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N.C. Company To Buy Bankrupt Peanut Plant

March 24, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Carolina company is hoping to buy an eastern New Mexico peanut-butter processing plant that went bankrupt after a salmonella outbreak shuttered its operations and prompted a nationwide recall.               

Automation Process Control For Hazardous Locations

March 24, 2014 11:01 am | by Amanda Bell, WAGO Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

With increased domestic energy production in the U.S., many new automation systems need to have...

MBT Manufacturing Newswire: 3D Printed Oreo, Dell’s Business Shift & An Alien-Inspired Baby Harness

March 20, 2014 11:34 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we'll discuss the latest on Boeing’s problems,...

Versatile With Higher Resolution

March 11, 2014 11:03 am | by noax Technologies AG | Product Releases | Comments

With a large 21.5 inch display in full HD, the new noax C21 Industrial PC guarantees optimal...

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Industrial Temperature iPAC 9X25 ARM Single Board Computer

March 5, 2014 3:51 pm | by EMAC, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EMAC, Inc. has created the iPAC-9X25. Made in the USA this industrial strength ARM embedded single board computer is based on Atmel AT91SAM9X25 Processor. 

Chrysler Keeping Canadian Plants Without Gov't Incentives

March 5, 2014 9:55 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler said it is withdrawing requests for financial aid for plants in Windsor and Brampton because the projects have become a "political football."                             

Lockheed Martin Expands Cruise Missile Production

March 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin broke ground for its Pike County Operations' Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Alabama.                                 


Poor Dart Sales Lead To Layoffs At Chrysler

March 4, 2014 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor sales of the new Dodge Dart have pushed Chrysler to temporarily lay off 325 employees at the assembly plant that produces the compact sedans.                             

Hot Sauce Factory Topic Of Firey Meeting

February 27, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There could be fiery words Wednesday night as a Southern California city considers whether a hot sauce factory is a public nuisance because of its spicy emissions.                         

Trusting Too Much In Data

February 25, 2014 10:51 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

We are virtually bombarded by the phenomenon of data-driven headlines. On any given day we might read that cigarette smoking is on the rise, or that book sales are down, but without seeing the data plot over a long time we don’t really know what those headlines mean.

Report: Offshoring And Outsourcing A Mixed Bag For U.S. Jobs, Wages

February 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | News | Comments

Without solid numbers, many have assumed that most of the offshored jobs go to developing countries where workers are paid near-poverty wages in less than ideal working conditions. However, the researchers said public fear that offshoring to lower-cost countries is putting downward pressure on U.S. jobs may be overblown.

Boeing Picks Everett To Build 777x Wings

February 18, 2014 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday that the wing center will be located north of its Everett factory and sustain thousands of area jobs in the years to come. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin later this year.         


Do You Believe In Safety Factors?

February 18, 2014 10:42 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

The science of mapping performance distributions told us exactly where we could set our process controls in order to ensure virtually 100% defect-free results. It is a better method than assuming or guessing at an appropriate safety factor.   

Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 18, 2014 10:16 am | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the FDA introduced new standards to ensure the public health of perishable food products that are being shipped, tracked and delivered. While the end result improves public safety and health, these standards present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.

Alcoa Closing Aluminum Smelter, Mills

February 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Faced with stubbornly low prices for aluminum due to global overcapacity, Alcoa has been idling and closing smelters to reduce capacity. When the last moves are completed, Alcoa will have cut its smelting capacity by 17 percent.       

Chinese Villagers Attack Polluting Factory, Police

February 12, 2014 9:02 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest.       

Hyundai's Alabama Manufacturing Facility

February 6, 2014 2:53 pm | by LetsTalkWheels | Videos | Comments

Travel to Montgomery, Alabama and the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing facility where they build the popular Elantra and Sonata models. This tour gives you an up close look at the equipment and practices of a Hyundai facility.         


March In Spain To Protest Coca-Cola Plant Closures

February 3, 2014 3:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.                 

GM's Opel Extends No-Layoff Deal At German Plants

February 3, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit has agreed to extend by two years, until the end of 2018, a guarantee that workers at three German plants won't face layoffs.                           

Irwindale Spicing Up Suit Against Sriracha Plant

February 3, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells.                                   

Owner Of Collapsed Omaha Plant Announces Layoffs

February 3, 2014 8:58 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer that was the site of a deadly industrial plant collapse earlier this month announced Friday that his company is laying off the plant's production staff.             

U.S. Seeks Prison Term For Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager

January 31, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money and sex.                           

Novartis Lays Off More Workers At Lincoln Plant

January 30, 2014 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More Novartis employees have lost their jobs in Lincoln as the drug maker continues to restructure its manufacturing plant there. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the company laid off 27 and eliminated 58 open positions earlier this month.   

Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 10:41 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

Beretta To Build New Firearms Plant In Tenn.

January 29, 2014 2:39 pm | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee. The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs. Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the company raised objections to a wide-ranging gun control measure enacted there last year.

Wind Turbine Maker To Close Pa. Plant

January 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States.                   

Agency Clears Way For $1B Steel Mill Construction

January 27, 2014 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Yokogawa Expands Production In North America

January 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Yokogawa Corporation of America | News | Comments

Yokogawa Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer in the fields of measurement, control and automation, is expanding its North American presence in direct response to increased demand for its product, solution and service offerings.   

Lean Principles, Impressive Results

January 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Mike Engel, Chief Operations Officer, FLEXcon | Articles | Comments

FLEXcon began its lean manufacturing program in 2003 and has since achieved a 90 percent improvement in on-time deliveries, 20 percent reduction in waste and a 35 percent increase in total productivity. Dollar savings are more than 10 times what was invested to roll the practice out and educate and train 1,000 employees. 

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