Zappos, the online shoe retailer, is a unique company in a couple of ways. First of all, they like to say that they're a service company, and that they just happen to sell shoes. Imagine getting that kind of service at most companies. But more importantly, they offer a variety of perks—such as free lunches and ice cream—and they try to maintain a festive, positive atmosphere around the offices.
Ultimate Factories , via the National Geographic Channel, visits Pierce Manufacturing's Appleton, Wis. facility to see how their high-tech and heavy-duty fire trucks are built. The factory is 800,000 square feet of production on a massive scale, where over 1,500 highly-skilled workers build the life-saving tools that our fire departments depend on.
All around the country, boys are tuning out. They're disengaging from school, and they're forgetting what it means to learn and work hard. While this talk from Ali-Carr Chellman focuses mostly on the U.S.'s education system, this issues could have implications in our world, too. Without learning what it means to engage with anything, and work for it, the future manufacturing workers and businessmen won't learn to enjoy engineering and the technical aspects of simply making things.
Recent studies show that Elkhart is in a recovery. RV manufacturing is slowly climbing back toward its golden days, and companies like Navistar are helping put some of the swath of skilled workers back in employment. But to say that the area is recovering? That depends on who you ask. Visit msnbc.
It’s easy enough to measure a piece of string, right? Your job probably relies heavily on your ability to easily measure the dimensions of the product you’re trying to make. But getting a true measurement of something as simple as a string isn’t as simple as pulling out a ruler. BBC reporter Alan Davies tries to tackle a question that has been around for centuries, and ultimately ends up in a world of atomic scales and black holes.
Last week, Obama tapped Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE, to head a new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. In a string of attempts to reach out to business leaders around the country, Obama and Immelt will hope to create a business climate that is more conducive to job creation and retention.
Television host Dylan Ratigan recently joined the "cast" of Morning Joe to discuss the state of American manufacturing. He says that while the Federal Reserve has done much to help manufacturers get out of the current slump, our tax system is still too restrictive to encourage solid growth.
Watson, which IBM claims as a profound advance in artificial intelligence, went up against Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter last week in its television debut. Watson held its own in a short practice round, and it will appear on Jeopardy! as part of a million-dollar tournament that will be televised next month.
It wouldn't be that hard to build a toaster from scratch, right? It's no surprise that even the simplest of toasters is the result of a pretty complex process, but as Thomas Thwaites proves, creating something from raw elements to finished product in the modern era is simply not possible for the layman.
If you heard anything about CES this year, or just like following information on the newest TV technology, you know that the big issue with 3-D technology is that it generally requires those clunky glasses to work properly. Well, one French engineer has solved that problem completely! I won't spoil the surprise, but I will say that it involves blinking.
Let’ be honest — while we might understand the complexities of a complicated manufacturing process, learning about the technology behind a cheap wristwatch might not have ever crossed our minds. Luckily, Bill Hammack — from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois - Urbana — is here to explain how it all works, thanks to a tiny tuning fork and something called the piezoelectric effect.
We've always held a great deal of respect for people who are impeccably good at building or crafting an item — anything, really — with their hands, and this video is no different. We won't spoil the surprise, but we'll just say that this woodworker is making all of those seemingly-random cuts for a good reason.
More and more, mobile devices are being used to handle transactional applications in manufacturing facilities. In many cases, that means they are being used on shop floors. If manufacturers are being asked to purchase mobile devices and put them in harm's way, they're going to have to be durable (like these tech products).
With banks as steep as 51 degrees, the Montlhéry track in France is the ultimate playground for driving enthusiasts. Rally racer and stunt driver Ken Block gets behind the wheel of a souped-up, turbo-charged Ford Fiesta, capable of launching from 0 to 60mph in 1.9 seconds, to show us the joys of defying physics.
Considering how long ago the U.S. went through its industrial revolution, it's surprising that OSHA wasn't formed and ratified until 1971. The organization, which is now a staple in any workplace, was formulated because in the two preceding years, some 28,000 workers died from workplace hazards. Every year, another two million were disabled or harmed.
While much of the world's attention is currently focused on electric cars, the development of 2nd generation biofuels is moving ahead significantly as well. Researchers of the University of Twente, in cooperation with BTG (as part of the Biocoup consortium) have reached a breakthrough in the conversion of biomass into liquid biofuel.
CNN reports on an old weapons factory in Baghdad that now makes robots that will help Iraqi police and military in the disposal of bombs. The most incredible thing about the story is what the factory — and its manager — used to make under the Hussein regime: bombs. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Peter Welfare, president and head inkmaker of The Printing Ink Company, proves that making high-quality ink is anything but boring. Like most processes that we take for granted, it starts with an incredible artistry that expands into a massive scale. While the music helps a little bit, it's easy to find yourself a little mesmerized simply by the rich visuals.
Microsoft recently released the Kinect for its Xbox 360 gaming console, which is a camera-based device that can see and understand human movement without the use of controllers. While the device was meant to help regular people play games, researchers from MIT's Media Lab have hacked it to demonstrate hands-free web browsing, Minority Report -style.
The production company Vivid Photo Visual set up a variety of time-lapse cameras to take in the 13-day operation of repainting a Boeing 747 for recommission with Virgin Atlantic. The end result is a sort of peaceful ballet, with a great-looking plane to boot. Virgin Atlantic plane livery time-lapse movie from johnson banks on Vimeo .