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GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing energy-efficient vehicles, reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Mississippi.        

GM to Move Cadillac HQ to New York City

September 23, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cadillac luxury brand will move its headquarters to New York next year to get closer to...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show, so we’ve...

Chrysler Casting Plant Celebrates 50 years

August 26, 2014 9:51 am | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

On August 24, 2014, Etobicoke Casting Plant celebrated its 50th year of producing die cast parts...

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Integrated Production Control System Upgrades

July 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of CENTUM VP R5.04, an enhanced version of the company’s flagship integrated production control system. This new CENTUM release features enhanced alarm and batch functions. 

Robotic Dairies: The Future of Production

June 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The old fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and milk dairy cows. Farmers can take a break and let the machines do the work.                       

Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 16, 2014 3:19 pm | Articles | Comments

Due to the large volume of valves being manufactured on the production floor, the amount of tools, gauges and components used in the process can be overwhelming.                         

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Meet Manufacturing's Latest Recruit

June 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics thinks its latest creation, Baxter, will redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing.                                         

Horizontal Machining Center

June 4, 2014 10:08 am | by Okuma America Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The hallmark of this machine is its ability to provide a good balance of speed and cutting power for machining of aluminum alloys, cast iron and difficult-to-machine materials. 

Inside Lockheed Martin's Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life.                                       

The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 13, 2014 9:56 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Nearly three in four managers rank distribution center automation as the number one way to increase productivity.                                       

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The Future Of Combat Could Be This Robot

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. military hopes its new robot, Atlas, can one day take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans. But Pentagon researchers are still learning how hard it is to get the technology to perform even the simplest of tasks.       

MODEX 2014 Showcases Innovative Solutions From Around The World

April 9, 2014 8:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Thousands of professionals and enthusiasts converged on Atlanta in mid-March for one of the largest supply chain shows in the world: MODEX.                                 

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

April 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins. The basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.        

Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 9:33 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.                                     

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The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

Justification For Migration

March 26, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.                                  

Building Up, Not Out

March 24, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes, and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results. 

A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

March 24, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.      

Siemens Net Profit Rises 20 Pct.

January 28, 2014 9:52 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Industrial equipment maker Siemens AG said quarterly net profit rose 20 percent as the company moved past one-time charges for delays delivering high-speed trains. Net profit rose to 1.46 billion euros ($2 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2013, the company's fiscal first. That was up from 1.21 billion euros a year ago.

How Pliers Are Made

January 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Bahco | Videos | Comments

Watch as Bahco pliers are turned from raw material into their final state. This video features close up views of hot forging, washing, drilling, grinding, induction hardening, threading, and injection equipment, as well as final hand assembly. 

The Future Of Digital Fabrication

January 23, 2014 8:36 am | by Fareed Zakaria, CNN | Videos | Comments

Fareed Zakaria discusses the future of 3D printing and digital fabrication with MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld argues that 3D printers are just the beginning and explains how technological advancements can impact manufacturing globally. 

Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 16, 2014 1:14 pm | by Robotic Industries Association | Videos | Comments

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                   

Okuma America’s 2014 Technology Showcase

January 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Okuma America Corporation | Events

Held annually, Okuma America's Technology Showcase is designed to give attendees the unique opportunity to see and gain hands-on experience with Okuma’s latest technology and discuss their individual needs with a variety of industry experts.

Okuma America’s 2013 Technology Showcase Is Largest To Date

January 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Okuma America Corporation | News | Comments

Okuma America Corporation’s Technology Showcase event, held December 10-12, 2013 in Charlotte, NC, was the company’s largest to date, both in attendance and the number of CNC machines shown.                  

MakerBot Goes Bigger, With Head-Sized 3D Printer

January 7, 2014 1:11 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That's six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500.         

RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. The technology, which aims to wirelessly transfer data via minuscule tags embedded in or on various products, didn’t quite stack up against the industrial environment.

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