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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

December 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by John Zegers | Articles | Comments

The director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, John Zegers, consults with manufacturing companies of all shapes and sizes on a wide range of projects. Over the past year, he's been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to him that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing. Take a look at his predictions for the new year. 

U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new...

Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production...

USDA Sees Higher Corn, Soybean Demand In Report

December 11, 2014 9:48 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the...

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Women Having Big Impact On Whiskey Industry

December 10, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Some of the most well-known whiskeys today were either founded, owned, managed or saved by women. As Michelle Miller reports, there are even clubs to experience and learn about different whiskeys and whiskey cocktails.         

Macarons Go Mainstream: A Small Maker's Story

December 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Looka Patisserie, a small maker of desserts, had to quickly ramp up production when Walmart came knocking.                                         

Court: No Pay For Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 10, 2014 10:44 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.               

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10 MP USB 3.0 Industrial Cameras

December 10, 2014 9:34 am | by The Imaging Source | Product Releases | Comments

The Imaging Source, an international manufacturer of machine vision cameras, has just announced the immediately availability of new USB 3.0 industrial cameras with a resolution of 10 MP.

Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 12:06 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility — Kodak.          

Shoes, Perfectly Balanced

December 5, 2014 10:15 am | by New Balance | Articles | Comments

No two runners are the same. So, New Balance has taken to personalizing a runner’s shoes with EOS industrial 3D printing technology to additively manufacture individualized spike plates that improve individual runner's performance.     

This Manufacturer Still Makes Vinyl

December 4, 2014 11:24 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Despite its' retro roots, records sales are growing. Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of the last record pressing plants in the United States.                           

U.S. Productivity Grew In Q3

December 3, 2014 10:57 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers' productivity increased in the July-September quarter at a slightly faster pace than previously estimated while labor costs declined for a second straight quarter.                     

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3D Printing Materials Market To Increase Ten-Fold By 2025

December 3, 2014 10:08 am | by IDTechEx | News | Comments

A massive increase in the use and applications of 3D printers is encouraging huge growth in the market for 3D printing materials. The total consumable market in in 2013 was $800m and is expected to reach $8bn by 2025, according to IDTechEx's new report.

Takata Panel To Audit Air Bag Inflator Production

December 2, 2014 1:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is forming a panel to audit its manufacturing and come up with ways to make safe air bag inflators, but the company's response to a U.S. demand for a national inflator recall remains unclear.     

Cocoa Supply And Demand: Cheap Chocolate Is Over

December 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Todd Masonis, co-founder at Dandelion Chocolate, discusses the factors impacting chocolate supplies as prices climb to meet growing demand.                               

Chicagoland's Three Floyds Brewery

December 1, 2014 12:56 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Nick Floyd is largely credited as being the man who ignited a Chicagoland area craft beer renaissance. His brewery, which he started in 1996, is growing 30 to 40 percent annually and output is expected to hit 40,000 barrels this year.     

Amazon's New Robot Army Is Ready To Ship

December 1, 2014 10:20 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees.

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Oil Plunge Is Threat And Boon To Global Economies

December 1, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.

Growing Plants In The Air

November 21, 2014 4:15 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

AeroFarms has developed a vertical farming system that can grow organic baby leafy greens in urban settings. They're doing it using aeroponics — the process of growing plants in mist without any soil — and plan to launch a branded product from a new 80,000-square-foot warehouse in Newark, New Jersey. 

Forget 'Made In China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

November 21, 2014 4:09 pm | by Kip Anthony | Articles | Comments

Once known as the “Workshop of the World” Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) Of Onshoring

November 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.                  

Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving To The Left

November 21, 2014 2:59 pm | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right.                   

What Exactly Is Luxury Beer?

November 21, 2014 12:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The newest craze hopping around the beer world is pricey beer.                                                     

Philly Area Factories Growing By Most In 21 Years

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Chrsitopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide.                               

GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV For Opel

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

New Research Center To Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

November 20, 2014 10:02 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short, it made aviation history.

U.S. And China Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market

November 19, 2014 9:49 am | by IHS | News | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.           

Group Sues Army Ammunition Plant Over Pollution

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water.                                     

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Mark Adair | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?     

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