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Casting Process Could Transform How Metal Parts Are Made

June 1, 2012 1:43 pm

A Georgia Tech research team has developed a novel technology that enables cost-effective manufacturing procedures after a metal part moves to mass production.

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Orchestrating Compressed Air System Performance

May 29, 2012 2:09 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

The ability to monitor and control the components of a compressor system has given manufacturers the ability to create more efficient systems, collect data, and minimize the costs of their operation—all from the one central location, such as a control room, or even a Blackberry.

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Ditch The Paper (Part II)

May 29, 2012 2:05 pm | by Nick Sprau, Metafile Information Systems

In many cases, paper is the natural enemy of efficiency and a major “blind spot” for management and executives. When information and data is stored on voluminous quantities of paper, it cannot be shared, tracked, or acted upon efficiently.

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Ditch The Paper

May 25, 2012 12:49 pm | by Nick Sprau, Metafile Information Systems

In many cases, paper is the natural enemy of efficiency and a major “blind spot” for management and executives. When information and data is stored on voluminous quantities of paper, it cannot be shared, tracked, or acted upon efficiently.

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Deploying ERP To Support A Diverse Product Line, Global Customer Base

May 25, 2012 12:22 pm

ATM provider Companion Systems looked to Epicor to streamline manufacturing operations, including the product configuration and unit of measure conversion process. The company recently deployed Epicor’s next-generation ERP software solution.

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Closed-Loop Quality Management Minimizes The Cost Of Quality

May 24, 2012 12:25 pm | by Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems

The “closed-loop” approach to quality management, utilizing virtual simulations and tolerance analyses, can link cost factors with tolerance adjustments so users have the data they need to achieve a strategic balance between quality and cost.

The Benefits Of Using Viewing Software Instead Of CAD

May 24, 2012 11:30 am | by Terry Persun, Solid Concepts

By using SolidView for those who only need certain CAD functions, budgets were stretched and those who needed the data could have it.

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Intelligent Design

May 21, 2012 4:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The conveyor has gone from simply a belt, some rollers, and some rails to a high tech piece of equipment that can talk to the user by way of integrated automation systems.

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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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