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Common Mistakes With Process Control Upgrades

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Marc L. Hunter, Vice President, Synergy Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

More and more manufacturers are upgrading control systems primarily to fight the battle of equipment obsolescence, rather than taking the opportunity to invest in upgrades, in order to gain more productive years out of major capital assets. There has been a noticeable trend in projects that are successful in achieving just hardware replacement, and those projects that leave the manufacturing process with more intelligence and flexibility.

Q&A: Get More And Better Data

December 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The most distinguishable returns come from better quality and overhead cost reduction. For example, anticipating labor needs allows us sufficient time to right-size and train our contingent workforce to manage peak periods without affecting quality.

Cars And Trucks Hit Record Gas Mileage In 2012

December 13, 2013 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon (10 liters per 100 kilometers) in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Pros And Cons Of 3D Printing

December 13, 2013 1:14 pm | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

As a follow-up to the previous video about a manufacturing facility consisting entirely of 3D printers, reporter Ray Martin discusses the pros and cons of 3D Printing.  As part of his commentary, Martin talks to Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3D printed gun.

Changes In 2014 Electrical Code

December 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mersen | News | Comments

The NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), and while not itself a U.S. law, NEC use is commonly mandated by state or local law. 

Cold Welding Ductile Metal Tubulation

December 13, 2013 9:24 am | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The requirement to pinch-off and hermetically seal ductile metal tabulation (tubing) is a critical and necessary process when separating a device from a vacuum pumping station. Tools that can reliably perform the pinch-off (cold weld) function will produce a reliable seal that can withstand bake-out temperatures up to 600o C and eliminates the necessity of using expensive valves to perform the same process. 

Plant Tour: GE Appliances

December 12, 2013 9:17 am | by GE Appliances | Videos | Comments

Experience a virtual tour of GE dishwasher manufacturing in Louisville, KY where over 1,000 people are employed in wire rack fabrication, injection molding, stamping, and assembly facilities.                 

Pay Gains For Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

December 11, 2013 9:28 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

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Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 11, 2013 9:19 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver them to clients.                             

Tech Firms Vie To Protect Personal Data, Profits

December 10, 2013 1:23 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.              

Craft Brewer Taps Into Cost Savings With Switch-Rated Plug

December 10, 2013 9:42 am | by Bill Fortman, Meltric Corporation | Articles | Comments

Bells Brewery, Inc. uses Meltric DECONTACTORTM Series switch-rated plugs and receptacles to connect and disconnect equipment as varied as grain handlers, conveyor motors, portable pump carts, and keg washers in order to obtain installation cost savings, simplified lockout-tagout safety, and production efficiencies during maintenance and equipment changeouts.

Sustainability: A 3PL’s Role In Your Green Supply Chain

December 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Jamie Wyatt, COO, Linkex | Articles | Comments

The supply chain is getting greener and discussions about sustainability are cropping up in more calls and conferences than ever before. What this means for you is that the “green-ness” of your supply chain will soon be a deciding factor for your manufacturer and shipper partners as well as your other customers.

Electric Vehicle Makers Wait Patiently For Their Day In The Sun

December 9, 2013 9:46 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Articles | Comments

Popularly referred to as the 'future' of automobile technology, the electric vehicle (EV) industry is not particularly enjoying its present. This despite the fact that in terms of savings per km, EVs have an advantage of 40 per cent over regular cars.  The government has made a lot of promises but delivered little, say the players in this segment.

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Does Your Business Need A 'Retirement Plan'?

December 9, 2013 9:23 am | by William H. Black, Jr., Pension Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The question I’m frequently asked is “Do I really need to consider a retirement plan for my business?”  The answer is typically “Yes”. The question arises, generally, because the owner of the business or professional practice does not want to add unnecessary overhead or increase costly unnecessary and unappreciated benefits.

Is Reshoring A Viable Option?

December 6, 2013 9:04 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Wages in China are steadily rising at an annual rate in the double digits.  Tax incentives for foreign manufacturers are expiring, energy costs continue to increase, and the cost associated with shipping are increasing.  In short, China is becoming a far less attractive manufacturing option for American companies.

Obama To Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent

December 5, 2013 1:56 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs.

FDA Reaches $1.25M Settlement With J&J Unit

December 5, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the civil penalty, Advanced Sterilization Products, a unit of J&J's Ethicon business, will pay $1.2 million to settle allegations that it made and sold "adulterated and misbranded" sterilization monitoring products, the FDA said. Two company executives will pay an additional $30,000 and $20,000, respectively.

5 Questions: Made In The USA

December 5, 2013 9:11 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

Josh Miller, of Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey, sits down with the Alliance for American Manufacturing. He discusses what he learned making the film, how to be a better Made in the U.S.A. shopper, and even gave us a glimpse of his next big project.

Biden: U.S.-China Ties Rely On Trust, Good Motives

December 4, 2013 1:21 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other's motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major clash over disputed airspace that's pitted China against the U.S. and its Asian allies.

Tesla Rises As German Probe Finds No Defects

December 4, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric car maker said late Monday that German regulators notified the company that they were closing their investigation into post-crash fires in Washington, Tennessee and Mexico and would take no further action.         

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. 

Employers Step In To Prevent Worker Burnout

December 3, 2013 1:33 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.         

Chicago Asks Residents To Report Petcoke Problems

December 3, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side. He's asking residents to call 311 or send an e-mail if they see evidence that petroleum coke — called "petcoke" — is blowing off the piles. Petcoke is a powdery black byproduct of oil refining that can be burned in power plants.

Automotive Insights 1: The Poster-Child Of American Manufacturing

December 3, 2013 11:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

Separating Plant Network From Enterprise Network Improves Operational Performance

December 3, 2013 9:17 am | by Belden Inc. | Articles | Comments

Network strategies and objectives differ depending on the job. The IT department must place data integrity first. On the other hand, JIT production facilities live and die by keeping manufacturing lines up and running in order to meet production quantity, quality and delivery driven by electronic order requests sent by the customer. By maintaining separate networks, each group can operate at optimum potential.

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