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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Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distribution of the Cherokees had been delayed while the company tinkered with the new nine-speed automatic transmissions to make them shift more smoothly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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