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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.

BMW's Prius-Crushing 'Vision'

September 3, 2009 5:25 am

The new BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept was introduced this week, featuring a hybrid drive system that pushes current technology to the limit. Forget the Prius — this hybrid even absorbs excess heat from the exhaust system to recharge the battery — and will get you to 60 twice as fast.

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Hybrid Hogs

September 3, 2009 4:31 am

While already controversial for cars — see the numerous YouTube videos praising and equally debunking this hydrogen technology — some bikers have decided to adapt the technology to their Harley-Davidson rides. However controversial, these riders are trying something new and innovative, trying to push the boundaries of what the public thinks is possible with a traditional gasoline engine.

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When 'Rapid' Isn't Fast Enough

September 3, 2009 4:25 am

Via IET Faraday . A process of rapid manufacturing developed at Loughborough University is being used by a Ph.D student to create custom outsoles for a sprinter's particular biomechanical movement, allowing them to harness their full potential.

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A P.U.M.A. Without The Bite

September 3, 2009 4:17 am

Check out the Project P.U.M.A — the result of a collaboration betweeen GM and Segway. This self-balancing vehicle blurs the boundaries between cars and bikes to create a product that, according to the company, "values less over more; taking up less space, using less energy, produced more efficiently with fewer parts, creating fewer emissions during production and operation, all while offering more enjoyment, productivity, and connectivity.

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Keep It Simple, Build It Strong

September 2, 2009 12:33 pm

Via www.op2iowa.com . The regional economic development group of Southern Iowa, Opportunity2, in collaboration with the region's Manufacturers Consortium has developed an Advanced Manufacturing video that showcases the great employment opportunities available in southern Iowa's manufacturing industries.

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Squeaky Clean With Hotsy

September 2, 2009 12:24 pm

Hotsy's integrated wash bay systems are simple, intuitive, and will help save time at any facility that cleans trucks or other heavy equipment. Featuring a remote control box to control each function of the washer, users won't have to constantly walk back and worth — while wasting water and time — to turn the machine on and off.

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"Don't Walk On By"

September 2, 2009 12:21 pm

If you're the type to just "walk on by" the plant safety hazards that seem to be unimportant at first glance, then maybe this music video is for you.

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Racking On The Brain

August 31, 2009 7:40 am | by John T. Phelan, Jr. P.E., COO, TriFactor LLC

Before selecting the storage medium for either a new distribution center or an existing facility, the first step is to analyze the products that will be handled. Whether it's 150-pound mattresses, cases of bottled water or 10,000-pound rolls of paper, the product determines the proper storage.

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