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Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing

January 13, 2015 10:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When the Czech writer Karel Capek started working on his science fiction play R.U.R., he asked his brother Josef what he should call the human-like machines at the center of the play. Josef, who was a poet, thought of robota, the Czech word for forced labor, and told Karel to call them...

How To Fill Customer Orders Cheaper, Faster With Lean Continuous Improvement Model

January 8, 2015 2:23 pm | by Curt Schmidgall, Winegard Value Stream Manager | Articles | Comments

The lean continuous manufacturing model has surged in popularity over the last 20 years because...

GasBuddy Releases Fuel Price Outlook For 2015

January 8, 2015 9:49 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

With all the talk of falling oil prices and its effect on the global economy, companies and...

ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 5, 2015 12:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive...

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Amazon Launches One Hour Shipping In Manhattan

December 18, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon says it is offering one-hour delivery of thousands of basic products to its Prime customers in Manhattan. The online retail giant rolled out the service, known as Prime Now, to select areas of Manhattan on Thursday. It provides delivery of household products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys...

The IoT Uplink: 90% Of Manufacturers Seeking IoT Solutions

December 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The IoT Uplink examines factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space. In our last episode of 2014, we cover the latest developments impacting...

2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

December 17, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest trends manufacturing trends for 2015? Manufacturing.net sat down with Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation to discuss the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and...

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Fish Farming Finds Its Way To Land-Locked Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Margery A. Beck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle — it's fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi — often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky...

Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. The Federal Reserve says factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12...

A Global Path Forward For Small, Medium-sized U.S. Manufacturers

December 12, 2014 1:41 pm | by Dr. Eugene Laney, Head of International Trade Affairs | Articles | Comments

The most recent push to boost U.S. exports has been underway since 2010, when the International Trade Administration’s National Export Initiative (NEI) was unveiled.Since its launch, the NEI has helped thousands of businesses enter the international trade arena, and the U.S. has seen a steady growth in total...

Go Lean In 2015: No Manufacturer Is Too Small To Benefit

December 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

To many small manufacturers, lean manufacturing is something that companies the size of Toyota or Boeing implement. And many small manufacturers that do adopt lean practices do so at a tactical level. Don’t be one of those companies. If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of...

Can Organic Crops Compete With Industrial Agriculture?

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by UC Berkley | Articles | Comments

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, also found that certain practices...

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Elon Musk’s Big Bet On Battery Technology

December 9, 2014 2:35 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Cory Johnson from Bloomberg News discusses how Tesla CEO Elon Musk is disrupting utilities. He discusses the Musk's bet that battery technology will not advance significantly, and that Tesla's $5B gigafactory is to be the largest in the world...

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 35.0 percent from September and down 6.2 percent when...

Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A recent video published by the American Chemical Society unveiled how researchers are trying to create a healthier hot dog. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods? While I am not a fan of the...

Chrysler Plans $266M Spending For IN Plants

December 9, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two transmission factories in central Indiana. The company's plans include expanding production of the eight-speed automatic transmissions built at the Kokomo factories, the Kokomo Tribune reported. The Kokomo City Council voted...

ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in...

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U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Up 0.4%

November 26, 2014 9:08 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month. Orders for durable goods increased 0.4 percent last month following a 0.9 percent drop in September and an even...

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 25, 2014 11:39 am | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

No matter the product, service or industry, mission or corporate philosophy, nearly every business is bottom line-driven. And, there is no shortage of ingenuity as to how companies try to glean more profit out of existing processes. Every so often, a new technology emerges that radically...

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 Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 77.3% from August and up 61.4% when compared with the total...

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 delivery, today announced an expanded, comprehensive suite of EDA tools.  The new and updated software options enable design engineers to streamline the entire (PCB) design process – from prototype to...

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 and production, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of...

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...

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...

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