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Tight Tolerance Is Critical For Top Quality And Superior Performance

November 18, 2013 9:16 am | by Ken Glassen, Vice President of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation | Articles | Comments

“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.

3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 15, 2013 2:28 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer.                                        

November/December 2013: Visual Analysis

November 15, 2013 1:23 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.  

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Photos Of The Day: Inside Volvo's Manufacturing Plant

November 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has officially started series production of the Volvo S60L at its manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China. The production start is another important milestone in Volvo Cars’ transformation journey and the establishment of China as the company’s second home market.

2013 Bentley Factory Time Lapse

November 6, 2013 4:28 pm | by New Car Review | Videos | Comments

Watch this time lapse video of a 2013 Bentley being made from beginning to end.                                                 

October 2013: Drivers Ed

November 6, 2013 1:18 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, experts share maintenance best practices to cut industrial motor use costs, a company explores new ways of connecting businesses to manufacturers, and a bottling business focuses on zero wast management and American jobs.  

Drivers Ed: Maintenance Best Practices and Energy Awareness

November 6, 2013 11:35 am | by Anna Wells, IMPO Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.                  

Inside One Of The Only RIM Facilities In The U.S.

November 6, 2013 9:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins. The process has been refined over the years, but has remained primarily unchanged.         

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5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses

November 6, 2013 9:32 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.                 

3D Printing A Manufacturing 'Game Changer'

November 5, 2013 11:58 am | by KSTP News | Videos | Comments

Minnesota news channel KSTP features an Eden Praire manufacturer that has embraced 3D printing without laying off workers.                                     

A Look Inside Alcoa's Largest U.S. Factory

October 31, 2013 9:30 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Alcoa rolls out huge sheets of aluminum for Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 wings using the largest hot roller in the world.                                     

EMO Hannover 2013 Explores Trends & Issues In Manufacturing

October 30, 2013 10:27 am | by EMO Hannover | News | Comments

Under the motto of “Intelligence in Production”, solutions were presented at EMO Hannover 2013 that efficiently integrate new information technologies. The focus was on innovations that automate, simplify or enhance the efficiency of the work sequences involved. 

The Evolution Of Connectivity On The Food And Beverage Plant Floor

October 28, 2013 8:59 am | by Frank Malczyk, Program Manager, Industrial Automation & Riky Comini, Business Development Director, Industrial Automation, Molex Incorporated | Articles | Comments

Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.

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Bringing Manufacturing Back To The U.S. Via The Robot

October 24, 2013 10:53 am | by CBSNews | Videos | Comments

A robot named Baxter is operating on the assembly line of Rodon, a plastics manufacturer in Pennsylvania. Rodon's VP says the technology is reducing costs and increasing productivity, but doesn't replace human workers who he says are needed to maintain the equipment

The Importance Of Metal Fabrication Management

October 23, 2013 9:25 am | by Mike Bowlby, Owner, Mack Hils Metal Fabrication | Blogs | Comments

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.

For Memorable & Sparkling Moments

October 22, 2013 9:40 am | by BEUMER Group | Articles | Comments

In order to transport palletized beverage cartons to the central warehouses and distribution centers of the customers, the German market leader for sparkling wine, Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), decided to equip two of its production locations with the BEUMER stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems.

Back to 'Made in America'

October 17, 2013 9:19 am | by TheNewYorkTimes | Videos | Comments

After years of decline, one of the hardest hit industries in the United States might be making a comeback. But while textile manufacturing might return to the Carolinas, the jobs probably will not.         

Subaru's Crash Avoidance Tech Ranks First

October 1, 2013 1:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the results of its first crash avoidance test for several car models. Both the Subaru Outback and Legacy received the highest ratings, while the Infiniti JX performed poorly.       

Customizable Robot: Intel Makes Science Fiction A Reality

September 25, 2013 4:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Intel has created a robot that can be customized to the individual owner's needs that will cost well under $1,000. Intel futurist Brian David Johnson joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss this remarkable scientific achievement.     

Robots Are Not The Enemy

September 18, 2013 8:02 am | by Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation | Blogs | Comments

It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment? But this notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity. 

IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos | Comments

Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.

Driverless Mercedes Debuts At Car Show

September 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Daimler has unveiled its much anticipated self-driving Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International car show. The auto maker has been making incremental improvements to its autonomous technology, saying the car, driving with limited autonomy, performed well on a recent 100 km test drive through Germany. Daimler plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle available to consumers by 2020. 

The Future Of Control Automation Has Arrived

September 11, 2013 8:01 am | by Eric Klein, Director of Sales, Lenze Americas | Articles | Comments

Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.

$150,000 Car Of The Future: Driver Not Needed

September 6, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news, or maybe even nap (if you’re the type to put complete trust into driverless technology).

‘Super Cruise’ Takes On Real-World Traffic Scenarios

September 3, 2013 3:09 pm | by GM Media | News | Comments

Development of “Super Cruise,” Cadillac’s semi-automated driving system, is advancing to the next stage of development, including real-world driving assessment and trials. Cadillac projects this technology could make its way into production models later this decade.

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