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Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers have said Volvo is considering South Carolina for a new plant. The application says the permit is needed for a manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers in 10 years.

GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 10:02 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

GE CEO Jeff Immelt said in a statement that the global economic environment remained "volatile" but that investments in large infrastructure projects being made around the world provided opportunities for growth.

Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 10:53 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

The future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and more automation.

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Factory Output Rises For First Time Since November

April 15, 2015 10:09 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers have been struggling in recent months because a strong dollar has made their products more expensive in foreign markets.

Two-Armed Robot Designed For Factory Collaboration

April 14, 2015 10:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“The new era of robotic coworkers is here and an integral part of our Next Level strategy,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

VIDEO: Could These Robots Reinvent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 10:28 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

How Cloud Enables And Supports The Lean Warehouse

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems At NetSuite | News | Comments

What manufacturers and distributors need is a future-proof highly flexible and resilient WMS that is based on a wealth of best business practices, is continually refreshed with new functionality, and which facilitates business growth.

GE Pares Off Financial Unit And Returns To Industrial Roots

April 13, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is a major step in our strategy to focus GE around its competitive advantages," Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said.

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The Three Ms For Industrial Success In 2015

April 2, 2015 2:22 pm | by John Renick | News | Comments

The industry poised to benefit the most from this digital revolution is manufacturing — that is if manufacturers can take the necessary steps to optimize their assets and the data being generated from them every second.

U.S. Factory Orders Rose For First Time Since July

April 2, 2015 10:36 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The climb was a welcome development for manufacturers struggling with disappointing economic growth in major trading partners like China, Europe and Japan.

A Firm Grasp On Its Craft

March 31, 2015 3:08 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | News | Comments

Griffin Claw produces half-barrels, quarter-barrels, bottles and cans, and its beers are available at approximately 1,200 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Michigan.

Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report argued companies should improve their use of technology in risk management, consider increasing the frequency of assessments and embed those practices within all levels of company operations.

Volvo Announces Plans To Construct U.S. Plant

March 30, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a “global car manufacturer.”

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces A High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:30 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press | News | Comments

These are not great-grandmother's matzos, kneaded and shaped by hand. Mass-produced and machine-packaged, they're a modern effort to preserve tradition.

Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match The Right Parts With The Right Tools

March 30, 2015 9:52 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

Boost Efficiency Through Augmented Reality: Q&A With Bob Meads

March 27, 2015 10:09 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

We discuss the collaboration between iQuest and Kepware, as well as advanced approaches to viewing the plant floor and challenges to implementing automated solutions.

Are You In Compliance? OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

By staying in compliance of the many regulations, manufacturers can be sure to reduce or even eliminate hazardous scenarios.                    

Microsoft Unveils The Future Of Skype For Business

March 19, 2015 2:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The new objective of Skype is to bring data sharing abilities and annotated meetings to the forefront, while demonstrating the company’s push with cross-platform capabilities to answer productivity scenarios.      

General Mills Completes Plan To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills said that the previously announced job cuts, which were mostly in the U.S., were part of a restructuring plan called Project Catalyst that was approved during its fiscal second quarter.       

A Bright Idea

March 18, 2015 1:41 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As LEDs have become more common, the way they are being implemented and used has evolved.                          

In Portuguese Factory, Echoes Of Europe's Fight For Jobs

March 18, 2015 10:10 am | by Barry Hatton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Valadares recovery project showcases two actions that European governments are betting on to help the recovery: simplifying business rules and increasing confidence to encourage private investment.       

This Japanese Company Built A “Disaster-Proof” Factory

March 18, 2015 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

“Even when you factor in investment support from government entities, disaster preparedness is definitely not inexpensive. However, the prospect of enhancing both our readiness for disasters and our energy efficiency acted as an incentive.” 

Industrial Output Edged Up In February

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The 7.3 percent surge in utility output reflected unusually cold weather in many parts of the country.                         

Why Manufacturers Should Care About MES

March 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Andrew Waycott | News | Comments

Andrew Waycott weighs in and offers five benefits of MES.                                                                                                                                                                                

How Can The Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 12, 2015 1:32 pm | by Amber Carpenter | News | Comments

For better or worse, the Internet is woven into our everyday lives. We go online for everything, from looking up movie trivia to booking dental appointments, to buying new homes.                                                        

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