NPR has recently released this pretty compelling video from the plant floor of Herr's, which makes potato chips on a massive scale today. While the plant, based in Nottingham, Pa., used to process just a few potatoes per hour, and most of the labor was manual. Today, they churn through a few tons of spuds an hour.
Manufacturing makes America strong. It makes families and communities strong. It provides national security. It gives us energy security. And for the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing, it gives us pride. Caterpillar, Inc. CEO & NAM Board Chairman Doug Oberhelman tells the story of manufacturing in America and the history of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building an internal suspension system for your brain, designing an endoscope as thin as a hair, and using a worm to go hands-free. This week we welcome Ben Heck to the Engineering Newswire.
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. This episode features, among others, forking repo’s and big dongles brought big problems at the PyCon 2013 conference held in Santa Clara last week.
National Manufacturing Day as a new U.S. holiday? I say yes! And so does Pat Lee, Director of Marketing for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA). In fact, she and FMA are right in the middle of a major effort, along with folks from NIST, part of the Department of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute to make it happen.
Destin, the proprietor of YouTube channel Smarter Every Day, recently uploaded a fascinating video about the Prince Rupert Drop, a phenomenon involving molten glass that is dripped into water and allowed to cool. The rapid cooling forms a tear-drop base with a long tail, and creates some interesting internal stresses.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, we’re testing experimental grasshopper rockets, making smooth jazz on the seaboard, and making the Sphero do everything. Plus, Duke University is developing a new system, InSight, which will allow users to spot their friends in a crowd based purely on what they're wearing.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee in the sky.
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that’s necessary.
Tony Overy, Vice President, and Alan Sharrow, Engineering Group Leader for Advanced Motion Systems contend with new safety issues every day. It could be machines without safety designed into them that have been re-shored or figuring out the hard and soft guarding needed for a collaborative robotic application.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC, we’re building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, developing flexible electronics that read your brain, and looking at the aerodynamic forces required to power and control flight, as seen in hummingbirds.
Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.
Boost productivity with Zebra’s all-new thermal barcode labeling solutions—the QLn420™ rugged mobile printer and the 105SLPlus™ high-performance industrial printer—for fast, reliable and cost-effective printing in your manufacturing and warehousing environment.
OREO has teamed up with Portland, Oregon-based David Neevel, supposedly a physicist, to create a machine that is capable of separating an OREO into two. David employs some rudiamentary robotics, plus a hatchet, to get the job done. On top of that, David is not a fan of the creme center, so he's got some other wizardry to take care of that problem.
Today we welcomed Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), to discuss the President’s manufacturing initiatives stated during the State of the Union. The ITIF is a non-partisan research and educational institute. Robert explained it as a “think tank” that is working to influence public policies to help drive innovation and technologies around the country.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re curing alcoholism with nanocapsules, building squishy robots that jump, and building brain machines for rat cyborgs.
If you have ever had a flu shot, then there is a good chance that in a small way you are connected to our next guest. We welcomed to the show Butch Rich, Director of Operations with Rame-Hart. Rame-Hart began as a design and build machine shop and today has evolved into a leading manufacturer of Egg Harvesters and Inoculators
We had a great time speaking with Brian Reelitz and Hank Norem, President and CFO of Ramco Innovations, respectively. Ramco Innovations is a leading distributor of factory automation products and solutions with a focus on great customer service and innovative product offerings.
Austin Polytechnical Academy was founded as a partnership between labor and business to train students for high-end manufacturing jobs that often remain unfilled for lack of trained talent. The goal of this school it to educate students in all areas of manufacturing.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the successful completion of this "mini drill" test last week and if the drill cuttings from the fresh hole pass the visual evaluation, the rover team will move forward with the first full drilling.