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Toyota Starts Corolla Production At Turkey Plant

July 1, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its Turkish subsidiary held a line-off ceremony for the Corolla car and the Verso minivan at a factory in Sakarya, Turkey. The models, to be exported to more than 50 countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, will be assembled at the plant, which cost an additional capital outlay of 150 million euros, it said.

Von Drehle On Its Way To 100 Jobs

June 28, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Von Drehle Corporation officials say the Natchez plant will be the company's only "all-under-one-roof" facility. The Natchez Democrat reports that company engineer Tanya Richardson told a local civic club this week that the operation would have pulp converting and paper manufacturing capabilities, the company's only plant to have both.

Nissan Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 28, 2013 12:53 pm | by NissanNewsroom | Videos | Comments

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its Smyrna, Tenn. Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue, marking the first time the Rogue has been produced in the United States.

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Nissan Adds 900 Jobs To Make Rogue At TN Plant

June 27, 2013 1:48 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 900 jobs to start making the Rogue crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant, the Japanese automaker announced Thursday. The new jobs are in addition to 800 positions added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000. Hiring is already underway, and Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.

TPS Accelerates Meals Per Hour

June 27, 2013 8:02 am | by HENRYand REL Supermarche | Videos | Comments

Take a look at how a non-profit implemented Toyota's legendary production system (TPS) to increase the number of meals distributed to people who are still affected by Superstorm Sandy. Implementing this Kaizen event has made meal delivery in the still recovering area more efficient than ever before.

New Owner: Drake's Cakes Also Making A Comeback

June 25, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twinkies aren't the only cakes getting ready for a comeback — so are Drake's cakes, which include Devil Dogs, Funny Bones and Yodels. After Hostess Brands Inc. went out of business last year, the company sold off its brands in chunks to a variety of buyers.

CT Gun Maker Celebrates Move To Gun Friendly SC

June 25, 2013 10:03 am | by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of a Connecticut gun company moving to South Carolina because of the southern state's less restrictive gun laws says he is no longer sad, but angry he felt like he had to leave his home state. PTR Industries CEO Josh Fiorini came to his company's new home in tiny Aynor on Monday for a celebration of the firm's move South.

June 2013: Taking Manufacturing High Tech

June 24, 2013 2:32 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out some of the latest in high tech manufacturing, including the manufacturing software environment and its growing ability to gather and analyze more data, manufacturing automation's march to dominate the plant floor, the importance of reliable material handling information to track the plant of the future, and the cost-saving implications of monitoring and managing facility energy usage.

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VW Mum On Prospects For U.S. Plant Expansion

June 24, 2013 10:03 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker. A decision about production of the new model could come as soon as the quarter that begins in July.

An Easy Reach: Industrial Ergonomics

June 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ergonomics can be thought of as much like a dinner table setting: Everything should be in easy reach and no one should have to reach too far or stretch into an unnatural position to get at what they need, says Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. “By ensuring that workers have the freedom to move comfortably and naturally, companies can prevent many of the musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue that leads to lost time and productivity.”

Texas Gov. Courts CT Gun Makers On Tour

June 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has come to Connecticut in search of gun manufacturing and other jobs while talking up the importance of competition. Perry met privately with gun manufacturers and other businesses at a downtown Hartford restaurant on Monday. He told reporters it's part of his state's drive to compete for jobs.

Long-Haul Jets Get Boost At Paris Air Show

June 17, 2013 10:05 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus and Boeing both won pledges for big purchases of long-haul, wide-body jets Monday, as the Paris Air Show got off to a robust if rainy start. The global aviation event at Le Bourget airfield north of Paris is once again showcasing the rivalry between U.S.-based Boeing and French-based Airbus.

Measuring The Impact: Quality Metrics And Manufacturing Intelligence

June 14, 2013 8:00 am | by Steve Wise, VP of Statistical Methods, InfinityQS Intl. | Articles | Comments

What if you could report to your board room that reducing scrap has increased your company’s profit by 10 percent? Or, what if you could show plant managers that exactly 15 defects occurred within a particular shift? Because quality affects every level of an organization — from the plant floor, to the C-suite, to the customer — it is far more than a cost of doing business; it is a game changer.

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Fiat: Supplier Delays Will Force Shutdowns

June 12, 2013 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian carmaker Fiat says it will temporarily stop production at some European car plants in the coming days due to insufficient deliveries of plastic parts. Fiat said in a statement Wednesday that more than 5,500 vehicles can't be completed due to missing components from the Italian supplier Selmat, creating an "unmanageable" backlog.

Root Cause Failure Analysis: Reducing Costs & Increasing Customer Satisfaction

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by Joseph Berk, Principal Engineering Faculty, Eogogics Inc | Blogs | Comments

Root cause failure analysis is a technology for objectively identifying all potential failure causes, and then objectively and systematically identifying the likelihood of each potential cause. This article describes how root cause failure analysis identified and eliminated recurring Apache main rotor blade rejections.

Assess Your Technology Ladder When Addressing Burn Risk

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by Scott Brooksby, Olson Brooksby PC | Articles | Comments

There are few more sophisticated and complex high-heat metallurgy manufacturing processes — and few with less tolerance for error — than the processes involved in manufacturing components of the hot-section of an aviation gas turbine engine. This precision minimizes the risk of catastrophic aviation disasters such as uncontrolled engine failure.

Painting Robots Speed Boeing 777 Production

May 30, 2013 2:23 pm | by Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times | News | Comments

Inside a sealed building in Boeing's Everett widebody-jet assembly plant, two robotic machines glide along tracks on either side of a 106-foot 777 wing laid flat, their heads reaching out like animatronic dinosaurs nibbling at the giant wing.

Motorola: 1st U.S.-Assembled Smartphones Coming

May 30, 2013 2:21 pm | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cellphone pioneer Motorola says it's opening a manufacturing facility that will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. — its new flagship device, Moto X. The Texas site was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices, said Will Moss, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google.

Kobe Steel To Close Kobe Blast Furnace

May 29, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kobe Steel Ltd. said Wednesday it will close a blast furnace at its iron mill in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, and increase utilization ratios at two other blast furnaces in the same prefecture. The company said it will consider building a thermal power generation plant at the premises of the furnace to be closed in order to expand its power supply business.

Creating Better Jobs For Manufacturing’s Comeback

May 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Ray Attiyah, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Definity Partners | Articles | Comments

Scan through the business section of the news, and you’re likely to see stories about the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, about how companies are moving jobs back to the United States because of the rising cost of manufacturing in (and shipping to and from) China. Certainly good news for American manufacturers, but I would argue that this trend is not what the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing should be built on.

Maintaining A U.S. Manufacturing Presence

May 28, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Roger Kilmer of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) about the importance of maintaining a strong manufacturing presence in the United States, and what resources are available to domestic manufacturers. The purpose of the NIST MEP program is to enhance the productivity, technological performance and global competitiveness of small- and medium-sized U.S. based manufacturing firms. 

UV-/Light-Curing Adhesives Improve Manufacturing Productivity

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Torsten Uske, President DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC, and Dr. Martin Kluke, Product Manager DELO Industrial Adhesives | Articles | Comments

The manufacturing world is constantly looking for processes that can accelerate production while lowering unit costs and improving product reliability. Each innovation must mesh with the overall production process to achieve high output levels.

Boeing Examining Speed-Ups On 787, 737

May 22, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing may accelerate production of two of its most popular planes — the 787 and the 737. It's already doubling 787 production, from 5 per month last year, on its way toward 10 per month by the end of this year. The efficiency of the 787, Boeing's newest plane, has made it very popular with airlines. The company has orders for more than 800 that it hasn't built yet.

U.S. Auto Factories Cutting Back On Summer Downtime

May 22, 2013 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks. Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that 21 of its North American factories will shut for only one week this summer. That includes the Chicago plant that makes the Ford Explorer SUV and the Mexican plant that makes the Fusion sedan.

UAW: Nissan Subsidies Top $1.3B

May 20, 2013 10:05 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co.'s Mississippi plant is on track to receive more state aid and tax breaks than what state and company officials have previously revealed, according to a study paid for by the United Auto Workers, which is questioning whether the state is getting enough for its money.

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