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7 Workers Die Inside Mexico Brewery Tank

April 8, 2013 10:07 am | by Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico City authorities say seven workers died while cleaning a tank at a Grupo Modelo brewery in Mexico City. A spokeswoman for city prosecutors says the accident occurred early Sunday and that investigators are looking into whether the workers died from inhaling toxic fumes. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the case.

How To Develop A Welder

April 5, 2013 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

According to a 2011 article in Welding & Gases Today , the welding industry is poised for significant growth over the next decade. But with well over 200,000 available welding jobs predicted, the industry is not exactly jumping for joy. In fact, this key area of metalworking has long been known for the skill gap it consistently faces. So what’s the problem, who will solve it, and – perhaps most importantly – how?

Understanding The True Value Of Anti-Seize

April 5, 2013 3:05 pm | by Michael Feeney, E.I.T., Henkel Corporation (Loctite® Brand Products) | Articles | Comments

Although the purpose of an anti-seize may be obvious due to its name, it is a subject not well understood and certainly under utilized. Anyone who has snapped the head off a bolt or screw would sympathize that a lot of time, blood, sweat, and maybe even tears, are wasted when anti-seize is an afterthought.

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Manufacturing Makes America Strong

April 3, 2013 4:26 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing makes America strong. It makes families and communities strong. It provides national security. It gives us energy security. And for the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing, it gives us pride. Caterpillar, Inc. CEO & NAM Board Chairman Doug Oberhelman tells the story of manufacturing in America and the history of the National Association of Manufacturers.

April 2013 - BMW Reports Record Production

April 1, 2013 10:56 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, BMW Manufacturing reports record production volume, NEUTEX Advanced Energy Groups positions itself as a leading American manufacturer of LED lighting, industry experts talk the true value of anti-seize, manufacturers and distributors step up to tackle the skill gap in welding, and more.

The Virtual Plant Seen Through Standardized 3D HMI

March 29, 2013 8:05 am | by Chris Parkinson, Senior Engineer, HMI Technology Lead | Articles | Comments

HMI or Human Machine Interface – everybody has them. From physical pushbutton stations to sophisticated graphical interfaces with 3D representations of equipment – HMIs are the visible part of a controls and/or manufacturing intelligence system.

Q&A: On Equity (And Unions) At Nissan’s Miss. Plant

March 29, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Back in the early aughts, global automaker Nissan invested some $2 billion in 4.2 million square-foot vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Since May 27, 2003, the company has been producing as many as 10 different models there, and currently employs 4,350. However, the relationship between Nissan management and plant floor employees haven’t always been smooth. 

Transforming Business In Manufacturing

March 28, 2013 9:10 am | Videos | Comments

For manufacturers, competitive advantage lies in connecting equipment on the factory floor to backend systems to harness real-time data. Windows Embedded GM Barb Edson, Microsoft CTO for Manufacturing Rohit Bhargava, and ARC Advisory Group analyst Craig Resnick join GigaOM Research's Adam Lesser to discuss how intelligent systems drive operational efficiency and new business opportunities in manufacturing.

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Using Permanent Magnet Technology To Create System Energy Savings

March 26, 2013 9:05 am | by Roman Wajda, Baldor's Industry Business Manager for Air and Unit Handling | Articles | Comments

At a time when energy efficiency is of utmost importance, recent developments in motor technology have changed the playing field within cooling tower HVAC systems. This new technology, a permanent magnet (PM), laminated frame direct drive motor allows for the removal of all the mechanical components such as gearboxes, drive shafts, disc couplings and existing motors.

Fighting To Reclaim Manufacturing In America

March 26, 2013 9:00 am | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists | Blogs | Comments

The industry is still a global juggernaut; producing 18.2 percent of all manufactured goods which tops the list globally (still over half a percent more than China). But quite frankly, ‘dominant’ would be one of the last terms to sum up the past fifteen years of  U.S. manufacturing, despite our strong presence.

Why Parts Fail Workshop

March 25, 2013 10:37 am | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

This training provides an understanding of how it is possible to make order out of chaos when things go wrong. The workshop is designed to teach attendees how to identify failure modes by reading fracture surfaces of parts such as bearings, shafts, fasteners, seals, belts, and other materials to determine physical root causes. This will provide the answer(s) to "what happened."

Tough Laws, Reduced Ranks—What Next For Unions?

March 25, 2013 10:14 am | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

From a sprawling United Auto Workers hall outside Detroit, John Zimmick has seen factories close and grown men cry when their jobs disappear. Through all the economic uncertainties of life in auto country, there has been one constant: the union.

March 2013 iPurchase

March 20, 2013 11:44 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Walk through the latest trends in safety equipment and compliance issues relating to the manufacturing environment, including an analysis on investment requirements for meeting regulations, a look at how new PPE design elements translate to better adoption on the plant floor, a review of recent safety disasters, and an outline of resources that can help manufacturers continuously improve their safety programs.

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Ryanair Gives Boeing A Boost With Big Order

March 19, 2013 9:40 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ryanair has made the biggest-ever order of Boeing planes by a European airline, announcing Tuesday it will buy 175 aircraft in a major boost for the U.S. aerospace giant. Neither side disclosed the purchase price for the 737-800s, but budget carrier Ryanair said it did negotiate a bulk discount off the total list price of $15.6 billion.

Defense Contractor In PA Fights For Its Survival

March 19, 2013 9:37 am | by Lauren Boyer, York Daily Record/Sunday News | News | Comments

A manufacturer that once worked around the clock — trying not to wake its rural neighbors with evening test track runs — barely has enough work to sustain a second shift. And things are about to get worse. "When I said some areas are dark," Alice Conner said, "I meant it."

Can 10 Million People Be Wrong?

March 18, 2013 9:00 am | by Mark Schmit, Manager, Strategic Partnerships, SelectUSA | Blogs | Comments

Last month Hasbro missed a golden opportunity to immortalize the importance of our country’s manufacturing sector, especially with the renaissance the sector is currently experiencing. Hasbro ran a poll to elect a new game icon to be included in all new editions of the game Monopoly, an All-American game if there ever was one.

Strong Auto Output Boosts U.S. Factory Production

March 15, 2013 1:57 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A strong increase in auto output boosted U.S. factory production last month, the latest sign that manufacturing is helping drive economic growth after lagging for much of 2012. Factory output rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent in February from January, after falling 0.3 percent in the previous month, the Federal Reserve said Friday.

Premium Motor Efficiency: Taking Care Of The Latest And Greatest

March 13, 2013 4:28 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In U.S. factories, electric motor-driven systems account for over 60 percent of the total energy consumed – and 25 percent of the total energy used in the United States overall – a staggering amount of energy that is worthy of a second look to be sure your facility is maximizing its motor performance.

Convenience At Your Fingertips

March 13, 2013 4:16 pm | by Bernard Steppeler, Design Engineer, HAVER Filling Systems | Articles | Comments

A cake mix supplier has 12 hours to fill a 15,000-bag production order for a new customer. during the seventh hour, the filling machine shuts down with no warning. the machine operator attempts to troubleshoot and diagnose the problem but is unable to do so.

Making Of The All New Vista D90

March 13, 2013 4:04 pm | by TataVista90 | Videos | Comments

The New Vista D90 is a technological marvel engineered to perfection. Take a look at the high-tech facilities in the Tata Motors Pune plant, which showcases the technological advancement employed to manufacture the Vista D90. Every stage of product evolution—design, development, manufacturing, assembly and quality control, is carried out meticulously.

Worker: Rig Was Bustling Before BP Well Blowout

March 13, 2013 2:05 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker who survived the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon testified Wednesday that a flurry of activity on the drilling rig hindered his ability to monitor BP's well for signs of trouble before the April 2010 blowout. Joseph Keith, the second rig worker to testify in person at a federal trial over the disaster, said he never saw any indications that a blowout was brewing.

FAA Approves Boeing Plan To Fix 787's Batteries

March 13, 2013 10:26 am | by Joan Lowy, Joshua Freed, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries won approval Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration, moving the cutting-edge planes a step closer to flying passengers again. The plan includes changes to the internal battery components to minimize the possibility of short-circuiting, which can lead to overheating and cause a fire.

Plane Firm Cuts 180 Jobs In Missouri

March 13, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Job cuts at an airplane overhaul and maintenance plant in southeast Missouri are being blamed on federal budget cuts and reduced military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Southeast Missourian reports that Sabreliner Corp. has laid off nearly 180 workers at its Perryville facility since Nov. 28, and the most recent cuts are tied to the federal sequester.

Cat Dealer’s Hydraulic Shop Salvages Cylinders With Tube Hone

March 12, 2013 4:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Rebuilding heavy equipment makes good economic sense, particularly for the hydraulic components on construction and earth moving machinery. In fact, the trend since 2008 has been strong enough to support the addition of a machine shop as part of the existing hydraulics shop at Caterpillar dealer Whayne Supply.

WEISS Develops Heavy-Duty Ring Table For Robotic Efficiencies

March 12, 2013 4:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Leading development partner for the transportation industry with a global operating workforce of over 5,600, EDAG (Detroit, MI/Fulda, Germany) recently was faced with the task of designing a heavy-duty ring for a new production concept.

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