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Has Elon Musk Turned Tesla Around?

April 20, 2015 2:30 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance reports on Google’s negotiation for a deal to buy a nearly bankrupt Tesla. 

Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 2:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first...

GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The industrial heart of General Electric, the company's new focus, posted lower revenue and...

Manufacturing in Philadelphia Area Rises Slightly in April

April 16, 2015 12:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factories in the Philadelphia region got a bit busier in April compared to March.

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April 2015: One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 2:15 pm | by IMPO | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April Issue of IMPO, we take you into Nippon Sharyo’s U.S. location, outline crucial safety and maintenance practices, present expert insight into industrial automation, help you solve the mystery of lubrication in your facility and much more. 

One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Nippon Sharyo, originally a Japanese railcar manufacturer, has successfully built a home base in Rochelle, Illinois where they are now producing certified ‘Made-in-America’ products. 

How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

When does an active supervisor look like when he is no longer bogged down in an office doing paperwork? Active supervision occurs when a supervisor spends substantial time on the shop floor helping workers solve problems.

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Women in Manufacturing Files as Trade Association

April 10, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

National networking group Women in Manufacturing this week announced its reorganization as a trade association. 

Managing Supply Risk for Distributors

April 10, 2015 10:10 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution | Articles | Comments

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

GE Pares Off Financial Unit and Returns to Industrial Roots

April 10, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric is getting out of the lending business, a major profit generator, as it focuses more on its industrial business and sheds a massive financial unit that had its own set of risks.

Did You Know That You are in the Hardware Store Business?

April 9, 2015 9:53 am | by George Krauter | Articles | Comments

Consider the essential considerations that companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware chains must employ in order to maintain a profitable scenario. Now compare the situation in the many MRO store rooms. The word “store” is the operative word here, because the MRO storeroom is in fact a “store.”

The Swell of Automation in Manufacturing

April 8, 2015 2:40 pm | by Lisa Richards | Articles | Comments

Facility automation offers a world of hope for members of the reliability industry: improved quality control, better safety for employees and customers, an increase in production and machine performance and ultimately, reductions in spending. 

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 7, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US. 

How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 6, 2015 2:19 pm | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent survey of executives at midsize manufacturers showed expectations for the U.S. economy beginning to mirror optimism about their own companies. 

U.S. Steel To Idle Part of Minnesota Plant, 680 Layoffs Expected

March 31, 2015 10:21 am | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel plans to idle part of its Minntac plant in Mountain Iron, Minnesota resulting in layoffs for about 680 workers.

Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade

March 31, 2015 9:53 am | by Jonathan Jacobi, Senior EHS Advisor with UL Workplace Health & Safety | Articles | Comments

Business is tough in today's global marketplace. Everyone is being asked to do more, with less. Across industries, including automotive, workers are being asked to be more efficient, and safety and risk management professionals are certainly not insulated.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

The 'Tale' of the Tail of the Spend

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions | Articles | Comments

MRO expenditures should not be a part of the Pareto Principle management philosophy. If a particular step or activity within the manufacturing process was deemed to be unprofitable, it would be corrected or eliminated; the same management recognition of MRO operations should be applied and corrected, or outsourced.

Volvo Announces Plans to Construct U.S. Plant

March 30, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a "global car manufacturer."

Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match the Right Parts With the Right Tools

March 30, 2015 10:33 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. But, Streit's is planning to shut down its nine-decade-old ovens by year's end and move to a 21st century computerized plant somewhere in the New York area.

Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 1

March 27, 2015 12:19 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

Boost Efficiency Through Augmented Reality: Q&A With Bob Meads

March 27, 2015 10:24 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin discusses the collaboration between iQuest and Kepware, as well as advanced approaches to viewing the plant floor and challenges to implementing automated solutions.

Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

Union Vote Set Next Month at Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:58 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

U.S. Steel to Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. announced it would temporarily idle a plant near St. Louis and issue layoff notices to its 2,080 workers.

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