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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.

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


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.

March 2013 - Robotic Efficiencies

March 1, 2013 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue see how Starbucks' continuous improvement philosophy earns an AME Manufacturing Excellence Award, learn how mobile access to maintenance could mean easier troubleshooting, check out the 2013 Industrial Web Directory, and more.

Boeing Cuts Back On Contract Workers At SC Plant

March 1, 2013 10:20 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing is trimming the number of temporary contract workers employed at its South Carolina assembly plant. The company says the reductions have been planned for some time and have nothing to do with battery problems in its 787 jetliners. Spokeswoman Candy Eslinger says the North Charleston plant employs more than 6,100 workers including regular employees and contract workers.

Crash Course: Machine Train Alignment

February 27, 2013 4:01 pm | by LUDECA | Videos | Comments

A machine train is a series of machines that are axially connected to each other by their shafts. In this video LUDECA provides background knowledge on machine train alignments, along with tips and procedures for efficiently completing the alignment.

Rockwell Collins Wins Additional Airbus Contract

February 26, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cedar Rapids based military contractor and private airlines parts manufacturer Rockwell Collins says it will build the rudder and brake pedal assembly for the new Airbus A350 passenger jets. Rockwell Collins also has contracts for communications, information management, landing and navigation systems for the new wide-body jets.

Air Force Decision On Plane Contract Expected Soon

February 25, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Air Force decision is expected soon on who will win a more than $350 million contract to build 20 aircraft for use in Afghanistan. The decision comes at a crucial time for Wichita-based Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, which recently emerged from bankruptcy protection. The high-stakes "light air support" contract could ultimately be worth nearly $1 billion, depending on future orders.

Anger After U.S. Boss Insults France's Workers

February 21, 2013 4:23 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

French workers have hit back at scathing comments made about them by an American tycoon. Maurice Taylor, the CEO of U.S. tire company Titan International told France's industry minister in a letter published by French media that he didn't want to take over a struggling tire plant as the workforce ''works only three hours.''

AP: Ford To Make Small Engine At Ohio Plant

February 20, 2013 10:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is moving production of a popular small engine from Spain to Cleveland as sales of four-cylinder motors rise. Later this week, Ford will announce a $200 million investment at its factory in Brook Park, Ohio, so it can make the four-cylinder, 2-Liter "EcoBoost" engine, according to a person briefed on the matter. The move will add about 450 jobs at the factory that now employs about 1,300 hourly and salaried workers.

Diamond Facility Achieves Fast Payback With New LEDs

February 19, 2013 8:08 am | Articles | Comments

The new 300,000 square foot Diamond Pet Foods facility in Ripon, Calif. went online in May 2012 with more than 500 high efficiency, Class II Div 2 LED fixtures. Through combined energy and maintenance savings, the company expects a full return on its investment in less than two years and will benefit from improved visibility thanks to the clear, white light of the Dialight LEDs.

Cutting The Mustard

February 15, 2013 11:12 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Beaverton Foods, Inc. is currently the largest processor of specialty mustards in the country and operates out of a 70,000-square-foot food processing facility in Hillsboro, Ore., shipping about 30 million units per year. But its beginnings are much more humble.

Obama Asks Congress To Deploy Mfg 'Institutes'

February 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

President Obama asked Congress to do more for American manufacturing. Just after stating that the manufacturing industry has created more than 500,000 jobs in the last three years, and that companies like Caterpillar and Apple are bringing jobs back to America, the President outlined his plan to see Congress approve fifteen manufacturing innovation institutes.

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Productivity Never Grows Old At Canadian Fab Shop

February 4, 2013 8:02 am | Articles | Comments

Other than conversation pieces, what’s the value in having decades-old machine tools occupy valuable floor space in a modern fab shop? The answer is “Plenty!” according to Ken Lennox, provided the machines are in suitable roles and were originally built with “the right stuff.”

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