Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.
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GE Intelligent Platforms has announced the availability of its first product in the company’s new line of Operator Interface (OI) solutions designed specifically to take advantage of the Industrial Internet.
Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver solutions to clients. But before jumping into delivering any of these solutions, system integrators need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation.
Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes are becoming increasingly automated. This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them.
Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours. This surge in corporate beneficence isn't an indication that employers are becoming kinder and gentler: It's about the bottom line.
One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.
Data is captured in almost every manufacturing process in spite of the fact that automotive assembly continues to involve a lot of manual work. As automation costs continue to decline and quality continues to improve, it comes down to teamwork to design the right combination of manual operations, automation and information infrastructure.
A new lawsuit filed in Boone County is seeking $30 million from an investment banking firm and 10 employees accused of fraudulent business practices in a failed factory project in central Missouri.
Network strategies and objectives differ depending on the job. The IT department must place data integrity first. On the other hand, JIT production facilities live and die by keeping manufacturing lines up and running in order to meet production quantity, quality and delivery driven by electronic order requests sent by the customer. By maintaining separate networks, each group can operate at optimum potential.
Roughly a year ago, GE and other thought leaders in the industry launched the Get Skills to Work initiative, a coalition aimed at closing the skills gap and specifically, to support veterans as they transition to careers in advanced manufacturing.
Ground was broken in March 2012 at the new $500 million facility for Continental Tire, the North America arm of German-based Continental AG. Officials initially said the first tire should roll off the assembly line in 2014, with the plant completely built and fully operational in 2021.
U.N. climate talks are likely to run overtime with more than 190 countries arguing over the building blocks for a new pact to slow global warming. A draft text presented Friday, the last scheduled day of the two-week conference in Warsaw, gave only vague direction on when countries should present their targets for restricting carbon emissions.
German steel company ThyssenKrupp AG says it's in "exclusive negotiations" about the possible sale of its 3-year-old steel plant in Alabama.
Founded in 1991, Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI) specializes in supplying manufactured to print assemblies and components to original equipment manufacturers (OEM).
Cisco has announced new solutions and services in the Cisco EnergyWise™ Suite that help enterprises become more energy efficient, reducing costs and carbon emissions. The expanded portfolio is based on the integration of recently acquired JouleX software with Cisco's existing services offerings and EnergyWise technology.
Have you been having problems with your electrical equipment but haven’t found the cause? For many users it turns out to be a very common, widespread problem called ground loop feedback — an electrical phenomenon which occurs when different electrical circuits are powering a system and its peripherals.
The federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration alleges workplace safety violations at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Tuesday that inspectors found that plant workers are exposed to electrocution, burns and potential falls.
The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of the governor and Kia Motors Manufacturing in an open records dispute over hiring records. A Fulton County Superior Court judge had refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four people who were among about 43,000 who applied for jobs at the Kia plant in West Point. The four say they were discriminated against because they had been affiliated with the United Auto Workers labor union.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has published a fourth edition of its highly popular book on wireless networks for industrial automation, updated with an extensive analysis of today’s newest wireless technologies.
Wal-Mart said about 10 of more than six dozen Bangladesh garment factories failed safety checks in audits it commissioned.
The Garden-Fresh Foods plant in Milwaukee has halted production and reassigned about 100 employees because of product recalls, the company said Saturday.
A top Volkswagen labor official says a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another vehicle there.
Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?
The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official said Thursday.
Toyota plans to pull its Camry production line from the Subaru factory in central Indiana after the contract between the companies ends in 2016. The 3,600-worker factory near Lafayette has been building the Camry midsize car for Toyota since 2007. But Toyota has notified Subaru officials that it won't renew the current five-year contract, said Tom Easterday, executive vice president for Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.
Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.
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