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Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. The technology, which aims to wirelessly transfer data via minuscule tags embedded in or on various products, didn’t quite stack up against the industrial environment.

Fire Crews Make Progress In Industrial Blaze

December 19, 2013 1:29 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The fire at Industrial Plastics Recycle, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville, has been burning since Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters had to stop trying to put out the blaze after they learned that two 1,000 gallon propane tanks were on the property.

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BMW Motorcycle Assembly Plant Tour

December 19, 2013 9:38 am | by BMW | Videos | Comments

BMW will guide you and your friends, colleagues, and fellow students through the birth place of BMW motorcycles.  Experience the fascination of a highly modern vehicle production, where man and machine build two-wheeled dreams.     

OSHA Cites Kan. Tyson Plant For Severed Hand

December 18, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that in the last 10 years the plant has had seven serious violations, and that some of the most recent violations were "willful."  OSHA proposed the $147,000 fine for four violations found during its latest inspection.

Experts: Boeing Plant Move Unlikely For Illinois

December 18, 2013 1:53 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing asked for proposals from interested states after union workers in Washington state rejected a new contract offer. At least 22 states responded, hoping to land a plant that would employ up to 8,500 people. Illinois economic development officials sent the proposal last week. 

Novelis Invests Add'l $205M To Meet Global Auto Demand

December 18, 2013 9:56 am | by Novelis Inc. | News | Comments

Novelis announced it will invest an additional $205 million to further expand its global manufacturing operations serving the rapidly growing automotive market. The company will build new finishing lines at its plants in Oswego, N.Y. and Nachterstedt, Germany, dedicated to the production of aluminum automotive sheet.

Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County.  About 600 contractors and service providers will work in the 900,000-square-foot building. They will be responsible for handling almost 3 million parts a day.

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How Toyota Saves 61 Million Gallons Of Water Annually

December 17, 2013 10:03 am | by Toyota Motor Corporation | News | Comments

Plant processes, such as painting vehicles, require very pure H20.  Typically 25 percent of the water coming into a facility doesn’t make the cut. But by implementing a system called reverse osmosis that separates impurities before the manufacturing process, Toyota has increased usable water from 75 to 90 percent at several of its plants. 

Hearing On Tuesday In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

December 17, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."                       

GM To Invest $1.3B In 5 Factories

December 16, 2013 2:58 pm | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five General Motors factories in three states will soon share in a $1.3 billion investment so they can make higher-quality pickup trucks and new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions.                   

Boeing Deal Makes More Growth Possible

December 16, 2013 2:07 pm | by Warren L. Wise, The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Boeing will nearly triple its footprint near Charleston International Airport with the acquisition of even more land than expected in a $49 million deal announced Friday.                       

Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

GM is designing cars with 3D printing, Ford is scanning each car for paint imperfections the size of a grain of salt, and everyone is making more models on the same line.                        

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Company Offers Public Use Of 3D Printers

December 16, 2013 9:46 am | by Amy Hamilton, The Daily Sentinel | News | Comments

In a workshop at Grand Junction's Business Incubator Center, employees with Apex CAD Products use three-dimensional printers to make an array of items for customers, from models of dental implants and vertebrae for medical professionals to working parts for machines.

Blast At U.S. Steel Plant Near Detroit Kills Worker

December 16, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.                  

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.

Boeing To Shift Research Jobs To South, Midwest

December 13, 2013 10:21 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chicago-based aerospace company said the reorganization will result in fewer research jobs in Washington state and California and is being undertaken to better meet the needs of its commercial airplane, military and space and security units.

Abbott Urges Toyota To Keep Making Cars In Australia

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

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday urged Toyota Motor Corp. to continue manufacturing cars in the country, a day after General Motors Co. announced it would follow Ford Motor Co. in ceasing production here due to high costs, market fragmentation and fierce competition.

Ford Plans 23 New Cars, 11,000 New Jobs In 2014

December 13, 2013 9:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.  Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said the company plans to hire 5,000 workers in the U.S. — including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers — and 6,000 workers in Asia

Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Deal Will Keep Ohio Tank Plant Running

December 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.  The money for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is included in the defense bill, which could get congressional approval as early as this week.

GM To Stop Making Cars In Australia By 2017

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.The decision could spell the end of car manufacturing in Australia as the industry will be too small for supporting businesses such as parts makers to remain economic.

Bell Helicopter Announces New Assembly Facility

December 11, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of SLS — Short Light Single — helicopters. The project, announced Tuesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, will bring the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility to Lafayette Regional Airport.

Mo. Governor To Sign $1.7B Boeing Incentive Plan

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation that would offer up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks to Boeing Co. over more than two decades to entice the aerospace company to bring the production of its 777X jetliner to the state. 

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