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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

Brazil Materials Receives Environmental Permit For Mine

September 11, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazil Minerals, Inc., a U.S. holding company with revenues from gold and...

Bulk Metallic Glasses: A Tough New Material For Manufacturing

September 4, 2014 4:25 pm | by YaleCampus | Videos | Comments

Yale Professor Jan Schroers and his graduate students have developed some unique uses for...

Lockheed Martin’s Factory Of The Future

September 2, 2014 5:37 pm | by LockheedMartinVideos | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where we can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to...

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The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

August 28, 2014 12:17 pm | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely ...

Hackerspaces Help Turn Ideas Into Reality

August 27, 2014 1:45 pm | by Emaun Kashfi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads, and tools while ...   

2 Killed And More Injured In Plant Explosion

August 25, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois. Granite City police tell television stations KMOV and KTVI that the bomb squad ...       

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Re-Shoring To Kentucky In Balluff’s Global Production Plan

August 22, 2014 11:17 am | by Balluff | News | Comments

With the 2014 completion of Balluff's new state-of-the-art customer support and training center in Florence, KY on Industrial Road; space is now available for expansion in their ...           

Brita Recalls Children's Water Bottles

August 20, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard. The company said Tuesday that the lid of the hard-sided bottles can break into pieces with sharp points. Brita has received ...  

Attorney General Sues State Farm Over Auto Repairs

August 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melinda Deslatte - Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in...

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s Driverless Jeep Built on a Growler

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re reaching 290 mph with the Hennessey Venom F5, 3d printing on the Stratasys Uprint, and taking a spin in the marine’s new self-driving jeep ...                  

Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In iPhone Assembly

August 13, 2014 8:28 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes ...

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Vera Bradley To Cut Manufacturing At Indiana Plant

August 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs. The producer of quilted accessories will cut about a quarter of the plant's manufacturing capacity by ...

3D Systems Adds 200,000 Square-Foot Manufacturing Facility

August 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it has signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina, increasing its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for its ...       

Asbestos Pushed In Asia As Product For The Poor

August 12, 2014 3:26 am | by Katy Daigle - AP Environment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. Their product? Asbestos. Outlawed in much of the developed world, it...

CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices. The Arizona Republic reports that GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez told investment analysts last week ...

Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 1:01 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material — a relative of the plastics used in food containers — could ...

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WTO Upholds 'Rare Earth' Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products. In March ...

Company To Shut 2 Manufacturing Plants In New York

August 6, 2014 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work. Fiber Glass Industries Inc. announced Tuesday it would be ...

Software Worth Its Value In Platinum: South African Smelter Embraces Big Data

August 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Africa’s economic expansion was largely driven by commodities over the last decade. But today, satisfying demand involves more than just pulling ore and minerals from the ground faster. Companies like South Africa’s platinum producer Lonmin are ...

Machine Safety Labeling in the 21st Century

July 30, 2014 2:44 pm | by Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion Safety Systems | Blogs | Comments

If your company manufactures machinery that has potential hazards associated with its transportation, installation, use, maintenance, decommissioning, and/or disposal, you most likely have a strong need to ...       

Chinese Drywall May Have Destroyed Homes

July 30, 2014 2:29 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for people who say defective Chinese drywall wrecked their homes have filed a new lawsuit against the manufacturers. It adds a new defendant — the Chinese commission that oversees 117 widespread companies including ...    

Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source, in a project that's expected to employ 52 people. Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC announced ...

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 28, 2014 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

Waterproof Coating Improves Performance, Reduces Life-Cycle Costs

July 25, 2014 11:42 am | by Garland | News | Comments

Garland’s new Energizer BK specially formulated cold-applied waterproof coating provides natural resistance to moisture, chemicals, UV and aging, improving the long-term performance of new and existing coal tar pitch and asphalt roofing systems. Energizer BK is ...

Large Scale Graphene Production

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Videos | Comments

Draw a line with a pencil and it's likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material that earned two scientists the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.                  

Lumber Company Announces Philadelphia Expansion

July 22, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said in Monday's announcement the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year...

Multi-Passage Soft-Seal Rotating Unions

July 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Deublin | News | Comments

A new product line of multi-passage soft-seal rotating unions is now available from Deublin Company. Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines, and ...

Old Tires Find New Lives In Myanmar

July 9, 2014 10:47 am | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills. Machine parts, buckets and flip-flops — the most popular footwear in the rural areas — are among the biggest sellers for tire recyclers.          

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