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Studebaker Legacy Lives 50 Years After Closing

December 9, 2013 10:12 am | by Kevin Allen, South Bend Tribune | News | Comments

Carlton wasn't even born when the last Studebaker rolled off the line in South Bend a half-century ago, and he wasn't all that interested in why the company went out of business. What he found striking was the story of how Studebaker survived here for 111 years — a remarkable lifespan in the business world.

Food-Tech Startups Aim To Replace Eggs And Chicken

December 9, 2013 10:03 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

Inside BMW's USA Production Facility

December 5, 2013 9:02 am | by NDTV | Videos | Comments

It was BMW's first full manufacturing plant outside Germany, and today is the sole location that makes the X3, X5 and X6. Its scope was recently expanded to offer a larger capacity to take on future SUV models coming from BMW.       

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IMTS 2014: Come Together

December 3, 2013 3:41 pm | Events

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014. 

Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars

December 2, 2013 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swedish-based Volvo Car Group has joined the race to develop self-driving cars, saying it plans to build 100 such vehicles in a pilot project. The Chinese-owned automaker said Monday it will test its "autonomous" cars on 30 miles (50 kilometers) of selected roads in the Swedish city of Goteborg, starting in 2017.

Automation: Not Just For The Shop Floor

November 25, 2013 9:05 am | by Tim Haney, Director, Manufacturing Vertical, Information Services Group (ISG) | Articles | Comments

Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes – tasks that have traditionally required human intervention by onsite technicians – are becoming increasingly automated.  This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them. 

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.                                        

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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.  

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.                  

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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.         

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.

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.     

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