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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

Magneti Marelli Announces New Exhaust Systems Plant

October 6, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The new plant strengthens Magneti Marelli's position in North America adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.           

Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license.                                     

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Workers Stunned by Closing of Verso Paper Mill

October 2, 2014 5:23 pm | by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stunned workers at a shuttering paper mill in Bucksport said Thursday they're going to be scrambling for work and residents said they fear a huge tax increase when the long-standing Verso mill closes.               

Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

As business evolves, so does our ability to uncover new sources of revenue, which keeps life interesting. One of the most significant contributors to business evolution in the last few decades is technology.             

Boeing Plans To Move Defense Work Out of Washington State

October 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by American Daily Stock Report | News | Comments

The Boeing Company announced that it will relocate a major part of its defense and support-related services under the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division to other cities of the U.S. from Washington.            

Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant in IN

October 2, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, today is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. 

Advanced Robotics To Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry

October 2, 2014 9:16 am | by PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory and trainability, industrial manufacturers across industries are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage.

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Amazon Closing Distribution Plant in Kansas

October 1, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that is expected to affect hundreds of workers.                                 

A Look at CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

October 1, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announced the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California.                          

General Mills Plans To Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.             

Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Interfax News Agency | News | Comments

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said.               

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3 Tips for Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dan McGrath | Articles | Comments

Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  

Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 10:37 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.        

9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk | Articles | Comments

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

GE To Build Oil and Gas Plant in Jacksonville

September 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016.                             

Factory Boom Cranks Up Economy

September 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY | News | Comments

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.                       

Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse | Articles | Comments

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

Ford Invests in New LED Lighting for Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe.                                   

The Inversion Crackdown is in Full Swing

September 26, 2014 11:46 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas.                                   

Old Forester Bourbon Distillery Planned for Louisville

September 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. is returning to its roots, Louisville, to build a distillery to produce Old Forester bourbon, its founding brand.                             

Chrysler Redesigns its Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

The Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. This increase meant rethinking the assembly process and implementing significant changes. The most extensive transformation came on the assembly line.      

NutraSweet To Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.                                         

Boeing To Bring Hundreds of New Jobs to South Carolina

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as 400 workers.  

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