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Automating Purchasing, Production & Customer Service on Three Continent

April 21, 2014 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.

How To Lower Your Integration Time And Costs

April 9, 2014 10:22 am | by Greg Hood, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Improving responsiveness to line stoppages can result in significant increases in machinery...

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the...

Is It Time To Go On-Machine?

February 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is known for being “guinea pigs,” in the kindest sense of the word. For...

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ABB: 4Q Earnings Down Due To Power Systems

January 22, 2014 3:58 pm | by ABB | News | Comments

ABB said its fourth-quarter 2013 results were adversely impacted mainly by charges for storm-related project delays and some operational issues in the Power Systems (PS) division. Additional restructuring-related charges were taken in response to the division’s soft order intake in 2013. The company also booked non-operational charges related to certain Group legacy issues.

National Robotics League: Impacting Manufacturing And Nationa Defense

January 17, 2014 2:39 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

On today’s show, we speak with two individuals who have their hands all over one our favorite topics. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steven Tamasi and Maureen Carruthers and gaining an inside view of the National Robotics League (NRL).

Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 15, 2014 11:23 am | by Robotic Industries Association | Videos | Comments

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                             

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GM Applying More Patented Technologies To Cars And Trucks

January 10, 2014 4:45 pm | by General Motors | News | Comments

According to The Patent Board, GM received 1,672 U.S. patents in 2013 applied to global product engineering, powertrain engineering, manufacturing, research and development and OnStar organizations. That’s 176 more than second place Toyota and more than twice as many as Ford. 

VW: 123,000 New Jobs Created Since 2007

December 27, 2013 9:42 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Volkswagen Group announced today that it has grown by about 248,000 employees, representing a rise of 76 percent, since 2007. 123,000 of those are new jobs created around the world, and 125,000 are from employees of companies acquired during that period and integrated into the larger group. At the end of 2013, the company has about 573,000 employees, the highest number in its history.

Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 23, 2013 12:17 pm | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

Japanese Robot Chats With Astronaut On Space Station

December 20, 2013 7:20 am | by Emily Wang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of an experiment testing Kirobo's autonomous conversation functions. Wakata says he's glad to meet Kirobo, and asks the robotic companion how it feels about being in a zero-gravity environment.

Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County. The German automaker is cutting the ribbon on a $70 million logistics center at its automotive factory in Vance on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Robert Bentley is among the officials planning to attend the event.

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Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Today, we’re bringing you details on some of the newest and most advanced technologies that are making automotive production more exciting than ever. Each of the Big 3 automakers have invested heavily in their plants over the last few years, bringing more automation on to the plant floor.

Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 16, 2013 8:29 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

But before we can jump into delivering any of these solutions, we need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation. Case in point, control systems once had a life span of decades, but now the range is between three and 10 years.

RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 10, 2013 10:22 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. But that didn't stop Whirlpool from testing the technology, with re-writable surface tags, to display crucial information about a rack at-a-glance or display errors when something goes wrong.

Automotive Insights 2: Re-Shoring And The Southeast

December 9, 2013 10:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

In the second part of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we’re talking how re-shoring and the Southeast’s rise is changing American automaking. Over the last few years, the automotive industry has seen more foreign manufacturers, like Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen, establishing manufacturing operations here in the U.S. What has been game-changing for many is their decision of where in the U.S. to manufacture.

Q&A: Get More And Better Data

December 5, 2013 10:43 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The most distinguishable returns come from better quality and overhead cost reduction. For example, anticipating labor needs allows us sufficient time to right-size and train our contingent workforce to manage peak periods without affecting quality. We are rarely "taken by surprise."

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Automotive Insights 1: The Poster-Child Of American Manufacturing

December 2, 2013 11:21 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

The Internet Of Things: Brooms Come To Life

December 2, 2013 8:33 am | by Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In short, an inert object is “activated” to supplement human limitations. It is not hard to see the analogy with IoT. Isn’t it, after all, about converting an everyday thing, heretofore lifeless, into something which can communicate and possibly work some kind of task, however minute, assigned to it?

Tight Tolerance Is Critical For Top Quality And Superior Performance

November 18, 2013 3:09 pm | by Ken Glassen, Vice President of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation | Articles | Comments

Customers count on their injection molders for expert advice. “Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.

ABB Unveils Smarter, Larger Industrial Robots

November 18, 2013 11:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

ABB Robotics has recently introduced the IRB 6700 robot family, which is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters. They are designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.

Rockwell Automation To Acquire Jacobs Automation

November 12, 2013 3:02 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation today announced its intention to acquire Jacobs Automation, a developer of intelligent track motion control technology. The company will be integrated into Rockwell Automation’s Motion Business, with the acquisition expected to close in January 2014.

Marc Braun: How Logistics Automation Is Changing Manufacturing

November 11, 2013 4:22 pm | Podcasts | Comments

On today’s episode we are joined by Marc Braun, President of PCdata Inc, for a fascinating discussion where we take a look at the effect logistics automation is having on today’s manufacturers.

Corrugated Converter 'Sticks It' To High Manpower

November 1, 2013 2:41 pm | by The Gibson Box Company | Articles | Comments

The Gibson Box Company has produced corrugated pallets, build-ups and other packaging products since 1999, but company president David Gibson would turn back the clock four years if he could. That is when Gibson first considered purchasing its recently acquired HAECO Engineered Gluing System (EGS).

Inside One Of The Only RIM Facilities In The U.S.

October 31, 2013 9:05 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) was invented in Germany in the 1970s, and made its way to America about 10 years later. Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins.

A Balancing Act: Jets, Sustainability And Innovation

October 29, 2013 2:55 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corp. | Articles | Comments

Any facet of aerospace, from production to the actual act of flying massive jets around the world, would appear, at face value, to be in direct opposition to sustainability, or being kind to the environment. And while that’s true to a degree, it would be ingenuous to state that there’s no concern for the environment among any of the wide array of companies involved in the aerospace industry.

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

October 23, 2013 9:44 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Blogs | Comments

Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."

Forest City Gear Keeping 'Control' Of Its Gearmaking

October 22, 2013 10:15 am | by Jon Cruthers, Business Development Manager, Siemens | Articles | Comments

While Forest City Gear has the classic mix of longtime and newer employees, who all bring a variety of computer knowledge and machining skills to the job, this company has consistently sought the most advanced equipment on the market, as part of its “Excellence Without Exception” motto and its practical desire to stay ahead of the competition in the global gear market.

Mecco Brings Marking Devices Online

October 21, 2013 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mecco Marking & Traceability has released EtherMark/IP, which facilities the integration of Mecco laser and pot peen marking systems into factory automation networks over the Ethernet/IP protocol. The company says this integration scheme was developed to save manufacturers time and money by eliminating the need for custom programming of PLCs.

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