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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.                  

Giti Tire To Invest $560 Million, Create 1,700 S.C. Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Singapore-based company will produce both passenger and light truck tires in the new...

Report: 3D Printing Makes Headway Into Heart Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 11, 2014 9:51 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

The report revealed that two-thirds (67 percent) of manufacturers surveyed are currently...

Tesla To Break Ground At Two ‘Gigafactory’ Sites

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company has not said when they would be willing to announce the two top-runners. Musk also...

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Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                  

3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device as a way for small businesses or product designers to develop full-scale prototypes in their own walls rather than outsource the work elsewhere.    

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Rolls-Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

February 26, 2014 11:28 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company claims that without a bridge and crew support systems, ships would be 5 percent lighter before loading cargo and would burn 12 percent to 15 percent less fuel during their trips.                 

High-Tech Mich. Hub Could Create 10,000 Manufacturing Jobs

February 24, 2014 9:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The White House announced Sunday the The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), set to open this spring in metro Detroit. It’s the latest hub in the Obama administration’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and it’s expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the region within the next five years.

Bearings Traveling The World Onboard The ‘iglide’ Car

February 21, 2014 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

To celebrate 30 years of developing plastic bearings, igus has retrofitted a car with 56 of its iglide bearings and sent the vehicle off on a multi-continent journey to showcase their benefits in demanding applications. The components have been fitted into all areas of the car, including the pedals, alternator, window regulators, convertible top, gearshift, and more.

Ford Tapping MIT, Stanford For Driverless Cars

January 22, 2014 5:22 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Ford isn’t resting on its laurels after unveiling the Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle last month — earlier today it announced new projects with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to do some R&D on the biggest concerns and challenges surrounding autonomous driving.

Most Innovative Companies #5: Toshiba International Corp.

January 13, 2014 12:21 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #5 is Toshiba International Corporation, one that many would not associate with American production. But Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, and is headquartered in Houston, Texas with 1,200 people.

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Toyota Makes Kentucky Home To New U.S.-Made Lexus

January 13, 2014 11:29 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) recently announced that construction is underway at the assembly line that will produce the first U.S.-made Lexus. Last April, TMMK announced it would localize production of the ES 350, which has never been assembled outside of Japan.

GM Applying More Patented Technologies To Cars And Trucks

January 10, 2014 4:45 pm | by General Motors | News | Comments

According to The Patent Board, GM received 1,672 U.S. patents in 2013 applied to global product engineering, powertrain engineering, manufacturing, research and development and OnStar organizations. That’s 176 more than second place Toyota and more than twice as many as Ford. 

Ford To Unveil Solar Hybrid Concept Car At CES

January 2, 2014 9:20 am | News | Comments

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car uses a gasoline engine combined with a gizmo that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels. The automaker says the vehicle's estimated combined city-highway mileage is 100 miles (160 kilometers) per gallon.

Hyundai, Kia To Pay Millions In Fuel Settlement

December 24, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

Hyundai and its sister company Kia say they'll pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage. The automakers faced lawsuits after they acknowledged in November that they had overstated the fuel economy of some of its vehicles.

Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

December 19, 2013 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

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Daimler, Aston Martin Ink Engine Development Deal

December 19, 2013 9:23 am | News | Comments

Daimler AG and British sports car maker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd have signed a deal that will see the two companies develop engines together and the German company get a stake in Aston Martin. The companies said Thursday that Aston Martin and Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-AMG will develop V8 engines for a new generation of Aston Martin cars.

Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Today, we’re bringing you details on some of the newest and most advanced technologies that are making automotive production more exciting than ever. Each of the Big 3 automakers have invested heavily in their plants over the last few years, bringing more automation on to the plant floor.

Top 13 In 2013, #10: Boeing’s Dreamliner Takes Flight, Kind Of

December 10, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After years of development, supplier searches and assembly, Boeing began to ship out its long-awaited, high-tech 787 “Dreamliner” jet to airlines globally throughout 2012 and well into 2013. Again and again, things just didn't go to plan.

Automotive Insights 1: The Poster-Child Of American Manufacturing

December 2, 2013 11:21 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

Mexico's Booming Car Industry Selling Unsafe Cars

November 29, 2013 9:19 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Mexico's booming auto industry, the cars rolling off assembly lines may look identical, but how safe they are depends on where they're headed. Vehicles destined to stay in Mexico or go south to the rest of Latin America carry a code signifying there's no need for antilock braking systems, electronic stability control, or more than two air bags, if any, in its basic models.

VW Expanding Warehouse At Chattanooga Plant

November 29, 2013 9:04 am | News | Comments

German automaker VW has begun construction at its Chattanooga plant for an extension of its assembly parts shop warehouse. The extension will triple the warehouse capacity to more than 300,000 square feet. It is expected to be completed by August. The on-site expansion will eliminate the need for two external staging warehouse.

Spanish Automotive Supplier To Bring 118 Jobs To Kansas City

November 21, 2013 2:25 pm | by The Missouri Partnership | News | Comments

Missouri’s resurgent automotive industry is bringing another leading automotive parts supplier and more jobs to the Kansas City region, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today.  Grupo Antolin North America will invest more than $15.7 million in a 150,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility to supply Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, creating an estimated 118 new jobs.

Have Your Safeguards For Protecting Confidential Information Kept Pace?

November 20, 2013 10:16 am | by John Birmingham and Michael Groebe, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

As the pace of innovation speeds up, so too does the temptation of competitors to seek shortcuts to compete. Why spend the time and resources to invest in your employees and products to create your own innovations when you can “borrow” from your competitors?

Volvo: Cordless Electric Car Charging Possible

October 24, 2013 11:03 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Volvo Car Group has today announced that an advanced research project, conducted in partnership with Flanders’ Drive, has ended in results that using inductive charging for electric vehicles has “a promising future.” The company appears confident that with more regulatory insight, there is a good possibility that future electric vehicles will only need to be parked in the customer’s garage, for example, to be charged automatically.

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

October 23, 2013 9:44 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Blogs | Comments

Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."

Mazda Recalls Midsize Cars To Fix Door Latches

September 30, 2013 7:59 am | News | Comments

The recall affects Mazda six cars from the 2009 through 2013 model years. The company says the door latch mounting screws can loosen. That can stop the doors from latching. If the latches come loose, a door ajar light will warn drivers.     

GM Retooling Buffalo, N.Y. Plant For High-Tech Engines

September 4, 2013 2:13 pm | News | Comments

At General Motors’ Tonawanda Engine Plant in Buffalo, N.Y., a $400 million investment in advanced manufacturing techniques will allow the company to produce 1,000 Gen 5Small Block engines daily — a 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8 and two variants of a 6.2L V-8.

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