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  • Nine really essential skills

    JE Bearing
    Phil Pasma
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    When industry complains about skills shortages, it’s not just technical skills in welding, electrical knowledge or mechanical prowess that’s missing from job applications. The fact is, there is a bunch of other skills that potential hires need to be effective at. These might surprise you. The list includes numeracy, oral communications, the ability to work with others, continuous learning, reading text, writing, thinking, document use and digital skills. I especially like the one about thinking! These nine basic skills have been identified by a government agency, Employment and Social…
  • Using Technology to Track Manufacturing Floor Productivity

    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP
    agabrisch
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    As the cost of activity trackers has come down, and the functionality of them has gone up, more and more companies are using a new approach of “people analytics”, layering analytics on top of employee behavior. Companies can realize true value in utilizing wearable technology in the workplace, from cost savings and increasing productivity. So, why should your manufacturing company use wearables to track factory workers? Here are a few reasons why using passive data capture from factory workers makes sense: Prevent urgent threats to worker safety. If important indicators of worker safety…
  • Workers Had No Way To Issue Warning After Spill In Colorado Mine

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    adean
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
  • Boeing Wins $1.49 Billion Order for Surveillance Airplanes

    IndustryWeek
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    The aircraft are for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. read more
  • Boeing Wins $1.49 Billion Order for Surveillance Airplanes

    IndustryWeek
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    The aircraft are for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. read more
 
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    IndustryWeek

  • Boeing Wins $1.49 Billion Order for Surveillance Airplanes

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    The aircraft are for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. read more
  • Nestle Says Forced Labor Has 'No Place in Our Supply Chain'

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    Swiss food giant reacts to allegations it knowingly allowed cat food to contain fish from a Thai supplier suspected of using slave labor. read more
  • Pentagon Joins Silicon Valley in Flexible Technology Hub

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    A plan unveiled Friday called for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to work on new kinds of flexible technology that can be used both on the battlefield or for civilian health, smart homes and cities. read more
  • Three smart, new tools for designing smart machines

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Connected Enterprise creates new opportunities for productivity and efficiency gains by reducing costs, time to market and risk. Over the course of 26 versions, Studio 5000 Logix Designer from Rockwell Automation has been a stalwart enabler of control design. Version 27, which debuted at Rockwell Automation TechED in San Diego, adds new feature capabilities in an environment that combines engineering and design elements into one standard framework, enabling designers to build smart machines and systems based on real-world automation design workflows. read more
  • Can You Guarantee Your Next Project Will Finish On Time?

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Is your company playing Schedule Chicken with new product development? Critical Chain Project Management offers a better approach. read more
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    IndustryWeek

  • Boeing Wins $1.49 Billion Order for Surveillance Airplanes

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    The aircraft are for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. read more
  • Nestle Says Forced Labor Has 'No Place in Our Supply Chain'

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    Swiss food giant reacts to allegations it knowingly allowed cat food to contain fish from a Thai supplier suspected of using slave labor. read more
  • Pentagon Joins Silicon Valley in Flexible Technology Hub

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    A plan unveiled Friday called for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to work on new kinds of flexible technology that can be used both on the battlefield or for civilian health, smart homes and cities. read more
  • Three smart, new tools for designing smart machines

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Connected Enterprise creates new opportunities for productivity and efficiency gains by reducing costs, time to market and risk. Over the course of 26 versions, Studio 5000 Logix Designer from Rockwell Automation has been a stalwart enabler of control design. Version 27, which debuted at Rockwell Automation TechED in San Diego, adds new feature capabilities in an environment that combines engineering and design elements into one standard framework, enabling designers to build smart machines and systems based on real-world automation design workflows. read more
  • Can You Guarantee Your Next Project Will Finish On Time?

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Is your company playing Schedule Chicken with new product development? Critical Chain Project Management offers a better approach. read more
 
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  • Hillary Machinery Aggressively Promoting Giddings & Lewis V Series

    Editorial Team
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Company: Hillary Machinery News Location: Plano, Texas Published On: August 12, 2015 Social Media Pitch: After returning from the Fond Du Lac, WI product launch, the multi award winning TX, OK, AR, LA machine tool dealer is wasting little time spreading the news about G&L’s V Series. "In true Giddings & Lewis fashion, this American [...]
  • Andres Verde Heads Latin American Team For AeroGo

    Editorial Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Company: AeroGo News Location: Tukwila, WA Published On: July 29, 2015 Social Media Pitch: Andres Verde has joined AeroGo, Inc. as the Regional Manager for Mexico, Central America and South America. Andres has a considerable background in industrial equipment sales as well as distributor development. He will represent AeroGo engineered and standard Aero-Caster and wheeled [...]
  • Optec introduces IP68 Harsh Environment Solutions which design to against the extreme environmental elements

    Editorial Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    Company: Optek News Location: Hong Kong Published On: July 29, 2015 Social Media Pitch: ptec Technology Limited, a leader in fiber optic interconnect and assembly products, today introduces its ruggedized IP68 solutions that offer advanced reliability and utmost protection in various harsh environments. Optec’s harsh environment fiber optic connector is designed with rugged and robust [...]
  • FSM 22000 Food Safety Management To Help New York City Restaurants

    Editorial Team
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    Company: FSM 22000 News Location: New York, NY Published On: June 15, 2015 Social Media Pitch: FSM 22000, the most robust food safety management standard in the United States designed to help recognize restaurants that maintain and improve their food safety management system has been introduced to the city of New York at http://www.fsm22000.com. According [...]
  • Ampac Wins Alufoil Trophy and AmeriStar Awards for Innovative New Product Lines

    Editorial Team
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Company: Ampac News Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Published On: June 8, 2015 Social Media Pitch: The Alufoil Trophy, sponsored by the European Aluminum Foil Association, is a global award competition open to companies that make products "which are either made from aluminum foil or contain aluminum foil as part of a laminate, structure or packaging system…". [...]
 
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    Shopfloor

  • Modest Growth in Personal Income and Spending in July

    Chad Moutray
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that personal income increased 0.4 percent, marking the fourth straight month with that pace. Over the course of the past 12 months, personal incomes have risen 4.3 percent, up from 4.1 percent in the last report. Total manufacturing wages and salaries were $793.2 billion in July, up from $788.5 billion in June. This continues an upward trend for the sector, with manufacturing wages and salaries totaling $746.8 billion and $780.9 billion on average in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Meanwhile, personal spending rose by 0.3 percent in July for the second…
  • Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Has Declined for Six Straight Months

    Chad Moutray
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity in its district has declined for six straight months. The composite index of general business conditions edged lower, down from -7 in July to -9 in August, with this measure in solid negative territory since March. Overall, manufacturers continue to report contracting levels of activity, with reduced crude oil prices, the strong dollar and weaknesses abroad pressuring the sector’s performance. Indeed, various measures of activity were negative across-the-board. This included new orders (down from -6 to -9), production…
  • Second Quarter Real GDP Revised Sharply Higher, up from 2.3 Percent to 3.7 Percent Growth

    Chad Moutray
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis revised its estimate of growth in the U.S. in the second quarter sharply higher. Real GDP increased 3.7 percent in the second quarter, significantly higher than the 2.3 percent original estimate released last month. This was slightly above the consensus estimate of 3.2 percent, and the improvement in economic growth for the quarter was attributed to upward revisions in many categories, but particularly for inventory spending. Despite the better headline figure, the underlying trends were largely the same, including rebounds in consumer and business spending and…
  • Durable Goods Orders Up for the Second Straight Month

    Chad Moutray
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    The Census Bureau said that new durable goods orders rose 2.0 percent in July, extending the 4.1 percent jump seen in June. Through the first seven months of 2015, new durable goods orders have risen 6.3 percent. Much of the gain in June came from strong sales from the Paris Air Show, and as we would expect, nondefense aircraft orders came back to earth in July, down 6.0 percent. Even with this decline, however, transportation orders were up 4.7 percent, boosted by rebounding auto sales. Motor vehicle orders increased 0.8 percent and 4.0 percent in the past two months, respectively, improving…
  • Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Rebounded in August

    Chad Moutray
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    The Conference Board said that consumer sentiment jumped strongly in August, rebounding from the sharp decline seen in July. The Consumer Confidence Index, which unexpectedly fell significantly from 99.8 in June to 91.0 in July, recovered in August, rising to 101.5. This was the second-highest level since August 2007 – second only to January’s 103.8 reading. The improvement in this report stemmed largely from the public’s better assessment of the labor market. For instance, 21.9 percent of respondents said that jobs were plentiful, up from 19.9 percent the month before. More…
 
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    Lean Blog

  • Are You Really Listening to Your Customer or Just Going Through the Motions?

    Mark Graban
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Rodrigo Bernal, with the first post on this site contributed from Mexico. Rodrigo uses a lunch outing to raise important questions about customer focus and the voice of the customer. If there is a quality problem, does that feedback get back to the source of the problem for root cause analysis and corrective action? If you’re asking customers for feedback, is it superficial or meaningful? Post By Rodrigo Bernal (@rbernalrod) A couple of weeks ago, I went out for lunch at a popular restaurant in Mexico, called VIPs. The food there is…
  • Throwback Thursday: Inc. Writes About Dr. Deming in 1987

    Mark Graban
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    I stumbled across an article from the Inc. magazine archives from 1987, so it’s today’s “Throwback Thursday.” In 1987, I was starting high school and that was probably right about the time when my dad, an engineer for General Motors, was able to attend one of Deming’s famed four-day seminars. Hearing about that was my first exposure to Deming or anything vaguely related to Lean thinking. The picture at left is me, circa 1973. Here’s the article: Their first paragraph summarizes some of the key Deming ideas that were (and still are) so revolutionary:…
  • I Wish I Could Say I Intentionally Made This Mistake to Illustrate a Point

    Mark Graban
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    As I mentioned on Monday, I’m working on a 3rd revised edition of my book Lean Hospitals. Traditional book publishing is a funny (and sometimes frustrating) value stream, in a lot of ways. There are many batches and many queues along the way… one of the reasons it takes so long to transform a Word .DOC manuscript into an edited, formatted, and printed (or Kindled??) book. The work doesn’t flow. The big batches start with the submission of the entire book… thrown over the wall instead of sending a chapter at a time. Through the different steps, many people have their…
  • What’s Demoralizing? The Colors on a Chart or Not Improving the System?

    Mark Graban
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    I forget what hospital these charts are even from, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s become more common, in my gemba visits, to see hospital departments charting metrics. They are often part of “huddle boards” that teams gather around on a daily basis (or, ideally, each shift). It’s good to see daily metrics, as opposed to monthly averages, since it’s better to have something closer to “real time” data — if you react and respond appropriately. It’s also good to see simple, handwritten charts… that’s often part of what…
  • Updating “Lean Hospitals” and a New eBook, “Practicing Lean”

    Mark Graban
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Quick Announcement: If you’re in the Dallas / Fort Worth area (or willing to travel here), I’m offering a free change management workshop on September 9. Learn more and register. Hopefully you’re aware of my book Lean Hospitals. It was first published in 2008 and I was able to do a second, revised edition that was released in 2011. Traditional book publishing doesn’t really allow any sense of continuous improvement, other than maybe fixing a spelling error in a new printing of an edition. So, changes get made in big batches. This page highlights the changes between…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Containment is now Critical in Today’s Global Economy

    Fred Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    The nature of today’s global economy means that manufacturing processes need to be monitored more closely than ever. Supply chains are complex. Intense competition means that continuous improvement is a relentless endeavor. Manufacturers today are constantly pushing for any marginal gain that might provide an edge in the marketplace. In a perfect world, adjustments to manufacturing processes could be made without fearing a negative impact on quality. However, experience has taught us that when things change, errors can occur, and quality issues can arise. When such events do unfold, the…
  • What does Global Traceability Give you that a MOM Doesn’t?

    Kenzo Takai
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    In a desire for better quality and continuous improvement, companies and industries are looking to take advantage of all the data that is available when manufacturing goods. The most obvious reason is to avoid embarrassing recalls that can damage brands and take years to recover from. But, in most cases, it’s companies looking to advance their capabilities to meet increased market demand for better quality products in a shorter time frame. The opportunity to gradually ramp up production and quality are gone. Product lifecycles have become significantly compressed, so manufacturers no longer…
  • The Post-Fourth Industrial Revolution World – Part 2

    James Mok
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This article is a continuation of a post I just wrote that explores in greater detail the hype that may, or may not exist in our future (link to Part 1). The topic is around expectations on what life will be like living in a Post-Fourth Industrial Revolution World.  But first, let’s take a look back in time to see if some of the origins of this transformation might have sown their seeds … It is 2008 All Over Again To judge whether this could be truly revolutionary, I believe one should fast-forward and take a look at the new industrial world that is in the making. The industrial world…
  • The Post-Fourth Industrial Revolution World – Part 1

    James Mok
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    While on a business trip in California, Veerle met her colleague Linda, who was wearing a silver bracelet with a spiral design that got her attention. She took a picture and posted it to her Facebook account, commented that while it was a really nice piece of artwork, her skin may be allergic to silver and so she would not be able to wear it. She then attended a business meeting on the topic of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She did not realize at that time, but what she would soon learn will change her whole experience on her tasteful affection towards jewelry accessories. Hype or Hope?
  • Is Bigger Better? How to Get More ROI on Manufacturing Machinery

    Brooke Chaplan
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Manufacturing as an industry has been growing in recent years, which can be attributed to new developments in technology. More efficient machinery, faster processing and packaging, and streamlined factories have improved manufacturing performance and capabilities, helping to simplify today’s complex production processes. There has been a lot of pressure on companies to take stringent measures to remain competitive. One strategy is to invest in innovation. Those businesses with the most productive investments in their manufacturing machinery will outdo their counterparts. But is bigger…
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    Field Service Digital

  • ICYMI: Cracking the Hiring Code in Field Service

    Derek Korte
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s note: It’s impossible to stay on top of every service news story. (We get it.) Don’t miss a beat with our “In Case You Missed It” series, a monthly recap of our top stories. This month, hiring and training were a common thread on Field Service Digital. Keep reading to understand whether full-time staff or freelancers (or both) are best for your organization and how emerging tools like video should fit into a training regimen. The Hiring Lessons Uber Borrowed From Field Service “The characteristics of field service demand have changed (and will…
  • The Pros (and Cons) of Maintaining a Corporate Fleet

    Donald B. Stephens
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Donald B. Stephens is a 30-year senior customer service engineer with the Xerox Corporation. Here, he reminisces about some of the awful jalopies he’s seen (and driven) on the job — and weighs whether company fleets are a worthwhile investment: A filthy, rust bucket of a van pulls into your driveway, belching black smoke and looking as if it just rolled off the set of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Out jumps a man who says he’s there to fix the air conditioner that you called about last week. Do you call the police immediately, or wait until you’ve checked his…
  • Survey: Top Q2 Field Service Business Trends

    Sumair Dutta
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Service Council is conducting our quarterly field service business trends research survey — and we’d appreciate your participation. To take the “Service Business Trends Q2 2015” survey, please click here. It’s short and should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Field Service Digital readers who participate will receive complimentary access to the summary data when it’s available in September 2015. The Service Council’s quarterly research tracks service activity, revenue growth and cost management data across service and support businesses…
  • 5 Secrets to Onboard and Train Your Millennial Workforce

    Samantha Williams
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Service technicians may be in short supply in the coming years, and Baby Boomer “tribal knowledge” could be squandered if service organizations aren’t able to offset potential losses with their onboarding and training processes. Field service leaders face significant challenges in hiring and training future technicians — but a lack of experience, or the misconception that millennials don’t want to work, should not discourage employers. Field service leaders, after all, have little choice but to prepare for the next-generation workforce. Here are five steps to set up…
  • How Service Leaders Can Exploit the Sharing Economy

    Derek Korte
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We hear a lot about the so-called sharing economy in a consumer context. It’s a new, some say better, way to hail a cab (Uber) or rent a hotel (Airbnb). But the trend is also having a significant impact on field service management. “The field service industry is at the forefront of the trend,” says Michael Blumberg, president of Blumberg Advisory Group. “Some may even credit our industry with birthing the sharing economy.” Here, he discusses how service leaders are tapping into a vast network of full-time freelancers to eliminate downtime — not of their…
 
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    HVAC Training » | HVAC Training

  • The importance of gas furnace inspections for fall

    Mike Moore
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    With the busy summer season just beginning, marketing gas-furnace maintenance may be the last thing on your mind. Even though you’re focused on cooling equipment, don’t wait until fall to begin promoting and educating your customers on the importance of early furnace inspections — Your business could miss out on some big benefits. So why should you start marketing gas furnace maintenance now? It flattens sales peaks and valleys. Sales can be unpredictable when moving between the slow and busy seasons, but scheduling furnace maintenance appointments well before the heating season can…
  • Preventative maintenance contracts the right way

    Gary Oetker
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Most HVAC companies offer preventative maintenance contracts, but very few are truly successful at implementing them. If you plan to offer maintenance agreements to your customers, there are a few factors to consider first. Maintenance programs deliver steady business during the slow season while serving as a reliable and sophisticated marketing platform for sales lead generation. Preventative maintenance contracts also help you establish relationships with customers and build their trust in your services. Here are some things to keep in mind when implementing a maintenance program in your…
  • NATE Recertification Pt. 2

    Jose de la Portilla
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed what NATE is and why it’s important to obtain your certification. Today, I’d like to talk about changes in the NATE recertification process and the benefits of being recertified.   How has the NATE recertification process changed? In the past, your NATE certification stayed active for five years. You then needed to complete 60 hours of continued NATE-certified education and mail in your class certificates, paperwork, and a $125 processing fee to apply for recertification. Many technicians would lose their credentials simply because…
  • NATE Recertification Pt. 1

    Jose de la Portilla
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Remember the story of Jack and the beanstalk? Jack finds the goose that lays golden eggs, and as long as he takes good care of the goose, he and his mother will be set for life. However, if he neglects the goose, she’ll die and his golden eggs will disappear. You all have your own geese that lay golden eggs — your careers. If you continually feed your career, you’ll have a quality income source to care for yourself and your family, but the minute you don’t think you need additional training, the goose will die and you’ll lose your golden eggs. That’s where NATE recertification…
  • Price is not a dirty word

    Linda Rummans
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Don’t treat price like a dirty word — the less afraid you are to talk numbers, the more comfortable your customer will be. So why are Comfort Advisors hesitant to talk about price upfront? For many homeowners, replacing an HVAC system is an unplanned expense that creates a drain on their budget. Plus, the average customer buys only one or two systems in his or her lifetime, creating the “sticker shock” expression when homeowners are advised of the price. Many Comfort Advisors fear this situation and avoid the pricing discussion until the very end of the sales presentation, which can…
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    CNCCookbook

  • 11 Measurable Benefits of Having a GCode Editor for Your Shop

    Bob Warfield
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    We’re back at it again listening to customers.  I consider CNCCookbook’s customers and readership (that would be you folks!) to be the biggest competitive and business advantage that we have.  There simply are very few CNC Software companies that can listen to what such a large and talented audience has to tell them. Last week,…
  • A Quick Way to Make Lots of Holes With CNC

    Bob Warfield
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Here’s a cool idea.  Suppose you had to make one of these: Lots of little cooling holes in the electrical chassis panel… Sticking in the CNC mill and doing lots of drilling and milling is the first thought that comes to most of our minds.  And that’s not a bad idea at all.  But a …
  • Decimal Points: A Quick Way for the Unwary to Crash a CNC Machine

    Bob Warfield
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Those of you who are relatively new to CNC but who have been around more experienced CNC’ers have probably wondered why they always add a decimal point in the GCode, even when there’s nothing following the decimal.  For example, to go to 5 inches (or mm in metric) right of the origin, they will enter…
  • 8 Brands to Consider for the World’s Best Screwdriver

    Bob Warfield
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    As machinist’s, we use screwdrivers a lot, right?  Many of us are also major tool junkies.  So, when we get tired of the usual Craftsman or SnapOn options, where do we go for a better screwdriver? I thought it was worth some research and came up with 9 brands.  What makes a better screwdriver?  Lots…
  • 9 Shocking Statistics About G-Wizard We Couldn’t Make Up

    Bob Warfield
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    I wrote the original G-Wizard Calculator in order to save myself time and get better results machining.  I noticed I was hauling handbooks and tooling catalogs around, punching numbers into calculators, and eventually spending way too much time working through elaborate spreadsheets to get good results.  There were things I was learning from the tooling…
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    L&S Electric

  • 5 Ways the IoT Will Change Manufacturing

    David Manney
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Over the years, several changes have occurred in the manufacturing industry. In this modern era, for instance, the Internet of Things is linked with massive improvements in terms of manufacturing. In fact, technological advancements have done so much in enhancing product creation process. Moreover, more efficient techniques enable companies to have a better understanding of their products while allowing customers to interact and learn more about these. For instance, manufacturing has led to developments in terms of mechanization. Communication within the global network has also been made…
  • Protect Your Motor’s Reliability with Clean Lubrication

    David Manney
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Electric motors use bearings that are susceptible to failure once poor lubrication or maintenance strategy is applied. Among the factors that lead to poor maintenance include contamination, over greasing, loss of lubrication and poor choices of lubricant. Generally, motors are designed with rolling element bearings that are also anti-friction and grease-lubricated. Since grease keeps bearings in good condition, it is necessary to maintain the right amount of grease to ensure excellent performance of your electric motors. What’s more, grease offers a protective film to your bearings, and…
  • Need to Store your Electric Motors? Some Tips

    David Manney
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    In any industrial setting, you need to make sure that your electric motors and other equipment are in excellent condition. As long as your machinery and devices are performing as expected, you can ensure efficiency and boost productivity over time. To achieve these goals, however, proper maintenance should be done since it can prevent further damage and costly repairs that will impact your bottom line. What’s more, you cannot simply allow frequent downtime in your company, which can slow down business production and negatively impact your investment. How to Avoid Problems with Electric…
  • Wisconsin Sand Mining: Best Sand in the World

    David Manney
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Sand mining refers to the process necessary to extracting sand using an open-pit, but this can also be done by mining sand from inland dunes, beaches and obtained from river beds or ocean beds. Once gathered, sand can be used in various industries such as manufacturing. For instance, sand is an excellent abrasive ideal for making concrete used in constructions. As for some parts of the world with frigid temperatures, sand is quite useful in keeping the road safe for driving. Municipal plow trucks are used to put sand on the road, which helps during snowy road conditions. It can also be mixed…
  • The Effect Weather has on Manufacturing

    David Manney
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Working in central Wisconsin, L&S Electric, and our clients, work through four seasons of weather extremes. From brutally frigid cold weather in January to stifling heat and humidity of August, this part of the US experiences just about any kind of weather. Just as extreme cold or heat affects humans and animals, your equipment feels the weather as well. Based on researchers, the economic output of most countries including China, United States, and Germany is largely impacted by the weather. For instance, profitability of businesses whether in the agriculture to construction industries…
 
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    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING

  • The True Lesson of an Airbag Disaster

    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Honda's practice of learning from errors had to change when failure became deadly.
  • The Future of Management Is Teal

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Organizations are ready for their next evolutionary step: a step toward self-management, wholeness, and a new sense of purpose. Companies are developing a new form of organization -- a soulful workplace where talents are nurtured and the deepest aspirations are honored.
  • So Happy Together: The Right Kind of Collaboration

    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The success of projects involving several stakeholders can depend on achieving the right balance of internal and external contributions.
  • The Decline of the COO

    3 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The chief operating officer has traditionally been the number two person in many companies -- the senior executive charged with overseeing all of the company's business operations. But COOs are becoming an endangered species, made obsolete by a more efficient CEO.
  • Demand Growing for Supply Chain Execs

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Large companies are recruiting an increasing number of top executives with experience in supply chain management. But the financial payoff remains elusive.
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • From Make in India to Start-up India

    David Chadwick
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Make in India is a program initiated by India’s dynamic new Prime Minister Narendra Modi that aims to increase the level of investment and innovation in the manufacturing sector and to enhance skills and build a best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure. On my current visit to India, I gained some insights into the success of this program and learned about a new Start-up India initiative. Flag raising ceremony on Independence Day in India On my first visit to India and I went to 4 cities (Mumbai, Indore, Kolkata and Delhi) and participated in a series of events that introduced Solid…
  • PaxOcean uses Femap to enhance product safety and reliability

    Al Robertson
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    PaxOcean Engineering Zhoushan Co., Ltd. (PaxOcean), was established in 2006, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuok (Singapore) Limited. It provides repair, conversion and new building services to the offshore and marine markets. The company has since received orders to build the world largest semi-submersible accommodation vessel for 750 persons, demonstrating that PaxOcean is growing in stature as one of the world’s leading shipbuilders of offshore platforms and ships. However, as PaxOcean began to build a growing variety of vessels, a string of research and development (R&D)…
  • Solid Edge University UK on track at Silverstone

    David Chadwick
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Our annual event for Solid Edge users in the UK returned to Silverstone this year. Around 250 Solid Edge users came together to network, find out about Solid Edge ST8, and participate in hands-on training classes. Silverstone UTC (University Technical College) is a new school for 14-18 year olds and offers a more technical education to nurture future engineers. Situated right next to the Silverstone race track (where the British F1 Grand Prix was held a few days earlier) it is natural that “high performance engineering” is a focus for them. It was encouraging to learn that all the…
  • Solar Impulse: aircraft design optimization using Femap with NX Nastran

    Al Robertson
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The goal of Solar Impulse is to circumnavigate the world in a fixed wing aircraft that only uses solar power. The aircraft recently landed in Hawaii, the first port of call in the United States, after a challenging flight that lasted 5 days and nights across the North Pacific Ocean from Nagoya in Japan – the furthest a solar plane has ever flown, and the longest lasting solo flight in aviation history. The Solar Impulse plane that is currently undertaking this feat is the second aircraft, known as Solar Impulse 2, and is an improved version of the original prototype aircraft. The aircraft…
  • First in Flight: from Daedalus to the Wright Brothers

    David Chadwick
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    I was fortunate to attend an event with the famous American author David McCullough last month where he was talking about his new book “The Wright Brothers” at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. If you’ve never been to this museum, it is truly an amazing place to visit for anyone interested in the history of innovation, and McCullough’s story of the persistence of the Wright brothers in their development of the first powered and piloted flight was an inspiring story to hear. In Greek Mythology, Daedalus and Icarus escape from Crete by flying, but Icarus flies too close to the sun and…
 
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • Why Manufacturers Should Keep Track of Inventory and Accounts Receivable

    agabrisch
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Check out the video below for Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP’s Why Manufacturers Should Keep Track of Inventory and Accounts Receivable For more information contact Angie Walters at awalters@gppcpa.com. The post Why Manufacturers Should Keep Track of Inventory and Accounts Receivable appeared first on Manufacturing.GPPCPA.com.
  • Moving Manufacturing to the Cloud

    agabrisch
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are particularly capable of handling the diverse needs and challenges of the manufacturing industry. Cloud-based ERP systems can free up capital, all while giving the flexibility necessary to meet evolving operational needs. Here are four reasons why moving to a cloud-based ERP solution may make sense. Reduced costs Numerous studies have shown that moving to the cloud can significantly reduce costs. These reductions come from deductions in data center spending and also IT personnel costs. Additionally, cloud-based implementations…
  • Using Technology to Track Manufacturing Floor Productivity

    agabrisch
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    As the cost of activity trackers has come down, and the functionality of them has gone up, more and more companies are using a new approach of “people analytics”, layering analytics on top of employee behavior. Companies can realize true value in utilizing wearable technology in the workplace, from cost savings and increasing productivity. So, why should your manufacturing company use wearables to track factory workers? Here are a few reasons why using passive data capture from factory workers makes sense: Prevent urgent threats to worker safety. If important indicators of worker safety…
  • 4 Ways Supply Chain Management Can Reduce the Bullwhip Effect

    agabrisch
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    By Angie Walters According to APICS, the definition of supply chain is: the flow of information, services and materials from raw materials suppliers through factories and storage locations such as warehouses, to the end customer. That covers a lot of ground, and given the time span from raw material to the end customer, there are an almost infinite number of ways that the supply chain can derail. One of the most common issues supply chain managers face is known as the “bullwhip effect” in which small fluctuations in demand at the downstream end of the supply chain may cause outsized…
  • Manufacturing Branding

    agabrisch
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    Branding is often times one of the least favorite subjects for manufacturing professionals to discuss. There is, however, a primary reason behind why so many brand-development initiatives fail: too many companies are approaching brand development in strikingly similar ways, often times leading to only modest results. A successful brand-development process requires critical steps, outlined below, in order to be successful: Internal Brand Discovery In this important step, the following should be answered: Who are you? How are you different? Why do you exist? What are you capable of becoming?
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    I.B.I.S., Inc. » Blog

  • Product Setup in Warehouse Management in Dynamics AX

    Matt Alford
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    There is some additional Product setup that must take place in order to use Advanced Warehouse Management in AX. First, WHS MGMT must be enabled for all Storage & Tracking dimensions that will be used for products stored within a WMS-enabled warehouse. Once this happens, the Pallet ID dimension is no longer used and License plate & Inventory status become required dimensions. License plate – is a number assigned to a container such as a pallet, case/box or tote. The Inventory status dimension – Essentially eliminates the need for Quarantine management process. Divide items…
  • I.B.I.S., Inc. Wins Prestigious U.S. Distribution Partner Award from Microsoft

    Beth Seitz
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    I.B.I.S., Inc. Wins Prestigious U.S. Distribution Partner Award from Microsoft August 26, 2015 – I.B.I.S., Inc., the leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics® solutions to distributors and businesses with complex supply chains, announced that Microsoft has recognized the company as the U.S. Distribution Partner of the Year. Microsoft honored I.B.I.S., Inc. with this award at the Annual Microsoft Dynamics® Kick-Off meeting. The U.S. Dynamics Awards are presented to an exclusive group of Microsoft Partners that exemplify outstanding service and solutions to clients that leverage Microsoft…
  • Retail Reporting with Microsoft Dynamics AX

    Whitney Jump
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    The cornerstone of Business Intelligence (BI) analytics is arguably financial reporting because the financial health of a company can be summarized in a straightforward set of financial and operational reports. The business culture is seemingly always at breakneck speed, and for Retail, the experience is no different. Accounting systems like Microsoft Dynamics AX usually come equipped with reporting functionality right within the software. But with modern demands for more complicated, in-depth analyses of your data, as well as industry-specific analytics nowadays, the built-in report design…
  • The Basics of Leads in Dynamics CRM

    Greg Luttrull
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Leads in Dynamics CRM are often considered the most important aspect to a growing business. These leads can lead to customers, which can lead to revenue for your business. These people are individuals or companies that are interested in receiving company specific information about the services and products that are offered. Although there are many different ways to obtain leads, the most well-known practice is by a sales team making calls to those who fill out surveys, contact cards, or simply by cold calling. Leads act largely the same as Opportunities with one major difference, leads have…
  • Location Setup Wizard in Warehouse Management in Dynamics AX

    Matt Alford
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
    Now to attack the Location Setup Wizard in Warehouse Management in Dynamics AX. Since we have created a Location profile for our new bulk locations, we need to generate the location names. We could do this manually, but since this area of the warehouse contains hundreds of locations, we prefer to use the Wizard to do the work. We have selected the Warehouse, the Location profile and also the Zone these locations will belong to. Notice that once the Location profile is selected, the naming convention from the Location format appears. Now you simply need to enter the range of locations you want…
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    MetalMiner

  • Our Own Lisa Reisman to Present Steel Price Forecast Next Week in Atlanta!

    Kyle Fitzsimmons
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    Meet us in Atlanta for SMU's Steel Summit Conference! The Steel Market Update 2015 Steel Summit Conference invades Atlanta next Tuesday and Wednesday, and the MetalMiner™ team will be there in full... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • China To Close Millions Of Tons Of Aluminum Smelter Capacity

    Stuart Burns
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:05 pm
    The China Non-Ferrous Association announced this week that leading Chinese aluminum smelters intend to axe 2.4 million metric tons of capacity in the next couple of months. Free Sample Report: Our... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Week-In-Review: The Market Rebound, Not So Fast, Oil!

    Jeff Yoders
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:04 pm
    After the market tumult of last week, many expected things to calm down and that China's stock market would finally calibrate to the new, devalued yuan/renminbi while equity markets elsewhere would... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New EPA Water Rules Blocked in 13 States

    Jeff Yoders
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    New EPA water rules were blocked by a federal judge and two Chinese, state-owned aluminum giants could combine forces. Water Rules Blocked New water rules from the Environmental Protection Agency... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IHS/PEG: August Construction Costs Fall, Steel Keeps Dropping

    Jeff Yoders
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Construction costs fell further in August, according to IHS Inc. and the Procurement Executives Group (PEG). The current IHS PEG Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) registered 45.7 this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • August 12th East Bay Hardware Startup’s Event Recap

    Matt Hall
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    On Aug 13th, The East Bay Hardware Startup group held its first Hardware Massive event for its at NextSpace Berkeley. Around 50 hardwarians came to network and hear CEO Colin Owen from Sparse talk about the trials of a bootstrapped hardware startup. His company Sparse produces lighting systems for bikes. Colin began his presentation by giving us an overview about himself and his background as a teacher in industrial design. Then he spoke about how he came up with his idea for a bike lighting system and took us from how we designed it to delivering it to his first customers. “Startups…
  • Sea Turtle Sports Case Study

    Matt Hall
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    Why We Launched SeaTurtle Sports SeaTurtle Sports began with a simple goal in mind: get family and friends together and away from the distractions of our busy world. We wanted to rekindle the joy we experienced gathering together on lazy weekend afternoons and beach vacations and translate this into a complete brand experience through the development of outdoor social games. With this in mind, we developed our first product, Beach Bocce Ball. Currently, with five different core product SKUs, our vision is to continue to grow organically and drive a high-level of profitability by increasing…
  • July 8th East Bay Hardware Startup Meetup Recap

    Melody Chang
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    On July 8th, East Bay Hardware Startup meetup held another meetup at Impact Hub Oakland. Around 40 people came to the event to listen to our speaker, Professor Naeem Zafar from UC Berkeley. Meetup was divided into 3 sessions: networking, presentation and demo pitching. Zafar covered the basics of how and what people should pitch to VCs. We heard gems like: “Use your pauses (to attract attention and stress the topic you are demonstrating)”, ”Investors only pay attention to 2 slides in your presentation: slide zero, and your financial projection. ” (slide zero is your intro to your…
  • Global Export Strategies Forum Keynote Announcement: Greg Fisher

    Melody Chang
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We are pleased to announce that on July 23rd, Greg Fisher, CEO of Berkeley Sourcing Group will be doing a keynote series in China with the Global Export Strategies Forum. The Global Export Strategies Forum is a forum about export strategies and industry innovation, and will be hosted the some of the most important Chinese manufacturing cities, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Fuzhou. Attendance includes over 9k Chinese professionals and 300 companies in the export and manufacturing ecosystem.   The topic of Greg’s talk is “The Innovative Chinese Manufacturer”. It will cover how to be…
  • June 25th East Bay Hardware Meetup Event Recap

    Matt Hall
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Last Thursday on June 25th, the East Bay Hardware Startups held their monthly meetup in San Pablo at their brand new community center. It was sponsored by Berkeley Sourcing Group, and Solidcon.   This month’s presentation was given by Greg Fisher, the CEO of Berkeley Sourcing Group. Greg recently returned from a six week speaking tour in China and Japan to share what he saw going on around the globe in the hardware space. Upon his return, he gave that same presentation to our members: “The Big Picture and Lessons Learned for Hardware Startups.”   Some of the big…
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    CircuitHub Blog

  • Introducing CircuitMaker Integration!

    Melissa Hough
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    We've partnered with Altium CircuitMaker to bring our manufacturing services to PCB projects designed with their software. For those unfamiliar with CircuitMaker, it's the free PCB design tool from Altium targeted at hobbyists and makers. CircuitMaker has a more intuitive and easy-to-use interface perfect for those who are just starting to get into PCB design.With the new integration you will be able to easily import your CircuitMaker PCB designs into CircuitHub to have them manufactured.Here's a quick look at how everything works:1.) Click on the manufacture button on the…
  • Introducing Organizations

    Melissa Hough
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    We're often asked "How can I allow others to view and edit my project?". Organizations create a GitHub-like space for hardware projects, making it easy to set up teams and collaborate with your peers.If you make a change to a project shared inside an organization, it will be visible to all members. This includes uploading new revisions, specifying substitutes, supplying pricing, marking components as consigned, and placing orders. If you try out this new feature we'd love to hear your feedback!How to set up an organization
  • Add and Consign Parts

    Melissa Hough
    7 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    A question that we've frequently been asked is "How should I deal with parts which are out of stock or not available on CircuitHub?" We recently released several features which let you supply your own pricing, add parts that aren't in our database, and consign parts.Supply pricing: If you know of a source for the part you can quickly add it by clicking "Supply Pricing" on the BOM drop down.Add parts to CircuitHub: If the part is not available in the CircuitHub database you can add it by clicking "Add part to library."Consign parts: You can also select parts…
  • Project Spotlight: AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock

    Melissa Hough
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    One of our favorite things is seeing the transformation of our customer's designs to a finished product.  Sam aka "THE Awkward Engineer" prototyped some boards through CircuitHub for his recently launched Kickstarter campaign. The Model AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock is his take on what a desk clock would be in a world that isn't overrun by flashing LCD screens.The clock features:Dual analog meters - one "meter" for hours and another for minutes.Powder coated sheet metal construction.Highly tactile knob selector switches to set and adjust the time.Contrasting mix of analog and…
  • Visualize Your PCBs to Avoid Defects

    Melissa Hough
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    We are very excited about the launch of our new PCB viewer which will help you spot mistakes in your design so you can place your order defect free.The new viewer allows you to inspect the top and bottom views and gives you an overview of all of the layers that we have exported from your design. You will see exactly how your PCB will be manufactured.You can also easily modify board specs including board thickness, copper thickness, and soldermask color directly in the interface. 
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    Chronicle

  • How is Tungsten Carbide Formed?

    Dave Siddle
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    In our past article, we provided an overview of the material known as Tungsten Carbide. In this follow up, we’ll tell you how this key material is made. Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals, at 3410oC (6170oF). In order to create parts made from tungsten or tungsten alloys like tungsten carbide, the typical process of melting and blending of the metal and alloying elements is cost prohibitive. One method that eliminates the need for completely melting the key metals is called powder metallurgy. Powder metallurgy starts with powder forms of the key metals and usually at…
  • Top 10 Tips for Summer (Workplace) Safety

    Audra Joseph
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Depending on where you live, “life’s a beach” for a few months out of the year, at least! In our effort to keep it that way, we’re offering 10 tips to keep you safe and sound this summer season. 1. Dress for (Summer) Success During the particularly warm months of summer, respond to climate change in your workplace by dressing to the occasion. Keep your cool by opting for lighter-colored, loose-fitting clothing that will allow air circulation over the body. But also keep in mind, certain environments may be upwards of 25 degrees cooler inside than out, due to…
  • “What is Tungsten Carbide?” You Asked, We Answered.

    Dave Siddle
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Here’s your challenge for the day: What do roads we drive on, a bottle of ketchup, a can of cola, and a custom-designed wedding band have in common? In addition to the items listed, almost all of what we use, and in some cases even wear, has been touched in some way by a tool made from tungsten carbide. From the dies and cutters used to make things such as toiletries, bottles, and your can of cola,; to the wear resistant items used to process food like ketchup and spaghetti sauce; to the tools like road construction bits used to dig up the asphalt and cement on our roads; drills…
  • How To: Move Your Ethics & Compliance Program to the Next Level

    Seth Rice
    27 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    A critical element for any organization to thrive over the long-term is a well-supported and robust ethics and compliance program. This ethics and compliance program must be focused on ensuring that every member of the team, across the enterprise, is reading from the same page when it comes to a culture of: Integrity Ethics Legal Compliance As a four-time World’s Most Ethical Company honoree, a recognition made possible by the daily commitment of our entire global team to conducting business with ethics and integrity, here are a few things we’ve found at Kennametal to…
  • The New Workforce for Customer Engagement and Productivity in #Mfg4.0

    Steven Hanna
    13 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    From Millennials to Baby-Boomers, do you believe there’s a place for everyone in The Age of the Customer? One of the larger challenges facing us as manufacturers in the transition from Product-Centric selling to the new Commerce and Customer-Centric Engagement models is the future role of the ‘expert’. In simple terms, product presentation, sales processes, and customer support still rely heavily upon the availability, expertise, and experience of an aging workforce – think: baby-boomers. Unlike many industries, and despite the huge advances in technology-enablement, we do not…
 
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • ORNL 3-D Prints House and Car That Share Energy

    Evan Milberg
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    According to a story first reported by 3Dprint.com, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has partnered with Clayton Homes and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) on a project to 3-D print an energy-efficient home that will wirelessly share energy with a 3-D printed car. Both the home and car will be printed out of a CFRP material similar to what was used in Local Motors’ 3-D printed Strati car last year. First conceptualized in October last year, the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project will be demonstrated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy and…
  • Airbus Begins Production of the A350-1000’s Carbon Fiber Wings

    Evan Milberg
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Airbus announced the wings for the first Airbus A350-1000 have begun the process of assembly at Broughton, North Wales. The A350-1000 has a wingspan similar to that of the A350-900, but 90 percent of its components have been changed, including an extension to the trailing edge to resize the wing. It includes a droop-nose and adaptive dropped-hinge flaps, which increase the jetliner’s efficiency at low speeds. The A350 XWB wing will be designed and developed at Airbus’ facility in Filton, near Bristol, UK, where a number of other systems are designed and tested including fuel systems and…
  • BASF’s Elastoflex Opens Door to Mass Produced Honeycomb Car Parts

    Evan Milberg
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    According to an August 12 press release from BASF, its semi-rigid polyurethane foam system has made it possible for the first time to mass-produce an exterior car part featuring a honeycomb sandwich structure with a class-A film. The foam system, Elastoflex® E, was used to make the roof for a model of the new smart fortwo – an electric vehicle. The roof consists of a paper honeycomb and two surrounding glass fiber mats. The roof, which is 30 percent lighter than the standard roof on the previous model, was developed by Fehrer Composite Components, which manufactures it in its factory in…
  • New Graphene Discovery Could Improve Future Electronics

    Evan Milberg
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The University of Wisconsin announced last week that researchers have discovered a way to grow graphene nanoribbons with desirable semiconducting properties directly on a germanium semiconductor wafer. This could allow manufacturers to use ultra-narrow graphene nanoribbons in hybrid integrated circuits, which would enhance the performance of future electronic devices. Before this study, scientists had struggled to turn graphene into nanoribbons using lithographic techniques. In order to take advantage of graphene’s electric properties in a semiconductor applications, the researchers had to…
  • NASA Creating Biggest Composite Rocket Parts Ever for Mars Mission

    Evan Milberg
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    NASA’s team at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Is using one of the largest composites manufacturing robots created in America to build the biggest, lightweight composite parts ever made for space vehicles. The composite structures for the vehicles, which are larger than 26 feet in diameter, will be tested for NASA’s new Space Launch System, a rocket designed for deep space missions, including one to Mars. Marshall chose lightweight composites because they have the potential to increase the amount of payload that can be carried by a rocket while simultaneously…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • Sweeping the Concrete Floor with Polished Concrete

    PennCoat, Inc.
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    Polished concrete has become a popular flooring option for many commercial and industrial environments.   it provides a presentable finish, that improves lighting due to increased reflection, and also offers an easy to clean, coating-free, flooring solution for many industrial and commercial environments that are not looking for a coating. However, regardless of the impressive presentation, the work and effort required to install the polished concrete floors vastly outweigh the ease of impression.  Recently, PennCoat, Inc. installed a 19,000 square foot polished concrete floor for a…
  • The many worlds of House Paint

    PennCoat, Inc.
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    PennCoat, Inc. doesn’t paint houses or residential properties.  PennCoat, Inc. provides industrial painting and commercial painting services for plants and facilities.  Regardless of the market’s we’re willing to serve, there is still a large demand for quality house and residential painters.  And even these painters need to have a solid understanding of what paint will work in which environments. Paint for Interior Painting There’s a lot more flexibility with interior paints.  Unlike exterior paints that have to fight weather exposure, interior paints are isolated…
  • Iron Man doesn’t just use acrylic paints.

    PennCoat, Inc.
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    The first Iron Man flick is the origin of Iron Man.  We get to see Tony Stark transcend from tech mogul, to international hero in his computer driven suite of steel armor.  The story is compelling and fascinating, and the characters (specifically the one holding the main spot light), are absorbing and enticing.  But one scene that may have gone unnoticed by the laymen, but not the devoted paint applicator was when Tony Stark applied paint to his suit. Sure, Tony seemed to have a kick picking out the color and tint of his paint.  But there are more factors that need to be considered.  As…
  • Working with Industrial Paint Coatings

    PennCoat, Inc.
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Working With Industrial Paint Coatings – PennCoat, Inc. When it comes to working with industrial paint coatings, there’s a wide range of helpful tips that will ensure you get the best possible look. Today, we’ll cover several tips for applying industrial coatings and we’ll discuss some of the common terms used in the industrial painting market. Properly Cleaning Surfaces One of the most important things you can do before you paint anything is properly cleaning the surface you’re painting. You’d be surprised how many people do this. They clean the surface,…
  • Industrial Painting Contractors

    PennCoat, Inc.
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Our Team Of Experienced Industrial Painting Contractors PennCoat Inc. has been providing industrial painting services in the NorthEast for nearly 30 years. With decades of experience and a safety rating second to none, our experienced industrial painting contractors are the heart of our operations. While those in Eastern Pennsylvania know the PennCoat name, our goal is to become your top solutions in the coatings and restoration industries. PennCoat Inc. is located in Landisville, Pennsylvania. Our industrial painting contractors provide services in Central Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania,…
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    Export Abroad Blog

  • As Russia Tumbles, Putin Looks to the BRICS

    Austin
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    As tensions between Russia and the western powers continues in a stalemate with seemingly no end, Russian President Vladimir Putin is finding that developing economic relations with Latin America may be the solution around sanctions placed on Russia. In particular, Putin sited the BRICS countries alignment would stimulate growth for all parties in his speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June. This forum, which brings together heads of states with international business leaders, aims to encourage discussion and resolution of current geopolitical and economic…
  • Global Free Trade Agreements

    Austin
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    As international trade has become the framework for prosperity in a highly globalized world, free trade agreements have allowed American producers to spread their products and innovations and receive them in return at a much more efficient rate. With the TPP coming into fruition on the horizon, there are important ways in which American companies can take advantage of the free trade agreements already in place and those that are yet to come. Starting with the United States’ first FTA, the Israel-U.S. FTA was established in 1985 and includes all merchandise from Israel, including the…
  • Why Precision Castparts is Worth $32 Billion

    Austin
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Berkshire Hathaway’s recent purchase of Precision Castparts for $32 billion has been making headlines. It is one of the standout transactions in manufacturing M&A in 2015, which has thus far seen an abnormally large amount of M&A compared to historical levels. Another interesting aspect of the transaction is that Precision Castpars is an American manufacturer. It has been proven that Warren Buffet, who sits at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway, is often right in his investment decisions. Then why did he spend so much for an American manufacturing company? Isn’t American…
  • VC Funding’s Fifteen Year High

    Madyson Kendall
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    With the recent economic crisis in Greece raising concern for its effects on the U.S. market, venture capital investments have provided a welcoming prospect for continued American economic recovery. With venture capital investments hitting a fifteen-year high in the second quarter of 2015, future endeavors no longer look as bleak. According to a recently released report, the majority of funding has gone into software development and media and entertainment companies. The estimate is that around $18 billion was distributed through investments during the quarter, a number not reached since the…
  • Building An Export Economy

    Austin
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama announced the National Export Initiative as a way to drive U.S. exports.  In 2014, U.S. exports hit an all-time high of $2.35 trillion and supported 11.7 million jobs.  Although this increase is significant, there is a vast untapped market worldwide. Only 1% of U.S. companies currently export despite the fact 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the United States.  Identifying and targeting new markets still remains a challenge for companies looking to grow.  A lack of knowledge about the process coupled with a lack of quality…
 
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    JE Bearing

  • Facebook Contest Rules

    Phil Pasma
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    This contest is sponsored by J/E Bearing and Machine Ltd.. By participating in this contest, each entrant agrees to abide by the official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of this contest, as determined by J/E Bearing and Machine Ltd., are final in all respects. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook. This contest is open to all legal residents, where not prohibited by…
  • Resolving fan vibration problems

    Phil Pasma
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Are you experiencing increased vibration levels in your facility? Fan rotor unbalance can be the cause and an up-to-date balancer can be the solution to the problem. Unbalance is the most common cause of increased levels of vibrations. In one example, in-situ balancing of five exhaust and circulation fans was child’s play with the use of a modern balancing instrument, data collector and analyzer. For several years, the vibration behaviour of these fans had been neglected at a plant that manufactures cartons. No predictive maintenance program was in place, but eventually a new reliability…
  • Nine really essential skills

    Phil Pasma
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    When industry complains about skills shortages, it’s not just technical skills in welding, electrical knowledge or mechanical prowess that’s missing from job applications. The fact is, there is a bunch of other skills that potential hires need to be effective at. These might surprise you. The list includes numeracy, oral communications, the ability to work with others, continuous learning, reading text, writing, thinking, document use and digital skills. I especially like the one about thinking! These nine basic skills have been identified by a government agency, Employment and Social…
  • Crazy Conveyors

    Phil Pasma
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    Conveyor systems, particularly those used in mining industries, are under constant attack by dusty, abrasive or corrosive materials such as coal, bitumen, iron ore or potash. Operators often push them to deliver beyond their design capacity specifications, causing more wear and tear. As well, straightforward maintenance tasks are frequently not done, leading to premature failure of components and production downtime. The following maintenance tips are distilled from conversations with three specialists from Delta, BC-based Belterra Corporation, which services and sells conveyor system…
  • Lubrication: Grease or Oil?

    Phil Pasma
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Lack of lubrication is generally regarded as the number one cause of bearing failure. For recirculating linear bearings, such as profiled rail guides and ball screws, lubrication separates the bearings (ball or roller) from the raceways, minimizes friction and wear, dissipates heat, and prevents corrosion. It also promotes smooth running of the seals and reduces seal wear, ensuring their effectiveness in keeping the lubrication in and keeping contamination out. The theory of elastohydrodynamic lubrication defines the conditions for development of a lubricating film in recirculating linear…
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    Synchrono » Blog

  • Smooth the rough spots with TOC, then Lean – and fine-tune with Six Sigma

    Pam Bednar
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    What Grade of Sandpaper Will You Use? Part Four Here we are at the final installment of our four-part, Sandpaper blog series about when to use the tools of Lean Manufacturing, the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Six Sigma to address constraints, drive flow and promote continuous improvement. With regard to sandpaper, I talked a lot about what level of grit you will need to smooth out your processes—and what could happen if you try to start with Six Sigma as a first step in creating continuous improvement momentum. Refine with Six Sigma Six Sigma is the fine grit sandpaper, best used on a…
  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Modern Marketer

    Pam Bednar
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    For your customers, it’s more than just connectivity I was recently reading about the Industrial Internet of Things as it relates to my business—manufacturing software. It’s exciting that technologies are now available that will liberate manufacturers from the rigid systems and processes of the past. For today’s manufacturer, the IIoT boils down to the ability to capture and connect data from multiple sources to attain truly meaningful information. An interesting outcome of all of this is that it’s driving manufacturers to a more service-driven model to effectively compete.
  • Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints

    Pam Bednar
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
                          Leveraging Project “Constraints” and Maximizing Results As a project manager for demand-driven, lean manufacturing software, I have more than a nodding acquaintance with the theory of constraints (TOC). What I find quite remarkable is the ability to apply the theory of constraints to other mediums beyond the manufacturing of goods – even something like project work.  When a client understands the theory’s principles, it can be powerful in driving a truly transformational project that outperforms their other…
  • Using TOC, Lean and Six Sigma to Become More Demand-Driven

    Pam Bednar
    19 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    What Tools to Use to Get the Most of Your Demand-Driven Changes Last time, we looked at specific companies that I have worked with and how they became more demand-driven using the Theory of Constraints (TOC) as a first step. As you saw from these real-life examples, TOC works well as a pointer to see where you need to change – and what should be the first items on the list. I have watched TOC solutions work exceedingly well in manufacturing, scheduling, replenishment, and project management for continuous improvements that truly revolutionize environments.  Just as coarse-grade sandpaper…
  • Three Ways to Use Big Data to Understand Your Customers

    Pam Bednar
    2 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    How effective marketers use customer intelligence data to build relationships Marketers have more connected data to work with these days– but many of us struggle to find a place to put it to use. The Internet of Things has delivered unprecedented visibility and connectivity between: Sales data (what leads yield results and why?) Customer data (who is your customer and where do they go to learn about your products?) Product data (what customers need from your product and where are your next innovations?). As your company’s social media marketer, sales lead choreographer or product…
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  • Taiwan as barometer for health of consumer electronics sector

    Dominique Numakura
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Revenue from rigid boards are posting a double digit decline compared to the same month last year. Equipment manufacturers and printed circuit manufacturers released pessimistic forecasts for the second half of the year. They blame their pessimism on slow sales from personal computers, and they expect a negative growth from tablet PCs this year. Read more »
  • Internet of Things changes OEM electronics outsourcing strategy

    Mark Zetter
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The Internet of Things changes how electronics OEM decision makers identify capable providers with adequate service capabilities and deep understanding of extract, transform and loading of proprietary methodologies. Read more »
  • Should cost analysis: How contract electronics manufacturing services price OEM quotes

    Mark Zetter
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Performing should cost analysis for electronics services means understanding how contract manufacturers turn a cost center - into a profit center. This article is based on an actual OEM program cost case study from within a provider. Read more »
  • VentureOutsource.com Welcomes Digicom Electronics to Electronics Services Referral Program

    Mark Zetter
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Digicom Electronics joins Electronics Services Referral Program on VentureOutsource.com. Provider Advisors can now access Digicom technical capabilities to discuss with OEMs seeking electronics services. Read more »
  • Electronics ODM Quanta riding the cloud

    Mark Zetter
    16 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    ODM Quanta's main customers are global top 10 branded notebook vendors. With more than 13 percent of its 30,000 employees worldwide in research and development and engineering development, Quanta is aiming its crosshairs on the cloud. See charts and tables. Read more »
 
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  • Office LED Lighting Fixtures From Compact Come With Substantial Benefits!

    Alex Micky
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:28 am
    LED Lighting Fixtures for Home LightingLED lighting fixtures have been installed in homes in the past and looking at the benefits that these promise now more and more people are going in for these in the offices and other commercial zones too. It has been found that the Office LED Lighting Fixtures end up being highly effectual and this is the reason that the products coming Compact are a huge hit. By investing in the products coming from this manufacturer you will be investing in not only a lighting fixture but in an integrated system that would provide you with quality illumination for…
  • LED Ceiling Lights and why you should use them

    Alex Micky
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    Image credit: talismane.coLED Ceiling LightsLED lights are the most frequently patronized lighting option nowadays, virtually everywhere you go, any office you walk into, any laboratory you step into, any home and even as far as religious houses and temples, you will still come into understanding that LED lighting bulbs has been fully optimized for use in this places.Research has shown that the LED bulbs are one of the most frequently used lighting bulbs in the whole world; could this definitely be because of the increase in the number of consumers using the LED lights? Or could this be…
  • The Rise and Fall in the Prices of LED Bulbs In India

    Alex Micky
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:49 pm
    LED Bulbs Price in IndiaThe importance of the LED bulbs in the Indian economy has led to the high increment and demand in the LED bulbs. These further led to the establishment of several companies and factories handling the manufacturing and production of LED bulbs in within the country.India is one of the highest country or nation of the world with the greatest consumption of the LED bulbs, and further recognized as a reputable and noble exporter of the LED bulbs and lighting to various other neighboring countries. The increase in the prices of LED Bulbs in India was once experienced in the…
  • The Importance Of LED Commercial Lighting In Finance Homes

    Alex Micky
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Commercial LEDLED Commercial Lighting are very well known and recognized for their immense contributions and growth of the economy. A perfect research and close observation has shown that, that are many things that would be affected negatively if the presence of the LED Commercial Lighting ceases to exist. Production Companies, manufacturing industries, Public and Private Enterprises, Individual business, etc are the major sources and clients whom have benefited immeasurably from the existence and the subsistence of the Superb Lighting and fittings.It is indeed true that without the…
  • Buy Energy Saving LED Bulbs for Home Lighting

    Alex Micky
    29 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    What are Energy Saving LED Bulbs for Home Lighting?Image credit: digsdigs.comEnergy saving LED bulbs is chiefly those types’ bulbs which are wholly optimized in the home for the sole purpose of lightening up the whole house and thereby ensuring maximum comfort and relaxation. It is however clear that the Energy Saving LED Bulbs for Home Lighting is the best type bulb lighting for Homes, offices, schools, Colleges and workshops.  The LED formula is more often Preferred and patronized especially when compared to other lighting types and formulas like the fluorescent lighting and other…
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  • Just Mayo Is Just Misbranded, says FDA

    David Lennarz
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On August 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Hampton Creek Foods, Inc. regarding its Just Mayo and Just Mayo Sriracha products.  FDA considers the products to be misbranded, as they don’t meet FDA’s standard of identity for mayonnaise, which requires egg as an ingredient.   ”The use of the term ‘mayo’ in the product names and the image of an egg may be misleading to consumers because it may lead them to believe that the products are the standardized food, mayonnaise,” FDA said.  FDA also noted that the…
  • FDA Increases Price of Medical Device Export Certificates

    David Lennarz
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    Under the FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 (EREA), medical device companies can request export certificates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The cost for an initial export certificate is $175.  Subsequent copies of the certificate for use in the same country are offered for a reduced fee.    On August 18, 2015, FDA increased the fee for subsequent medical device export certificates from $15 to $85 to account for increased costs of processing the certificates.   This marks the second time FDA has increased the fee since the export certification program…
  • FDA Extends September 2015 GUDID Submission Deadline One Month

    David Lennarz
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) submission compliance date for all labelers required to submit data to the GUDID by September 24, 2015 to October 24, 2015. The extension is the result of GUDID security vulnerability issues that have caused FDA to temporarily take the GUDID offline. Those affected by this extension include: Labelers of class II, class I, and undefined implantable, life-supporting, and life-sustaining devices Labelers of contact and intraocular lenses The one-month extension applies only to GUDID data…
  • FDA Issues Warning Letter due to Celebrity Endorsement

    David Lennarz
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Duchesnay, Inc after a social media endorsement posted by U.S. celebrity Kim Kardashian was reported through FDA’s Bad Ad program.  Kardashian published a lengthy post on her Instagram describing her successful experience with Duchesnay Inc’s product DICLEGIS, a prescription morning sickness medicine. “It’s been studied and there was no increased risk to the baby,” Kardashian said in her post. FDA has strict regulations regarding the promotion of prescription drugs.  Advertisements of drug…
  • FDA Publishes FY 2016 Medical Device and Generic Drug User Fees

    David Lennarz
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In early August each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes various user fee rates for the upcoming fiscal year (October 1 to September 30). On August 3, 2015, FDA published its medical device and generic drug user fee rates for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Medical Device User Fees FDA has authority to collect medical device user fees under the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA). With the exception of the establishment registration fee, medical device user fees are reduced for small businesses. The FY 2016 medical device user fee rates are as follows:…
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