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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Operational Excellence Through Lean Principles

May 16, 2013 4:02 pm | by Manfuacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

A common theme on Manufacturing Revival has always been Lean concepts and their implementation. Today we bring you a guest who has unique perspective on how to better utilize the concepts that continue to drive the Lean movement. We welcome to the show Kevin Duggan, Founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence and President of Duggan Associates.


How Virtualization Could Save You Big

May 16, 2013 11:54 am | Videos

While the benefits of server virtualization at the corporate data center are receiving a great deal of attention, its ability to address lifecycle management issues may make virtualization even more compelling at the manufacturing plant, since implementing virtualization in manufacturing environments moves the technology into the business- and mission-critical realm. But do manufacturers fully grasp the risk versus reward?


Manufacturing Revival Radio: Big Ass Fans — Keeping Cool While Saving Energy

May 14, 2013 2:22 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

Today we had the pleasure of speaking with two individuals that are helping keep America’s work force comfortable. We welcomed to the show James DeSmet and Christian Taber, Director of Engineering and Operations Senior Applications Engineer (respectively) of Big Ass Fans.


Kickstarter of the Week: 128 Miles Per Gallon

May 14, 2013 11:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

Today on PD&D's Kickstarter of the Week, we're exploring the northern reaches of Wisconsin on a gas-powered, DC Lowrider bicycle from Sunny Hill Cycles. The bike features a custom-machined manifold that helps it fit into the frame of the bike, 120-spoke wheels, and pedals that let anyone with a driver's license putter it around on the street.


Engineering Newswire 37: Boeing Makes Hypersonic History

May 9, 2013 2:45 pm | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Pivot Point, the leading designer and manufacturer of non-threaded fastener solutions, we’re improving Artificial Intelligence with sensors, flying robotic bees, making hypersonic history, and getting ready to launch GOES-R.


Manufacturing Revival Radio: Doug Tingle Of 1888 Mills

May 8, 2013 12:35 pm | Podcasts

A pleasure to welcome Doug Tingle to Manufacturing Revival Radio! Doug is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers of 1888 Mills. They are also proud to operate the largest remaining towel mill in the United States.


Manufacturing Newswire — Training The Next Generation

May 7, 2013 2:31 pm | by | Videos

In this episode of’s Manufacturing Newswire, a lab to train the next generation of manufacturing engineers and designers, the answer to those flickering florescent tube lights, and delayed food safety reforms. We’ll also look at a brief look at the future of localized manufacturing, the latest manufacturing numbers, Microsoft’s plans for the future of Windows and unveil the airplane of the future.

Engineering Newswire 36: Electric Car Charge Time Cut in Half

May 2, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re bending cellphones, electrifying motorcycles, cutting electric vehicle charge time in half, and riding a screw-propelled snowboard.


Engineering Newswire 34: Designing A Demonic Child

April 23, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re writing with fire, practicing with the Webb telescope, looking back fondly at the Shake n Bake, and writing emails with a guitar.


A 90-Year-Old Grandmother Takes VR For A Spin

April 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by Paul Rivot | Videos

A video game developer by the name of Paul Rivot has uploaded a video of his 90-year-old grandmother using the Oculus Rift, an in-development virtual reality (VR) headset, for a spin. While the system has proven to be a trip even for video game and technology enthusiasts, the charm of Rivot's grandmother shows just how compelling this product could be.


Manufacturing Revival Radio: Mike Anderson And TenCate Protective Fabrics

April 16, 2013 9:22 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

Joined in the studio today by Mike Anderson, the Vice President of Operations of TenCate Protective Fabrics. TenCate Protective Fabrics develops and produces the most comprehensive range of proven, high performance fabrics used to make protective clothing. They serve the first responder, military (currently in theater) and industrial markets with protective fabrics.


Manufacturing Revival Radio: Charlie Post Of TSI Solutions

April 15, 2013 10:46 am | Podcasts

If you need a better grip on the notion of “think globally, act locally,” Charlie Post, the President of TSI Solutions is a great source. This leader of a Stone Mountain, GA based industrial distributor, while maintaining a tight focus on serving customers in his home state, also keeps the solutions he sells in the context of the global economy.


Manufacturing Revival Radio: Jim Hennen Of The Braas Company

April 15, 2013 10:39 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

“Everybody in the building gives a darn.” That’s just one of the many comments made by Jim Hennen, Vice President of Sales for the Braas Company that stuck in our heads. He was referring to the fact that Braas is an ESOP, in other words, a company owned by its employees.


Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 11:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, PD&D | Videos

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. Plus, at mere 50cm tall, this bike-pedaling biped is packed with high performance electronic components including ultrasonic, shock and gyro sensors, Bluetooth modules, and DC-DC converters.


Secrets From The Potato Chip Factory

April 10, 2013 12:31 pm | Videos

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

April 9, 2013 1:23 pm | by National Association of Manfuacturers | Videos

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.


Engineering Newswire 32: iWorm Straps To Your Back

April 4, 2013 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

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.

Engineering Newswire 31: Superdome Fiasco, Relay to Blame

April 2, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos

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.


Manufacturing Revival Radio: Pat Lee With The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association

April 1, 2013 10:55 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts

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.


Mystery Of Prince Rupert's Drop At 130,000 FPS

March 28, 2013 10:26 am | by Smarter Every Day | Videos

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.


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