Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued two recalls, one from Tesla and one from GM, both were associated with problems that could cause fires. The major difference? Tesla’s fix only required a WiFi connection, while GM required owners to bring their vehicles in for service.
You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls. Through a combination of one of the new manufacturing trends, “new-shoring” — creating new jobs closer to home — and smarter international manufacturing practices, small businesses are helping protect their valuable assets.
Wearable technologies are a hot trend. At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business?
What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling.
It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.
I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.
Our buildings, roads, vehicles, and technologies make us human. These engineered structures allow us to translate space, communicate across vast distances, and extend the limits of our bodies. A decline in the sciences is a serious threat to our global society.
Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. UN and World Bank data show that food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector.
The North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award is an annual program to recognize North American organizations that excel in performing the maintenance process to enable operational excellence. The NAME Award is run by a non-profit foundation (FIME) and was established in 1990. The board of directors is comprised of past winners.
Emergent BioSolutions announced that its facility in Lansing, Michigan has been recognized with the 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award by the Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence. The NAME Award honors North American organizations that excel in performing maintenance processes that enable operational excellence.
American manufacturing is in the news these days. A sudden wave of optimism about growth possibilities seems to pervade the media. But a real assessment of American manufacturing also requires a longer term examination of manufacturing vital signs.
Brenda Nader serves as senior product supply manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, GA, which is a leading provider of hygiene, safety, and productivity solutions. As a safety company, manufacturing companies rely on KCP for safety products that help protect both their employees and the environments they work in.
In the spring of 1996, 20 producers, land-owners, and businessmen in Missouri developed a local cooperative called AgraMarke, in order to pool the group’s knowledge and resources to grow non-GMO grains. AgraMarke grew to 350 producers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. In June 2001, the group established LifeLine Foods, LLC.
Maker’s Row, a website and free service that helps facilitate connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll. The New York-based technology startup has recently secured $1 million in funding to help hire more developers.
Since motors and drive systems are so often directly intertwined with production, problem areas likely result in costly downtime — something every manufacturer wants to avoid at all costs.
American businesses and the government know that China wants to become the number one economy in the world and we simply ignore the fact that the Chinese have shown they will do whatever it takes (legal or illegal) to achieve their goals.
Although no prosperity is guaranteed for the years ahead, the market seems to indicate that we’re on the verge of a strong boom period when it comes to job creation for the manufacturing industry.
Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products.
It seems contrary to modern business practice not to have a sophisticated dashboard of business metrics to communicate and visualize the health of our organization. We especially like to observe that our process improvement programs and methods are paying off.
Real innovation does not represent adding simple upgrades to existing products, or developing products to compete with others. Real innovation is developing something no one else dreamed of.