Thrill-seeking robot programmers, that is. IMPO's editorial staff, of course, does not condone such obviously dangerous — albeit fun-looking — creativity.
Take a look inside BMW's Berlin plant, where they produce motorcycles for consumers around the world. An incredible combination of technology, robotics, and human innovation help keep this 2,000-person plant churning out BMW's beloved two-wheeled masterpieces.
In this video from Gemba Academy, the history of “lean manufacturing” is dissected and presented in a simple, easy-to-follow manner. While the subject is usually, and ironically, obscured with buzzwords and unnecessary details, this video would be an excellent first base for a new employee or someone just arriving in the manufacturing field.
Steve "Doc" Hopkins had the opportunity to show off his design and technical chops with this 10-seater Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which he claims represents a “timeline” of Harley history, at the Sturgis rally in 2009. See how the Wisconsin native is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the customization-heavy Harley culture, however bizarre his latest creation.
“How It's Made” takes you inside a bubble gum manufacturing plant. See how the process begins, as plastics and rubbers are combined with flavor and glucose syrup, and ends up as the confectioner's delight we all know and love. Did you know that bubble gum's traditionally pink flavor originated because the inventor had only that color on hand?
This automated storage and retrieval system at the Cox Target Media Valpak facility has two storage retrieval machines and is configured to hold both full and empty print rolls. Rolls are delivered and removed from the AS/RS by automatic guided vehicles (AGVs).
Mike Judge, creator of Office Space , returns with Extract , a film about the owner of a food manufacturing plant. Starring Jason Bateman as the plant operator and Ben Affleck as a local bartender. If nothing else, the film will no doubt thoroughly tackle the important issues of employee relations, co-worker romance, and the various safety hazards presented to male workers.
China has created a larger steel-manufacturing infrastructure in the last four years than the US has in existence. Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, explains how Chinese steel manufacturers are able to undercut American producers for lesser-quality product.
Microsoft's Future Vision: Someday, the manufacturing of old will be gone, and in its place will be 21st century innovation in order to create a seamless transition from design, to prototyping, to manufacturing, and finally the showroom floor. While most of these technologies are within our grasp, it will take an enormous effort to push old infrastructures into a new age.
High-tech robots mix and match a seeemingly-endless flavor selection of Ramen noodles at a restaurant in Japan. The owner-designer claims his robots are more efficient and accurate than their human counterparts. Could these automated food connoisseurs be the next revolution in food preparation? The American equivalent — hamburgers and french fries — might be the next target for restauranteers looking to save a buck.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt represents a direction for GM, and maybe you guessed by the name, one that is focused on electricity. In fact, although technically a hybrid, the Chevy Volt uses only electric power to move the wheels. For trips up to 40 miles, the Volt is powered by electricity stored in its lithium-ion battery.
NextEngine's 3D Scanner — Everything you need to scan and digitize 3D models at a reasonable price. Made in America. Via Jay's Garage . See why 3D scanning and rapid prototyping could change the game for hobbyists, restoration specialists, and even the most mainstream of manufacturers.
Sweco, a manufacturer of industrial particle separation equipment, wanted to streamline its parts painting operation. The process includes blasting the many parts and components that go into the assembly of the company’s equipment with steel shot, then painting, and properly drying the parts after the primer or paint is applied.
Could you use an extra 50 to 100 maintenance technicians? If so, what would you do with them? Maybe they can be used to enhance your preventive maintenance (PM) program. Here’s how. I will admit that outwardly it would be controversial to suggest indiscriminately eliminating 20 percent of your existing preventive maintenance task! No kidding — literally hit the delete key on your computer and say good-bye to 1/5 of your work.
ITT Goulds (Seneca Falls, NY) announces its Model 3196 process pump, which now features patented onboard pump intelligence. The 3196 has a stainless steel condition monitor, which is placed securely atop the power end to measure critical vibration and temperature readings.
Real Time Ware, Inc. (New Baltimore, MI) has developed the Model MFT 3000, a mixer for solutions requiring two or more components, including adhesives, powders, or liquids. The MFT 3000 inspects the solution during mixing to ensure the ratio of components is always within specification, which can be seen on the visual display.
Meltric Corporation (Franklin, WI) releases its DXN37C product line of plugs and receptacles featuring 37 electrical contacts. Each contact on the plug and receptacle can carry up to 5 amps at 220 volts, making the DXN37C suited for control applications. Meltric’s devices are ATEX-rated for use in zones 1 and 2 (gas) or zone 21 and 22 (dust) classified areas.
PdMA Corp. (Tampa Florida) introduces the MTAP3, which allows facilities to safely test energized AC electric motors and generators without opening the MCC or switchgear doors. A special cable connects the MTAP3 port to the tester, and the voltage is less than 5V, in order to comply with the latest OSHA and NFPA 70E guidelines for electrical work.
August 6, 2009 FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Bobcat Co., which makes skid-steer loaders and light construction equipment, announced Wednesday it will cut 195 jobs at its three North Dakota sites due to slow sales. Most of the layoffs involved hourly workers at the plant in the small town of Gwinner, southwest of Fargo, and company officials said they hoped to call them back if the economy improves.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric Co. has chosen Schenectady for a $100 million plant to produce high-tech sodium battery cells designed to power locomotives and heavy equipment. GE announced in May that it planned to boost its battery business with a new plant in upstate New York.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. will produce a fun but affordable sports car as the world's largest automaker seeks a return to profitability with vehicles that meet customers' desire for fuel efficiency without sacrificing style, company president Akio Toyoda said Wednesday.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — At its first meeting, the board overseeing the new General Motors Co. ordered management to bring some new vehicles to market faster, a sign that the new 13-member board will play a far larger role than the old one. Board Chairman Edward Whitacre Jr.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. government will not use its stake in General Motors to make social policy such as offering more fuel efficient vehicles or limiting auto emissions, the head of a task force overseeing the industry said Wednesday. Task Force Chairman Ron Bloom told reporters that the management of GM and Chrysler will be left to their boards of directors.
The Test Application and Assembly Center (TAZ) of the Center for Fuel Technology was opened September 2008 at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and is the first facility in which the production of fuel cells can be fully observed and altered according to needs or technological breakthroughs. The facility is researching how fuel cells could be manufactured in an entirely automated process.
Sherman Plastics, Inc. (Depew, NY) recently helped save one of its clients more than $38,000 by switching to Dyna-Purge M engineered purging compound. Garlock Sealing Technologies, a supplier of high-performance fluid sealing products based in Palmyra, NY, called on Dyna-Purge, a division of Sherman Plastics, to assist in solving a problem related to the purging of its injection molding machines.