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Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a...

Where Have The Maintenance And Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by...

A Look Inside Isovolta Aerospace Industry Supplier

October 16, 2014 5:06 pm | by Sherri Buri McDonald, Eugene Register-Guard | News | Comments

South Linn County in Oregon is the unlikely home of a booming aerospace industry supplier, Isovolta Inc. Amid the agricultural firms and wood products companies in this small city north of Junction City sits Isovolta, which makes decorative laminate products for the interiors of commercial...

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After A Solid Run Of Advances, Manufacturing Takes A Slight Step Back

October 16, 2014 4:16 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

A nearly two-year upward trend experienced a hiccup according to the quarterly MAPI Foundation Business Outlook, a survey conducted by the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. The survey’s composite index is a leading indicator for the manufacturing...

GE Aviation Celebrates Opening Of NC Factory

October 16, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Aviation is celebrating the opening of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville with a ceremony featuring state and local leaders. The new 170,000-square-foot facility, which opened Wednesday, will be the first in the world to mass produce engine components made of advanced ceramic...

Huf Brings Door Handle Facility To Tennessee

October 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp., a member of the Huf Group, began operation of its new paint facility in Greeneville, Tennessee. The existing factory was extended with an addition of 5,300 square meters. For the purpose of process optimization, it will...

Economics Nobel Winner Shaped Industry Regulation

October 13, 2014 2:52 pm | by Karl Ritter, Nathalie Rothschild, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies. Tirole's work is credited with helping shape the deregulation of industries in developed economies...

Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks Of A Future SMART Plant

October 13, 2014 9:54 am | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

Imagine if an enterprise in the United States was able to access vital product line information of a subsidiary plant in India or a crank shaft supplier being able to locate its component in an automobile across the globe or a machine being to self-assemble at the...

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Study Reveals Importance Of IT In Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 4:34 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

New research from Ipanema Technologies and Loudhouse reveals that manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT estates, as 83 percent of firms report a rise in IT complexity driven by more users, increased locations, new applications, and...

5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners...

Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Articles | Comments

You’re out to dinner on a Friday night when you spot your plant supervisor a few tables away.  He’s busily manipulating his smartphone, despite his wife’s impatient glare. Then, with a look of satisfaction, he puts down his phone and rejoins the...

American Electric Power Awards Construction Contract

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fluor Corporation was awarded a construction contract by American Electric Power (AEP) to provide environmental retrofit services at the utility company’s Northeastern power station in Oologah, Oklahoma. Fluor booked the contract for an undisclosed value...

Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence To Unlock The Power Of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 2:42 pm | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

The philosophy behind Lean Manufacturing — create value, eliminate waste — has been driving production practices for decades, starting at Toyota in the 1950s and continuing through to Dell’s influential Make-to-Order systems of the 1980s. Fast forward...

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Dow Announces U.S. Apprenticeship Program

October 6, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dow Chemical Company today announced that the Company will launch a U.S. Apprenticeship pilot program at various Dow sites across the nation in 2015. This pilot program supports a major initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a...

The Skills Gap And Why We Need A Modern Rosie

October 3, 2014 2:23 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States...

Shrinking The Skills Gap: Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 3, 2014 1:39 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Senior Manager, Manufacturing Practice Group, Kronos | Articles | Comments

Today we celebrate Manufacturing (MFG) Day, during which hundreds of manufacturers throughout the U.S. and Canada are hosting open houses, plant tours and career workshops, in order to raise awareness about the excellent career opportunities in...

MO Manufacturing Plant Closing

October 3, 2014 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturing plant in West Plains will close soon, costing the south Missouri town about 400 jobs.The Ozark Radio Network reports employees of Robertshaw were told Thursday that the plant would close in January and is expected to be... 

Obama Highlights Nation's Manufacturing Gains

October 3, 2014 4:44 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession. Obama was to visit a steel manufacturer Friday in Princeton, Indiana, as part...

Dow Chemical Looking To Sell 3 Businesses

October 2, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical is looking to sell three more of its businesses for more than $2 billion in proceeds as it continues to try to shed non-core assets. The specialty chemical company said Thursday that it wants to divest its Angus Chemical Co., sodium...

Advanced Robotics To Revolutionize The Manufacturing Industry

October 2, 2014 1:42 pm | by PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory and trainability, industrial manufacturers across industries are looking to advanced robotics to gain a... 

Amazon Closing KS Distribution Plant

October 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that is expected to affect hundreds of workers. The Seattle-based online retailer said in an email Wednesday that the decision was not made lightly, and that it is...

Boeing To Move Defense Work Out Of WA

October 2, 2014 1:11 pm | by American Daily Stock Report | News | Comments

The Boeing Company announced that it will relocate a major part of its defense and support-related services under the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division to other cities of the U.S. from Washington. A significant portion of the work will be...

BorgWarner Plant Receives LEED Certification

October 2, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BorgWarner's production facility and engineering center in Itatiba City, Brazil, recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a first for an automotive supplier in Brazil. Developed by the U.S. Green Building...

Cutler Attacks LePage Over Great Northern Paper Deal

September 30, 2014 7:44 pm | by Patrick Whittle - Associated Press | News | Comments

Independent governor's race candidate Eliot Cutler accused Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday of leaving taxpayers on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years with a failed deal that aimed to save a pulp and paper manufacturer that recently filed for bankruptcy. Cutler said that LePage...

Factory Boom Cranks Up Economy, Leads To Strongest Growth In 2 Years

September 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY | News | Comments

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.A 12.6% surge in spending on ...        

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