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New “Flexible” Factory In India Is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change. GE has invested over $200 million in a new “flexible factory” that will produce diverse products, from jet engine parts to locomotive...

Three Ways Leaders Create Lean

February 13, 2015 3:57 pm | by John Maher, VP Product Strategy at Synchrono | Blogs | Comments

For those of you who have heard this before, it bears repeating. For those of you who have not, this is important - leadership is the single most important component to lean success.  Gone are the days where leaders sit in their offices sending out directives to the rest of the organization and lead mainly by pounding on the...

The Relationship Between Workplace Safety And Product Safety

February 13, 2015 12:13 pm | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment.  Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.  And, because the employer is usually not a party to the lawsuit, such cases can be very...

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Toyota Plant Reaches 500,000 Cars Built

February 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

A red Toyota Corolla LE — specifically Barcelona Red Metallic — assembled Thursday morning is headed to Mexico for a waiting buyer. This Corolla doesn't have any particular feature other similar models have, except one particular distinction: It's the 500,000th car built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing...

Apple On Quest To Improve Labor Conditions In Supplier Factories

February 13, 2015 10:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Apple has released its 9th major annual audit to show that labor conditions are improving year by year, particularly in light of their record $18B profit last quarter. Stephen Engle of Bloomberg discusses the controversial past of Apple’s labor conditions. Apple wants to ensure that the new generation of phones...

Refinery Strike To Continue, Talks On Hold Until Next Week

February 13, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A nearly two-week-old strike at oil refineries appears set to continue into next week as talks between workers and industry representatives remain on hold. The United Steelworkers union and Royal Dutch Shell, the lead negotiator for several companies involved in contract talks, each indicated negotiations...

Thought Leaders: Tips On Using Your Supplier For An Improved Safety Program

February 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing.net had the opportunity to chat with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these...

GM To Build Electric Car With 200-Mile Range At MI Plant

February 12, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday. The small hatchback will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt concept car shown at the Detroit auto show last month. GM has said it...

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How Manufacturing Has Shaped IoT: Q&A With Tony Paine

February 11, 2015 10:09 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

When you hear people discuss the Internet of Things movement, you may picture something along the lines of a wearable device monitoring your sleep and alerting your coffeemaker to being brewing the moment you awake. The same major concepts behind IoT—interconnected intelligent...

Rise Of The Machines: Study Sees Robots Cutting Labor Costs In Factories 24%

February 10, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots are expected cut labour costs at Canadian factories by 24 per cent over the next decade as more companies replace human workers at a faster pace, according to a report issued Tuesday. Globally, labour savings are expected to be reduced by some 16 per cent by 2025, the report by the Boston Consulting Group...

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers At Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:33 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25-biggest export nations through 2025, up from...

Food Scares Take A Bite Out Of McDonalds' Sales

February 9, 2015 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food-quality scares are hurting McDonald's in China and Japan, where weakness contributed to a key global sales figure falling 1.8 percent. The world's largest hamburger chain said sales dropped 12.6 percent in January at locations open at least 13 months in the division that includes the Asia region. That overshadowed a 0.4 percent rise at U.S. locations...

Technology On The Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 9, 2015 1:53 pm | by Lori Payne | News | Comments

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop...

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MAPI: Is Cuba Open For Business?

February 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The announcement by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014 that the icy relations between the U.S. and Cuba may begin to thaw was met with surprise and mixed reactions. What, many asked, will the future hold for tourism, a potential new economic paradigm, and...

CA Formally Opens Large Solar Plant

February 9, 2015 6:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California is rushing to expand its use of solar power to meet the renewable energy requirements, and one of the nation's largest solar projects will be dedicated Monday in the Riverside County desert. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to join federal and local officials to...

Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 6, 2015 5:43 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this week, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. While this change seems like an issue of semantics, it has massive implications for individual internet users, broadband internet service providers, and businesses of all...

Key Performance Indicators For The Supply Chain

February 6, 2015 2:51 pm | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an industry typified by countless unique processes and workflows. Because of this, assessing overall performance and efficiency is a complex task. When looking specifically at the supply chain, companies make large investments in equipment and people to ensure flawless execution and are constantly looking for ways to evaluate...

MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice On Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 6, 2015 2:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations – the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. He currently serves as the Senior Asset Care Systems Engineer for MillerCoors where he provides technical leadership for assets and material management...

Siemens To Cut 7,800 Jobs Globally

February 6, 2015 6:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Industrial machinery maker Siemens AG says it will cut 7,800 administrative jobs worldwide as part of an effort to streamline the sprawling company and its many businesses. Munich-based Siemens said in a statement Friday that 3,300 of the job losses will be in Germany. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser...

How The Industrial Internet Of Things Is Expanding Deming’s Model

February 5, 2015 3:08 pm | by Carl Ford | Articles | Comments

Few people have influenced manufacturing as much as W. Edwards Deming and his approach to the manufacturing process. W. Edwards Deming brought manufacturing to a new level of excellence by showing that quality was the result of not only manufacturing but the total cost of the goods.  This made it so the production line was...

Tesla A Step Closer To Selling Cars From AZ Stores

February 5, 2015 1:28 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has moved a step closer to selling vehicles directly to consumers at Arizona stores. The state House Commerce Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow carmakers to bypass dealers and sell directly to consumers if the company establishes a service...

TX Company Postpones Northeast NE Plant Project

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes piping and casing for oil and gas drilling has postponed plans to build a manufacturing plant in northeast Nebraska, the company president said Wednesday, citing changing conditions in the oil market. Tejas Tubular Products President Maximo Tejeda told the Norfolk Daily News...

Regulators: Design Flaws Led To DuPont Plant Deadly Gas Leak

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say problems in the design of a network of pipes and valves at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant contributed to a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers in November. U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigator Dan Tillema said in a news briefing Thursday that the events...

U.S. Productivity Falls At 1.8% Rate In Fourth Quarter

February 5, 2015 10:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity went into reverse in the final three months of the year, while labor costs increased. Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, fell at 1.8 percent rate in the fourth quarter after rising at a 3.7 percent rate in the third quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday...

Death Reported At Altoids, Life Savers Plant

February 4, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

The Chattanooga Wrigely Manufacturing plant, the home of Altoids and Life Savers, has had a reputation for being a dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this past week when a 54-year old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months. The details of the employee Wallace Scarbro’s death...

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