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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars...

Engineering Newswire: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating...

The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

August 5, 2014 4:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully...

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PHD Introduces Low Cost Lead Screw Electric Linear Solutions

July 24, 2014 11:14 am | by PHD | News | Comments

PHD, a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions, has announced a new, lower cost lead screw version of its series of PHD Plus™ line of electric cylinders and linear slides. In addition ...          

Report: Robot Usage To Increase In The Pharmaceutical Sector

June 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | News | Comments

By 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for medical device primary packaging — compared to just 3 percent in 2013.                            

Price Vs. Cost: OEM And Supplier Knowledge-Sharing

June 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Joe Woods, Fluid Power Segment Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

We have all been on the receiving end of a sales pitch that put emphasis on the concept of “value” to us, the customer. Although we know that value is important, few can succinctly define it and fewer still can quantify it.          

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Survey: Manufacturing Gains Offer Encouraging News For Automation Industry

May 28, 2014 3:32 pm | by The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) | News | Comments

According to the J.P. Morgan/CSIA System Integrator Survey, the automation industry is experiencing a “steady lift” entering the second quarter. The global survey of professionals in the automation and controls industry shows that food and beverage, chemical, and oil and gas—among the end markets served by CSIA members—are reporting increased activity.

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 uptime. If, for instance, your customer is running 1,200 SKUs per month, and you help improve their cycle time by an average of two minutes per SKU, they’re now gaining 2,400 minutes — or 40 hours — of recovered downtime per month.

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 company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

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 at least 15 years, these companies have been pursuing an idea that is just now making its way to other industries — it’s the idea of stashing automation and safety controllers on the machine itself, rather than in a centrally-located cabinet. Is it time for other industries to follow suit?

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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.                                             

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.

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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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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