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Exploring The Role Of A Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 8:47 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacutring robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, and his day-to-day work.  A manufacturing robot is hardly...

Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

January 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Anders Ekman, President of DataMentors | Articles | Comments

It’s not a secret that manufacturers face significant challenges. Prospects are doing more research online and making purchasing decisions before they even speak to a salesperson. And the buying process has become extremely complex with stakeholders including marketing, sales, and...

Union To Discuss IN Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its...

Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

GE To Provide Natural Gas Turbines For Allen Plant

January 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis. GE said Thursday that the natural gas-powered generators will...

Fed: Industrial Production Showed Strong Growth In 2014

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Factory production increased at the fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the latest monthly numbers from the Federal Reserve. But the manufacturing sector faces challenges from both a turbulent global economy and capacity limitations at home. December estimates from the Fed show...

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U.S. Factories Churn Out More Steel, Computers, Lifting Production For 4th Straight Month

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and steel, offsetting a small decline in autos. The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.3 per cent last month, the fourth straight gain. The increase comes after total output finally passed...

"Greening" The Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 9:43 am | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry. One way is to create...

200 Protest Proposed Power Plant In Oxford, CT

January 16, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 200 people rallied in Oxford against a proposed power plant as state regulators inspected the site before a public meeting on the project. The Republican-American reports that protesters held signs on Thursday urging rejection of the CPV Towantic Energy Center. Connecticut Siting Council...

SAP Conference For Environment, Health, And Safety Management

January 15, 2015 4:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Events

Join T.A. Cook and SAP, at the annual SAP Conference for Environment, Health, and Safety Management, taking place in New Orleans on February 24-25, 2015. At this event you will you will discover how your organization can leverage SAP EHS to improve business performance. The event will kick-off with four...

Manufacturing Activity Grows At Weaker Pace In Philly Region

January 15, 2015 10:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factories in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in January compared with the previous month, as orders, shipments and hiring tumbled. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity fell to 6.3 this month from 24.3 in...

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ClearSign Has The Answer To Industrial Pollution

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

The age-old warning – don’t play with fire – doesn’t seem to apply to ClearSign Technologies. In fact, the manufacturing industry is quite lucky that they decided not to heed this cautionary warning. That’s because ClearSign Technologies has developed a new technology for the...

Can Manufacturing Learn A Lesson From Farm-To-Table?

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Articles | Comments

There’s a lot of talk about manufacturing’s “New Industrial Revolution.” But the way we interpret “industrial” — and its definition moving forward — is going to change dramatically. Fewer smokestacks, more 3D printers, more choices. When industries turned to machines and away from...

The Myth Of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses China's rising labor costs, global shipping...

Judge To Rule On Union's Lawsuit Against Maine Mill Sale

January 13, 2015 5:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge will rule next week on a union's antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block the sale of a Maine paper mill to a Canadian metal recycler. Parties appeared in court Tuesday to respond to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers' suit. The suit seeks to block the...

Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing

January 13, 2015 10:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When the Czech writer Karel Capek started working on his science fiction play R.U.R., he asked his brother Josef what he should call the human-like machines at the center of the play. Josef, who was a poet, thought of robota, the Czech word for forced labor, and told Karel to call them...

Volvo Plans To Export Chinese-Made Cars To The U.S.

January 13, 2015 9:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

As the Great Recession fades further and further from the rearview mirrors of American minds, U.S. consumers are ramping up their expenditures on automobiles. With the average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. around 11.4 years old, according to industry...

DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed To Toxic Gas For Years

January 13, 2015 7:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. The Houston Chronicle found that DuPont reported exhaust and...

Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings. Lanciloti discusses why purpose-built devices might be better...

Cargill To Close MO Meat Plant, Lay Off Over 100 Workers

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

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11. Cargill said in a news release that workers were informed of the move Friday. The work in...

Work Expected To Resume Soon At IA Plant Damaged By Explosion

January 12, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production is expected to resume in a few days at a northwest Iowa fertilizer plant that was damaged by a fire and subsequent explosion. The fire began around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nulex plant in the Port Neal industrial area south of Sioux City. No injuries have been reported. Nulex spokesman...

Union Antitrust Suit To Block Mill Sale Heads To Federal Court

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A union's attempt to block the sale of a Bucksport paper mill to a metal recycler is heading to federal court. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represented workers at the mill, which shut down production this month. Its antitrust suit that seeks to block the sale...

Nitrogen Leak At LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul. LG Display Co. said in a statement that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not...

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