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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.            

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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.

Kentucky Electric Steel Completes $6 Million Rolling Mill Enhancement

October 7, 2013 2:05 pm | by KES Acquisition Company | News | Comments

As a result of the upgrades, KES is now capable of producing high-quality round bars with diameters up to 3.8 inches. The expanded product offering enables KES to better serve its current customers and expands the Company’s new business opportunities.

Safeguarding The ‘Cool Side’ Of Direct-Chill Billet Casting

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Proprietary Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers of aluminum extrusions are highly dependent on the availability of high-quality billet, which can sometimes be difficult to procure either in cut lengths or logs. Without billet, extrusions do not get run and on-time deliveries do not occur, particularly with custom products. This situation can put customers at risk.

Inside The Vertu Luxury Smartphone Factory

October 2, 2013 4:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Vertu is polishing up its newest product and getting ready to unveil its more affordable smartphone known as Constellation, though the company is not known for its affordability. Each Vertu smartphone is all assembled by a single person and the finished product can run thousands of dollars. 

The Importance Of Metal Fabrication Management

October 2, 2013 8:02 am | by Mike Bowlby, Owner, Mack Hils Metal Fabrication | Blogs | Comments

Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products. 

Bridgestone Drops Plan To Close Italian Car Tire Plant

October 1, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bridgestone will keep running its passenger car tire plant in Italy, dropping an earlier plan to close it in 2014, on the condition that the plant's productivity and costs improve, the Japanese firm's European arm said. An agreement was signed by all stakeholders including local institutions, the Ministry of Welfare and trade unions to implement a plan for the plant to focus solely on tires for general use, Bridgestone Europe NV/SA said.

5 Reasons For Small To Mid-Size Manufacturers To Leverage PLM For Enterprise Quality Management

October 1, 2013 8:01 am | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO, Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

By implementing a Product Lifecycle Management system, companies benefit by simplifying each phase of the product development process. Due to their focus on product engineering, discrete manufacturers in the small-to-medium sized space typically adopt a PLM system to support best in class engineering processes and to address challenges with continual new product introductions, shorter product lifecycles and shrinking profit margins.

U.S. Study Puts iPhone 5S Production Costs At $191

September 25, 2013 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While the iPhone 5S includes a handful of new features that set it apart from Apple's previous model, the actual cost to make the phone hasn't changed very much, according to a new study. An IHS Inc. teardown of the new smartphone found that the components that make up a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5S cost $190.70. Manufacturing costs add another $8, bringing the total production cost to $198.70.

Delivery Of First China Jetliner Delayed Again

September 25, 2013 2:26 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The delivery date of China's long-delayed first commercial jet airliner has been pushed back again, the manufacturer said Wednesday, the latest setback for China's ambitions to challenge market leaders Boeing and Airbus. Originally promised for 2007, the plane was most recently expected late this year, but Comac Chairman Jin Zhuanglong said it will now be ready in mid-2014.

Nestle Adding Production Line At IN Plant

September 25, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle USA says it will spend $72 million to add a new production line to the central Indiana plant where it makes several beverage products. The expansion project will start up a seventh production line at the factory along Interstate 69 in Anderson. The company says it will be making more of its Boost and Carnation Breakfast Essentials drinks at the plant. 

Will The Wave of New Wearable Products Change Product Development?

September 25, 2013 9:08 am | by Kevin Prendeville | Articles | Comments

The buzz around wearable technology has been escalating the past several months. With this market gaining momentum, a key question needs to be addressed: How prepared are manufacturers to design and deliver these new and innovative types of products time and time again?

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