And Process In Sync

September 18, 2009 10:18 am | by Tracey de Morsella, Green Economy Post

In the September issue of Harvard Business Review, authors Ram Nidumolu , C.K. Prahalad , and M.R. Rangaswami provide a framework for adopting sustainable practices to bring about the technological and organizational innovations that will ultimately yield top- and bottom-line returns, providing a competitive advantage when the recession ends.

Q&A with Joe Manone, Vice President of Rite-Hite

September 18, 2009 7:46 am

A. Our philosophy at Rite-Hite over the past 35 years has been product development and innovation with compelling new products that add value and solve problems for customers. That is how all of our businesses are set up. We’re constantly looking for new ways to solve problems at the loading dock, as well as other areas throughout plant and warehouse facilities.

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Biofuel Production From Algae

September 16, 2009 9:41 am | by David Rausen, Solix Biofuels

September 17, 2009 The world’s dependence on finite, nonrenewable petroleum is at the heart of many of the environmental and energy challenges we face today. Additionally, transportation fuel use is a major contributor to global warming: more than 30 percent of the CO2 emissions in the United States come from the burning of petroleum fuel for transportation.

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Virtual Forklifts To Clean Up Computer Screens

September 16, 2009 7:25 am

Via TirexiHD . Do you get home from work just wishing you could spend more time in a forklift? Now there's a way. Forklift Simulator 2009 allows users to take control of their own forklift after an extensive training session, allowing them to move around the plant floor and move the targeted pallets onto eagerly waiting semis.

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Sushi-Loving Robots With Opposable Thumbs

September 16, 2009 6:55 am

Via DigInfo News . These robots from Squse, a Japaese robotics company, are built using air-injected actuators that mimick the motion and sensitivity of a human hand, namely through a swift, delicate touch unheard of in robotics. The actuators, even when filled, release pressure only according to the form of an object, which allows the robot to pick up soft objects such as sushi and strawberries without destroying them.

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Hungry FDA Official Orders Massive Pot Pie Recall

September 16, 2009 6:42 am

Hungry FDA Official Orders Massive Pot Pie Recall Via The Onion . The Onion, America's most trusted fake news source, offers breaking news: The FDA is issuing a massive recall of all pot pies, which should be sent "piping hot" to the FDA headquarters in Maryland. Don't forget the forks and napkins, which will be aptly used in the inspection process.

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Dynamic Fan Balancing With Balmac

September 16, 2009 6:31 am

This video provides step-by-step directions on how to balance a small fan using the Balmac Model 216-D Analyzer/Balancer. Useful for those new to the practice, or who have recently purchased a Balmac product, the video walks viewers through finding aplitude, using a strobe to read the fan's phase, placing weights to vary balance, and calculating vectors.

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'Mystery At The Factory' — In Lego

September 16, 2009 6:22 am

How often does this happen at your facility? You know, when flowers and zombies start coming down your conveyors? Well, in the hyper-colored world of Lego, it happens all too often. This riveting film chronicles the plight of a plant worker as he attempts to sort out the mysteries of his conveyor belt under the supervision of a unique manager.

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The Business Case For Carbon Management Software

September 15, 2009 7:05 am | by Tracey de Morsella, co-founder of Green Economy Post

September 16, 2009 The financial risk of carbon liabilities, a need for better management control over carbon data, and new government regulations in a number of countries, will compel CFOs to invest in carbon management software in the coming year. This is the main conclusion of the report, The Business Case For Carbon Management Software , from the research firm Verdantix .

Breakthrough Value With Manufacturing Footprint Optimization

September 11, 2009 11:39 am | by Raj G. Konanahalli and Russ Dillion, AlixPartners LLP

September 15, 2009 Chances are, your competitors are quickly rightsizing their manufacturing footprint in response to today’s deteriorating global market conditions. Improving operations within facilities is likely not enough. In order for companies to be competitive in this economic environment as well as going forward, manufacturing footprint optimization (MFO) will need to be a strategic priority.

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The Real Cost Of This Recession

September 11, 2009 11:28 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks

September 15, 2009 It’s finally gotten to me. I have given up on innovation, invention, small business, hard work, and sacrifice as a means of rescue, and I don’t mean from our current economic tribulation; I mean rescue from the economic and social misery which has frayed the fabric of our country.

Reinventing the Manufacturing Industry With PVM

September 11, 2009 10:35 am | by Paul Hogendoorn, president and co-founder of OES Inc.

September 11, 2009 Imagine: If an operator knew when a production process was unstable and fixed it immediately. If a machine automatically shut off or alerted someone when there was a setup error. If an error could be predicted before it even happened. Every so often a technological breakthrough reinvents the way manufacturing is done.

Conveying Yourself, Your Product

September 10, 2009 12:28 pm

Keeling & Walker Ltd, and its sister company Thermox Performance Materials Ltd, operate from the same site in Stoke-on-Trent. Between them, they offer more than 50 tin oxide-based materials for use in ceramics, electrical, electronic,s and advanced technology applications. Originally, the companies supplied materials for the local ceramics industry.

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Double Decker Racing

September 10, 2009 5:13 am | by Top Gear

Top Gear's crew heads to the mainland to take on their German counterparts in a no-holds-barred car race. The only problem? They're racing home-made double decker cars. The driver on top controls the steering, while the bottom participant navigates the throttle, brake, and gearbox.

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SUV-Sized Engines

September 10, 2009 5:11 am | by Caterpillar Inc

Caterpillar, along with MaK, creates massive marine engines for cruise ships and other large boats at this manufacturing facility in Germany. Watch how these incredible machines are built with the same precision and delicacy you would see in a car's engine.

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Shades Of Green

September 10, 2009 5:07 am | by Faro Technologies and Discovery

The Discovery Channel has recently featured FARO technologies in a documentary entitled "Shades of Green," a behind-the-scenes look at how those massive turbines progress from design and engineering to manufacturing.

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Robots With A Taste For Flesh

September 10, 2009 5:00 am | by New Scientist

James Auger, at the Royal College of Art in London, has built a series of furniture that do a little more than decorate your home. A table that eats mice? Yes, it's true. A fuel cell hidden inside the table can decompose a trapped mouse and generate enough electricity to not only power a table-top display, but also capture the next sorry rodent.

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Forklift Safety: 16 and Paralyzed

September 10, 2009 4:53 am | by Work Safe BC

John Higgins was a regular 16-year-old who found a good-paying job, and was eager to help most anyone around the workplace. All was well, up until a simple mistake — along with improper forklift training — led to an accident that left John with a broken back and without a kidney.

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Want Perfection? Do it Yourself!

September 4, 2009 9:43 am

Since 1973, Bio San Laboratories Inc. of Derry, New Hampshire, has marketed nutritional food-based supplements worldwide. Always with a mission to deliver its products as nature intended, Bio San and its production company, Durham Reach Inc., strive to keep their products natural, simple and perfect.

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