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Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

September 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.        

Survey: Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Based on a survey, foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.                   

Find the Value of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brady Corporation | Articles | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns and combating counterfeit components.                   

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Much Ado About Trends in Distribution

August 26, 2014 3:05 pm | by David Frentzel | Articles | Comments

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance —  because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can. 

Ford Begins Preparation for the New F-150

August 26, 2014 2:07 pm | by Keith Naughton Bloomberg, The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.            

7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Will Bacon | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

Crystal CEO: Rail Shutdown Could Cost Millions

January 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

A slowdown in rail service is forcing American Crystal Sugar to cut back on production, something company officials said Wednesday could cost millions if the situation doesn't improve.                   

Safety Hat Manufacturing

January 30, 2014 9:14 am | by MSA and Grupo José Pinto | Videos | Comments

Take a tour of the MSA facotry in South Africa that turns out hard hats for use around the world. This start to finish production line tour takes you from raw material,through the assembly line, and on to warehouse and shipping logistics.   

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Solving The Production Puzzle To Improve Your Bottom Line

January 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Every day, plant planners are expected to solve extremely complex puzzles – which operation will run on which line, how many of each part needs to be produced, how will each step happen at the right time – and they often lack the proper tools to do the job.

Best Logistics Advice For 2014: Dump Tribal Knowledge

January 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Tim Garcia, Apptricity Founder and CEO | Articles | Comments

Here's some food for thought when it comes to evaluating and improving logistics in your enterprise: Whatever else you do in 2014, make it a priority to dump the tribal knowledge you might be using to make mission-critical decisions. Instead, substitute the facts. 

Turning Wasted Activity Into Productivity

January 9, 2014 8:19 am | by TedxTalks | Videos | Comments

Bill Peterson, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, discusses his theories on turning wasted time into productive time using lean countermeasures.          

Manufacturing Activity In The Southeast Falls For December

January 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity reversed its previous two-month climb in the Southeast, widening the gap between the region and the nation, according to the Southeast Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center.

Plant Tour: GE Appliances

December 12, 2013 9:17 am | by GE Appliances | Videos | Comments

Experience a virtual tour of GE dishwasher manufacturing in Louisville, KY where over 1,000 people are employed in wire rack fabrication, injection molding, stamping, and assembly facilities.                 

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Craft Brewer Taps Into Cost Savings With Switch-Rated Plug

December 10, 2013 9:42 am | by Bill Fortman, Meltric Corporation | Articles | Comments

Bells Brewery, Inc. uses Meltric DECONTACTORTM Series switch-rated plugs and receptacles to connect and disconnect equipment as varied as grain handlers, conveyor motors, portable pump carts, and keg washers in order to obtain installation cost savings, simplified lockout-tagout safety, and production efficiencies during maintenance and equipment changeouts.

The World's First FLNG Project

December 6, 2013 11:30 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

Years in the planning and now becoming a reality, the world's first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility is under construction. Meet the team working on Prelude FLNG as they take you behind the scenes at this mega project.      

Is Reshoring A Viable Option?

December 6, 2013 9:04 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Wages in China are steadily rising at an annual rate in the double digits.  Tax incentives for foreign manufacturers are expiring, energy costs continue to increase, and the cost associated with shipping are increasing.  In short, China is becoming a far less attractive manufacturing option for American companies.

Firearm Manufacturing Tour

December 5, 2013 10:05 am | by Barnes Precision Machine, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Andrew Barnes, President and CEO of Barnes Precision Machine, Inc. gives a quick, impromptu tour of their facility. This video shows some of the machining processes for parts of the AR15, including barrell contouring, carrier blank production, and bolt component manufacturing. 

On Time And On Budget: Shutdowns And Turnarounds 2014

December 2, 2013 4:07 pm | by T.A. Cook Conferences | Events

Join us in Houston TX on January 28-30 for On Time and On Budget: Shutdowns and Turnarounds 2014, where you will benefit from a mixture of 'hands on' learning and real-life best practice case studies delivered by some of North America's leading turnaround practitioners.

Study: U.S. Spewing 50% More Methane Than EPA Says

November 26, 2013 9:26 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.   

How A Bolt Is Made

November 21, 2013 9:22 am | by Portland Bolt | Videos | Comments

Take a quick tour of the Portland Bolt shop and follow an order of large anchor bolts through the manufacturing process. This video includes shearing, hot forging, threading, and galvanizing. Find out what it takes to make an order of large, custom bolts.

Photos Of The Day: Inside Volvo's Manufacturing Plant

November 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has officially started series production of the Volvo S60L at its manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China. The production start is another important milestone in Volvo Cars’ transformation journey and the establishment of China as the company’s second home market.

Maker's Row And The Future Of American Manufacturing

November 5, 2013 11:30 am | by Small Empires with Alex Ohanian | Videos | Comments

Navigating the world of manufacturing hasn't always been a walk in the park. Factories and sourcing facilities are hard discover, unless you know people in the business or are willing to shell out a huge fee for directory information. 

Winning Packard Plant Bidder To Make Modular Homes

October 28, 2013 2:34 pm | by AP | News | Comments

A Texas woman who placed the winning bid for a sprawling former Detroit car plant says she wants to build modular homes and offices at the site that's become a symbol of the city's economic decline.            

Chrysler Finally Starts Shipping Jeep Cherokees

October 22, 2013 12:56 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Distribution of the Cherokees had been delayed while the company tinkered with the new nine-speed automatic transmissions to make them shift more smoothly.                

Interface Goes ‘Restorative,’ Turns Pollution Into Carpeting

October 10, 2013 11:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While the booming era of “going green” and “sustainability” in manufacturing has come and gone over the last few years, there are still innovative manufacturers that are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment. Interface Inc. has taken those efforts to another level with a program that not only utilizes recycled materials, but also helps impoverished farmers across the globe make a better living.

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