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USMTO: March Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise

May 21, 2012 9:05 am

March U.S. manufacturing technology orders were up 11.3 percent from February but down 1.4 percent when compared with the total of $502.89 million reported for March 2011.

Design For Serviceability

May 11, 2012 12:47 pm | by Patrick Esposito, Marketing Manager, MISUMI USA

One approach many automation industry leaders have adopted to facilitate aftermarket maintenance and repairs is a holistic design strategy that standardizes on configurable components, whenever possible.

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Keeping Critical Equipment From Going Down

May 10, 2012 2:43 pm

Due to the ongoing instability of the incoming power to its plant, one manufacturer of products and therapies for kidney and liver dialysis needed to expand the power protection infrastructure to protect more automation control systems, including 35 robotic systems running day and night.

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Shifting Automation Into High Gear

May 10, 2012 1:47 pm

This manufacturer of auto components sought -- and found -- a a data consolidation solution that provided greater visibility into each machine and each process in order to help the company reach its project goals and customer timelines.

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The Role Of Sustainable Product & Factory Design

May 10, 2012 1:00 pm | by Sarah Krasley and Emma Stewart, Ph.D., Autodesk Inc.

By examining the entire lifecycle of the manufactured product -- from the conceptual design of the product through to its end-of-life -- rather than simply the manufacturing process itself, enterprises will find ways to compete successfully inthis new operating environment.

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CFOs More Optimistic About Future Of U.S. Economy

May 10, 2012 12:47 pm

U.S. financial executives are much more optimistic about the national economy than they were last fall, with nearly two-thirds expecting it to grow in 2012, but they remain cautious about the global economy.

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Hydraulic vs. Electromechanical Actuators

May 9, 2012 2:13 pm | by By James Marek, Business Unit Director, Thomson Systems

Linear actuators are commonly divided into two main types: fluid power actuators that operate on differential pressure and electromechanical actuators driven by an electric motor. The type of actuator used plays a critical role in the machine’s performance, initial cost, and operating costs.

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Parts Now Finds The Perfect Fit With Molded Foam Cushions

May 3, 2012 4:13 pm

Sealed Air’s Instapak iMold System offers an efficient and sustainable automated packaging solution for a leading supplier of laser printer parts.

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'Just-In-Time' Inventory Management And How It Affects Cost

May 3, 2012 3:13 pm

Manufacturers now better understand the cost savings and efficiency gains that come from stocking only what inventory is critical to have and leveraging supplier partners to deliver all other items as they are needed.

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On The Cutting Edge

May 3, 2012 3:02 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Columbus Foods has maintained its dedication to making authentic Italian salami throughout its 95-year history while implementing the latest automation and food safety technology available in the meat industry. 

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ISM Report: Pace Of Manufacturing Growth Is Quickening

May 3, 2012 11:36 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Activity in the manufacturing sector and the overall economy has been growing for some time, and now it appears that the pace of growth is quickening.

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PBS Show Finds U.S. Manufacturing As Strong As Ever

May 1, 2012 3:57 pm

Instead of documenting what most people think is an industry in serious decline, producers and host of the PBS series "America Revealed" found reasons to be exhilarated and optimistic about the present and future of manufacturing.

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Energy Harvesting Goes Green

May 1, 2012 3:49 pm | by Resensys

Wireless already abounds in the home, and it's also used broadly in industry to monitor processing conditions throughout plants. The applications are nearly endless.

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Industrial Manufacturers: Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 30, 2012 1:21 pm | by PwC

U.S. industrial manufacturers expect continued global economic growth in 2012, with optimism regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy continuing to rise.

Do It Right The First Time: A Dimensional Engineering Approach To Closed-Loop Quality Management

April 27, 2012 1:53 pm | by Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems

Those who use a dimensional engineering approach to closed-loop quality management have seen the value it has brought their bottom lines.

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Grainger Explains Key Places To Look For Energy Losses

April 25, 2012 5:06 pm

Many systems and pieces of equipment manifest wasted effort and energy in terms of heat. Motors, pumps, and electrical boxes generate heat and can lose energy efficiency as they begin to fail.

Global Skills Gap Leaves 10M Manufacturing Positions Unfilled

April 24, 2012 1:03 pm

Ten million manufacturing jobs worldwide cannot currently be filled due to a growing skills gap. This shortage is pervasive despite the high unemployment rate in many developed economies where companies are struggling to fill manufacturing jobs, such as highly trained workers and engineers.

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The Benefits Of Sales And Operations Planning With Integrated Part Demand Calculation

April 23, 2012 2:30 pm | by flexis

Sales and operation planning - when properly leveraging the following concepts and methods - can help companies optimize production costs and plan their demand right down to the part levels from multiple supplier tiers.

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Iron Baby Comes Alive

April 23, 2012 11:38 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

Move over Tony Stark. This half pint has gone from a 2D viral video sensation to become a 3D marketing phenomenon.

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The War On Counterfeiting

April 20, 2012 3:23 pm | by Greg Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Authentication Solutions, JDSU

Technology has enabled the counterfeiter to become more successful, but technology can also empower brand owners, manufacturers, and consumers alike to protect themselves.

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