Brad Holcomb, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee, talks to Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, and Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, about November's PMI and explains what's behind the numbers.
AkzoNobel has released this rather fascinating video about how it has worked with Newcastle University to improve the sustainability and fuel economy of the world’s largest ships. Professor Mehmet Atlar, Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics at Newcastle University, says that he “hates the slime” that builds up on the hulls of these cargo shifts, because it increases the frictional drag as they move from one port to the next.
Watch how Hammond's Candies has been handmaking candy canes for the last 93 years. They started as a small confectioner in Denver, and over the years, they've grown into a global candy-making company. It starts with 70 pounds of sugar cane and water in an open kettle, and goes through a pretty interesting process that isn't like many others you would see in manufacturing.
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.
In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, sponsored by Exact, we’ll discuss 3D printed guns and other disruptive technologies, as well as the Saab brand’s resurrection. We’ll also talk to Brad Holcomb of ISM on the latest strong manufacturing numbers, and see Honda’s fun new take on the airbag.
In the second part of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we’re talking how re-shoring and the Southeast’s rise is changing American automaking. Over the last few years, the automotive industry has seen more foreign manufacturers, like Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen, establishing manufacturing operations here in the U.S. What has been game-changing for many is their decision of where in the U.S. to manufacture.
Eliminate paper labels and cards on cycling containers, providing automated tracking and dynamic visual interaction with operators. You can turn your paper labeled racks and totes into smart containers with Omni-ID's ProVIEW system. "Visual Tagging" promises to be the first step change in cyclic process efficiency in decades.
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.
Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer. They tried to make the vehicle as small as possible, and as low to the ground as they could, for an aerodynamic advantage. Its electric powertrain can be recharged in about six hours from a regular wall socket.
Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker took their love for sci-fi and comic books and started Parker Brothers Concepts, where they manufacture outrageous, street-legal vehicles for Hollywood and TV shows. Once they started to get famous for their strange-but-functional vehicles, they went from a one-car garage to a 15,000 square-foot production facility in the span of two years.
The mayor of a rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing Gary, Ind. Once a major steel center, the city's population has dropped by half, and some of its neighborhoods are riddle with crime. Karen Freeman-Wilson, the city's current mayor, has a positive outlook on the future of her city.
Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys US-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave.
Twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell created the first practical wetsuit out of neoprene. But finding the perfect material meant a lot of trial and error — including with old Pontiac parts. And building the business itself, while staying aware of all the broader trends in fashion and materials technology, is almost another matter altogether.
In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the United States and hire 1,400 new employees.
Game Plan is the only e-commerce Forum for the B2B market of Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors. Brian Walker, Senior Vice President of Strategy at hybris, shares his thoughts on the importance of a B2B forum such as Game Plan. This is a place where B2B thought leaders can come together and discuss what is happening in the current market.
Renouned piano-maker Steinway & Sons has released this fascinating video that details the manufacturing process behind a Steinway piano. Based on the amount of personal care and work that goes into every finished piece, there's certainly a sense of artistry that goes into each.
To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.
In this episode of M.net’s Manufacturing Newswire, remaking American security, Amazon eyes the smartphone market, and a blow to the nation’s labor unions. We’ll also updated you on Window’s Blue, take a brief look at the uncertainty in U.S. manufacturing, and the liability surrounding 3-D printed guns.
While the benefits of server virtualization at the corporate data center are receiving a great deal of attention, its ability to address lifecycle management issues may make virtualization even more compelling at the manufacturing plant, since implementing virtualization in manufacturing environments moves the technology into the business- and mission-critical realm. But do manufacturers fully grasp the risk versus reward?
Today on PD&D's Kickstarter of the Week, we're exploring the northern reaches of Wisconsin on a gas-powered, DC Lowrider bicycle from Sunny Hill Cycles. The bike features a custom-machined manifold that helps it fit into the frame of the bike, 120-spoke wheels, and pedals that let anyone with a driver's license putter it around on the street.