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Federal Ban Sought For Animal Testing On Cosmetics

November 15, 2014 4:07 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress. Virginia Democrat Don Beyer is expected to take the lead on...

2014 Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.2%

November 10, 2014 2:52 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT – The...

Digi-Key Expands Portfolio Of EDA Software Tools

November 10, 2014 1:50 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and...

Southeast Manufacturing Sees Jump In Oct

November 5, 2014 3:56 pm | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity across the Southeast improved in October due to increases in new orders...

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Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

U.S. Factory Orders Slip In September

November 4, 2014 11:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories declined in September, dragged by falling demand in the volatile aircraft category. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders retreated 0.6 percent in September, after having plunged 10 percent in August, also due largely to plummeting demand for...

How Manufacturers Can Improve Product Design

November 3, 2014 4:46 pm | by Al Kent | Articles | Comments

Industrial companies are often perceived as lumbering giants that have difficulty responding to competitive pressures and capitalizing on market trends. Design cycles can last years—not just for developing new products but also for making upgrades to the existing portfolio. Why are many industrial...

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U.S. Manufacturing Ahead Of The Bell

November 3, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on U.S. manufacturing production, orders, and other activity in October. The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, will release its manufacturing index at 10 a.m. Eastern time Monday...  

Distillers Gear Up For TN Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them. Jack Daniel's master distiller Jeff Arnett on Thursday urged...

Metal Manufacturer Wins $1M Business Plan Prize

October 31, 2014 10:00 am | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fledgling metal manufacturing company that promises to make lighter, stronger, and less expensive parts has won the million-dollar grand prize in a contest aimed at attracting entrepreneurs to Buffalo. Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy announced ASi, LLC as winner...

Parker Hannifin Announces Same Day Turnaround Via Custom Manufacturing Operation

October 27, 2014 11:10 am | by Parker Hannifin | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation. Created to serve the immediate needs of customers when timing is vital, the Rapid Service Unit can turn certain orders for critical fittings, hose-tube combinations, and other custom pieces...

GE Intelligent Platforms User Summit Begins

October 27, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today marks the start of GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit: Making the Industrial Internet Real at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Oct. 27-30, 2014. This sold-out event features more than 50 presentations from GE’s global customer base and will be headlined by GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt...

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UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge In December Shipments

October 24, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up. The company recently is hiring up to 95,000 people to handle the tremendous volume this year, way up from the 55,000 seasonal workers it hired in 2013. Major U.S. shipping...

McDonald's Invites Consumer Questions About Manufacturing Process

October 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef. The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The company has run similar campaigns in...

Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County, Burlington, Washington as Gielow Pickles recently started up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit. The plant joins Sakuma...

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...

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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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...

Plastic Made From Thin Air

September 26, 2014 11:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Newlight Technologies is turning carbon into plastic and taking on a $373 billion dollar-a-year industry.                                          

Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Chrysler Group, LLC | News | Comments

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. The plant that built back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners in 2013 and 2014 will be building an average of an additional...

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...

The IoT Uplink: The Future Of Production Flow And Big Data

September 18, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, looks forward and showcases how the $3.75 trillion industrial Internet of Things environment is going to impact the future of manufacturing in a...

UPS Begins Hiring For 2014 Holiday Season

September 18, 2014 9:24 am | by UPS | News | Comments

UPS® announced today that it expects to hire between 90,000-95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated holiday surge in package deliveries that will begin in October and continue through January 2015. The company is gearing up...

GA Peanut Plant Undergoes Trial For 2009 Salmonella Outbreak

September 18, 2014 4:43 am | by Russ Bynum - Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact — that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter. Former Peanut Corporation of...

Lincoln Logs Production Returns To U.S.

September 17, 2014 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lincoln Logs will soon be manufactured in Maine. Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that the iconic toy logs used to construct miniature buildings will be made at Pride Manufacturing in Burnham. The toys were previously...

Customer Demands Put Manufacturers On A Roller Coaster

September 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Infor | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector has not been spared from the changing face of customer expectations when it comes to pricing, delivery, and quality. However, in confronting these challenges, manufacturers have learned a number of best practices...

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 ...

Dow Chemical Presents On Manufacturing Intelligence Initiative

September 11, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Northwest Analytics (NWA), a leading provider of manufacturing intelligence solutions, announced today that Lloyd Colegrove, data services director of NWA customer, The Dow Chemical Company, will be a featured speaker at the ARC 5th Annual China Forum on September 25, 2014 in Beijing, China. Mr. Colegrove's presentation will focus on...

LaSalle County Approves Sand-Processing Facility

September 11, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LaSalle County officials cleared the way for expansion of a sand mine this week, voting to allow construction of a sand-processing and transportation facility. The County Board voted 18-5 on Tuesday to approve a special-use permit for...

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