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China Manufacturing Growth In September Low

September 30, 2014 3:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth, a survey showed Tuesday. HSBC Corp.'s monthly purchasing managers' index stood at ...

8 Tips For Maintenance Efficiency

September 29, 2014 3:35 pm | by Scott McNeill | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. In addition, unplanned...

Solaris Acquires Loadcraft Site Services, Purchases Manufacturing Facility

September 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure LLC announced two transactions today: the acquisition of the assets of Loadcraft Site Services LLC and the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Early, Texas. The Early manufacturing facility will be dedicated to...

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OH Facility Named Finalist In 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants Competition

September 29, 2014 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies' Fluid Power Automotive Lead Center in Findlay, Ohio has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants competition. The competition annually recognizes the best manufacturing facilities in...

Infor Modernizes San Antonio Water System

September 29, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced that San Antonio Water System (SAWS), which services more than 1.6 million consumers in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area, has...

Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At Transit Van Plant

September 26, 2014 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but ...                   

Boeing To Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To Charleston

September 26, 2014 10:29 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as ... 

Amazon’s Involvement With Manufacturing: When Is It Too Much?

September 25, 2014 3:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The internet has changed the way we do everything, including how we shop. E-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba control a large chunk of online buying and selling, but what is the secret to their success? Alibaba’s success is partly due to its strategy of forming extremely close partnerships with the manufacturers themselves, and Amazon has...

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Victory Packaging Receives Global Standard For Storage And Distribution Certification

September 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Victory Packaging is pleased to announce that its storage and distribution warehouse located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has received certification from British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Scheme recognized by the...

Chicago Says Coal Facility Will Shut Down

September 25, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company embroiled for the past year in legal skirmishes over piles of petroleum coke and coal products on Chicago's southeast side will close its facility and pay a $50,000 fine for violating a cease-and-desist order, city officials said...

The IoT Uplink: The Human Connection To Big Data And The Internet Of Things

September 25, 2014 12:43 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

As manufacturers continue to warm up to the idea of the internet of things, big data, and using the cloud, questions of security and visibility have continually emerged. In this industry, there isn’t much room for error, if any, so management teams and software experts have been working to make ...

Photos Of The Day: UPS Worldport At A Glance

September 25, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | News | Comments

Besides all the automation, Worldport houses an army of sorters, flight technicians and directors, pilots, and even a team of meteorologists to keep logistics moving in the wee hours of the morning ...        

2 Killed In Shooting At UPS Facility

September 24, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kim Chandler and Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two longtime UPS employees killed in a shooting at a package-processing facility in Alabama were supervisors who had worked for the shipping giant for years, the company said Wednesday. Business manager Brian Callans, 46, of Birmingham, and driver supervisor Doug Hutcheson, 33, of Odenville, were the men killed...

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GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 5:08 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA) reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Miss."GTA has made significant progress toward our engineering, production, hiring, and industry partnership goals in recent months," said...

Cascade Operations Partially Resume After Fire

September 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascades announced that operations have resumed partially at the Greenpac and Niagara Falls containerboard mills following the fire that occurred in the exterior old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles on Saturday. Both mills have begun shipping finished products manufactured prior to...

Manufacturing.Live: ERP Expert Hangout

September 23, 2014 12:47 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

While many of the debates surrounding enterprise software in the manufacturing sector have subsided, one of the most significant obstacles remains – the ERP implementation process. With concerns ranging from ...       

Reduce Lift Truck Damage To Plant

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steel King | News | Comments

Like busy freeways, plants and warehouses have had to squeeze more traffic into less space as the cost of real estate has risen over the years. With more product and equipment packed tighter, operating with more just-in-time logistics, the risk of...

Philips To Separate Lighting Arm Into New Company

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV says it will spin off its lighting division and the rest of its operations into two separate companies, continuing a radical reshaping of one of Europe's best-known corporations. Tuesday's announcement follows the decision in June to spin off its lighting components arm, and it...

GM To Move Cadillac Brand HQ To NYC

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cadillac luxury brand will move its headquarters to New York next year to get closer to those living lives of luxury. The high-end brand, which has lost sales this year as German rivals gain, also will become a separate business unit, giving it more freedom to chase global growth. "There is...

Tips For Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards

September 22, 2014 5:07 pm | by Kara Simon | News | Comments

When manufacturing operations get behind and deliverables don’t meet the schedule, it impacts every internal and external department from assembly line to warehouse to transportation, and so on. Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for...

Collective Bargaining And Immigration

September 18, 2014 4:16 pm | by Frida Glucoft and John E. Exner | Articles | Comments

United States manufacturing industries have increasingly relied on the services of foreign-born employees. Though unions have historically opposed immigration, that trend has completely reversed since the turn of the century. Declining union membership and a new found perception...

Manufacturing.Live: Taking The Pain Out Of ERP Implementation & Expansion

September 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Epicor | Epicor | Videos | Comments

While many of the debates surrounding enterprise software in the manufacturing sector have subsided, one of the most significant obstacles remains – the ERP implementation process. With concerns ranging from production downtime to delivery delays to data loss, taking steps to ensure a smooth software integration, expansion or upgrade not only ...

The Next Industrial Revolution? How The Internet Of Things Will Transform Manufacturing

September 18, 2014 11:22 am | by Microsoft, Frost & Sullivan & ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas | Webinars

Join ThyssenKrupp, Frost & Sullivan, and Microsoft for a webcast that seeks to demystify the Internet of Things for manufacturers. Frost & Sullivan will share its latest insights on IoT in manufacturing, ThyssenKrupp will share its journey in harnessing the power of IoT, and Microsoft will discuss the elements of an IoT solution and best ways to get started on your own IoT journey.

How Technology is making Manufacturing Profitable … Again

September 18, 2014 10:56 am | by Hitachi Solutions, Microsoft & T.D. Williamson | Webinars

Our HItachi Solutions sponsored webinar features a panel of industry experts breaking down and analyzing many of the factors driving manufacturing growth, including among other things, the wide-spread implementation of cloud computing.

Fire Damage To Veneer Mill Another Blow To Weed, CA

September 17, 2014 3:43 am | by Jeff Barnard- Associated Press | News | Comments

Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time. With a maintenance shed reduced to...

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