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  • The 3rd Machine Age

    Green Manufacturing
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Where are all the people?I recently bought and read a book “The Second Machine Age” by two visionary authors at MIT predicting (touting?) the rise of the next industrial revolution and the age of the robots … like the phrase in Lord of the Rings movie predicting the demise of men (“The Age of Men is over. The Time of the Orc has come." — Gothmog to his army in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). We see here the rise of the machine (again).  Other recent publications, in a series of books and articles, tout the role of automation and robots in enhancing productivity.
  • Markit: Chinese Manufacturing Activity Slipped Further into Negative Territory in July

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    Chad Moutray
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    The Caixin Flash China General Manufacturing PMI dropped from 49.4 in June to 48.2 in July, its lowest level since April 2014. Chinese manufacturing activity has now contracted in 7 of the past 8 months, continuing a deceleration trend in that nation’s economy. Indeed, all of the PMI subcomponents were in negative territory in July, with most of them slipping further. This included new orders (down from 50.3 to 48.1), output (down from 49.7 to 47.3) and exports (down from 50.3 to 46.6), with domestic and foreign demand declining once again after stabilizing slightly in June. Employment (up…
  • Climate change and manufacturing

    Green Manufacturing
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Or, when you’re in a hole … stop digging The subtitle to this posting, the so-called “first law of holes,” is attributed to various sources (earliest going back to 1911 in the Washington Post) and is usually interpreted as “if you find yourself in an untenable position, you should stop and change, rather than carry on exacerbating it.” (from Wikipedia)China became the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter in 2006 overtaking the US due primarily to electricity generation and industrial processes. However the per capita carbon footprint of a Chinese person is still much…
  • Rocket Manufacturing And Testing Lab To Open In Colorado

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    bbergin
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    A rocket launch company is opening a propulsion testing and manufacturing operation in Pueblo, Colorado, officials from the city and United Launch Alliance announced Friday. The operation will bring 34 jobs by 2017, The Pueblo Chieftain reported.
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage for Manufacturers

    IndustryWeek
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, talks about ozone regulations, corporate taxes and manufacturing's role in the public dialogue during the upcoming U.S. presidential campaign. read more
 
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    IndustryWeek

  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage for Manufacturers

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, talks about ozone regulations, corporate taxes and manufacturing's role in the public dialogue during the upcoming U.S. presidential campaign. read more
  • China Scrambles to Shore Up Stocks After Record Fall

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    State-backed China Securities Finance Corporation (CSFC) has reportedly already pumped billions of yuan into mainland equities under a government plan. read more
  • Secrecy Around TPP Fuels Suspicions, Worries

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    After chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are leaked to Wikileaks, critics and backers of the controversial proposal are out in full force. With a Maui meeting looming, how will it affect the country and its industry? read more
  • Generate leads for your retail partners. Sell Direct without Selling Directly

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    This white paper addresses one of the bigger challenges facing manufacturers today: the disruptive nature of the Internet, and its flow-on effect on established distribution relationships with retailers. A number of manufactures are trying to sell directly to consumers, resulting in cross-channel conflict that blunts both the manufacturer and retailer’s sales potential. read more
  • FINANCIAL REPORT: Philips Profits Jump 12% for Second Quarter

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    Dutch electronics company's sales jump 20% compared with the same 2014 period. ... Delta purchases small stake in Chinese airline. read more
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    IndustryWeek

  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage for Manufacturers

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, talks about ozone regulations, corporate taxes and manufacturing's role in the public dialogue during the upcoming U.S. presidential campaign. read more
  • China Scrambles to Shore Up Stocks After Record Fall

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    State-backed China Securities Finance Corporation (CSFC) has reportedly already pumped billions of yuan into mainland equities under a government plan. read more
  • Secrecy Around TPP Fuels Suspicions, Worries

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    After chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are leaked to Wikileaks, critics and backers of the controversial proposal are out in full force. With a Maui meeting looming, how will it affect the country and its industry? read more
  • Generate leads for your retail partners. Sell Direct without Selling Directly

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    This white paper addresses one of the bigger challenges facing manufacturers today: the disruptive nature of the Internet, and its flow-on effect on established distribution relationships with retailers. A number of manufactures are trying to sell directly to consumers, resulting in cross-channel conflict that blunts both the manufacturer and retailer’s sales potential. read more
  • FINANCIAL REPORT: Philips Profits Jump 12% for Second Quarter

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    Dutch electronics company's sales jump 20% compared with the same 2014 period. ... Delta purchases small stake in Chinese airline. read more
 
 
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    Green Manufacturing

  • The 3rd Machine Age

    9 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Where are all the people?I recently bought and read a book “The Second Machine Age” by two visionary authors at MIT predicting (touting?) the rise of the next industrial revolution and the age of the robots … like the phrase in Lord of the Rings movie predicting the demise of men (“The Age of Men is over. The Time of the Orc has come." — Gothmog to his army in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). We see here the rise of the machine (again).  Other recent publications, in a series of books and articles, tout the role of automation and robots in enhancing productivity.
  • Circular economy (and global material and waste flows), Part III

    13 Jun 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Where does everything go?The last posting on the circular economy (CE) was back in August, 2014 and discussed how to measure progress and the role of big data. The focus was on more sustainable behavior and how we might encourage consumers to consider sustainable products. In that context manufacturing needed to increase the yield (efficiency of conversion of materials in to products) in a number of processing operations by identifying “insights” into production that were overlooked due to complexity of the process, large numbers of variables, many differing process stages, etc. And the…
  • Climate change and manufacturing

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Or, when you’re in a hole … stop digging The subtitle to this posting, the so-called “first law of holes,” is attributed to various sources (earliest going back to 1911 in the Washington Post) and is usually interpreted as “if you find yourself in an untenable position, you should stop and change, rather than carry on exacerbating it.” (from Wikipedia)China became the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter in 2006 overtaking the US due primarily to electricity generation and industrial processes. However the per capita carbon footprint of a Chinese person is still much…
  • Material flow, the butterfly effect and consumer influence

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    What is “your butterfly” up to?!Past postings have included discussions of the Ricoh Comet Circle and the circular economy as reasonable representations of several (perhaps oddly) connected elements in a more holistic view of sustainable systems as they influence green manufacturing. Connections in the context of those discussions have been about “material” interactions and movement … what comes from where, what goes where, where is “away” when something is thrown away at its end of life?Over the new year break a number of discussions came to light about the other side of the…
  • Data Schmata

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Show me some numbers!At the end of the last posting the statement was made that it is necessary to address green manufacturing and the role of digital enterprises in the context of informing the customers each enterprise serves as well as those to whom the enterprise appears as the customer. Importantly, this has to be done both external to the organization as well as inside. What does that mean? With apologies to again referring to past postings … this starts with the Google earth view of manufacturing. This was first introduced in a posting way back in 2009. It bears refreshing…
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    Shopfloor

  • Overtime Proposal Misses the Mark

    Joe Trauger
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    On July 6, the Department of Labor proposed a new income threshold to determine who would be eligible to receive overtime pay. The current threshold of $23,660 a year, or $455 per week, has been in place since 2004 and we have to go back to 1975 in order to look at the time before that. In total, the income threshold for overtime has been increased seven times since it was first implemented in 1938. It has never been indexed to inflation, wage rates, or any measure. The threshold being proposed would increase to $50,440 a year, or $970 per week, and then indexed to either the 40th percentile…
  • Markit: Chinese Manufacturing Activity Slipped Further into Negative Territory in July

    Chad Moutray
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    The Caixin Flash China General Manufacturing PMI dropped from 49.4 in June to 48.2 in July, its lowest level since April 2014. Chinese manufacturing activity has now contracted in 7 of the past 8 months, continuing a deceleration trend in that nation’s economy. Indeed, all of the PMI subcomponents were in negative territory in July, with most of them slipping further. This included new orders (down from 50.3 to 48.1), output (down from 49.7 to 47.3) and exports (down from 50.3 to 46.6), with domestic and foreign demand declining once again after stabilizing slightly in June. Employment (up…
  • NAM Continues Executive Insights Series in Cleveland

    Mallory Micetich
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    The NAM’s Jay Timmons joined leading manufacturing CEOs from Sherwin-Williams, Marlin Steel and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Cleveland yesterday as part of the NAM’s Executive Insights series. Panelists discussed the importance of advancing policies and regulations to support manufacturing, and in turn, create jobs and grow the economy in Ohio and across the United States. Manufacturers’ contribution to the U.S. economy has steadily risen since 2009, reaching $2.09 trillion in 2014. In Ohio alone, manufacturing output was $99.83 billion in 2013, directly employing 682,600 jobs in…
  • Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Declined for the Fifth Straight Month in July

    Chad Moutray
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity declined for the fifth straight month in July, albeit at a slower pace than in either May or June. The composite index of general business conditions increased from -13 in May to -9 in June to -7 in July. 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, even with some of them showing a slower rate of decline for the month.
  • Small- and Medium-Sized Ex-Im Users Head to White House

    Lauren Wilk
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    A group of small- and medium-sized business owners joined President Obama at the White House Wednesday in a private meeting to share their stories about how the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank has helped their companies grow, compete in the global marketplace and support jobs in their respective communities.   Among attendees were Love & Quiches Gourmet, Air Tractor and Manhasset Specialty Company. Susan Axelrod, founder of Love & Quiches, a New York-based company that sells brownies, chocolate cakes and cheesecakes all over the world with support from Ex-Im joined the meeting.
 
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    Lean Blog

  • Model Lines and Model Cells to Start a Lean Transformation Strategy

    Mark Graban
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Learn more about the upcoming study trip that I’m facilitating in partnership with Kaizen Institute, September 13 to 19. Registration is open now! Now, onto today’s post… there are any number of strategies or tactics that hospitals or health systems use when getting started with Lean. These approaches and decisions include one or more of the following… should we… Train lots of employees and managers about Lean? Decide if we’re using Lean or “Lean Six Sigma”? Formally certify managers and employees? Do lots of formal Rapid Improvement Events?
  • Parody Video: Keith Olber-Lean and the “Worst Persons in the Lean World.”

    Mark Graban
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    In this post, I’ll be presenting a parody video of Keith Olbermann‘s “worst persons in the sports world” videos. I don’t know how much overlap there is in people who read my blog and people who are fans of Olbermann. I’ve always been a big fan of Olbermann the sports guy… Olbermann the political commentator not so much. But, “the worst persons in the world” is a bit that he’s done on MSNBC and ESPN. In this video, I’m playing a character… a parody you might call Keith Olber-Lean. I’ll be taking some shots at…
  • Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 20, 2015

    Mark Graban
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Back from vacation and tweeting again… here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better experience by clicking through to view it on the website because it will display article link previews, embedded photos, etc., providing a better reader experience for you. #Lean healthcare around the world – this week I was…
  • Flashback Friday: Lean Won’t Work Here, We’re Different

    Mark Graban
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Call it summer laziness, but I’m going to follow up my Throwback Thursday feature with a what I’ll call a “Flashback Friday” along with what’s a more embarrassing picture of myself from my awkward early years (I’m now in awkward middle age). The picture below… I call this my “Ron Burgundy phase.” Thank you, braces. Anyway, I think this post from 2009 is still relevant: “Lean Won’t Work Here… We’re Different” Check it out… how do we engage with people to move beyond “we’re different”…
  • Throwback Thursday: “This American Life” on NUMMI Lessons, “Labor Notes” Still Hates Lean

    Mark Graban
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Episode #403 of the public radio program “This American Life” originally aired in 2010, telling the story of the NUMMI plant that was a joint venture between GM and Toyota (it’s now where they build Teslas). As a joint venture, that meant the closed-down GM Fremont plant was re-opened to be managed under the Toyota Production System. The This American Life story asks why GM didn’t learn more of the lessons from NUMMI. Well, GM did learn many lessons, but it wasn’t enough to save the company from bankruptcy (going from 50% market share to just over 20% will do…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • A Compelling Case for Plastic Shipping Pallets

    Zoe Clark
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Every part of the manufacturing production, warehouse and distribution process is now under scrutiny. The search for lower costs, higher sustainability and greater safety is now transforming the pallet industry. If you are still using wooden pallets, here are 6 reasons why now is time to make the shift to plastic. Ease of Transportation Plastic pallets are typically lighter than their wood counterparts. So, this means less wear and tear on the equipment you use to move or transport them. In addition, shipping and relocating plastic pallets is lighter, so will cost less in transportation fees.
  • 5 Challenges Electronics Manufacturers Face In 2015

    Emma Sturgis
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The world is quickly and constantly transforming as new technologies continue to enter the market. This rapid pace of change is perhaps felt most heavily in the electronics industry which brings in the biggest and newest innovations every year. Look back just a decade and you’ll see how the industry has shifted, with completely new heavyweights leading the field. The evidence is clear that a company must consistently evolve with the times to remain an industry leader in electronics. Following, we’ll look at the five foremost challenges said company must look forward to. Brief…
  • Farm Tech Focus Shifts from Steel to Satellites

    Martin Rickatson
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    The use of electronics in agricultural equipment is nothing new, with the first machines to adopt such technology being made commercially available over three decades ago. But while this heralded the first wave of “precision farming” equipment, providing the ability to monitor, measure and manage, the development of the second phase, driven by the recent advent of GPS satellite system technology, is much more profound. Since their inception, the focus on achieving greater efficiency from farm machines has been on increasing size to boost capacity. While engines have become more frugal in…
  • The CFO’s Guide to Increasing ROA from Manufacturing Operations

    Horace Bill
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    The requirements of the modern CFO have changed. Gone are the days when they could bury themselves in spreadsheets and refrain from getting involved in the dynamic, day-to-day business environment. They must now understand their business from end-to-end, well beyond financial statements. Understanding what drives growth for the business, and leveraging this knowledge with the operational intelligence needed to increase profits, are the skills fundamental to success. As innovation in business transforms traditional roles, individuals must be flexible and welcome fresh approaches. Today’s…
  • The Smarter Way to Build Smart Products

    Gayle Sheppard
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    With the rapid growth of smart products containing embedded software, manufacturers are quickly becoming de facto software companies. This convergence between the hardware and software industries brings advantages, but also creates a key problem given that certain relationships are not unified during the design process. For instance, without an intelligent solution to unify PLM and ALM, time and money can be wasted throughout the manufacturing process. “Engineered products are less ‘hardware’ and more ‘software’ and, as a result, require an evolution in engineering and manufacturing…
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    Field Service Digital

  • Futuristic Fleet: Daimler’s Autonomous 18-Wheelers Promise to Improve Road Safety

    Kate Newman
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last week, we featured the unmanned drones and bulldozers preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This week, we showcase the self-driving semi-trucks designed to save lives on the highway. Nearly 4,000 Americans died in car accidents with a big rig in 2013 — which means about 1 in 10 highway deaths involve a truck, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The good news: Daimler, the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks, is hoping to change that with its latest model. Earlier this summer, Daimler unveiled its new Freightliner, a prototype 18-wheeler called the…
  • Underwater Drones: The New Offshore Explorers

    Marguerite McNeal
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    When tasked with surveying potential offshore drilling sites, oil and gas companies have oft relied on 20th century tech like boats and buoys to get the job done. Until now. In July, ConocoPhilips deployed a collection of seafaring drones in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway and Russia in hopes that these unmanned machines will deliver critical data in a more cost-efficient way. The six self-propelled underwater vehicles are on a data-gathering mission to collect information including wave height, temperature, and wind speed and direction. They’ll also sense whether hydrocarbons…
  • Is 3D Printing a Field Service Dream or a Soon-to-Be Reality?

    Sean Lyden
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Imagine a service van without shelves filled with parts. Instead, there’s an industrial 3D printer inside, allowing technicians to print the parts they need, on-demand. No excess inventory. No extra “truck rolls” to deliver missing parts. Just happy customers…and more profit for your organization. Sounds like a dream come true — but is it a reality? According to a recent study by Deloitte, nearly 220,000 3D printers will be sold worldwide in 2015, representing 100 percent unit growth from 2014. As this technology becomes more mainstream and affordable, will 3D printers…
  • When to Grease a Squeaky Wheel: How to Avoid a Serial Complainer

    Donald B. Stephens
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    After thirty years in the field service industry, I’ve heard my fair share of customer complaints. It always seems that the customer who screams the loudest gets the most attention. I’ve often wondered, though, if my managers were just trying to get rid of an annoyance — like a mother who shoves a lollipop into the mouth of a screaming toddler — rather than deal with the actual problem. Customers learn, almost as fast as toddlers, that when they scream they get attention. And they should. We want our customers to be satisfied with our service. But I’ve also seen people…
  • Futuristic Fleet: The Automated Machines Building An Olympic Village

    Kate Newman
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    As highlighted last week, the farming industry has been using driverless technology for more than a decade. This week, we showcase the drones and automated machines preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. When people talk about the “Age of Machines,” it’s usually in the context of a frantic warning against robots stealing jobs from humans. Amidst the negative noise, however, there’s another side to this technological advancement: Instead of leaving people jobless, innovative companies are finding ways for machines to complement human laborers in order to meet…
 
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  • The Importance of a Maintenance Agreement Program Pt. 2

    Mike Moore
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    In part one of this two-part series, I sat down with HVAC Learning Solutions instructor Tom Wittman to discuss the benefits you can receive by promoting maintenance agreements to customers. Today, we’ll touch on other ways maintenance agreements can affect your business, including hiring procedures and cash flow. M: Is there a rule of thumb for how many technicians you should have per maintenance agreement? T: Typically one technician can manage around 200 to 250 maintenance agreements. I have two simple rules: Make yourself accessible and available during demand months by not scheduling…
  • The Importance of a Maintenance Agreement Program Pt. 1

    Mike Moore
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Sales may be unpredictable, but maintenance agreements  can guarantee success for the fiscal year. These programs are not only profitable for your business, but they can also help you build sustainable relationships with your customers. Why would you want to miss your chance to turn a one-time client into a lifelong customer? I sat down with HVAC Learning Solutions instructor Tom Wittman to find out how promoting a maintenance program to your customers can smooth out the highs and lows and ultimately benefit your business. M: Tom, what would you say are the most important reasons to offer a…
  • Why should I departmentalize my company? Pt. 2

    Dave Nichols
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    In part one of this blog, I discussed how departmentalization can help you manage your business more efficiently. Today, I’d like to continue this topic by covering important factors you should address before dividing up your company. First, it’s imperative be well organized. If you’re going to departmentalize, you need to have  a person who is fully qualified to handle the accounting function and a solid accounting system to track how everything is allocated. For example, if a technician goes on a service call, to which division does that call get charged? Is it a normal call that…
  • Q&A: Why should I departmentalize my company? Pt. 1

    Dave Nichols
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hi Dave, I’m considering departmentalizing my company, but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea. Do you think I should split my company into different divisions, and if so, how do I even start? — Kevin D. from Houston, Texas Hi Kevin, Departmentalizing, or segmenting your business into measurable departments, is great for improving the success and workflow of your company. First, you’ll have better control of managing your business. When you split your company into different segments, you know exactly the profitability of each area. I’ve worked with many contractors who say something…
  • Technology upgrades

    Gary Oetker
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    In today’s world, you must constantly be thinking about how your business can incorporate the latest and greatest technology. Before you upgrade your software this fall, there are a few factors to understand about how this change can affect your business. There’s been a huge movement in our industry to go mobile and paperless, making now the perfect time to consider a technology upgrade. Investing in a paperless environment allows technicians to feed data directly to your software and use resources such as DaveNet to research information instantly, and it helps employees in the office to…
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  • Since it is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, We Decided to Launch a CNCCookbook Sale

    Bob Warfield
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    July 25 is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day… Did you know there is a different food holiday being celebrated almost every day?  Neither did I.  Today’s special food holiday is that it is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.  Now why that holiday isn’t always celebrated on a Sunday (Sundae?), I don’t know, but instead, it…
  • Dell’s Rugged Tactical Laptops: Suitable For Shop Floors?

    Bob Warfield
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme… It should come as no surprise that a maker of CNC Software ideal for use on the Shop Floor believes computers are important to have on the Shop Floor.  I couldn’t live without mine–they do everything from running software to letting me view my prints and other files to helping me…
  • What is Cryogenic Machining?

    Bob Warfield
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Chilling your cutter with Liquid Nitrogen (LN2).  Image courtesy of 5ME. Have you ever heard of Cryogenic Machining?  Better yet, can anyone reading tell us your personal experiences with it? Cryogenic Machining is the process of using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) as the coolant for machining instead of ordinary flood or mist coolants.  It can produce…
  • GW Editor Adds Powerful New GCode Analysis and Documentation Tool

    Bob Warfield
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    I’ve just uploaded G-Wizard Editor v2.2 (click link to download) with a brand new feature called “Export Hints”.  It’s accessed from the File Menu: Export Hints may be found on GWE’s File Menu… Make sure you’re working with a file that has been saved at least once because Export Hints wants to take the same…
  • Here’s a Quick Way to Figure Out Whether to Build a Fixture

    Bob Warfield
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    It’s been said more than once that great fixtures are the secret to profitability for machine shops.  But that’s not always true.  There’s the shops that leave a couple of vises permanently mounted to the table, set their work offsets to the corner of a fixed jaw, and swear by that.  Not much of a…
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    L&S Electric

  • Saving the World with One VFD at a Time

    David Manney
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    When you talk about the advantages variable frequency drives (VFD) offer, the first thing to consider is the cost savings related to speed control. One way to reduce motor speed is to use belts, sheaves, or gearboxes, but a VFD cuts the actual motor speed, which then reduces the number of amps drawn by the motor. If the amps are reduced then the motor isn’t using as much power which saves energy costs. When an electric motor is first powered up, that in-rush of power draws a great deal of electricity, too. A VFD (and soft starter) can be programmed to ramp the motor speed up slowly,…
  • Ways to Extend the Life of Your Motors and Generators

    David Manney
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    There’s a saying about chess that a person can play the perfect game by making all the right moves, but can still lose. This axiom holds true for rotating equipment; eventually, all rotating equipment, such as electric motors, generators, gearbox, etc, fail. What isn’t so definite is when they’ll fail. Writing at the EngineerLive website, Richard Emery shares information on equipment failure and provides some suggestions to extend the life of that equipment. When addressing the operating costs of a modern heavy industrial production facility, most industrial processes will…
  • What Do You Need for Routine Pump Maintenance?

    David Manney
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    Many businesses require that pumps are in operation at all times, or it could have an impact on productivity and ultimately, on their bottom line. That is why routine maintenance is essential for ensuring that you are increasing the lifespan of the pump and keeping it up and running on an ongoing basis. This type of preventative maintenance, which would also include predictive maintenance, can help to troubleshoot any potential problems and can even keep those problems from occurring. Preventative Maintenance – In most cases, preventative maintenance should be done on a daily basis and,…
  • Figuring out the Quality of Your Power

    David Manney
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    There many things that can be tested when you’re dealing with complex electrical equipment but one factor that should not be overlooked is the distribution of electricity. If the electrical system at your place of business is no longer meeting your needs, investigating the power quality and analyzing the data is a step that could help to correct the issue. In fact, power studies, such as proper power quality measurement and analysis, could be an ongoing part of your operation, and it can help to make things run much more smoothly with the electrical system. proper power quality…
  • How Efficient are Your High-Efficient Electric Motors?

    David Manney
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    As the industry for electric motors cruises towards making even more high-efficiency motors, a good question gets asked by Lucie Hodkova, just how efficient are your high-efficient motors really? Motors are the greatest consumers of electricity in the world, with about 70% of all power generated being used by them. Since the Rio Earth Summit a generation ago, there has been a continuous effort to improve motor efficiency, with much effort being put into drafting efficiency standards and new testing methods for newly manufactured motors, which get gradually tighter over the years. However,…
 
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    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING

  • 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.
  • A Sprinter's Guide to Project Management

    11 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jeff Sutherland, codeveloper of scrum, explains how to raise the success rate of your company's projects using the software development method.
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • 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…
  • Can my robot do more with robotics simulation software?

    Stephanie Aldrete
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:23 pm
    By Shay Shomroni and Alex Greenberg, from Siemens PLM Software More manufacturers are acquiring robots to improve production and to modernize methods. It’s not uncommon to encounter challenges when trying to operate robots on the shop floor. Real efficiency improvements are hard to achieve, and in many cases, robots aren’t  used to their fullest capabilities, or rarely used at all.   Why isn’t my robot living up to its potential? Whether used for welding, polishing or assembly, there are several reasons companies are challenged to utilize robots in production: Complexity of parts –…
  • Catchbook: Sketch with a Purpose

    Amy Allen
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    What if you could harness the power of our Siemens PLM Software technology to do everyday things? Say, remodel your basement; teach your kids geometry; design a new backyard landscape—all without knowing you are using enterprise-level technology? We’re excited to announce that our new CatchbookTM software makes this vision a reality. Designed specifically for tablets and smartphones, it’s a tool anyone can use to draw accurately. Whether you’re a 25 year veteran of the CAD industry or a 5 year-old child who is just learning to write, you can use Catchbook. You don’t have to be a…
 
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • 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?
  • Testing Wearables in Manufacturing

    agabrisch
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    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…
  • How 3D Printing Is Disrupting Global Manufacturing

    agabrisch
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    While 3D printing production is still relatively new, it’s already become an inevitable tool for manufacturing. 3D production of functional end-use parts is already one of the fastest growing areas in manufacturing, and here are a few ways that 3D printing production is already in use today: True Rapid Prototyping Recent breakthroughs in automation have changed the game for creating physical replicas of product designs, even leading to same-day production and shipping. This technology is rapidly collapsing design cycles, letting products get to market faster, allowing companies to save time…
  • Avoid Getting Stuck at the Border When Shipping to Canada

    agabrisch
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    U.S. manufacturers that are doing business in Canada are quickly becoming familiar with difficulties when navigating the U.S./Canada customs process. Oftentimes the compliance process can be overwhelming. Listed below are a few logistical solutions that can be utilized to understand and navigate the confusion surrounding customs difficulties. Non-Resident Importer status allows U.S. businesses greater access to Canadian markets. The “non-resident importer” (NRI) program, can give U.S. businesses status to act as an “importer of record,” making them eligible to collect taxes upfront…
  • Protecting Your Supply Chain from Hackers

    agabrisch
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:35 am
    Companies today succeed or fail on the strength and agility of their supply chains, so it’s no wonder that supply chain security is a major concern. Many manufacturers implement security measures in such areas as the purity and safety of ingredients, the origin of materials, or better methods of eliminating counterfeit goods. Unfortunately, many businesses ignore the ever-growing supply chain threats posed by hackers. As the need for supply chain visibility has increased, so has the need for more communication and collaboration. Companies share product designs, product costs, manufacturing…
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    Our Cut-Tex® Blog

  • Cut-Tex® PRO Cut Resistant Fabric for Uniform and Tactical Apparel Manufacturers

    cuttex
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    Cut-Tex® PRO high performance cut resistant fabric has been developed following thousands of cut related injuries at all sorts of different workplaces around the world. Men and women at risk are the ones who protect our countries, especially all homeland security professionals, such as law enforcement and correctional officers. For many years leather was accepted and understood to offer a minimal level of protection against cut related injuries, but a real need for advanced wearable protection called for specially engineered fabrics assuring the wearer does not suffer a lack of dexterity.
  • New Cut-Tex PRO Cut Resistant Fabric Colours !

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  • Cut-Tex PRO Cut Resistant Fabric Now Available In Additional Colours

    cuttex
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
      Cut-Tex PRO Cut Resistant Fabric Cut-Tex® PRO is a truly ultra-high performance cut and slash resistant fabric and it is now also available in five additional colours to better fulfil the needs of textile and clothing manufacturers. Cut-Tex® PRO is with immediate effect also available in the following colours: ‘optic white’ ‘olive green’ ‘navy blue’ ‘hi viz look like yellow’ ‘hi viz look like orange’ PPSS Group, the company behind Cut-Tex® PRO claims it is the world’s best cut resistant fabric, which is reinforced by passing several of…
  • Cut-Tex® PRO Is The World’s Best Slash Resistant Fabric

    cuttex
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    Cut-Tex® PRO is an innovative combination of high performance fibres, weaved by special high-density knitting machines, resulting in a truly outstanding slash resistant fabric. PPSS Group, is a UK based company which produces some of the world’s best body armour, supplying them to homeland security agencies and other at risk clients around the world, the company behind Cut-Tex® PRO. We claim that Cut-Tex® PRO is the world’s best, which is reinforced by passing several of the most stringent European and International Standards for cut, tear and abrasion resistance. Our truly…
  • Cut-Tex® PRO Used to Create Slash Resistant Clothing to Help Protect Cab & Taxi Drivers

    cuttex
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:09 am
    PPSS Slash Resistant Turtle Neck Jacket – ideal to effectively help protect taxi and cab drivers from edged weapon injuries. Just a very few days ago a taxi driver in Scotland was left seriously injured after being attacked with a knife by a passenger who drove off in his car. A few months ago Jay Waiton, a 60 year old cab driver from Salina (Kansas, USA) was brutally attacked, leaving him with injuries on his head, neck and arms. He commented by saying:  “I woke up and thank the Lord that I was still alive… I guess maybe he thought he killed me and that’s when he stopped. I…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc. » Blog

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Budgets – Importing New Budgets

    Andrew Collins
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Microsoft Dynamics GP allows for the entry of Budget IDs through the Budget Wizard for Excel. The steps to complete this are outlined below. Open the Budget Selection Cards >> Financials >> Budgets Click the Excel button and select the Import from Excel 3. Click the Next button. 4. Select the A new Microsoft Dynamics GP budget option to create a new Budget ID or the An existing Microsoft Dynamics GP budget and select the Budget ID to import over. Click the Next button.Note: If importing over an existing Budget ID any GL Account entered on the Excel file will be added to the budget…
  • Marketing Lists in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    Kelsey Andrich
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    When working in Dynamics CRM and wanting to interact with your known Contacts through some type of Campaign or Program, Marketing Lists are the way to go. Without a well-built Marketing List you may be reaching out to the wrong folks or missing crucial individuals who could lead to big business. Marketing Lists are designed so that you can build flexible lists of Contacts for every campaign need your heart desires. Let’s talk about the different types of Marketing Lists: Static and Dynamic. Static Marketing Lists aren’t exactly as they sound. When we say they’re static, we do not mean…
  • 3 Sales and Use Tax Concerns Facing Manufacturers and Distributors

    Whitney Jump
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    The following three areas can pose sales and use tax challenges for manufacturers and distributors. Without aid of the right tools, even the most well-intentioned company can suffer from transactional tax errors. This blog discusses three areas of concerns and what can be done to address them. Input item taxability, use tax and Direct Pay permits Drop shipping on behalf of a distributor or retailer by a manufacturer Installation, repairs and nexus Input Items Taxability, Use Tax and Direct Pay Permits The accurate and early identification of sales and use tax liabilities, properly exempted…
  • Reverse Fiscal Year Close in GP 2013 R2 and GP 2015

    Frank Hamelly
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    Beginning with GP 2013 R2, Microsoft has made it possible to reverse a closed fiscal year.  Previously, reversing a fiscal year close required enlisting the help of Microsoft Tech Support but they’ve been nice enough to share their secrets and incorporate a stored procedure [GLReverseHistYear] to allow us mere mortals to perform this on our own. I used to preach hard the necessity of verifying Posting Type settings on all GL accounts prior to closing.  Balance Sheet accounts – Balance Sheet Posting Type.  P&L Accounts – Profit and Loss Posting Type.  Fixing incorrect…
  • What’s New in AX 2012 R3 CU8 Point of Sale

    Frank Hamelly
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Point of Sale introduces a number of enhancements to create a modern shopping experience for your customers. In this writer’s opinion, the introduction of Modern POS (MPOS) was one of the most significant enhancements for the AX 2012 Retail solution. Sales staff can process sales transactions, customer orders, and perform daily operations and inventory management with mobile devices (PCs, Windows 8 tablets and phones) from anywhere in the store, as well as on a PC-based register. CU8 brings these enhancements to MPOS functionality: • Shared shifts can be used in…
 
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    MetalMiner

  • EPA Clean Power Plan Final Rule: 3 Glimmers of Hope for US Manufacturers

    Taras Berezowsky
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:06 pm
    The EPA is getting closer to unveiling the final versions of its Clean Power Plan, which targets existing power-generating sources in the United States, and the US manufacturing community has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Putin Hath Wrought: Russian Economy Caught in the Consequences of a Commodities Curse

    Stuart Burns
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Under Vladimir Putin, Russia bet its future on its abundant natural resources, believing it was irreplaceable as an energy source to the economies of Western Europe. Three Best Practices for Buying... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Who Says Metal Price Correlation Is Fading? Why Metal Prices Will Always Have Some Connection

    Raul de Frutos
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    We recently saw short article in the Financial Times arguing that the link among industrial metals is vanishing and that individual metals are now moving more according to their “idiosyncratic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Back to Supply and Demand Fundamentals as Metal Price Correlation Fades

    Stuart Burns
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
    An interesting if short article in the Financial Times reviewing research carried out by a team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch illustrates something those in the metals markets will have been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aluminum, Copper Hit 6-Year Lows: Buying on Weakness Is For the Weak

    Raul de Frutos
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Another two metals fell last week into multi-year lows, aluminum and copper. The price drop is not surprising, commodities keep falling, the dollar remains and other industrial metals like Nickel,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • 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…
  • Wearable Tech for Makers – An Insight to Making Your Own Smartwatch, Fitness Tracker Or Other Wearables

    Jason Rosario
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Wearable technology is big news right now, especially with the recent launch of the Apple Watch and the ongoing success of Pebble. We’ve heard talk of wearable devices for some time, but it seems like it’s finally making its way onto the market in a real sense. In other words, there’s never been a better time to join in as a maker. But how do you get started creating wearable tech? This is a whole different category of technology, and as such, it comes with its own challenges and obstacles. Read on, and we’ll take a look at some of the best resources and tools for…
  • Smart Fabrics – A Significant Next Step for Wearable Tech

    Melody Chang
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    Wearable technology is quickly becoming the next big thing in consumer electronics but even as form factors and features improve, the devices are still mostly things you strap on or that otherwise require carrying around. A new slew of technologies based around smart fabrics promises to change this, by integrating technology into our very clothes. How might this work, and what applications can we expect to see in the near future? Moreover, what technologies are already out there? And what do you need to know about this movement as a designer or a maker? How it Works The specifics of the…
  • Wearable World Congress Recap

    Melody Chang
    28 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    This year, Wearable World Congress (formerly Glazed Con) met at the Palace of Fine Arts, where hundreds of people involved in the wearable and IoT landscape converged to talk about the most exciting things happening in the space. There were numerous new devices shown, interesting speakers, and networking galore. What stood out was all the different types of wearables that are coming to market. There was everything from the brain training Muse, which improves your attention span, to fun devices like Drumpants (currently in crowdfunding), that turns you into a human MIDI controller to a pair of…
  • 10 Examples of Fashion-Conscious Technology

    Beth Rogozinski
    21 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    We all agree that many businesses have started to understand the personal aspect of a given product. When it comes to expressing one’s self, the hardware revolution has played an important role in amalgamating functionality with fashion. That being said, wearable technology is becoming more and more accepted worldwide, and venture capitalists and large firms are definitely investing more in this field. Some of the most successful businesses understand this and technology has finally started to catch up – which makes a lot of sense seeing as something like a PC or Smartphone is just about…
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    Chronicle

  • 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…
  • Using Analytics to Grow Your Ethics and Compliance Program

    Seth Rice
    6 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sure, you’ve heard the idiom, “the devil is in the details,” but have you ever considered applying it to your company’s Ethics and Compliance (E&C) Program? If not, we’re going to share why you should give it some thought. At Kennametal, we believe capitalizing on detail yields far greater benefits than fearing it. For starters, we can all agree that assessing the effectiveness of your company’s E&C Program is no walk in the park. Between the many variables to consider and heavy data to analyze, configuring what details carry actual weight towards your program, from…
 
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • GM Lightens Corvette with Composites from CSP

    Evan Milberg
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) announced that the manufacturing of the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette’s body will be the first production use of its advanced composite, TCA Ultra Lite. According to CSP and GM, the use of TCA Ultra Lite, a Class A body panel material, shaved 20 pounds from the new Stingray Coupe model. “In materials engineering, shaving a single pound per car is a significant accomplishment, so saving 20 pounds per car is monumental,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer. “This is a great example of how Chevrolet is continually looking for innovations that…
  • UAB Researchers Develop Tornado Protection Panels from Composites

    Evan Milberg
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A team of researchers at theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) led by Dr. Uday Vaidya has developed a composite of thermoplastic and fiberglass resins and fibers to make wall panels that protect homes from flying tornado debris. This prototype is the first of its kind, and it can be replicated for installation in other homes. The idea for the panels was inspired by the tornado that ravished Alabama in 2011 and the 1,000 tornadoes recorded in the U.S. each year that result in 80 deaths and 1,500 injuries. UAB picked composite materials for the panels for a number of reasons. Composites…
  • Ford Reinvents the Carbon Fiber Wheel for Shelby GT350R Mustang

    Evan Milberg
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ford has laid claim as the first major automaker to mass produce carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment for a production vehicle. Ford teamed up with Australian supplier Carbon Revolution to craft the wheels for Shelby GT350R Mustang. The wheels reduce rotational inertia by more than 40 percent, which positively impacts acceleration and braking performance. By using carbon fiber, Ford and Carbon Revolution were also able to cut the weight of each wheel nearly in half. “The carbon fiber wheels reduce [the overall] vehicle weight by 60 pounds compared to aluminum, yet are stiffer for…
  • MPavilion 2015 Architect Creates Forest Canopy of Composites

    Evan Milberg
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    British architect Amanda Levete has unveiled her plan for a high-tech forest canopy at Melbourne’s 2015 MPavilion. The canopy will be a series of three and five-meter wide petals made out of ultra-thin, translucent CFRP composites. The structure will “sway” in the breeze, responding to the climate and landscape changes. The CFRP petals will light up at night, creating a halo-like effect created by LED strips forming from the capital to the column. The petals will also be turned into speakers and play sound, with all wiring to be hidden within the slim carbon fiber columns.
  • Fiberglass Armor with Printed Electronic Antenna Completed

    Evan Milberg
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), in collaboration with Armortex, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Villanova University, has tested and completed fiberglass ballistic and blast-resistant armor panels with printed electronic antennas that can send and receive radio communications and jam enemy communication signals. The team created two wideband low-profile antennas, each capable of carrying signals at multiple frequencies. Together they provide electronic warfare, jamming and communication capabilities. The armor provides multi-channel communications and advanced active protection for…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • Double Broadcast Decorative Micro-Chip Floor System

    PennCoat, Inc.
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
      Installing a Double Broadcast, Decorative Micro-Chip Floor System We were contacted by a local food manufacturing plant to improve their existing bathroom floor.  The existing floor was the same floor that had originally been installed when the facility was built.  Typically, with new construction, General Contractors seek the least expensive subcontractors to complete the work.  There is a compromise when seeking the least expensive subcontractors, and it’s typically quality in work.  During the site visitation, it was apparent that the cove was subjected to serious…
  • Commercial Painting Contractors In Pennsylvania

    PennCoat, Inc.
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    When it comes to the appearance of your business, both inside and out, having a professional look is very important. This is especially true for commercial businesses that have customers, employees and executives to consider. The appearance of your commercial business can suggest a lot about your company and how operations are ran. And if you’re searching for commercial painting contractors in Pennsylvania, you want to keep experience in mind. For nearly 30 years, PennCoat Inc. has been serving the greater Pennsylvania area, providing both commercial painting and industrial painting…
  • Polished Concrete in Maryland – PennCoat, Inc.

    PennCoat, Inc.
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Polished Concrete has been grinding its way to commercial and industrial locations all over America.  But one of the biggest locations has been in the Baltimore region, and the surrounding state of Maryland, and even Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Polished concrete has become too unnoticeable to ignore, and brings to light some hardening questions about the floor: what is polished concrete, and what are its benefits? Polished Concrete is the result of a successive grinding phases over a concrete slab.  Each proceeding grinding phase has finer diamond heads, that ultimately polish…
  • Epoxy Failures and Solutions – Vapor Transmissions

    PennCoat, Inc.
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Vapor Transmissions and Floor Coatings Concrete epoxy floor coatings are known to be sensitive to excess moisture. How this works may be surprising to you if you have not looked into it before. Where is the moisture coming from? Moisture problems in concrete occur in 2 different ways- moisture content in the concrete itself, and vapor transmission from below. The moisture itself is not always an issue as many epoxies can handle higher moisture in concrete. Vapor is a problem when it is transmitted to the surface. This will occur when the vapor pressure in the concrete is higher than the air…
  • Epoxy Flooring Maryland

    PennCoat, Inc.
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
    Epoxy Flooring Maryland While many business owners do pay attention to the appearance of their business, many tend to pay less attention to their floors. While residential floors play less of a role, industrial and commercial floors are vital to your business. Not only do you have to worry about what your floors look like, they also have to function correctly. PennCoat Inc. has been providing flooring services in Maryland for nearly 30 years. Through experience and quality products, our company has perfected the process of industrial and commercial flooring. It doesn’t matter what kind…
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  • Sealing out Bearing Contamination

    Phil Pasma
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Bearing seals are critical when used in combination with grease lubrication because they help keep the grease free from contamination. Contamination that reaches grease is trapped and will continually wear on the bearing. Most seals are designed to prevent contaminants from entering the bearing. Some seals are designed to allow some grease to escape from the bearing — or ‘weep’. With these types of seals, the weeping action allows the grease to carry some of the contaminants out of the bearing. The grease that escapes from the bearing helps lubricate the seal, and forms an additional…
  • Industrial Lubrication

    Phil Pasma
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    An ineffective lubrication game plan is taking a chunk out of your company’s bottom line. The good news, however, is the situation could be worse. One company in the automotive industry had a scheduled gearbox replacement, but recommendations based on oil analysis results were overlooked. Six months later, the gearbox suffered a catastrophic failure and the plant was shut down for 12 hours at a cost of $15 million. At the Blueprint to World-Class Lubrication workshop held in Burlington, ON, by Lubrigard Ltd. (division of WearCheck Canada Inc.), the above production-related stoppage blow was…
  • New LinkedIn Group: Maintenance Professionals in North America

    Phil Pasma
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Are you on LinkedIn? If so, you may have noticed that you can join professional and non-professional (Justin Bieber groups on LinkedIn.. come on people) groups. There are several one’s focused on manufacturing and maintenance. A few of the groups I am in are: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Industrial Maintenance Machining Maintenance & Reliability Maintenance Professionals Manufacturing, Wholesale & Distribution Forum While I enjoy being a member, I wanted to join a group that focuses on more local manufacturing and maintenance issues, so I created one. With Canada and…
  • Top 5 Blogs so Far

    Phil Pasma
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    We have been blogging now since September of 2014. We wanted take a look back and highlight our top 5 blogs so far. We chose these blogs based on the numbers of views of each post. In our news section, we try to post one blog per day in a variety of categories, such as manufacturing, maintenance and company news. I encourage you to browse through different articles and blogs. Now, let’s get started with looking at the fifth most popular blog. 5. Manufacturing Companies on Social Media  It may come as a surprise to some that bearing & power transmission manufacturers, like Baldor,…
  • Maintenance Training Tips

    Phil Pasma
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    Now that our Canadian economy has started to take wings again, budget restraints are easing to allow some spending on CMMS training and other people-development activities. This month, I am going to lay out some important planning tools to ensure your training programs go off with as few hiccups as possible. Most of us have been on training programs that we really enjoyed. If you think about these times, likely the course materials and instructors were organized and everything seemed to flow smoothly. Lets look at how it’s done. I’ll be honest, we love to deliver training and we want our…
 
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    Synchrono » Blog

  • 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…
  • Life Hack 101: Doing Implementation Documentation Right

    Pam Bednar
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
                    The Who, When, What and Where for a Solid Project Doc Strategy Imagine if your most important photos—your child’s first birthday party, the day you brought home your new dog, that awesome vacation in Europe—were all lost forever. Your computer fell into the bathtub or the hard drive was wiped by an electrical storm, and you didn’t back up your drive. Don’t let this happen to your project documentation. Keep it accessible and functional for the life of your project as well as secure for future use, whether it’s for new end…
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  • FDA Proposes to Require %DV for Added Sugars on Food Labels

    David Lennarz
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    On July 24, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a supplemental proposed rule that would require the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars to be added to the Nutrition Facts label. The rule supplements two changes to the Nutrition Facts label proposed by FDA in March 2014, one of which proposed to include the amount of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label, but not the %DV.  According to FDA, “the percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories.”…
  • cGMPs for Drug Manufacturers: Five Key Points from FDA’s Seminar

    David Lennarz
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented a seminar about basic Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) requirements for drug manufacturers as part of a two-day regulatory education event hosted in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.   If a manufacturer does not follow FDA’s cGMPs, drugs manufactured at the facility may be considered adulterated.  Below are some of the key points regarding cGMPs discussed at the seminar. 1. Manufacturers should maintain detailed, written procedures and be sure to follow those procedures. 21 CFR 211.80(a) states: …
  • U.S. FDA Drug Manufacturer Inspections: What to Expect

    David Lennarz
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    On July 16, 2015, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Facility Reviewer Denise DiGuilio presented a seminar titled “What to Expect During a FDA Drug Manufacturing Inspection.”  The seminar was part of a two-day regulatory education event held in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.  During her presentation, DiGuilio discussed the various types of FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) inspections, how FDA investigators prepare for an inspection, and finally, what to expect during an inspection. Types of FDA Drug Manufacturer Inspections There are four types of FDA CGMP…
  • USA Cracks Down on Food Safety Compliance

    David Lennarz
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    During an interview with the Associated Press on July 13, 2015, U.S. Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery declared food safety compliance enforcement a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice.  “We have made a priority (of) holding individuals and companies responsible when they fail to live up to their obligations that they have to protect the safety of the food that all of us eat,” Delery said. Companies that introduce adulterated food into U.S. commerce are subject to civil and criminal penalties under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).  In recent years,…
  • U.S. FDA Food Labeling Regulations – Top 5 Things to Know

    David Lennarz
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In order to help food companies properly label their products for U.S. distribution, Registrar Corp compiled a list of the top five U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food and beverage labeling regulations. 1. Labels must bear a Statement of Identity Every food label must bear a statement of identity, also known as the name of the product. The common or usual name of the food should be used if it has one. The statement of identity must be placed on the principal display panel (PDP), as well as any alternate PDP. The statement of identity must be in bold type and should be one of the most…
 
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