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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

100 Percent Lean Beans

March 12, 2013 4:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant & Distribution Center crew will tell you everything you need to know about how roasting and brewing methods affect the flavor of coffee in so many ways. And just as the smallest of modifications can dramatically affect the flavor of the cup, Starbucks Carson Valley has learned that – likewise – small steps towards continuous improvement can yield returns.

First Workers Move Into New CAT Plant

March 12, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first group of Caterpillar workers is moving in to office space at the company's new Georgia plant. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the 850,000-square-foot facility is now home to 50 workers. They moved in to the new space less than a year after the official groundbreaking for the plant in Bogart, just west of Athens.

M'bishi Heavy Aware Of Problem Before Radiation Leak

March 11, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and a local utility firm in California were aware of a design flaw in Mitsubishi-made steam generators for a California nuclear reactor before a radiation leak in January 2012, according to a document recently released by the U.S. nuclear regulator.

Remington's NY Plant Gets $80M Pentagon Contract

March 8, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Remington Arms has been awarded a nearly $80 million contract from the Pentagon to produce sniper rifles at the company's Mohawk Valley plant, a congressman said. U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, whose 22nd Congressional District includes the plant in Ilion in Herkimer County, said the contract calls for Remington to make more than 5,000 sniper rifles and millions of rounds over 10 years for the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Successfully Implementing A Condition Monitoring Program, Part 2

March 6, 2013 8:00 am | by Trent Phillips, LUDECA | Articles | Comments

After the proper groundwork has been completed, it is time to build the database for your CM technology. You should be able to easily copy and paste the equipment templates previously created and assign them to the actual equipment you will be monitoring.

Pratt & Whitney Discloses Fraudulent Engine Tests

March 4, 2013 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney said it uncovered fraudulent testing of engine parts involving falsified records, but that no recalls or other problems resulted. The subsidiary of United Technologies said an investigation was begun in June 2011 when an employee alleged that test data had been altered over 15 years at Carmel Forge, another United Technologies unit, in Israel.

Manufacturing's Next Chapter

March 4, 2013 3:00 pm | by GEreports | Videos | Comments

At The Atlantic's event, leading experts talk about what they think are the main challenges of manufacturing and the way forward for the U.S. manufacturing industry. Leaders talk about lasers, programming our physical world and beyond. Jamie Tarabay from Ideas Laboratory reports.

Black & Denim: Reviving American Textile Manufacturing

March 4, 2013 2:58 pm | by Black & Denim | Videos | Comments

Black & Denim Apparel Company is a Lifestyle Brand sourced and manufactured 100 percent in the USA. American Inspired. American Made. American Owned. See more on its Kickstarter project by visiting www.BlackAndDenim.com.

Q&A: Automation Trends For Food Manufacturers

March 4, 2013 2:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The more flexible the automation, the more easily it can adapt to packaging trends. Supply chain improvements can range in scale from minor to major, depending on what is involved. Robotics, flexible conveyance and sortation as well as integrated software solutions are key components of many manufacturers addressing the trends.

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