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Zero Waste Lab in Greece directly recycling waste plastic into 3D printed furniture ZERO WASTE LAB IN GREECE DIRECTLY RECYCLING WASTE PLASTIC INTO 3D PRINTED FURNITURE

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Jan 18, 2019

A Zero Waste Lab was just opened in Thessaloniki, Greece that directly recycles plastic into outdoor furniture. For the public, closing the plastic waste loop with direct recycling is one of the more compelling selling points of 3D printing as we all feel the guilt of our plastic waste.

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5G nets, 3D printing and smart speakers among top 2019 opportunities 5G NETS, 3D PRINTING AND SMART SPEAKERS AMONG TOP 2019 OPPORTUNITIES

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Jan 17, 2019

The technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) practice at Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has revealed its latest digital trends for 2019 in its annual UK technology, media, and telecoms (TMT) report. 2019 will see the first mass-market generation of 5G-enabled handsets go on sale.

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TAHOE Boats builds first hull with Thermwood 3D printed tooling TAHOE BOATS BUILDS FIRST HULL WITH THERMWOOD 3D PRINTED TOOLING

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Jan 17, 2019

TAHOE Boats, part of White River Marine Group, the marine manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, has announced its new and revolutionary T16 boat design engineered with families in mind. Using innovative 3D printing technology, the T16 delivers a lightweight design and better affordability with an unc...

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Carbon, Ford Collaborate on 3D-Printed End-Use Parts CARBON, FORD COLLABORATE ON 3D-PRINTED END-USE PARTS

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Jan 17, 2019

3D printing company Carbon (Silicon Valley) showed the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Co. at the Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Workshop at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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World WORLD'S LONGEST 3D PRINTED CONCRETE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OPENS IN SHANGHAI

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Jan 16, 2019

One of the biggest (pun totally intended) trends occurring in 3D printing right now is printing bridges. We just covered the opening of China's first 3D-printed footbridge in Shanghai, but another record-setting 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge was unveiled on the same weekend and also in S...

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Europe EUROPE'S FIRST CONCRETE 3D PRINTING FACILITY OPENS IN EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS

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Jan 16, 2019

3D printing with concrete is all the rage right now amongst the big wigs in the construction industry, and Europe is jumping on that enthusiasm with the opening of its first industrial concrete 3D printing facility, which is in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The project is a collaboration between BAM Infra...

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Chocolate 3D Printing Moving Closer to the Masses CHOCOLATE 3D PRINTING MOVING CLOSER TO THE MASSES

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Jan 15, 2019

Roaming the vast halls of CES, you realize the show isn’t just about the brightest TVs or the fastest drones. It’s also about deliciousness. As you’ve probably seen from our numerous dispatches from the show, we found a bunch of cool startups developing new ways to make tasty treat...

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Fortify raises $2.5M to develop composite DLP 3D printing platform and strongest resin FORTIFY RAISES $2.5M TO DEVELOP COMPOSITE DLP 3D PRINTING PLATFORM AND STRONGEST RESIN

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Jan 15, 2019

Fortify, a Boston-based additive manufacturing company specialized in composite material systems, has announced today a seed round of $2.5M with strategic funding from Neotribe Ventures, Prelude Ventures, MainspringCapital, Ocean Azul Partners, and McCune Capital.

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3D printed sponge could absorb excess chemotherapy drugs and minimize side effects 3D PRINTED SPONGE COULD ABSORB EXCESS CHEMOTHERAPY DRUGS AND MINIMIZE SIDE EFFECTS

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Jan 11, 2019

A 3D printed sponge could absorb excess drugs from entering the bloodstream of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, reducing the side effects of treatment while also allowing for higher dosages to combat more resistant tumors. The toll of cancer doesn’t stop at the illness; the treatments c...

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Manufacturing analytics: $6T opportunity MANUFACTURING ANALYTICS: $6T OPPORTUNITY

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Jan 01, 2019

There has been sustained excitement about IOT and the data capabilities it will bring to the industry. In 2013, McKinsey&Company had predicted that IOT would bring $3-6T economic impact in 2025. With margins getting smaller and competition getting more intense, manufacturing companies are gettin...

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Robotisation could help reshore manufacturing jobs back to Europe ROBOTISATION COULD HELP RESHORE MANUFACTURING JOBS BACK TO EUROPE

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Dec 27, 2018

One would be hard-pressed to find many commentators ready to say Europe’s manufacturing industry is coasting. Rather, the last decades have been quite competent at throwing several challenges towards our economic model. The 2018 European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) Conference “The World...

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Bulgarian patient receives first 3D printed rib implant BULGARIAN PATIENT RECEIVES FIRST 3D PRINTED RIB IMPLANT

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Dec 27, 2018

We cover heaps of research and development concerning the 3D printing of bone, and while the technologies of the field are advancing at a rapid pace, most of the techniques and materials are years away from being applied. That’s why it’s especially exciting when we get to report on prese...

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The 3D printed Christmas ornament that 3D prints Christmas ornaments THE 3D PRINTED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT THAT 3D PRINTS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

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Dec 27, 2018

Every maker’s 3D printer is working overtime around the holidays as family and friends request trinkets, figurines, and custom name tags. But arguably, the most popular Christmas-time objects to 3D print are ornaments. Some designers go to extremes by incorporating moving parts into their 3D p...

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Watch Bugatti test world WATCH BUGATTI TEST WORLD'S FIRST 3D PRINTED TITANIUM BRAKE CALIPER

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Dec 26, 2018

In only a few years, nearly all vehicles will include 3D printed components. This is evidenced by the growing number of automotive manufacturing companies already using additive methods as well as those in the research and development phase of incorporating 3D printing into their supply chains and a...

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Bugatti speeds up testing on its 3D-printed titanium brake caliper BUGATTI SPEEDS UP TESTING ON ITS 3D-PRINTED TITANIUM BRAKE CALIPER

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Dec 21, 2018

There are only a few manufacturers on that planet that are so important and so specialized that their production of a brake caliper would warrant any amount of attention. Bugatti is one of those few. After premiering a 3D-printed titanium caliper early in 2018, Volkswagen Group released a video of e...

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Three must-see UK electronics manufacturing trade shows for 2019 THREE MUST-SEE UK ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING TRADE SHOWS FOR 2019

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Dec 20, 2018

Meeting your prospective electronics manufacturing partner face-to-face can be a valuable part of the process of assessing whether or not they're the right fit for your company. Manufacturing trade shows offer the perfect opportunity to meet and compare a whole range of contract manufacturers un...

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Predictions and trends: what does 2019 have in store for Australian manufacturers and suppliers? PREDICTIONS AND TRENDS: WHAT DOES 2019 HAVE IN STORE FOR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS?

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Dec 20, 2018

2018 is almost over and what a year it was! We found needles in strawberries, saw a surge in food fraud and an outbreak in listeria from contaminated rockmelons. We observed the rolling of another Australian prime minister, while the positive growth in Australian manufacturing continued. We watched ...

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Manufacturing output picks up as year comes to a close MANUFACTURING OUTPUT PICKS UP AS YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE

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Dec 19, 2018

The survey of 346 manufacturers found that output growth picked up in the three months to December, rising further above the long-run average. Output expanded in 15 out of 17 sub-sectors, with growth driven predominantly by the food, drink, & tobacco, mechanical engineering, and chemicals sub-se...

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Reality Check: The State Of UK Manufacturing REALITY CHECK: THE STATE OF UK MANUFACTURING

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Dec 18, 2018

People around the globe are quick to laud Britain for its prowess in the likes of financial services, education, and media. But few are willing to accept that the nation is a world leader in manufacturing. Despite having remained in the top 11 production countries for the past decade, UK manufacturi...

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Software company Materialise identifies five 3D printing trends for 2019 SOFTWARE COMPANY MATERIALISE IDENTIFIES FIVE 3D PRINTING TRENDS FOR 2019

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Dec 17, 2018

It’s December. That means holiday cheer and a spate of articles, columns, and blogs predicting trends that will shape manufacturing in 2019. A good trends piece about additive manufacturing was posted recently on the website of the Belgian software company Materialise.

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Transparent lenses from an FDM 3D printer TRANSPARENT LENSES FROM AN FDM 3D PRINTER

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Dec 17, 2018

Tomer Gluck of FennecLabs recently posted a tutorial on 3D printing transparent objects such as lenses on desktop FDM 3D printers. While there are many transparent filaments available for FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D printers, there are few transparent 3D prints that come out of the popular de...

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The Rebirth Of Additive Manufacturing In 2019 THE REBIRTH OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN 2019

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Dec 17, 2018

As of the end of 2018, it has now been seven years since SmarTech Publishing believes the additive manufacturing (AM) industry reached its most significant inflection point when the mass influx of low-cost desktop machines catalyzed public attention in the technology like never before.

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Govt lifts ban on raw material import for manufacturing biofuel, biodiesel GOVT LIFTS BAN ON RAW MATERIAL IMPORT FOR MANUFACTURING BIOFUEL, BIODIESEL

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Dec 11, 2018

Biofuel manufacturers can now breathe a sigh of relief with a new announcement that opens and encourages enhanced business operations. Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has ascertained that biofuel manufacturers are now permitted to import raw material without any restrictions.

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A look into smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 A LOOK INTO SMART MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY 4.0

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Dec 06, 2018

As operational technology merges with ICT, mobile communication has an important role to play towards the manufacturing industry. With that said, 80% of Industrial IoT is wired and fixed networks dominate in factories. These long-established physical constraints have contributed to a fixed mindset i...

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How Digital Transformation Is Driving Manufacturing Industry? HOW DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IS DRIVING MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY?

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Dec 04, 2018

Digital technology is shaping businesses and reducing conventional ways of structuring and conducting them. In a nutshell, digital transformations are happening in leaps and bounds and as far as the packaging industry is concerned, it has run on set business models until recently. With digitization ...

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Improvements Your UK Manufacturing Business Should Be Looking At For 2019 IMPROVEMENTS YOUR UK MANUFACTURING BUSINESS SHOULD BE LOOKING AT FOR 2019

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Dec 03, 2018

There are sure to be many new challenges (and opportunities) for manufacturing companies in the wake of the Brexit fiasco. Whilst we’re currently embroiled in an uncertain political, economical and technological climate that’s creating more questions than answers, we can be certain that ...

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Using gaming to attract young manufacturing talent USING GAMING TO ATTRACT YOUNG MANUFACTURING TALENT

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Nov 29, 2018

Manufacturing is at a turning point. At a time when we walk around with supercomputers in our pockets, plants that have been around for decades are still operating like the world hasn’t changed. Sure, there are many businesses undergoing a digital transformation, but the perception remains tha...

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Ready-to-Eat Food Manufacturing: 5 Recommendations for Future Growth READY-TO-EAT FOOD MANUFACTURING: 5 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE GROWTH

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Nov 29, 2018

The demand for healthy and convenient ready-to-eat (RTE) food is on the rise. Already the largest segment in the overall conventional and non-conventional food industry, the RTE food market is forecasted to grow at a 21.8-percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2018 and 2023.

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CERAMBOT is the most affordable ceramic 3D printer to be Kickstarted CERAMBOT IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE CERAMIC 3D PRINTER TO BE KICKSTARTED

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Nov 29, 2018

Ceramic has become a popular material in the 3D printing world. It’s heat resistant, food safe, relatively strong, and has a look and feel that’s just more pleasant than plastics and polymers. That explains why more companies are 3D printing with ceramic. Now, even makers can join in on ...

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What Can 3D Printing Tell Us About The Human Brain? WHAT CAN 3D PRINTING TELL US ABOUT THE HUMAN BRAIN?

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Nov 29, 2018

Our world is full of networks. Our social networks are abstract, but others, such as the circuitry in our brains or the underground networks of fungi that trees use to communicate, have to exist physically. Physical networks, which are restricted by the laws of three-dimensional space, captured the ...

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Top 10 Manufacturing Trends For 2019 TOP 10 MANUFACTURING TRENDS FOR 2019

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Nov 29, 2018

Manufacturers who excel at orchestrating analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), quality management and real-time monitoring to improve manufacturing strategies are growing 10% faster than their peers. 81% say real-time monitoring is improving their business, and 60% say analytics and Business Intell...

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What WHAT'S THE SOLUTION TO THE UK MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLE?

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Nov 29, 2018

Day to day productivity is vital to the success of any manufacturer. And the manufacturing industry has historically been considered a key driver in productivity growth in the UK. But since the financial crisis of 2008, manufacturing - along with the rest of the economy - has seen an undeniable slum...

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Ten Manufacturing Technology Predictions for 2019 TEN MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

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Nov 28, 2018

Running as lean and fast as they can to capitalize on every growth opportunity in 2018, manufacturers are taking bold steps to digitally transform operations in 2019. According to a recent survey of 151 North American manufacturers conducted by Decision Analyst on behalf of IQMS, technologies that b...

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BMW to Start Manufacturing Batteries in Thailand Next Year BMW TO START MANUFACTURING BATTERIES IN THAILAND NEXT YEAR

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Nov 28, 2018

The global EV offensive is forcing some manufacturers to look for alternative ways of cashing in from their experience in the field. BMW recently announced that their Thailand branch will be kicking off local high voltage battery production starting next year. The plant will be located at a new prod...

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Opportunities For Additive Manufacturing In Aerospace OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN AEROSPACE

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Nov 27, 2018

The market for additive manufacturing in the general and commercial aerospace industry has undergone several radical changes over the past three years, all targeted toward implementing the AM process in part manufacturing. Although following very different dynamics, these changes concern both the me...

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Opportunities For Automotive Additive Manufacturing OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUTOMOTIVE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

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Nov 27, 2018

Automotive industry stakeholders worldwide are now racing toward full industrialization and integration of the AM process within their end-to-end production workflow, beginning with software and materials, passing through the AM hardware, and ending with services and a growing number of possible app...

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Opportunities For Additive Manufacturing In Ceramics OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN CERAMICS

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Nov 27, 2018

Few materials in the world of manufacturing offer as wide a range of applications as ceramics. When it comes to additive manufacturing, the wide range of ceramic applications and material types is further expanded by the even wider range of different ceramics additive manufacturing processes that ha...

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Opportunities For Additive Manufacturing In Dental OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN DENTAL

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Nov 27, 2018

No other year in the history of the dental industry has seen as great a push towards global adoption of digital dentistry than 2017 and, as a result of this, attention from dental professionals on 3D printing technologies is at an all-time high. This, of course, is a net positive for the dental 3D p...

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Space Florida will throw almost $20 million at several new rocket manufacturing projects SPACE FLORIDA WILL THROW ALMOST $20 MILLION AT SEVERAL NEW ROCKET MANUFACTURING PROJECTS

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Nov 27, 2018

Space Florida’s board of directors voted Tuesday to throw almost $20 million at new projects estimated to add over 270 high-paying space-related jobs at Cape Canaveral. The biggest project would include $52 million in new facilities for a new player in launch operations and launch vehicle (roc...

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More Than 11,000 Manufacturing Companies Use This Tool To Drive Leads MORE THAN 11,000 MANUFACTURING COMPANIES USE THIS TOOL TO DRIVE LEADS

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Nov 27, 2018

Imagine if you could immediately and continuously identify the companies that are researching you online. Imagine being able to track those companies throughout the buying journey, ensuring you never miss a sales opportunity. Imagine having all of this actionable information at your fingertips, so t...

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Rapid Response to Change is Imperative for Manufacturers RAPID RESPONSE TO CHANGE IS IMPERATIVE FOR MANUFACTURERS

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Nov 27, 2018

It was Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, who said, “Change is the only constant in life,” highlighting the strong need to always expect and plan for change throughout our lives. This is certainly true for the manufacturing industry as cultural and technological changes increasingly place ...

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Cyber Secure Manufacturing Is Smart Manufacturing CYBER SECURE MANUFACTURING IS SMART MANUFACTURING

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Nov 26, 2018

It’s probably not a bad idea for smaller and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to adopt us against them attitude as they become aware of the prevalence of cyber-attacks in the digital age of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.

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Buying a Coordinate Measuring Machine: Technology Advances and Industry 4.0 BUYING A COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE: TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AND INDUSTRY 4.0

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Nov 26, 2018

In the last couple posts in this series, we’ve considered coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) past and present as well as the various calibration standards and probe types that a shop should be aware of when in the market for one of these metrology systems. In this last post, let’s take...

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Mercedes-Benz is 3D printing replacement parts for its classic cars MERCEDES-BENZ IS 3D PRINTING REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR ITS CLASSIC CARS

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Nov 23, 2018

Mercedes-Benz is continuously expanding its range of genuine replacement parts from the 3D printer. The brand has already been offering 3D printed replacement commercial vehicle parts since 2016, now Mercedes-Benz announced that further replacement parts have passed the strict quality assurance at M...

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Manufacturers, just how effective is your induction process? MANUFACTURERS, JUST HOW EFFECTIVE IS YOUR INDUCTION PROCESS?

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Nov 22, 2018

It’s the first day of a promising new career. The candidate you recently offered a job to is now waiting patiently in reception. They are excited and nervous at the same time. They have a million and one questions racing through their head which they hope will be answered during the induction ...

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How The UK Manufacturing Sector Is Changing HOW THE UK MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS CHANGING

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Nov 22, 2018

The manufacturing industry has always been influenced by the demands of society – which remain permanently in flux. Britain has a reputation for lagging behind other nations when it comes to manufacturing, focused primarily on moving goods in high volume at the lowest possible cost.

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What Is Lean Manufacturing? WHAT IS LEAN MANUFACTURING?

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Nov 22, 2018

Lean manufacturing is a big buzzword in the industry – and with good reason. A belief system that has helped to propel manufacturing into an exciting new era, lean ideology is one of the most important and influential movements of our time. At The Manufacturing Institute, we’ve seen firs...

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Cost Saving Tips for Manufacturers COST SAVING TIPS FOR MANUFACTURERS

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Nov 21, 2018

Facing a crisis of shrinking profit margins, Manufacturing Alliance leaders have been asking for some tips on trimming overhead costs. For this article, OVERHEAD COSTS are considered any resource, task or thing that does not directly touch the product being produced for sale. Also, a couple of sugge...

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What’s so special about Pittsburgh and manufacturing? WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT PITTSBURGH AND MANUFACTURING?

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Nov 20, 2018

Well for starters, Pittsburgh is ranked 8th nationally for manufacturing output. There are 3,000 manufacturing businesses and more than 100,000 manufacturing professionals in the Pittsburgh metro area. So when the Manufacturing & Technology team was researching the best place to hold our 2019 ev...

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Researchers are 3D-Printing Fake Moon Dust Into Useful Hardware RESEARCHERS ARE 3D-PRINTING FAKE MOON DUST INTO USEFUL HARDWARE

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Nov 20, 2018

To support a potential, future lunar base, researchers at the European Space Agency (ESA) have 3D-printed and baked fake moon dust into screws, gears, and even a coin. Both private and government space agencies have expressed serious intentions and started developing plans to build a human-inhabited...

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Perfect Day is 3D printing dairy milk without the cow PERFECT DAY IS 3D PRINTING DAIRY MILK WITHOUT THE COW

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Nov 20, 2018

There are more and more non-dairy milks hitting the shelves, from soy and hemp to pecans and flax seed, but a milk alternative (hopefully) coming in 2019 is actually a dairy product, despite the fact that it comes out of a 3D printer and not a cow’s udder. Founded by Ryan Pandya and Perumal Ga...

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Accelerating Digital Transformation with QAD Manufacturing ACCELERATING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WITH QAD MANUFACTURING

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Nov 20, 2018

Business dynamics for manufacturers are changing more rapidly and becoming more disruptive than ever before. The changes are driven by the rising expectations of consumers and business customers, increasing complexities of global supply chains, growing competitive pressures, constantly shifting regu...

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British pound dips despite rebound in manufacturing growth BRITISH POUND DIPS DESPITE REBOUND IN MANUFACTURING GROWTH

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Nov 20, 2018

GBP/USD has edged lower in the Tuesday session. In North American trade, the pair is trading at 1.2809, down 0.33% on the day. On the release front, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney testified about inflation before Parliament’s Treasury Committee. British CBI Industrial Order Expectations ...

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5 Fast Marketing Hacks To Boost Manufacturing Sales 5 FAST MARKETING HACKS TO BOOST MANUFACTURING SALES

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Nov 19, 2018

Looking to increase your sales? Although successful, well-executed B2B marketing strategies take time to build and require ongoing, consistent effort, there are some things you can do today to help drive sales - and they only take a few minutes.

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AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines help manufacturers delivering into DCs AFGC COMMON DELIVERY GUIDELINES HELP MANUFACTURERS DELIVERING INTO DCS

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Nov 19, 2018

Australia’s FMCG market presents myriad challenges for both suppliers and retailers - geographic scale and distance, relatively high costs of transportation, population density, supply chain complexity, and the diverse and fast-evolving expectations of our customers.

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A New Approach for a New Manufacturing Era A NEW APPROACH FOR A NEW MANUFACTURING ERA

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Nov 16, 2018

Here in the U.S., the manufacturing sector is regaining its health and optimism remains high, but challenges remain. Chief among these challenges is the job skills gap. Not surprisingly, major themes at FABTECH 2018 revolved around automation, robotics, and the Connected Factory/Industrial Internet ...

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The UK has a great future in high-value manufacturing - but changes are needed THE UK HAS A GREAT FUTURE IN HIGH-VALUE MANUFACTURING - BUT CHANGES ARE NEEDED

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Nov 16, 2018

The opening of McLaren’s new production facility in Rotherham may have been rich in pomp and ceremony - a 3,850 horsepower convoy of supercars racing to meet the more sedate Royal fleet of Bentleys, for example - but behind the showmanship, there are vital lessons for UK manufacturing.

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The real benefits of virtual reality in manufacturing THE REAL BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL REALITY IN MANUFACTURING

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Nov 16, 2018

Amid all the hype and wide-eyed growth predicted for virtual reality, it's often difficult for stakeholders to decide which of its two words to focus on. Will VR deliver only indirect, virtual benefits to the manufacturing industry or direct, tangible benefits that become a bottom-line reality?

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The Impact of AI and IoT on the Manufacturing Job Market THE IMPACT OF AI AND IOT ON THE MANUFACTURING JOB MARKET

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Nov 16, 2018

Dependent upon your perspective, the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) invokes one of two opinions: One, eventually the machines will rule the world. Or two, you appreciate the benefits of modern technology. But either way, one thing is certain: The human workforce relinquishes a bit of respon...

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How Robotic Arms Is Taking Manufacturing Business To The Next Level HOW ROBOTIC ARMS IS TAKING MANUFACTURING BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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Nov 16, 2018

Robotics is a field concerned with the intuitive connection of perception to action. Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence is used in every industry to automate applications throughout the product line to save time and money. Robots are now used to handle most tedious and dangerous manufacturing applica...

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Women Transform IMTS WOMEN TRANSFORM IMTS

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Nov 15, 2018

While a good deal of the talk at this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) focused on big data, automation, and 3D-printing technologies, what struck me most was the undercurrent of change in our industry. There was a palpable uptick in the number of female attendees learn...

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6 steps to creating manufacturing dashboards 6 STEPS TO CREATING MANUFACTURING DASHBOARDS

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Nov 15, 2018

In the manufacturing industry, there is more to measure now than ever before. This we all know. And while every production process is different, taking a data-driven approach to uncovering insights is a great strategy no matter what is being produced. We all know this, too.

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9 Disruptive Trends and 12 Key Use Cases Transforming Smart Manufacturing 9 DISRUPTIVE TRENDS AND 12 KEY USE CASES TRANSFORMING SMART MANUFACTURING

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Nov 15, 2018

IoT Analytics, a leading provider of market insights & competitive intelligence for the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M, and Industry 4.0, today published a comprehensive 375-page market report titled Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing 2018-2023.

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How to manage cyber-threats within electronics manufacturing HOW TO MANAGE CYBER-THREATS WITHIN ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING

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Nov 15, 2018

The rise of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR)has brought with it digital inter-connectivity that offers unprecedented opportunities for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs.) But with that openness, there also comes risk - the threat of the loss of data, the theft of capital or intellectual prop...

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B2B Customer Appreciation Tips For Manufacturers B2B CUSTOMER APPRECIATION TIPS FOR MANUFACTURERS

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Nov 14, 2018

You already know that your customers mean everything to your manufacturing business. Every once in a while, however, it's important to let those customers know it, too. You likely spend a lot of time, money, and energy bringing in new clients, but very few companies expend anywhere near that muc...

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3d printing - making something useful in an evening 3D PRINTING - MAKING SOMETHING USEFUL IN AN EVENING

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Nov 14, 2018

This particular printer, a Fabrikator Mini v2, has a few foibles - although fewer than many - one of which is that the heated bed cables (for heater and thermistor) foul a screw sticking out of the base, as well as the z-axis (vertical) lead-screw, and they also rub on one of the y-axis rails.

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What is Rapid Response ERP and How Does it Affect the Manufacturing Process? WHAT IS RAPID RESPONSE ERP AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS?

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Nov 13, 2018

The only constant in business today is changing, and the only certainty is that change will likely accelerate in the future. In order to survive and thrive in this environment, manufacturers must be able to rapidly respond to changes by adjusting their business processes or models to meet the requir...

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Why Industry 4.0 isn’t here yet WHY INDUSTRY 4.0 ISN’T HERE YET

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Nov 09, 2018

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has spawned a lot of incredible ideas. Ideas like digital twins and digital threads that enable a complete understanding of the product lifecycle and up-to-the minute data on how the product is actually being used, serviced and performing.

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Customization in Food Manufacturing CUSTOMIZATION IN FOOD MANUFACTURING

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Nov 08, 2018

Who doesn’t love a sandwich from Subway? Apparently, there are 37 million possible sandwich variations, made possible through different filling, salad, bread, and condiment combinations. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains how the future of...

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Why Manufacturers Need a Flexible ERP WHY MANUFACTURERS NEED A FLEXIBLE ERP

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Nov 06, 2018

Manufacturers are operating in a highly competitive business world marked by constant changes in consumer demand as well as competitive and regulatory environments. Customers are demanding better services and products at lower prices and changing the way they consume them. New and non-traditional co...

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7 Tips To Consider When Selecting an MES Solution 7 TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING AN MES SOLUTION

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Nov 06, 2018

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) enable supply chain networks and manufacturing to stay synchronized, scale and flex to fluctuations in demand. The best MES implementations bring greater accuracy, control, scale, and speed to shop floors and are one of the strongest growth catalysts any manufac...

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Our Manufacturing Alliance Survey - Next Steps OUR MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE SURVEY - NEXT STEPS

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Nov 05, 2018

Thank you to the over sixty manufacturing business leader members who responded to the recent Manufacturing Alliance survey. Your input is invaluable to ensure the Alliance is providing our manufacturing community with the information and services needed. Results came back pointing to nine major top...

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Mitsubishi Electric Enters the Additive Manufacturing Market MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC ENTERS THE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MARKET

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Nov 05, 2018

At our ARC European Industry Forum 2018, Chris Hazlewood, Senior Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, gave an important Key Note speech about the three key technologies forming the digital enterprise; Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 3D printing, with focus on AI.

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Additive Manufacturing Builds Opportunity in Mold Components ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING BUILDS OPPORTUNITY IN MOLD COMPONENTS

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Nov 05, 2018

There was a time in the not-so-distant past that many moldmakers could be their own suppliers for individual components, tasking lower-level staff with fabricating one-off metal pieces needed for new tools. These days, however, with tool rooms shorter staffed and new orders keeping the mold makers a...

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How the Strong Economy Is Hampering U.S. Manufacturing HOW THE STRONG ECONOMY IS HAMPERING U.S. MANUFACTURING

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Nov 05, 2018

The long-awaited resurgence of American manufacturing has arrived. Too bad there aren’t enough workers to fill the jobs. More than 500,000 positions in manufacturing are going begging at the moment, according to Steve Menaker, national industrial product industry leader with RSM US LLP, an aud...

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How Blockchain Can Improve Manufacturing In 2019 HOW BLOCKCHAIN CAN IMPROVE MANUFACTURING IN 2019

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Nov 04, 2018

Blockchain’s greatest potential to deliver business value is in manufacturing. Increasing visibility across every area of manufacturing starting with suppliers, strategic sourcing, procurement, and supplier quality to shop floor operations including machine-level monitoring and service, blockc...

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Manufacturing with Machine Learning - Predictions Simplified MANUFACTURING WITH MACHINE LEARNING - PREDICTIONS SIMPLIFIED

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Nov 01, 2018

Yes, machines can learn too! Put simply, machine learning is the ability for computerized machines to learn how to make predictions and/or perform classifications without explicitly being taught or programmed. Just like humans have different learning styles and problem-solving techniques, so do mach...

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While Trump Trade Fights Gain Steam, Manufacturing Still Gaining Jobs WHILE TRUMP TRADE FIGHTS GAIN STEAM, MANUFACTURING STILL GAINING JOBS

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Oct 29, 2018

President Trump’s trade fight with China continues on multiple fronts. This dispute the president is prosecuting against Beijing is a big deal that is regularly overtaken by other events in the news cycle, and it isn’t helped that the president himself is, ummm, an imperfect messenger to...

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Manufacturing Matters, and This New Video Explains the Reasons Why MANUFACTURING MATTERS, AND THIS NEW VIDEO EXPLAINS THE REASONS WHY

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Oct 25, 2018

Not only do factories provide better-paying jobs, they lift up entire communities. There's nothing that upsets us more here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing than when someone tries to argue that manufacturing doesn't matter anymore.

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How to measure employee engagement within manufacturing HOW TO MEASURE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT WITHIN MANUFACTURING

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Oct 25, 2018

Keeping your manufacturing staff happy is critical if you plan to grow your business and continue to delight your customers. Disgruntled employees have the ability to sap the lifeblood from your organization. And in some cases, one or two negative views can spread quickly throughout a business like ...

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How SMEs can adopt additive manufacturing HOW SMES CAN ADOPT ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

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Oct 24, 2018

With a relatively new technology like additive manufacturing (AM), the path for adoption has been trail blazed by high value, low volume parts such as those required in aerospace and motorsports. To date, it has been the arsenal of larger manufacturers that have the money to invest in R&D, have ...

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The Robotic Future of Manufacturing THE ROBOTIC FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING

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Oct 23, 2018

The manufacturing sector has long been at the forefront of innovation, with the cost of production a primary driver of profit margins. Ford Motor Co.’s assembly-line model was one the most significant advances in manufacturing over 100 years ago, making it possible for nearly every American fa...

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5 picks as U.S. manufacturing sector fires on all cylinders 5 PICKS AS U.S. MANUFACTURING SECTOR FIRES ON ALL CYLINDERS

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Oct 22, 2018

U.S. manufacturing sector has been witnessing resurgence under the Trump administration since last year, shrugging off its lengthy spell of weak productivity and sluggish growth. Under Trump’s presidency, the manufacturing sector is flying high as manufacturers have increased capital spending ...

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Manufacturing Day - Opening Doors, Opening Minds! MANUFACTURING DAY - OPENING DOORS, OPENING MINDS!

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Oct 22, 2018

National Manufacturing Day is the nation’s largest, one-day celebration of the Manufacturing Industry.  It is designed to raise awareness about the modern dynamics and opportunities that a career in manufacturing present for the next generation of workforce talent. MFG DAY addresses commo...

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14 metrics every Australian manufacturer should measure 14 METRICS EVERY AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURER SHOULD MEASURE

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Oct 22, 2018

One of the most important quotes in business management couldn’t be more important for Australian manufacturers today. With the right metrics, you can understand what’s working in your production line, and what’s not. You can find weak spots and barriers to efficient production. Yo...

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How connected devices are changing the manufacturing industry HOW CONNECTED DEVICES ARE CHANGING THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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Oct 19, 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling these objects to collect and exchange data, according to Forbes. Products with wireless connectivity (from light bulbs to thermostats to Alexa) are most pre...

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Be a Champion for Manufacturing BE A CHAMPION FOR MANUFACTURING

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Oct 19, 2018

Terry Iverson, president of Iverson and Company and founder of ChampionNow!, is working to change the perception of manufacturing in the United States by writing a book for parents, mentors, and educators. The goal is to highlight the quality manufacturing career opportunities that are available to ...

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White House Puts Out Its Plan for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing WHITE HOUSE PUTS OUT ITS PLAN FOR AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

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Oct 18, 2018

The strategy has input from across the federal government. I know we say this a lot, but there’s a lot going on these days. So, we wouldn’t blame you if you missed this piece of news: Earlier this month, the Trump administration officially unveiled its strategy for strengthening American...

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Evolution of Manufacturing Enterpises and Industry 4.0 EVOLUTION OF MANUFACTURING ENTERPISES AND INDUSTRY 4.0

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Oct 16, 2018

In the initial days of industry revolution, when the organizations were just shaping up, there was no information system to support their activities. Most of the decisions were impulsive, a lack of teamwork, and no means for information exchange. This can be classified as multiple dysfunction enterp...

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Regional Manufacturers Get an Earful From Educators REGIONAL MANUFACTURERS GET AN EARFUL FROM EDUCATORS

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Oct 16, 2018

Our largest attendance for a Manufacturing Alliance event to date listened in on what’s new and what’s working in the on-going quest to provide skilled workers for the needs of local manufacturers. Once again highlighting just how important this topic is to all of us. Lisa Christman, Mas...

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Application of Prescriptive Analytics in Manufacturing Value Chain APPLICATION OF PRESCRIPTIVE ANALYTICS IN MANUFACTURING VALUE CHAIN

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Oct 15, 2018

Today’s manufacturing environment is highly dynamic & complex and consists of various stakeholders like multiple suppliers & partners, multiple distribution channels, multiple fulfillment partners, multiple customer types etc. Decisions have to be taken on business performance and over...

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Big Data Analytics in Manufacturing BIG DATA ANALYTICS IN MANUFACTURING

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Oct 15, 2018

Data is all grown up, with new multidimensional capabilities and broader horizons to offer the manufacturing community. Large data pools have turned manufacturers attention to Big Data solutions for an altogether new dimension of research and trend analysis.

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American Manufacturers Can Lead the World to a Cleaner, Brighter Future AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS CAN LEAD THE WORLD TO A CLEANER, BRIGHTER FUTURE

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Oct 11, 2018

American manufacturers risk losing their competitive edge without clean energy advances. The United Nations climate change report issued on Monday is nothing short of terrifying. But as scientists consistently exhort, we can stabilize our climate future - and another report finds that manufacturing ...

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It’s Manufacturing Day! Here’s What We Need to Do to Help the Next Generation Succeed IT’S MANUFACTURING DAY! HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO HELP THE NEXT GENERATION SUCCEED

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Oct 05, 2018

Happy Manufacturing Day! It’s not a federal holiday quite yet; rather, it’s a moment to appreciate our fellow Americans who work with their hands for a living. But we owe them some help. America can do a better job at recruiting and preparing people for middle-skill jobs that require mor...

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Manufacturing and the Cloud: Top Security Considerations and How to Address Them MANUFACTURING AND THE CLOUD: TOP SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS AND HOW TO ADDRESS THEM

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Oct 04, 2018

Cybersecurity is - and always will be - of the utmost importance to businesses around the world. The onset of advanced technologies and Industry 4.0 has ushered in a new age of security in the cloud, and with it a growing list of potential threats. For manufacturers, these threats are becoming more ...

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Preparing for Manufacturing Day 2018 PREPARING FOR MANUFACTURING DAY 2018

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Oct 01, 2018

Another productive (I do believe that manufacturing productivity is on the rise) year has flown by and it is once again time for Manufacturing Day. This year, Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, will be held on October 5th - the first Friday of the month. It is a day devoted to celebrating mod...

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Manufacturing Sector Growth Remained Strong in September MANUFACTURING SECTOR GROWTH REMAINED STRONG IN SEPTEMBER

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Oct 01, 2018

The ISM Manufacturing Index registered 59.8 points in September, down 1.5 percentage points from the previous month, according to the Institute for Supply Management. September’s reading indicates the twenty-fifth consecutive month of expansion in manufacturing, as readings over 50 points deno...

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Annual EEF fact card shows solid growth for UK manufacturing ANNUAL EEF FACT CARD SHOWS SOLID GROWTH FOR UK MANUFACTURING

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Sep 27, 2018

While uncertainty around Brexit, electronic component shortages and the skills gap continue to loom within UK manufacturing, there is still much to feel positive about. The 4th annual EEF Manufacturing Fact Card, created in partnership with Santander and published in August 2018, provides a snapshop...

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Manufacturing with VR Becoming a Virtual Reality MANUFACTURING WITH VR BECOMING A VIRTUAL REALITY

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Sep 25, 2018

Imagine having an expert watch over your shoulder as you perform a difficult task. Gently guiding you through each step, they can stop you from making any mistakes and help you finish the task quicker than you ever could working alone. The concept is simple enough, but where do you find such an expe...

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What CPG Customers Really Want from Manufacturers WHAT CPG CUSTOMERS REALLY WANT FROM MANUFACTURERS

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Sep 20, 2018

Today, there are added factors that impact the supply chain and have input on how products are sold to consumers, such as suppliers, farmers, government regulators, and technologies. One area we focused on is how the entire process of a manufacturer to a customer to a consumer has changed.

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Are Refractory Metals Additive Manufacturing’s Next Hot Opportunity? ARE REFRACTORY METALS ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING’S NEXT HOT OPPORTUNITY?

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Sep 19, 2018

If you were to ask anybody about metal 3D printing technology, chances are today that a lot of people would actually know what you were talking about. Metal additive manufacturing has grown significantly in awareness over the last decade, after all. If you were to find somebody who knew a little bit...

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The no-nonsense guide to Lean Manufacturing terms THE NO-NONSENSE GUIDE TO LEAN MANUFACTURING TERMS

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Sep 18, 2018

Lean manufacturing principles and some of the tools that go with them can seem a bit daunting. All of the Japanese phrases, acronyms, and occasionally bemusing maths often lead people to think that ‘lean’ might be great for large organizations but too much effort for what they do.

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What Australian manufacturers need to know + examples WHAT AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS NEED TO KNOW + EXAMPLES

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Sep 16, 2018

Have you noticed how recall notifications have soared recently? From listeria outbreaks to undeclared allergens and even faulty condoms, it seems barely a week goes by without Aussie news headlines warning about another major recall. Chances are the risk of a recall or withdrawal weighs on your mind...

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What do SMT component shortages mean for design and manufacturing engineers WHAT DO SMT COMPONENT SHORTAGES MEAN FOR DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS

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Sep 13, 2018

Much has been written about the increasing shortages of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCC), surface mount (SMT) resistors and other semiconductor devices. Right now we are seeing price increases and greatly extended lead times. In some cases, the delivery time is so long that the component is all...

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Why Smart Manufacturing Is About More Than Just Technology WHY SMART MANUFACTURING IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST TECHNOLOGY

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Sep 13, 2018

What is smart manufacturing? Essentially, smart manufacturing is the practice of making information about manufacturing processes available when and where it is needed, in the form it is needed, so that smart decision can be made about the course of critical business operations.

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VW plans to use 3D printing for mass production VW PLANS TO USE 3D PRINTING FOR MASS PRODUCTION

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Sep 11, 2018

The 3D printing revolution has already touched cars in a multitude of ways, but Volkswagen is planning to take the largest step yet: mass production of parts. We've seen 3D printers produce calipers, door sills, and even entire cars, but it's always been for limited production purposes. VW i...

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AI Impacts on Automotive Manufacturing AI IMPACTS ON AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING

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Sep 11, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way in the last few years, bridging the gap between theoretical conversations and what is now practical possibilities, and nowhere are the possibilities more exciting than in the automotive industry. Between the design of the cars we currently drive (and ...

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Digital Commerce Strategies for Manufacturers: Customer Journey Mapping 101 DIGITAL COMMERCE STRATEGIES FOR MANUFACTURERS: CUSTOMER JOURNEY MAPPING 101

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Sep 11, 2018

One way to learn how to provide more value for your customers is to better understand what it's like for them to do business with your company, finding out what works well and what doesn't, and then improving their experience. An exercise to help you with this discovery process is customer j...

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Help Us #CNCtheFuture with Pictures of What Manufacturing Means for You HELP US #CNCTHEFUTURE WITH PICTURES OF WHAT MANUFACTURING MEANS FOR YOU

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Sep 10, 2018

Throughout the year, Modern Machine Shop (MMS) has written a lot about two topics-IMTS 2018 and June 1928. The former is the most influential event in the machining industry. The latter is the month and year Gardner Business Media introduced Modern Machine Shop to the machining industry.

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Bind-and-sinter additive manufacturing offers flexibility and productivity BIND-AND-SINTER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OFFERS FLEXIBILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY

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Sep 10, 2018

Every week it seems as though a new additive manufacturing (AM) machine (or 3D printer) is being announced to the world, leading to a flurry of coverage over what the machine is claimed to do better, cheaper, faster, bigger than existing technology. Whatever the truth of these claims, it is clear th...

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Taking advantage of the Industry 4.0 difference TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE INDUSTRY 4.0 DIFFERENCE

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Sep 10, 2018

The revolutionary approach to digital integration is transforming manufacturing in more ways than one. Not only are manufacturers leveraging new technologies to create and sustain smart factories, but their businesses are experiencing more flexibility, reliability, stable outputs and increased produ...

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A Good Overall Jobs Report, But a Mediocre One for Manufacturing A GOOD OVERALL JOBS REPORT, BUT A MEDIOCRE ONE FOR MANUFACTURING

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Sep 07, 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 201,000 last month, which America’s headline writers agree is a pretty good number. Earnings were up, too. The figure for the manufacturing sector wasn’t particularly rosy, though - factory jobs receded by 3,000 in Augus...

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A new method may enable 3D printing complex structures with graphene A NEW METHOD MAY ENABLE 3D PRINTING COMPLEX STRUCTURES WITH GRAPHENE

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Sep 07, 2018

Researchers from Virginia Tech and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a new way to 3D print with graphene. Graphene has previously been used in extrusion-based processes to print single sheets and basic structures at a resolution of around 100 microns, but this latest research sho...

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Yale researchers develop an easy way to 3D print with metal YALE RESEARCHERS DEVELOP AN EASY WAY TO 3D PRINT WITH METAL

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Sep 06, 2018

Metal 3D printing has enormous potential to revolutionize modern manufacturing. However, the existing metal 3D printing processes, which use lasers to fuse together fine metal powder, have their limitations. The reason being that metals generally don't exist in a state that they can be readily e...

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Non-Manufacturing Sector Growth Picked Up in August NON-MANUFACTURING SECTOR GROWTH PICKED UP IN AUGUST

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Sep 06, 2018

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index registered 58.5 points in August, 2.8 percentage points above July’s figure. This was the 103rd consecutive month of expansion as a reading above 50 indicates growth. Sixteen non-manufacturing industries reported growth, while one reported a decrease. The majori...

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It IT'S COOL TO BE A MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING MAJOR AGAIN

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Sep 06, 2018

The number of individuals earning degrees in engineering has increased steadily over the past decade, and those numbers will only continue to grow. In particular, one subdiscipline of engineering is looking ever more appealing to students: manufacturing engineering.

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MFG Day 2018: 3 Ways to Get Involved MFG DAY 2018: 3 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

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Sep 06, 2018

It’s just one month away! Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) the chance to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians, and the media.

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Driving Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain Improvements with the IIoT DRIVING SMART MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN IMPROVEMENTS WITH THE IIOT

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Sep 06, 2018

Manufacturing is changing dramatically. Industry 4.0 is taking shape and being viewed as the advent of smart technologies based on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It’s affecting everyone, with impacts that ripple across the supply chain.

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Managing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) For Future Growth MANAGING WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (WMS) FOR FUTURE GROWTH

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Sep 06, 2018

Like manufacturing, warehouses, and the systems that manage them are going through an inflection point. The past role of the warehouse as a cost center is giving way to a more integrated, real-time role responsible for driving revenue and growth. New business models bring entirely new business chall...

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GKN Aerospace to 3D print rocket engine turbines for Ariane Prometheus engines GKN AEROSPACE TO 3D PRINT ROCKET ENGINE TURBINES FOR ARIANE PROMETHEUS ENGINES

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Sep 05, 2018

ArianeGroup, the space-launchers joint-venture between Airbus and Safran and the team in charge of the Ariane 6 project, on Sept. 4 awarded a contract to its Swedish supplier GKN Aerospace for turbines of re-usable rocket engine demonstrator, part of Prometheus project.

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How Optimized Is Your Manufacturing Process? HOW OPTIMIZED IS YOUR MANUFACTURING PROCESS?

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Sep 04, 2018

How optimized is your manufacturing process? Would asking this question hurt? Often it can, because setting up a manufacturing process is not easy. It takes time and a fine-tuning capacity that can make even the most ardent perfectionist feel tired.

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Harvard researchers use soundwaves to assist 3D printing with viscous liquids HARVARD RESEARCHERS USE SOUNDWAVES TO ASSIST 3D PRINTING WITH VISCOUS LIQUIDS

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Sep 04, 2018

Researchers from Harvard University’s John A Paulsen School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new 3D printing technique that uses sound waves to generate droplets from liquids with an unprecedented range of composition and viscosity.

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Creating ideal 3D printed silicone molds faster and cheaper CREATING IDEAL 3D PRINTED SILICONE MOLDS FASTER AND CHEAPER

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Sep 03, 2018

Silicone molding is an affordable production method that can allow you to make a series of identical objects for prototyping and functional testing. Until now, however, fabricating molds for casting complex objects required a lot of experience and also involved manual work, which made the process sl...

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Manufacturing: The Next Bottleneck in Gene Therapy MANUFACTURING: THE NEXT BOTTLENECK IN GENE THERAPY

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Sep 03, 2018

Gene therapy is slowly stepping out of its niche, as new scientific insights and lessons learned from early-stage failures have led to several approvals. Now, manufacturing of the viruses used in gene therapy is about to become the next bottleneck. Can contract manufacturing organizations cope with ...

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Small Drones Keep Large Auto Manufacturing Plant Safe SMALL DRONES KEEP LARGE AUTO MANUFACTURING PLANT SAFE

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Sep 03, 2018

Those are the tangible innovations, meaning if you buy a new car, you will benefit in some way from said innovations. Then there are the not so tangible ones unless you work in the business. Or in this case, a manufacturing facility. At least for now.

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Additive Manufacturing in Launch Vehicles ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN LAUNCH VEHICLES

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Aug 30, 2018

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing, as it is commonly known, is a technology that is being more and more used in manufacturing across many industries. The space industry is no exception, and slowly companies are embracing this technology in innovative ways to gain a competitive advantage.

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How machine learning can help manufacturing HOW MACHINE LEARNING CAN HELP MANUFACTURING

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Aug 30, 2018

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) have garnered a lot of attention recently. IDC estimates machine learning and AI spending to increase from $19.1 billion in 2018 to $52.2 billion by 2021. With billions of dollars invested in ML and AI, tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Amazon...

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Scientists 3D print bionic eye prototype that could one day restore sight SCIENTISTS 3D PRINT BIONIC EYE PROTOTYPE THAT COULD ONE DAY RESTORE SIGHT

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Aug 29, 2018

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface which could pave the way for future bionic eyes. And they believe that the 3D printed bionic eye could someday help blind people see or sighted people see better.

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Researchers use a team of mobile robots to 3D print large-scale structures RESEARCHERS USE A TEAM OF MOBILE ROBOTS TO 3D PRINT LARGE-SCALE STRUCTURES

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Aug 29, 2018

3D printers are great at creating objects that are small enough to fit within their printer tray. However, if someone wants to create a large-scale object, they are either forced to find a printer large enough to accommodate the job, or to print it in pieces that can be assembled later.

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Safety and liability in manufacturing SAFETY AND LIABILITY IN MANUFACTURING

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Aug 29, 2018

Innovation in manufacturing has made for surprisingly even footing among rivals in a variety of industries. The last remaining point of competition for market share, some argue, is found in speed and efficiency: even if two companies are making the same products, the business that gets the products ...

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Meet the new Assistants in Medical Device Manufacturing - The Cobots MEET THE NEW ASSISTANTS IN MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING - THE COBOTS

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Aug 29, 2018

Collaborative robots or cobots are a new class of robots that are bridging the gap between fully manual assembly and fully automated manufacturing lines. This has become a critical competitive advantage for small and mid-sized specialty medical device manufacturers and is helping to fill automation ...

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Using 3D printing to cast metal parts in architecture USING 3D PRINTING TO CAST METAL PARTS IN ARCHITECTURE

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Aug 28, 2018

Cast metal has been widely used in architecture - for facades, bridges, beams, columns, and connections. A historical example is the exposed cast-iron arches and columns in the Sainte-Genevieve Library France built by architect Henri Labrouste. Cast metal can find application in architecture whereve...

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National Center for Manufacturing Sciences to Construct Additive Manufacturing Facility in Maryland NATIONAL CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING SCIENCES TO CONSTRUCT ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN MARYLAND

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Aug 28, 2018

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences will establish a new facility in Harford City, Md. that will host industrial additive manufacturing lines, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. The organization is coordinating with public and private organizations such as Johns Hopkins University...

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Market Trends in Polymer Additive Manufacturing MARKET TRENDS IN POLYMER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

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Aug 28, 2018

Unlike the Betamax/VHS technology debate, all the established polymer print technologies have a viable long-term role to play in the 3D-printing industry. SmarTech Publishing has two new studies on additive manufacturing trends. The Crozet, Va.- based firm is said to be a leading provider of industr...

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As the Bank of England Talks Industry 4.0 and Skills, What Does it Mean for Jobs? AS THE BANK OF ENGLAND TALKS INDUSTRY 4.0 AND SKILLS, WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR JOBS?

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Aug 28, 2018

Recent technology developments-including advancements in AI, IoT, and robotics-all driven by what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) have led to speculation in recent years that many industrial jobs could soon become obsolete. This week, Andy Haldene, chief economist of the ...

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Wireless Headphones Market Evolution in Manufacturing Processes with Associated Costs WIRELESS HEADPHONES MARKET EVOLUTION IN MANUFACTURING PROCESSES WITH ASSOCIATED COSTS

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Aug 27, 2018

Wireless Headphones market report is a helpful tool to understand the Global and regional market situations and to determine how the market will evolve. Complete Wireless Headphones market data will play a central role in planning your next move.

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Quanergy expands lidar-manufacturing facility QUANERGY EXPANDS LIDAR-MANUFACTURING FACILITY

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Aug 27, 2018

By now it’s a given that demand for lidar sensors is heading toward levels never seen before. A few companies in the automotive lidar market have met this growing demand with factory expansions: Velodyne made the leap a few years ago. Now, the relatively new Quanergy has jumped in, announcing ...

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5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires 5 WAYS MANUFACTURERS CAN SUCCESSFULLY ONBOARD NEW HIRES

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Aug 24, 2018

Losing workers from the factory floor is never easy, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) where the output of every employee can be critical to maintaining production quotas and keeping customers happy.

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How the Internet of Things is expected to influence engineering and manufacturing HOW THE INTERNET OF THINGS IS EXPECTED TO INFLUENCE ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING

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Aug 23, 2018

The Internet of Things is creating a 3-D map of your workplace, and it knows you have been taking too many coffee breaks. Every 15 minutes? Seriously, stop. In this connected map, devices, machines, and business processes are linked.

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Improving digital manufacturing adoption in the US IMPROVING DIGITAL MANUFACTURING ADOPTION IN THE US

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Aug 23, 2018

Information and communication technology (ICT) is reshaping modern manufacturing around the world, but a new report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the world’s top-ranked think tank for science and technology policy, finds that US manufacturers, a...

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Looking Back at the Four Eras of Manufacturing LOOKING BACK AT THE FOUR ERAS OF MANUFACTURING

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Aug 23, 2018

Today (August 23, 2018) represents a milestone in the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Thirty years ago, on this date in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act (Public Law 100-418...

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Manufacturing with Collaborative Robots: Make Way for the Cobots! MANUFACTURING WITH COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS: MAKE WAY FOR THE COBOTS!

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Aug 23, 2018

Treat your industrial robot counterparts with some respect! Moving through tight spaces at high speed, these machines can seriously injure anyone who gets in their way. That’s why, to prevent injury they are usually kept inexpensive, space-consuming cages. In the last few years, however, a dif...

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The impact of industry regulations on your manufacturing supply chain THE IMPACT OF INDUSTRY REGULATIONS ON YOUR MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAIN

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Aug 23, 2018

A responsible Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider will always make it a priority to keep customers abreast of any industry regulation that could have an impact on the manufacture of their product. Changes and updates to existing legislation is an ongoing process, and the introduction o...

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US manufacturing wages growing slower than other sectors US MANUFACTURING WAGES GROWING SLOWER THAN OTHER SECTORS

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Aug 22, 2018

U.S. jobs in manufacturing, including plastics, are continuing to grow, but hourly wages are not keeping up with the rest of the economy. This development has caught the attention of veteran economist Alan Tonelson. In a recent post on his RealityChek blog, Tonelson pointed out that average hourly w...

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US Army is recycling waste plastic bottles for 3D printing mission critical parts US ARMY IS RECYCLING WASTE PLASTIC BOTTLES FOR 3D PRINTING MISSION CRITICAL PARTS

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Aug 22, 2018

Soldiers on the battlefield or at remote bases often have to wait weeks for replacement parts when a key piece of equipment breaks down. Now researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Marine Corps have found a way to fabricate these parts within hours using waste plastics, such ...

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Six Industries Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing SIX INDUSTRIES BENEFITING FROM ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

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Aug 21, 2018

Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, has evolved rapidly in recent years. As new industries have begun to embrace the technology, they are discovering the many ways in which the technology is impacting their business. AM is helping them to reduce development and manufacturing costs; increase...

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Rostec investing $44.7 million to build 3D printing manufacturing center ROSTEC INVESTING $44.7 MILLION TO BUILD 3D PRINTING MANUFACTURING CENTER

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Aug 20, 2018

Russian state conglomerate Rostec (Russian: Ростех) is investing almost 3 billion rubles ($44.7 million) to establish a specialized center to introduce advanced additive manufacturing to high-tech industries, the Rostec group announced on last Friday.

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MES Delivers Aggressive Intelligence That Drives Manufacturing Growth MES DELIVERS AGGRESSIVE INTELLIGENCE THAT DRIVES MANUFACTURING GROWTH

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Aug 18, 2018

One of the best strengths any manufacturer can strive to gain is the ability to improve and learn continually. A CEO of an electronics consumables company acknowledged he competes in a price-driven commoditized business. “Our finding out how to improve quality, order cycle times, take deals fr...

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Industry 4.0: is Brazil ready for the change? INDUSTRY 4.0: IS BRAZIL READY FOR THE CHANGE?

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Aug 17, 2018

During Brazil’s worst recession on record, no economic sector lost more than industry. For 14 months in a row, Brazilian industry posted negative results. As a result, the industry started to account for a smaller share of the GDP - even in a scenario of economic retraction. Rock bottom came a...

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In Modern Manufacturing, It IN MODERN MANUFACTURING, IT'S INNOVATE OR DIE

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Aug 15, 2018

In his groundbreaking 2012 book, the Business Model Innovation Factory, Saul Kaplan argued that companies must treat their business models much like products. They should be constantly assessed, redesigned, prototyped and tested.

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The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing THE ROLE OF SMART SENSORS IN MANUFACTURING

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Aug 15, 2018

Sensors have played a role in manufacturing for years, but until recently they have been largely constrained by issues such as system noise, signal attenuation, and response dynamics. Today, integration of local computing power and the Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed ordinary sensors into s...

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Scaling Digital Manufacturing From Pilot To Production SCALING DIGITAL MANUFACTURING FROM PILOT TO PRODUCTION

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Aug 15, 2018

These and many other insights are from McKinsey’s latest study on digital manufacturing’s adoption, How Digital Manufacturing Can Escape Pilot Purgatory. The study is based on over 700 respondents from companies with more than 50 employees and over $10M in revenues, spanning a range of i...

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JinkoSolar and Hanwha Q CELLS update US manufacturing plans JINKOSOLAR AND HANWHA Q CELLS UPDATE US MANUFACTURING PLANS

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Aug 14, 2018

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) members JinkoSolar and Hanwha Q CELLS have both updated plans to start solar module assembly manufacturing in the US, post the US Section 201 trade case. Leading SMSL, JinkoSolar which continues to add manufacturing capacity in China across ingot/wafe...

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Closing the manufacturing skills gap CLOSING THE MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP

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Aug 13, 2018

Washington-based manufacturing business have a problem: they are short on skilled workers that can quickly adapt to ever-changing machinery and technology. Skagit Valley College (SVC) has recognized this and is updating its manufacturing technology program to better fit the needs of businesses in th...

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Toxics from manufacturing turn up in public water systems TOXICS FROM MANUFACTURING TURN UP IN PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS

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Aug 13, 2018

Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unkno...

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What Industrialization In 3D Printing Technology Means For It WHAT INDUSTRIALIZATION IN 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY MEANS FOR IT

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Aug 13, 2018

In the 3D printing industry, polymer powder bed fusion technology isn’t what it used to be. It’s not just about two companies anymore. It’s not just about selling machines that are a few hundred thousand dollars to rapid prototyping service bureaus anymore. And, beginning late last...

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Best states for manufacturing BEST STATES FOR MANUFACTURING

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Aug 10, 2018

What makes a great state for manufacturing? It takes a combination of factors, like an existing industrial base, the availability of talent, investment incentives, and favorable tax and regulatory environments. Here are Global Trade’s choices for the states that have the best combinations of a...

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Pushing additive manufacturing to the molecular limit PUSHING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TO THE MOLECULAR LIMIT

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Aug 10, 2018

New research proves advanced materials containing molecules that switch states in response to environmental stimuli can be fabricated using 3D printing. Victor Sans from the Faculty of Engineering at University of Nottingham, explains. There is a profound and fundamental divide between the way engin...

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What To Watch In Polymer Material Extrusion 3D Printing Over The Next Five Years WHAT TO WATCH IN POLYMER MATERIAL EXTRUSION 3D PRINTING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

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Aug 09, 2018

Polymer material extrusion 3D printing is one of several really interesting markets for polymer additive manufacturing, and one that’s largely been responsible for the significant growth in public and corporate awareness of 3D printing technology which occurred since around 2011.  Materia...

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How investment in staff wellbeing impacts manufacturing productivity HOW INVESTMENT IN STAFF WELLBEING IMPACTS MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY

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Aug 09, 2018

Improved productivity is one of the primary measures of success within manufacturing. And as UK manufacturers seek to address the challenges of increasing efficiency, there's a greater emphasis on the value of high-performance working practices such as lean manufacturing.

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When Manufacturing Forces Collide WHEN MANUFACTURING FORCES COLLIDE

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Aug 08, 2018

In physics, a collision is defined as an encounter between particles resulting in exchange or transformation of energy. Within the MEP National Network, we don’t work with particles, but we do see collisions of this type all the time. Companies are transformed by the exchange of information an...

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Sanitizing Food Manufacturing Equipment a Big Responsibility SANITIZING FOOD MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT A BIG RESPONSIBILITY

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Aug 07, 2018

How much work you have to do to clean up after you prepare a meal at home depends on how many people you served. The more people you served, the more dishes you have to wash, generally speaking. You may only need to load a couple of dishes into your dishwasher, or you may need to roll up your sleeve...

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Sustainable Manufacturing Gaining Momentum SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING GAINING MOMENTUM

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Aug 07, 2018

On the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website you’ll find a comprehensive list of case studies about sustainable manufacturing. These are businesses that have cut energy consumption, reduced water usage and increased their use of recycling. Altruism may have played a part, but for ...

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Worldwide 3D printing spending to reach $23B in 2022 WORLDWIDE 3D PRINTING SPENDING TO REACH $23B IN 2022

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Aug 06, 2018

Worldwide 3D printing spending will reach $23B in 2022, according to a new update to the Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC). The growth rate for 3D printing hardware, materials, software, and services carries a five-year CAGR of 18.4%.

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Dalsin Industries: Succeeding with Industry 4.0 DALSIN INDUSTRIES: SUCCEEDING WITH INDUSTRY 4.0

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Aug 04, 2018

Manufacturers that are traditionally product-focused will now need to place equal focus on developing and delivering new services to address quickly changing customer demands and preferences. As we move to the new everything as a service paradigm, manufacturers will need next-generation ERP solution...

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Design Process of 3D-Printed Firearms Could Deter Malicious Users DESIGN PROCESS OF 3D-PRINTED FIREARMS COULD DETER MALICIOUS USERS

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Aug 03, 2018

3D printing has been around for over 30 years, and became a highly-utilized tool in the last 10 to 15 years. These machines have been used to create jewelry, toys, and action figures (just to mention a few). With the rise of open-source online blueprints, we’ve seen the uses and frequency of 3...

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Audi and Ericsson to pioneer 5G for automotive manufacturing AUDI AND ERICSSON TO PIONEER 5G FOR AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING

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Aug 03, 2018

Audi and Ericsson plan to pioneer the use of 5G technology for automotive production. At Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, the two companies agreed on a range of activities exploring the potential of 5G as a future-proof communication technology that can meet the high demands of auto...

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How Virtual Reality is Changing the Manufacturing Game HOW VIRTUAL REALITY IS CHANGING THE MANUFACTURING GAME

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Aug 03, 2018

It’s no longer just for gaming! Virtual Reality (VR), sometimes referred to as Augmented Reality (AR), is shaking things up across all industries, including manufacturing. While the technology is currently being employed mainly by large manufacturers, like additive manufacturing and the cobots...

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Improving the US manufacturing environment IMPROVING THE US MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT

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Aug 02, 2018

The last few years have seen renewed growth for manufacturing in the United States, both in terms of output and as a percentage of the labor force. A PriceWaterhouseCoopers report credits that phenomenon to a growing economy, workforce quality, tax policies, the regulatory environment, and transport...

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Lockheed Martin Deploys Augmented Reality for Spacecraft Manufacturing LOCKHEED MARTIN DEPLOYS AUGMENTED REALITY FOR SPACECRAFT MANUFACTURING

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Aug 01, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s space division is using augmented reality headsets and software to speed up the time it takes for engineers to learn about and conduct manufacturing processes on spacecraft, said Yvonne Hodge, the division’s vice president and chief information officer.

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Manufacturing Sector Grew at a Slower Rate in July MANUFACTURING SECTOR GREW AT A SLOWER RATE IN JULY

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Aug 01, 2018

The ISM Manufacturing Index registered 58.1 points in July, down 2.1 percentage points from the previous month, according to the Institute for Supply Management. July’s reading indicates the twenty-third consecutive month of expansion in manufacturing, as readings over 50 points denote expansi...

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Regional Food Manufacturer Invests in their People for Business Improvement REGIONAL FOOD MANUFACTURER INVESTS IN THEIR PEOPLE FOR BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT

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Jul 31, 2018

Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation is a private label, contract, and food service manufacturer headquartered in Chester, Illinois.  The organization produces over 8,000 items for more than 500 different private label brands across 14 manufacturing facilities. Spanning four states, this family-owned b...

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IoT Project Showcase from Top Manufacturing Companies IOT PROJECT SHOWCASE FROM TOP MANUFACTURING COMPANIES

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Jul 31, 2018

Manufacturers from across the Midwest gathered in Chicago to discuss the biggest trend facing their industry: The Industrial Internet of Things. Here are the top takeaways from The Internet of Manufacturing Midwest (#IoTMan) conference. Predictive maintenance is still the main value driver to implem...

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As GM Smart Manufacturing Grows, So Does The Number Of Robots AS GM SMART MANUFACTURING GROWS, SO DOES THE NUMBER OF ROBOTS

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Jul 31, 2018

General Motors has embraced smart manufacturing through its Zero Down Time robot program in partnership with Japan’s Fanuc three years ago. Today, the robots only continue to multiply. Dan Grieshaber, GM’s director of global manufacturing integration, told Automotive News in a Monday rep...

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Accidents In The Manufacturing Industry ACCIDENTS IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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Jul 30, 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 350 workers were fatally injured in manufacturing accidents in 2015. That is 350-plus hard-working employees who lost their lives while simply doing their job. What makes this statistic even more tragic is that many of these deaths could have b...

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Manufacturing and Trump’s Deregulation Agenda MANUFACTURING AND TRUMP’S DEREGULATION AGENDA

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Jul 30, 2018

During Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency, he made advancing American manufacturing a foundation of his economic platform and promised to reduce the sector’s federal regulatory burden. In 2014, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the top industry association represen...

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A Passion for Electronics Manufacturing A PASSION FOR ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING

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Jul 30, 2018

My passion for electronics started in elementary school when I wanted to figure out why one of the floppy disks stopped working. From there, I began to understand how computers worked. After that I was hooked; I took apart all sorts of electronics from TVs to radios, and even touch lamps.

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10 Ways Real-Time Monitoring Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing 10 WAYS REAL-TIME MONITORING IS REVOLUTIONIZING MANUFACTURING

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Jul 30, 2018

Our latest IQMS Manufacturer’s Survey of North American manufacturers across 14 industries confirms what the VP of Operations for a plastics manufacturer says. 81% of all manufacturers interviewed are relying on real-time monitoring to improve their businesses.

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Top 6 Mistakes to Avoid in High Volume Electronics Manufacturing TOP 6 MISTAKES TO AVOID IN HIGH VOLUME ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING

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Jul 27, 2018

It’s important to consider all risks and challenges that might occur and to plan for those when you move into high volume manufacturing. Work with contract manufacturing on design, timelines, and costs to give you a 360º view of your project. Doing this will help you establish accurate mi...

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Evo 3D printed dental implants backed by BGF £4m investment EVO 3D PRINTED DENTAL IMPLANTS BACKED BY BGF £4M INVESTMENT

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Jul 26, 2018

London-headquartered Evo, a surgical and high-precision engineering company that provides bespoke one-day full jaw dental implant treatment has received a GBP4 million investment from BGF, the UK's most active investor in growing businesses.

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3D printing helping advance medical treatment 3D PRINTING HELPING ADVANCE MEDICAL TREATMENT

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Jul 26, 2018

Printing body parts is not just for science fiction. It’s done by Brazilian company BioArchitects, founded four years ago by young entrepreneur Felipe Marques. Just out of college with a degree in economics, he saw potential in investing in medical 3D printing.

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How engineering placements can address the UK manufacturing skills gap HOW ENGINEERING PLACEMENTS CAN ADDRESS THE UK MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP

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Jul 26, 2018

The skills gap continues to be an issue that looms large in the UK manufacturing sector, as companies strive to secure graduates with the right mix of technical knowledge, personal skills, and practical experience to operate in an increasingly fast-paced, challenging and evolving environment.

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Workers may use RoboGloves to handle 3D printed parts at GM assembly plant WORKERS MAY USE ROBOGLOVES TO HANDLE 3D PRINTED PARTS AT GM ASSEMBLY PLANT

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Jul 25, 2018

General Motors is using various new technologies such as robotic arm and 3D printing at its assembly plants. At a General Motors Assembly plant in Michigan, workers may gain grasp-assist from a wearable device called RoboGlove to handle 3D printed parts. At its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant ...

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Manufacturers Increasingly Pass Rising Costs on to Clients MANUFACTURERS INCREASINGLY PASS RISING COSTS ON TO CLIENTS

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Jul 25, 2018

Let’s begin with the Richmond Fed regional manufacturing index which was better than expected. Factories are increasingly paying higher prices for raw materials and shipping, with many passing these higher costs to their customers.

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Advanced materials and additive manufacturing alliance forms in Colorado ADVANCED MATERIALS AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE FORMS IN COLORADO

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Jul 25, 2018

Carbon fiber material recycling specialist Vartega and the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association on July 24 announced the formation of the Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing Infrastructure Development and Education (AMIDE) Alliance. The goal of the alliance is to provide critical reso...

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What Can We Learn from a European Manufacturing Powerhouse? WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM A EUROPEAN MANUFACTURING POWERHOUSE?

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Jul 25, 2018

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, is in Washington, DC today to meet with President Trump in an attempt to calm the burgeoning trade dispute between the United States and the European Union. Looks like they’re having a nice time! Lots of elbows are being held.

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Additive Manufacturing Expands its Footprint at IMTS 2018 ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING EXPANDS ITS FOOTPRINT AT IMTS 2018

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Jul 24, 2018

Additive manufacturing (AM) will have an increased presence at the 2018 edition of The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), with more AM exhibits and content available to attendees than ever before. Why? There are a few big reasons.

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Uncertainty is beginning to impact the UK’s manufacturing sector UNCERTAINTY IS BEGINNING TO IMPACT THE UK’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR

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Jul 23, 2018

UK manufacturing has a lot to contend with. Coming to terms with the digitalization of the factory process, recruiting skilled labor, providing adequate training, boosting productivity and investment, let alone regulation and trade barriers. Manufacturers are faced with a very challenging economic e...

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How Good Job Descriptions Help Manufacturers Attract Skilled Employees HOW GOOD JOB DESCRIPTIONS HELP MANUFACTURERS ATTRACT SKILLED EMPLOYEES

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Jul 23, 2018

When seeking out a new job, potential employees want to understand what will be expected of them and how they will be evaluated if brought onboard; on the other hand, employers want to be sure they are interviewing the right candidates for the right job, and not wasting valuable time interviewing un...

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Additive Manufacturing Is Driven By Materials ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IS DRIVEN BY MATERIALS

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Jul 21, 2018

When we think of additive manufacturing, we tend to think about the machines-the 3D printers capable of building parts bit by bit and fashioning never-before-seen part geometries. As new processes arrive and additive manufacturing machines continue to evolve, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds...

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3D printed surfboard fins help surfers optimize performance and catch extra waves 3D PRINTED SURFBOARD FINS HELP SURFERS OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE AND CATCH EXTRA WAVES

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Jul 20, 2018

Balance might be the only thing on your mind the first time you stand on a surfboard, but the experienced surfers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) are all thinking about equipment. About those little tweaks to board design and materials that can optimize their performance and help them catch ...

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Should Manufacturers Use Video in Their Marketing Mixes? SHOULD MANUFACTURERS USE VIDEO IN THEIR MARKETING MIXES?

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Jul 20, 2018

As a consumer, it’s nearly impossible to get away from videos, advertising or otherwise. To give you a numeric sense of our collective obsession with online moving images: Since last year, YouTube has started registering over a billion hours of video viewing every single day.

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Is Your Intellectual Property At Risk? IS YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AT RISK?

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Jul 19, 2018

Industry 4.0 has revolutionized the manufacturing and industrial space by introducing new technologies, making it possible to enhance productivity, visibility, connectivity, and profitability like never before.

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Manufacturers Struggle with Steel Tariffs MANUFACTURERS STRUGGLE WITH STEEL TARIFFS

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Jul 19, 2018

Manufacturers are complaining about tariffs. Manufacturers in all Districts expressed concern about tariffs and in many Districts reported higher prices and supply disruptions that they attributed to the new trade policies.

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Digital Design and Additive Manufacturing Make Custom Carbon Fiber Bikes More Affordable DIGITAL DESIGN AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MAKE CUSTOM CARBON FIBER BIKES MORE AFFORDABLE

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Jul 19, 2018

Bicycle design and production, like pretty much everything else these days, is being impacted by new technologies. Digital design tools, robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing), and material science now enable new, exciting, and some surprising bike concepts, including essentially customized ...

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How do manufacturers overcome growth challenges? HOW DO MANUFACTURERS OVERCOME GROWTH CHALLENGES?

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Jul 19, 2018

Growth is usually seen by manufacturers as a good thing - a sign of success and a result of hard work. But if this growth isn't planned for, or the manufacturer can't react in time, growth can cause the same devastating results as if the business was in decline. Regardless of the sector, man...

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What Should You Look For In A Manufacturing Industry Course? WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY COURSE?

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Jul 19, 2018

With so much going on within the industry at such an astonishing speed, you need to take the necessary steps to keep pace. The very best manufacturers are the ones who never stop learning. By enrolling on a manufacturing course, you’ll not only acquire essential knowledge about the manufacturi...

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Taking in Thailand TAKING IN THAILAND'S FOOD MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES

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Jul 18, 2018

Dumbfounded, I blinked at former Editor-in-Chief Bernie Pacyniak when he posed the question back in April. Bernie asked me at the end one of our standard 10:30 a.m. meetings, which usually involved an equal mix of housekeeping matters, progress updates, and chitchat.

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Carbon To Replace Metal In Manufacturing CARBON TO REPLACE METAL IN MANUFACTURING

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Jul 18, 2018

In the near future, carbon is expected to replace metals in many applications of manufacturing goods. It could even be used to develop smart clothing capable of charging a cell phone. To prepare for a carbon renaissance, engineers at the Nanoworld Laboratories at the University of Cincinnati (UC) ha...

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ATI acquires additive manufacturing firm Addaero Aerospace Manufacturing ATI ACQUIRES ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FIRM ADDAERO AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING

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Jul 17, 2018

Allegheny Technologies today announced it has acquired New Britain, Connecticut-based Addaero Manufacturing (Addaero), a metal alloy additive manufacturing company that works in the aerospace and defense industries. Addaero Manufacturing was established in 2013 in New Britain, CT by three experience...

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The Biggest Challenges Manufacturers Face in Industrial Robot Implementation THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES MANUFACTURERS FACE IN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT IMPLEMENTATION

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Jul 17, 2018

Implementing industrial robots in a manufacturing setting isn’t as simple as buying the robot and plugging it in. There are many different financial and logistical considerations to take into account before a robot can productively automate anything. While industrial robots may serve a wide va...

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Lockheed, Arconic Partner to Develop Aerospace Materials, Additive Manufacturing Processes LOCKHEED, ARCONIC PARTNER TO DEVELOP AEROSPACE MATERIALS, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

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Jul 17, 2018

Lockheed Martin and Arconic have signed a two-year partnership agreement to develop materials and processes for the production of aerospace and defense technology platforms. Both companies aim to create lightweight material and metal three-dimensional printing systems in a push to help industry adva...

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World Liquid Fertilizer Spreaders Market with Manufacturing Process Analysis and Market Concentration Rate till 2023 WORLD LIQUID FERTILIZER SPREADERS MARKET WITH MANUFACTURING PROCESS ANALYSIS AND MARKET CONCENTRATION RATE TILL 2023

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Jul 16, 2018

This report analysis the global Liquid Fertilizer Spreaders market status and forecast, categorizes the global Liquid Fertilizer Spreaders market size (value volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. A detailed qualitative analysis of the factors responsible for driving and restrainin...

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Metrology Makes Manufacturing Smart METROLOGY MAKES MANUFACTURING SMART

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Jul 14, 2018

“A few years ago, this session would have been dedicated to quality engineers,” said Norbert Hanke, president of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Speaking at HxGN Live, parent company Hexagon AB’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Hanke heads a division with roots in e...

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Investing in Advanced Domestic Manufacturing INVESTING IN ADVANCED DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING

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Jul 13, 2018

There’s new technology that can improve drug quality, address shortages of medicines, lower drug costs, and bring pharmaceutical manufacturing back to the United States. At the FDA, we’re focused on propelling these innovations, collectively referred to as advanced manufacturing.

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US tariffs could have major impact on global manufacturing, consumers US TARIFFS COULD HAVE MAJOR IMPACT ON GLOBAL MANUFACTURING, CONSUMERS

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Jul 13, 2018

As the Trump Administration’s tariffs bite down, more companies are going to feel the financial crunch. But in the end, they won’t be the biggest losers in a trade war because it may be the consumer who stands to be hit the hardest.

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Senator Hopes to Forge the Future with Manufacturing Summer Camps SENATOR HOPES TO FORGE THE FUTURE WITH MANUFACTURING SUMMER CAMPS

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Jul 12, 2018

Ah, summertime - the time of year when many young children run off to camp. I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about the summers I spent at camp when I was a kid. There’s a camp out there for all kids, no matter what they’re interested in - adventure camps, religious camps, sports...

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Why Are You Proud to be in American Manufacturing? WHY ARE YOU PROUD TO BE IN AMERICAN MANUFACTURING?

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Jul 11, 2018

American manufacturing begins with innovation. There are more than 12.5 million manufacturing workers in the United States that utilize these innovations every day, whether it be the operation of cutting-edge machinery or something as simple as the use of an improved tool or methodology.

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Oerlikon partners with Lufthansa Technik on additive manufacturing for aircraft MRO OERLIKON PARTNERS WITH LUFTHANSA TECHNIK ON ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FOR AIRCRAFT MRO

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Jul 11, 2018

Oerlikon and Lufthansa Technik has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish processes for additive manufacturing (AM) in aircraft MRO. Lufthansa Technik, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace industry.

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4 Major Tech Trends Bringing Growth in Manufacturing Industry 4 MAJOR TECH TRENDS BRINGING GROWTH IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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Jul 11, 2018

The manufacturing industry is changing just like any other sector. With the advancement of technology, the product is becoming more standardized, predictable and consistent with stable supply chain management. The focus of the manufacturing industry has shifted on the quality and efficiency.

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The Long Term Industrialization Potential Of Competing Polymer 3D Printing Processes THE LONG TERM INDUSTRIALIZATION POTENTIAL OF COMPETING POLYMER 3D PRINTING PROCESSES

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Jul 10, 2018

Recently, I’ve been talking to a lot of people in the 3D printing industry regarding competing for polymer 3D printing processes and their future. During the research process for the latest SmarTech market research study, Additive Manufacturing with Polymers and Plastics 2018, I’ve had t...

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Empowering people is key to Industry 4.0 strategy EMPOWERING PEOPLE IS KEY TO INDUSTRY 4.0 STRATEGY

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Jul 10, 2018

There is significant chatter about Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution. All the analysis bodies - such as Capgemini, Fujitsu, Gartner, and PWC - appear to have been researching and reporting on what Industry 4.0 is and what prize awaits us if we join the revolution.

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Manufacturing Innovation: They Don’t Make Paper Like They Used To! MANUFACTURING INNOVATION: THEY DON’T MAKE PAPER LIKE THEY USED TO!

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Jul 10, 2018

During a recent vacation to Italy, my wife and I had the opportunity to tour the Museo della Carta (Paper Museum) in the town of Amalfi. One source I came across referred to this museum as “a jewel of industrial archaeology,” and I fully agree. Built in the 14th century this is an oldest...

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Regulatory Labeling for the Food and Beverage Industry REGULATORY LABELING FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

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Jul 10, 2018

In recent memory, no time has more effectively demonstrated the challenges facing the food and beverage industry than spring 2018. In addition to a widely publicized recall of romaine lettuce, several other companies have instituted noteworthy product recalls. While demoralizing for food and beverag...

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What’s wrong with Industry 4.0 and how to fix it? WHAT’S WRONG WITH INDUSTRY 4.0 AND HOW TO FIX IT?

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Jul 10, 2018

A few weeks ago, Elon Musk tweeted that “humans are underrated” and that heavy automation didn’t have the results expected in Tesla’s gigafactory. Isn’t it a great example of what’s wrong with digital transformation and smart factories?

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Manufacturing and Employment Reports Impress MANUFACTURING AND EMPLOYMENT REPORTS IMPRESS

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Jul 09, 2018

American manufacturers were fairly optimistic in June with the index coming in at 60.2, up 1.5 points on the day. Supplier delivery times actually increased, which pushes this index higher because it means there’s more manufacturing to do. However, consumers won’t be happy to hear it&rsq...

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A Small Manufacturer Solves the Cybersecurity Puzzle A SMALL MANUFACTURER SOLVES THE CYBERSECURITY PUZZLE

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Jul 06, 2018

Atlas Tool Works is a small family-owned company that provides specialized machining and turning of tight tolerance parts, precision sheet metal fabrication, metal stamping, and complex engineered assemblies. It has 72 employees, and a long history of commitment to quality and continuous improvement...

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Social Media for Manufacturers SOCIAL MEDIA FOR MANUFACTURERS

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Jul 05, 2018

The tweet. These days, it seems that when you hear about Twitter it’s usually because a celebrity, politician, or even virtual nobody has posted an online faux-pas, resulting in a swift backlash that causes a public apology at best and career suicide at worst. Knowing the destructive powers of...

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Non-Manufacturing Sector Growth Accelerated in June NON-MANUFACTURING SECTOR GROWTH ACCELERATED IN JUNE

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Jul 05, 2018

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index registered 59.1 points in June, 0.5 percentage point above May’s figure. This was the 101st consecutive month of expansion as a reading above 50 indicates growth. Seventeen non-manufacturing industries reported growth, while one reported a decrease.

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The State Of Manufacturing In The North West THE STATE OF MANUFACTURING IN THE NORTH WEST

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Jul 05, 2018

A recent report from Experian has unearthed some particularly interesting results with regards to the current state of manufacturing in the North West. According to the consumer credit reporting agency’s findings, the volume of manufacturing deals completed across the North West during the fir...

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BASF Acquires Two Manufacturers Of 3D Printing Materials BASF ACQUIRES TWO MANUFACTURERS OF 3D PRINTING MATERIALS

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Jul 04, 2018

BASF New Business GmbH (BNB) has acquired all the shares of Advanc3D Materials GmbH in Hamburg and Setup Performance SAS in Lyon. Advanc3D Materials offers advanced, tailor-made plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS) together with process know-how. Setup Performance, wh...

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PSA’s DS3 Dark Side Edition Surprises With Titanium 3D Printed Interiors PSA’S DS3 DARK SIDE EDITION SURPRISES WITH TITANIUM 3D PRINTED INTERIORS

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Jul 04, 2018

French automaker giant PSA has been taking 3D printing seriously. The company signed a high profile partnership with Divergent, makers of a unique supercar with a metal 3D printed frame, to study AM for final part production. Now it is following BMW’s steps into mass customization with its new...

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ORNL Develops Sustainable Plant-Based 3D Printing Material With Superior Layer Adhesion Strength ORNL DEVELOPS SUSTAINABLE PLANT-BASED 3D PRINTING MATERIAL WITH SUPERIOR LAYER ADHESION STRENGTH

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Jul 03, 2018

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, also known as ORNL, is consistently on the cutting edge of additive manufacturing innovation. In a recent initiative, ORNL researchers have developed plant-based 3D printing materials which not only make use of biofuel byproducts but also demonstrate improved inter...

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Kai Parthy’s New GROWLAY Filament Can 3D Print Breeding Grounds For Seeds And Spores KAI PARTHY’S NEW GROWLAY FILAMENT CAN 3D PRINT BREEDING GROUNDS FOR SEEDS AND SPORES

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Jul 03, 2018

If you’re nostalgic for the days of Chia Pets, you might be very excited to learn about filament pioneer Kai Parthy’s latest 3D printing material. Called GROWLAY, the new filament can be printed into various structures and then functions as a breeding ground. Unlike the famous 1980s toy,...

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Local Motors Installs Massive LSAM Composite 3D Printer To Manufacture Autonomous Olli Shuttle LOCAL MOTORS INSTALLS MASSIVE LSAM COMPOSITE 3D PRINTER TO MANUFACTURE AUTONOMOUS OLLI SHUTTLE

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Jul 03, 2018

Local Motors has completed the installation of the world’s largest composite 3D printer, the Thermwood LSAM, at its Knoxville, TN micro-factory. The large-scale machine will be used to produce Local Motors autonomous Olli shuttle. Local Motors has relied on large-scale additive manufacturing s...

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Celebrating The Independent American Manufacturer CELEBRATING THE INDEPENDENT AMERICAN MANUFACTURER

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Jul 03, 2018

In honor of the Fourth of July, Thomas is not only celebrating Independence Day but also celebrating the independent American manufacturers that contribute so much to our country throughout the year. And while there are many reasons to appreciate these small and mid-sized businesses, we wanted to hi...

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The Myth Of The Manufacturing Summer Slowdown THE MYTH OF THE MANUFACTURING SUMMER SLOWDOWN

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Jul 02, 2018

Every year, thousands of manufacturers around the country shut down their plants and facilities for a few weeks in the summer. They do so for a variety of reasons - to allow for vacation time, to take care of deferred maintenance, or to retool for the second half of the year. While these activities ...

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Manufacturing Sector Growth Rose in June MANUFACTURING SECTOR GROWTH ROSE IN JUNE

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Jul 02, 2018

The ISM Manufacturing Index registered 60.2 points in June, up 1.5 percentage points from the previous month, according to the Institute for Supply Management. June’s reading indicates the twenty-second consecutive month of expansion in manufacturing, as readings over 50 points denote expansio...

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Decoding Tariff Impacts on US Electronics Manufacturing DECODING TARIFF IMPACTS ON US ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING

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Jul 02, 2018

There have been a lot of discussions recently about the impacts of the recently proposed tariff changes by the US Administration on Chinese goods. As we approach the up-and-coming implementation date of July 6th, 2018, the questions we’re getting from customers about the impact on their produc...

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Douglas Coupland’s 3D Printed Portraits Take Center Stage On Canada Day DOUGLAS COUPLAND’S 3D PRINTED PORTRAITS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON CANADA DAY

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Jul 02, 2018

Coinciding with this year’s Canada Day weekend, Canadian artist Douglas Coupland has unveiled his newest and arguably most ambitious project to date. Called The National Portrait, the large-scale artwork consists of hundreds of 3D printed portraits based on real Canadian people.

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3dpbm Partners With SmarTech Publishing To Provide Broader AM Market Data Insights 3DPBM PARTNERS WITH SMARTECH PUBLISHING TO PROVIDE BROADER AM MARKET DATA INSIGHTS

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Jul 02, 2018

Marking yet another step in its recent growth and expansion across the AM industry landscape, London-based 3dpbm is partnering with SmarTech Publishing, selecting the US-based market research firm as its exclusive provider of AM industry data. As per the agreement, 3dpbm will also provide AM industr...

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EOS And Additive Works To Advance Amphyon Simulation Software For Metal AM EOS AND ADDITIVE WORKS TO ADVANCE AMPHYON SIMULATION SOFTWARE FOR METAL AM

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Jul 02, 2018

AM leader EOS has announced it will be partnering with German startup Additive Works to advance the metal additive manufacturing process through the further development of  Amphyon, Additive Works’ simulation-based pre-processing software for AM. The software solution is capable of virtua...

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3D Printed AI Robotic Head Named CIMON Heads To ISS 3D PRINTED AI ROBOTIC HEAD NAMED CIMON HEADS TO ISS

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Jul 02, 2018

CIMON (Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN), the AI-based assistant for astronauts for the DLR Space Administration, developed by Airbus in cooperation with IBM, took off last Friday aboard SpaceX‘s Dragon cargo capsule and is scheduled to arrive today. Like many unique robots, the technology de...

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Real-Time Monitoring Fuels IoT Growth In Manufacturing REAL-TIME MONITORING FUELS IOT GROWTH IN MANUFACTURING

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Jul 02, 2018

Manufacturers in the high-performance cohort captured in our latest survey are using real-time monitoring to aggregate metrics and gain a 360-degree view of manufacturing operations accessible from any mobile or handheld device. 56% of high-performance manufacturers are combining real-time monitorin...

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How to deal with the manufacturing labor shortage? HOW TO DEAL WITH THE MANUFACTURING LABOR SHORTAGE?

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Jul 01, 2018

As we talk more and more about industry 4.0, one might think that the biggest challenges of this fourth industrial revolution will be technological we’re not that sure about that! Indeed, the new industrial revolution represents major technological challenges, but in this new era where factori...

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How To Adopt Industry 4.0 In Your Shop HOW TO ADOPT INDUSTRY 4.0 IN YOUR SHOP

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Jun 29, 2018

Fueled by new technology like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data, Industry 4.0 offers tremendous potential for improving operational efficiency and spurring growth. However, many manufacturers perceive Industry 4.0 adoption as more of an obligation than an opportunity, something t...

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America Makes & ANSI Release Updated Roadmap For Additive Manufacturing Standardization AMERICA MAKES & ANSI RELEASE UPDATED ROADMAP FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING STANDARDIZATION

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Jun 29, 2018

Arguably one of the biggest challenges currently facing the additive manufacturing industry is standardization. Fortunately, there are a number of efforts being made to establish guidelines and first steps towards standards for the manufacturing technology. In a significant step, America Makes, the ...

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FIT Additive Manufacturing Group Expands Into Japanese Market With New Subsidiary FIT ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING GROUP EXPANDS INTO JAPANESE MARKET WITH NEW SUBSIDIARY

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Jun 29, 2018

Headquartered in Germany, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group has been increasing its global presence over the years, with sales and project management operations in the U.S., Romania, and Russia. Now, the additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping group have entered the Japanese market with the foun...

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Henkel European Hub For 3D Printing Technology Opens In Dublin, As Company Eyes Production HENKEL EUROPEAN HUB FOR 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY OPENS IN DUBLIN, AS COMPANY EYES PRODUCTION

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Jun 29, 2018

As we reported late last year, adhesive and materials giant Henkel was working on a multi-million dollar 3D printing research facility. The company has now finished and officially opened the Henkel European hub for 3D printing and Innovation and Interaction Center (IIC) at its Tallaght site near Dub...

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How a site visit can help you select the best electronics manufacturer HOW A SITE VISIT CAN HELP YOU SELECT THE BEST ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURER

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Jun 28, 2018

A site visit can be an invaluable exercise in helping you to better understand your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) outsourcing options and to see first-hand the operational capability, procedures and culture of a prospective EMS partner. If you’re looking to outsource to an electroni...

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Prodways, Openlab, And Platinum 3D Boost Industrial Product Development With 3D Printed Molds PRODWAYS, OPENLAB, AND PLATINUM 3D BOOST INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WITH 3D PRINTED MOLDS

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Jun 28, 2018

In a joint project focusing on incorporating 3D printing technologies into the production of plastic injection molds, Prodways Technologies, Openlab by Schneider Electric and the Platinium 3D platform are teaming up to accelerate the development cycle of industrial products.

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NCMS Opening AM Center In Maryland HEAT Center NCMS OPENING AM CENTER IN MARYLAND HEAT CENTER

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Jun 28, 2018

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) plans to establish a new manufacturing innovation center in Harford County, Maryland. Focusing on developing next-generation industrial additive manufacturing, materials, and processes, this facility will house leading engineers and the world&rsq...

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Titomic & Fincantieri To Test Materials In First Step Of Evaluating AM For Shipbuilding TITOMIC & FINCANTIERI TO TEST MATERIALS IN FIRST STEP OF EVALUATING AM FOR SHIPBUILDING

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Jun 28, 2018

Since partnering with shipbuilding company Fincantieri last month, Australian metal AM company Titomic has signed a Material Science Testing (MST) agreement with Fincantieri Australia. The agreement is the first step in evaluating Titomic’s Kinetic Fusion technology’s viability for Finca...

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BIOLIFE4D Demonstrates Ability To Bioprint Human Cardiac Tissue Patch BIOLIFE4D DEMONSTRATES ABILITY TO BIOPRINT HUMAN CARDIAC TISSUE PATCH

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Jun 28, 2018

Chicago-based biotech company BIOLIFE4D announced this week that it has successfully 3D bioprinted a human cardiac tissue patch, bringing the company a small step closer to its ultimate goal of 3D bioprinting a viable and transplantable human heart.

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BigRep Partners With DMRC To Further AM Research BIGREP PARTNERS WITH DMRC TO FURTHER AM RESEARCH

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Jun 27, 2018

Leading large-scale 3D printer manufacturer BigRep has partnered with the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC), one of the world’s foremost industrial research networks. BigRep will join the consortium as the only FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) machine manufacturer in the distinguished...

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What is sustainable manufacturing? WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING?

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Jun 27, 2018

There is no single common definition of sustainable manufacturing, but the OECD sums it up as the creation of manufactured products through economically sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources.

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PA Manufacturers Discuss Steel Tariffs PA MANUFACTURERS DISCUSS STEEL TARIFFS

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Jun 26, 2018

The generally negative impact of government-imposed tariffs on steel was a hot topic of discussion at the latest manufacturing alliance meeting at Rockland Immunochemicals in Limerick. Paul Czachor, president of American Keg in Pottstown and John Shegda, President of M&S Centerless Grinding in H...

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A Summer Road Trip Through Manufacturing History A SUMMER ROAD TRIP THROUGH MANUFACTURING HISTORY

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Jun 26, 2018

It’s finally summer, and that means warm weather, long weekends, and lazy, sun-soaked vacations. Some factories and shops even partially or fully shut down during the summer months, giving workers more time to spend with their loved ones.

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The Impact of Manufacturing Day-and How to Get Involved THE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING DAY-AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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Jun 26, 2018

Dark, dirty, dangerous. Unfortunately, this outdated perception of manufacturing persists to this day, and it can keep away new talent. By 2025, nearly 25 percent of the United States population is expected to be aged 60 or older, meaning many manufacturing workers will be leaving the factory floor....

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Harley-Davidson Will Shift Manufacturing Overseas To Avoid Tariffs HARLEY-DAVIDSON WILL SHIFT MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS TO AVOID TARIFFS

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Jun 25, 2018

Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle brand, will shift some manufacturing overseas in response to the raising of trade barriers on both sides of the Atlantic. In a filing made Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson disclosed plans to move some ...

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Additive manufacturing is the future, and it’s time we take it seriously ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IS THE FUTURE, AND IT’S TIME WE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY

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Jun 25, 2018

To benefit from the rise in additive manufacturing, Australia needs to move fast and get its act together, say experts Alex Kingsbury and Ian Gibson. Australia is seeing the dawn of a new age in manufacturing. The closure of the auto industry has highlighted the need to transition manufacturing to h...

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The Latest On Manufacturing Reshoring THE LATEST ON MANUFACTURING RESHORING

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Jun 21, 2018

There’s been a ton of speculation on the state of U.S. manufacturing over the past few years, especially as reshoring initiatives continue to gain traction across different industries. According to the Reshoring Initiative, an organization that helps U.S. manufacturers pursue and realize the b...

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Manufacturing In the Middle: Growth, Opportunity and New Challenges MANUFACTURING IN THE MIDDLE: GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY AND NEW CHALLENGES

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Jun 21, 2018

There is no one size fits all view when it comes to manufacturing. Large, advanced plants are using a plethora of advanced manufacturing processes, robots and data as a core part of their operations. There are emerging startups who are lean and able to respond to changing customer demands quickly.

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How to apply for a graduate scheme in manufacturing HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRADUATE SCHEME IN MANUFACTURING

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Jun 21, 2018

There are a whole host of benefits which make graduate schemes within the UK manufacturing industry a popular career choice. You get paid while you train, you gain invaluable on-the-job experience within your chosen sector, you develop a breadth of new technical and business skills and there’s...

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Which Countries Dominate the 2018 Manufacturing World Cup? WHICH COUNTRIES DOMINATE THE 2018 MANUFACTURING WORLD CUP?

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Jun 20, 2018

The U.S. Men's National Team might not have qualified for the big tournament this year, but there’s still plenty of excitement in our ranks about the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And since we are all nerds serious policy wonks here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing, we got to wondering wh...

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The Drive Toward Digital Transformation in Manufacturing THE DRIVE TOWARD DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN MANUFACTURING

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Jun 19, 2018

While manufacturers have traditionally been hesitant to invest in their operations due to cost, a recent National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) survey of more than 500 manufacturers reveals that 65% plan to increase capital spending in the coming years. Where is the money going to go?

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How to Evolve your Manufacturing Environment to an Ultimate State HOW TO EVOLVE YOUR MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT TO AN ULTIMATE STATE

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Jun 15, 2018

Cisco Live just wrapped this week, and we had a lot of great conversations with customers who are looking to evolve their manufacturing operations and achieve an ultimate state. Many of these conversations revolved around how to improve their factory network and reduce downtime, taking advantage of ...

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Building An Industry 4.0 Workforce BUILDING AN INDUSTRY 4.0 WORKFORCE

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Jun 15, 2018

With the introduction of new technologies, Industry 4.0 has changed how manufacturing works. As a result, it’s also changed who is needed to work within the industry. While traditional skills like machining and tooling are tremendously valuable, manufacturers now require employees with profici...

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Key insights from the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018 KEY INSIGHTS FROM THE ANNUAL MANUFACTURING REPORT 2018

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Jun 14, 2018

UK Manufacturing would appear to be experiencing both an exciting and a disconcerting time, according to the findings of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018. This year's report set out not just to provide a statistical snapshot of the industry, but to test the mood of manufacturers across a ran...

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How Can Building Product Manufacturers Use Content Marketing To Get Specified Into More Projects? HOW CAN BUILDING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS USE CONTENT MARKETING TO GET SPECIFIED INTO MORE PROJECTS?

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Jun 08, 2018

Content marketing is not a new concept, but for building product manufacturers, it is probably a foreign one. Even those BPMs who understand what content marketing believes that it is an approach reserved purely for B2C businesses.

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Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: 8 Ways to Prevent Attacks CYBERSECURITY FOR MANUFACTURERS: 8 WAYS TO PREVENT ATTACKS

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Jun 07, 2018

Many consider 2017 the worst year ever for data breaches and cyber attacks, largely due to the rise in ransomware. And IT experts predict it’s only going to get worse. According to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a non-profit that works to develop tools and best practices that enhance interne...

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What WHAT'S THE KEY TO BOOSTING THE NUMBERS OF WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING?

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Jun 07, 2018

The UK manufacturing industry is currently responsible for the direct employment of in excess of 2.6 million people. And, if the latest report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is anything to go by, UK manufacturing as a whole is on an upward trajectory.

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Circular economy + Australian manufacturing: what you need to know CIRCULAR ECONOMY + AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Jun 06, 2018

The waste industry has called for $150 million circular economy and action plan to fix recycling uncertainty. So, what is a circular economy and why is it important for Australian manufacturers? Here’s what you need to know. If you haven’t heard by now, there are big changes afoot in the...

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How To Tell The Story Of Your Manufacturing Business HOW TO TELL THE STORY OF YOUR MANUFACTURING BUSINESS

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Jun 06, 2018

Sometimes it seems like we only hear the story of the American manufacturer during Super Bowl ads and speeches from pandering politicians. Marketers and speech writers may be skilled at storytelling, but they do not own those stories.

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EVO Tries to Evolve 3D Printing EVO TRIES TO EVOLVE 3D PRINTING

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Jun 05, 2018

Airwolf 3D makes 3D printers. In fact, it’s made four generations of them. But for the fifth, the company no longer wants its customers to think of the product as a printer, but an additive manufacturing center. To be sure, that claim surely has more than a tinge of a marketing speak. But seve...

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How To Grow Your Manufacturing Business By Connecting With Engineers On Quora HOW TO GROW YOUR MANUFACTURING BUSINESS BY CONNECTING WITH ENGINEERS ON QUORA

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May 30, 2018

Quora, the social media platform where people ask and answer questions, challenges the old saying that no one likes a know-it-all. Active community members (you can call them "Quorans" if you want) have earned the respect and deference of their peers by providing thoughtful and useful resp...

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Alaska Manufacturing - A Hidden Treasure ALASKA MANUFACTURING - A HIDDEN TREASURE

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May 24, 2018

Alaska brings to mind wild salmon, expansive wilderness and unique native cultures. But did you know there’s a small and thriving manufacturing industry representing 4% of the state’s private sector Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 4.8% of the employment base? In fact, from 2012 to 2016,...

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Launching your manufacturing career via an apprenticeship scheme LAUNCHING YOUR MANUFACTURING CAREER VIA AN APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

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May 24, 2018

Innovations within technology and automation mean that UK manufacturing is experiencing an exciting period of rapid change, with much to offer school leavers who have a passion and aptitude for science, technology, and engineering

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Why Manufacturers Should Stop Ignoring Social Media WHY MANUFACTURERS SHOULD STOP IGNORING SOCIAL MEDIA

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May 23, 2018

Social media. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying its power. Today, nearly 210 million Americans engage in social media communities, from Facebook to LinkedIn, Twitter to YouTube. In California alone, there are nearly 30 million active social media users that's nearly 80% of the state&r...

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5 Risks Of Exporting Manufactured Goods - And How To Avoid Them 5 RISKS OF EXPORTING MANUFACTURED GOODS - AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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May 23, 2018

With tariffs and trade taking center stage in recent months, a lot of the discussion has focused on the importing of goods and services. However, it has also sparked a renewed interest - and intensity - in exporting. In 2017, the U.S. exported nearly $2 trillion in goods and services, up 2.3% from 2...

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Achieving The Right Mix Of Social Media Content For Manufacturing Marketing ACHIEVING THE RIGHT MIX OF SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT FOR MANUFACTURING MARKETING

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May 22, 2018

Playing an increasingly important role in today’s digital industrial marketing landscape, social media allows industrial professionals to meaningfully connect with their existing client base and showcase their expertise while attracting new prospects.

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Which Manufacturing Institute Course Is Right For My Business? WHICH MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE COURSE IS RIGHT FOR MY BUSINESS?

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May 22, 2018

The Manufacturing Institute work closely with manufacturers to ensure that each and every one of our public courses are tailored to the goals, challenges, and considerations of those we support. Nonetheless, to get the most out of our education programmes, it’s important to pick the course tha...

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The Growing Importance Of Manufacturing Leadership Skills THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF MANUFACTURING LEADERSHIP SKILLS

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May 22, 2018

The digital age has given rise to many big changes in the world of manufacturing. Machines can now produce higher numbers of better products in a shorter space of time, and companies can measure progress with the click of a button. Yet, for all the technological advancements shaping the standards an...

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How Real Is Additive Manufacturing? HOW REAL IS ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING?

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May 21, 2018

There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing. But the question is: how much of this is hype driven by those who are tech fanboys or those who happen to have a decided interest (i.e., t...

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Lowering Manufacturing Costs with Custom Enclosures LOWERING MANUFACTURING COSTS WITH CUSTOM ENCLOSURES

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May 21, 2018

As engineers, our thoughts are consumed with finding solutions to problems we see in the world. However, finding a solution to a problem is only one small part in a much larger process of bringing a product to market. Another part of this process is packaging your solution in some type of enclosure....

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5 keys to unlock the value of global supply chains for Aussie manufacturers 5 KEYS TO UNLOCK THE VALUE OF GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS FOR AUSSIE MANUFACTURERS

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May 18, 2018

We live in a global marketplace - as the arrival of Amazon has confirmed. And it’s quickly becoming apparent that the Australian market alone is too small for manufacturers to survive against global competitors. But that doesn’t have to mean game over.

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How to secure a place on an electronics manufacturing graduate scheme HOW TO SECURE A PLACE ON AN ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING GRADUATE SCHEME

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May 17, 2018

The world of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) is a fast-moving and technologically innovative sector that can offer a wide range of compelling career opportunities for new graduates. It’s a chance to be part of what makes the world work. And to have a hand in creating highly complex an...

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Continuous OSD Manufacturing - A Product & Patient Perspective CONTINUOUS OSD MANUFACTURING - A PRODUCT & PATIENT PERSPECTIVE

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May 17, 2018

In recent years much has been written about and presented on regarding the significant technical processing benefits of Continuous Manufacturing (CM) in the production of Oral Solid Dose Forms, namely coated Tablets. We’ve heard about the various direct compression, dry granulation, and wet gr...

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How the Internet of Things is Transforming Manufacturing HOW THE INTERNET OF THINGS IS TRANSFORMING MANUFACTURING

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May 16, 2018

From creating the first machine tools during the Industrial Revolution to welcoming robots onto factory floors in the early 1960’s, manufacturers can be quick to adopt new technologies. They are employing more advanced robotics, embracing 3D printing, and more. Now, another technology has capt...

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Continuous Manufacturing - What You Need to Think about Before Implementing CONTINUOUS MANUFACTURING - WHAT YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE IMPLEMENTING

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May 15, 2018

The future is bright, the solution for all your problems has been found! One piece of equipment does it all – it will bring your Solid Dose Drug Product development, tech transfer, and manufacturing costs down, all while reducing your quality risks. Well eventually it will, and you will have t...

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Hats Off to Honda Manufacturing Flexibility! HATS OFF TO HONDA MANUFACTURING FLEXIBILITY!

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May 14, 2018

When announcing its monthly U.S. sales for April, Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda sales, noted, “Even as we increase our sales of light trucks to record levels, we remain committed to delivering a balanced lineup of cars and l...

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ERP Implementation Helps Farm Equipment Manufacturer Support Future Growth ERP IMPLEMENTATION HELPS FARM EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER SUPPORT FUTURE GROWTH

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May 11, 2018

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of equipment for blending, conveying, tending and spreading dry fertilizers. Founded in 1951, the company has prospered through four generations of the Doyle family and grown to over one hundred employees.

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The Latest Tariff War Can Hurt Local Manufacturers THE LATEST TARIFF WAR CAN HURT LOCAL MANUFACTURERS

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May 11, 2018

Just as in nature, the economy works best when it is in balance. When the monetary level of exports is roughly equivalent to the financial cost of imports, business on both sides of the transactions are generally satisfied. However, when one side is able to gain a significant advantage through lower...

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5 Ways California Manufacturers Can Embrace Diversity 5 WAYS CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURERS CAN EMBRACE DIVERSITY

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May 10, 2018

The changing face of the American worker has manufacturers considering the importance of diversity. Today, California is the most diverse state within the contiguous United States (only Hawaii has more diversity). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics and Latinos take the top spot in the Go...

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Manufacturing equipment: should you lease or buy? MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT: SHOULD YOU LEASE OR BUY?

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May 09, 2018

June 30 is creeping up fast. With it comes the inevitable question of whether it’s time to invest in new equipment or wait until the next tax year. This question is even more urgent for small and medium businesses who are counting the final days of the $20,000 instant asset write-off, arguably...

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Chicago Innovator Pam Daniels Wants to Kickstart More Women-Led Manufacturing CHICAGO INNOVATOR PAM DANIELS WANTS TO KICKSTART MORE WOMEN-LED MANUFACTURING

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May 08, 2018

As manufacturers increasingly open their doors to makers looking to enter the marketplace and crowdfunding platforms offer new avenues for financing, makers are supporting a more robust and diverse manufacturing ecosystem in the United States. It’s Pam Daniels mission to continue to support th...

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GM and Autodesk Advancing Design and Manufacturing GM AND AUTODESK ADVANCING DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING

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May 05, 2018

General Motors is working with Autodesk on utilizing advanced design software and 3D printing capabilities to develop parts that are not only lighter than those otherwise developed but which combine what would otherwise be separate parts, thereby reducing manufacturing complexity.

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3 Financial Pitfalls Every Manufacturer Should Avoid 3 FINANCIAL PITFALLS EVERY MANUFACTURER SHOULD AVOID

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May 03, 2018

The manufacturing industry is largely comprised of small businesses. In fact, according to the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 98 percent of manufacturing companies in the U.S. are considered to be small (with fewer than 500 employees). Further still, nearly 75 percent of m...

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Metal Additive Manufacturing: What You Need to Know METAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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May 03, 2018

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has taken the industry by storm, enabling manufacturers to bring a product to market faster for less. Now, Metal AM and numerous applications of the process are moving to the forefront of manufacturing for production

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Manufacturers, Feeling the Amazon Effect? MANUFACTURERS, FEELING THE AMAZON EFFECT?

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May 01, 2018

If you're like many of our manufacturing clients, you've been evaluating the best way to benefit from today's enormous eCommerce opportunity.  Perhaps you're feeling the Amazon Effect - growing pressure from your buyers to deliver products and services faster, in a more personal...

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The Amazon effect: what does it mean for Australian manufacturers? THE AMAZON EFFECT: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS?

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Apr 30, 2018

In case you missed it, here’s the story so far. In 2017, online retail goliath Amazon announced it would enter the Australian market. In a conference, the CEO revealed Amazon would launch with both a direct retail presence and an Amazon Marketplace offering of local sellers, with everything fr...

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Industry 4.0 concerns INDUSTRY 4.0 CONCERNS

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Apr 26, 2018

Industry 4.0 is one of the five areas the UK government plans to focus on developing in a bid to boost the post-Brexit British economy. This came after the announcement that £4.7 billion would be available for research and development into robots, artificial intelligence, 5G mobile technology,...

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The 4 Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Manufacturing Website THE 4 COMMON MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING WITH YOUR MANUFACTURING WEBSITE

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Apr 26, 2018

How many websites have you visited in the past year? Probably a lot. Perhaps you searched for travel deals or hunted for a left-handed can opener, or maybe you were scouting out the competition in your industrial manufacturing space. In any case, consider the amount of time you wasted attempting to ...

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ExporTech Helps Manufacturers Boost Sales by Entering Global Markets EXPORTECH HELPS MANUFACTURERS BOOST SALES BY ENTERING GLOBAL MARKETS

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Apr 25, 2018

Exporting is big business in California-$171.9 billion last year alone. The Golden State currently exports to nearly 230 foreign markets, with our neighbors Mexico and Canada placing #1 and #2 respectively. So what’s keeping your Company from taking advantage of global trade?

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With Industry 4.0 Comes Change, the New Constant WITH INDUSTRY 4.0 COMES CHANGE, THE NEW CONSTANT

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Apr 25, 2018

Most manufacturing organizations are just embarking on the revolution known as Industry 4.0. Many cite inhibiting barriers that include acquiring sufficient knowledge to choose among emerging options, difficulties in coordinating Industry 4.0 activities across different organizational units, concern...

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Why You Should Care about Continuous Manufacturing WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT CONTINUOUS MANUFACTURING

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Apr 23, 2018

Continuous Manufacturing of pharmaceuticals has been an extremely popular topic in our field for the past - 10 years or so. You see it in heavily academic circles. You see it in heavily industrial circles. And you see it being talked about by regulators in the US, Europe, and Japan. But, those of us...

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Five Surprising Factoids About Metal Additive Manufacturing FIVE SURPRISING FACTOIDS ABOUT METAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

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Apr 20, 2018

Recently, we learned five things that surprised us about additive manufacturing for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). These insights came from a group of MEP National NetworkTM practitioners who participated in a workshop at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with N...

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Intent-based security in manufacturing INTENT-BASED SECURITY IN MANUFACTURING

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Apr 19, 2018

Industrie 4.0, offers great promise for manufacturers to optimize business operations. The key to any successful I4.0 project lies in the factory data.  Industrial customers need seamless, secure access to this data to make better business decisions in their plants, which can only happen with a...

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Green Manufacturing: The Business Benefits Of Sustainability GREEN MANUFACTURING: THE BUSINESS BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABILITY

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Apr 19, 2018

A few years ago, terms like “going green” and “eco-friendly” were all the rage for businesses. And while those words aren’t quite as buzzworthy today, they are still worth quite a lot to the people that really matter to manufacturers - B2B buyers.

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5 ideas to enhance the induction process within manufacturing 5 IDEAS TO ENHANCE THE INDUCTION PROCESS WITHIN MANUFACTURING

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Apr 19, 2018

We’ve all seen the pictures on LinkedIn. You know the ones I mean, the new starter desk image filled with goodies. In no particular order, these usually consist of iPads, iPhones, iMacs, Montblanc pen sets, Rolex timepieces, luxury chocolates, food hampers, weekend away vouchers to Vegas and a...

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Apr 18, 2018

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How Augmented Reality Will Disrupt The Manufacturing Industry HOW AUGMENTED REALITY WILL DISRUPT THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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Apr 18, 2018

Virtual reality and augmented reality are in the same vein when it comes to modern technology. They both deal with digital content relayed through an immersive environment or experience. The difference, however, is how encompassing that experience truly is.

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6 Quick Fixes For Your Manufacturing Website 6 QUICK FIXES FOR YOUR MANUFACTURING WEBSITE

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Apr 17, 2018

It’s no secret that your website is the most important aspect of your digital marketing strategy. But are you taking the time to continually optimize its pages and features? Maybe you don’t have the budget for a full redesign, or don’t require such a drastic change right now, but e...

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How are lean manufacturing and industry 4.0 connected HOW ARE LEAN MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY 4.0 CONNECTED

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Apr 14, 2018

Lean Production is widely recognized and accepted in the industrial setting. It concerns the strict integration of humans in the manufacturing process, a continuous improvement and focuses on value-adding activities by avoiding waste. However, a new paradigm called Industry 4.0 or the fourth industr...

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Navigating the landscape of funding sources for NYS Manufacturers NAVIGATING THE LANDSCAPE OF FUNDING SOURCES FOR NYS MANUFACTURERS

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Apr 12, 2018

There’s no better time than the present to expand your manufacturing company in New York, as there are many grants, funds, and financial incentives available to New York manufacturers. While there is a great deal of competition for this funding, companies that do their homework and submit stro...

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How to assess top talent when recruiting for key manufacturing roles HOW TO ASSESS TOP TALENT WHEN RECRUITING FOR KEY MANUFACTURING ROLES

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Apr 12, 2018

As your business continues to grow and evolve, gaps in talent can start to appear. And whilst growth is often seen as a sign of success if you fail to manage growth correctly, it can quickly turn and bite you in a similar way to a business in decline.

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The Use of Seaweed in Food Manufacturing THE USE OF SEAWEED IN FOOD MANUFACTURING

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Apr 11, 2018

An unexpected ingredient is making waves. Seaweed is becoming a popular ingredient in food manufacturing as consumers start to see its value. Why should distributors save some shelf space for an exotic underwater ingredient when there are plenty of crops on dry land? Here are a few reasons.

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Evolve Advances Additive-Manufacturing EVOLVE ADVANCES ADDITIVE-MANUFACTURING

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Apr 09, 2018

If you’re interested in additive manufacturing-even interested while fully thinking that you really need some reasonable production volumes, say of 15,000 to 20,000 parts, and know that what’s out there right now pretty much is limited to a fraction of that number-then here’s an ac...

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Collaborative manufacturing trends: Using apprenticeships to address the labor shortage COLLABORATIVE MANUFACTURING TRENDS: USING APPRENTICESHIPS TO ADDRESS THE LABOR SHORTAGE

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Apr 09, 2018

In our recent post, Three Unexpected Trends Impacting the Labor Shortage, we talked about how finding and retaining labor remains a top challenge for manufacturers. Although robotic automation technology can solve some of their issues, such as using a smart, collaborative robot (cobot) like Sawyer t...

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Why the Manufacturing Sector Should Make Certifications an Important Selection Criteria for Cloud Service Providers WHY THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR SHOULD MAKE CERTIFICATIONS AN IMPORTANT SELECTION CRITERIA FOR CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDERS

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Apr 06, 2018

For manufacturing companies, leveraging your applications and data to run and grow your business is what’s strategic - not managing the underlying technology stack. Cloud service providers have both the resources (infrastructure, people and specialized technical expertise) and the focus to per...

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Why the Manufacturing Sector is Increasingly Moving Business-Critical Applications to the Cloud WHY THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS INCREASINGLY MOVING BUSINESS-CRITICAL APPLICATIONS TO THE CLOUD

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Apr 06, 2018

If you’re in manufacturing and responsible for your organization’s computing infrastructure, you may have been asked to provide three pillars of business value to satisfy a variety of very active stakeholders: Your users expect availability and high performance.

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3 Ways Manufacturers Can Benefit From Social Media 3 WAYS MANUFACTURERS CAN BENEFIT FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

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Apr 05, 2018

Social media can be a powerful marketing tool for manufacturers. In fact, there are significant business benefits of using social media - far beyond just generating likes and clicks. You have unique knowledge, valuable perspective, and innovative ideas. Social media allows you to showcase them.

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5 Manufacturing Hazards and 3 Solutions 5 MANUFACTURING HAZARDS AND 3 SOLUTIONS

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Apr 04, 2018

Manufacturers are continuously working to improve safety within their facilities, and their efforts are paying off. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of manufacturing injuries have improved considerably over the years, from seven injury cases per 100 people in 2003 to just ...

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Smart Manufacturing Through a Lean Transformation Process SMART MANUFACTURING THROUGH A LEAN TRANSFORMATION PROCESS

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Apr 03, 2018

As a small and medium-sized manufacturer (SMM), can you reasonably begin to adopt smart technologies through a lean transformation approach as part of your continuous improvement journey?

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New york state manufacturing extension partnership NEW YORK STATE MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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Apr 02, 2018

The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) is a network of organizations that provide growth and innovation services to small and mid-sized manufacturers in every corner of the state to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. In 2017, manufacturers...

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Quick Hits From SmarTech’s Latest Metal Powder Additive Manufacturing Report QUICK HITS FROM SMARTECH’S LATEST METAL POWDER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING REPORT

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Apr 02, 2018

The metal powder additive manufacturing industry’s structure continues to become more complex with new processes and competitors. The recent surge in interest and commercial activity in support of new and existing bound metal printing technologies is establishing a third major commercial area ...

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Faces of Manufacturing: Brooks machine products FACES OF MANUFACTURING: BROOKS MACHINE PRODUCTS

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Mar 28, 2018

“Technically, we’re a machine shop,” Brooks says, “but we prefer the terms ‘contract manufacturer’ and ‘solutions engineering.’” The newest article in FuzeHub’s Faces of Manufacturing series features Brad Brooks of Brooks Machine Products, ...

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Small Manufacturers Make a Big Difference SMALL MANUFACTURERS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

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Mar 28, 2018

How do we reach the next generation, change their perceptions about manufacturing, and let them know about available career opportunities? Manufacturing Day and other initiatives are critical. Equally so is the time those of you in industry devote year-round in your communities, which I believe can ...

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Deploying Manufacturing IoT Infrastructures - Data, Policy, Security DEPLOYING MANUFACTURING IOT INFRASTRUCTURES - DATA, POLICY, SECURITY

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Mar 28, 2018

Manufacturers depend on an ecosystem of partners to implement IoT solutions. Partners provide support for different tiers of a solution that ultimately produces significant business value. Some Cisco partners manage the Enterprise side of a manufacturers infrastructure and may be engaged in the exte...

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Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders in the Manufacturing Enterprise PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN THE MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISE

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Mar 28, 2018

The next generation of leadership is a reflection of the next generation of customers. Organizations in every industry need to prepare future leaders to be business savvy, agile and innovative in order to be successful in an environment where customers have limitless choices.

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The American Inventions That Revolutionized Manufacturing THE AMERICAN INVENTIONS THAT REVOLUTIONIZED MANUFACTURING

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Mar 27, 2018

American inventors have had a tremendous impact on the United States and people around the world. The manufacturing industry has also felt the impact of these innovators who were willing to push the possibilities of their times and technologies. Thomas took a look back at a few of the awesome Americ...

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Cybersecurity resources growing for NYS Manufacturers CYBERSECURITY RESOURCES GROWING FOR NYS MANUFACTURERS

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Mar 26, 2018

Manufacturing is one of the most threatened industries when it comes to the occurrence of cybersecurity attacks-second only to the healthcare industry. While digital and interconnected technologies have enabled a high level of adaptability for manufacturers to optimize production, cyber threats now ...

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Enabling Continuous Direct Compression Pharma Manufacturing ENABLING CONTINUOUS DIRECT COMPRESSION PHARMA MANUFACTURING

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Mar 22, 2018

Getting your feet wet with continuous technology takes an organizational commitment, both financial and personnel. This is because continuous is a manufacturing approach, not a hardware solution. Continuous manufacturing relies on multiple interacting technologies including unit operation hardware, ...

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Are ineffective e-mails causing your manufacturing teams stress? ARE INEFFECTIVE E-MAILS CAUSING YOUR MANUFACTURING TEAMS STRESS?

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Mar 22, 2018

In busy manufacturing, environment time is precious. Production inefficiencies can hurt a manufacturing company financially and also damage their reputation if deliveries don’t go out on time. But away from takt times, machine outputs and on-time delivery graphs which are often scrutinized in ...

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3 technologies to help SME manufacturers improve product quality 3 TECHNOLOGIES TO HELP SME MANUFACTURERS IMPROVE PRODUCT QUALITY

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Mar 19, 2018

Quality is the biggest differentiator for small and medium-sized manufacturers. Get it right, and it could be what takes your business to the next level. Let your product quality slip, and you could lose your customers and your reputation. If you’re looking for ways to improve product quality,...

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Industry 4.0 Ramps Up Product Life Cycles INDUSTRY 4.0 RAMPS UP PRODUCT LIFE CYCLES

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Mar 16, 2018

Industry 4.0’s real business impact on product development and design is often understated in the hype it has created. More and more products are being made with native intelligence that allows for both connectivity and evaluation after they are deployed and in use.

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5 Ways California Manufacturers Can Prepare for a Natural Disaster 5 WAYS CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURERS CAN PREPARE FOR A NATURAL DISASTER

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Mar 14, 2018

As Californians, we know that it’s not a matter of if, but when the next natural disaster will strike. Losses from the recent Northern California wildfires damaged or destroyed over 700 businesses; others are still reeling from the Montecito mudslides. And the 2017 Mexico City earthquake conti...

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Manufacturing trends: Using cobots to solve labor shortage challenges MANUFACTURING TRENDS: USING COBOTS TO SOLVE LABOR SHORTAGE CHALLENGES

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Mar 14, 2018

Due to the tight labor market, manufacturers across the US and Europe are turning to collaborative robots (cobots) to perform lower level, repetitive tasks in order to use their workers for more skilled tasks. For companies with multiple CNC machines, for example, the company can roll in a cobot (or...

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Study Finds Manufacturing Workers Still Make More Money Than Those in Similar Fields STUDY FINDS MANUFACTURING WORKERS STILL MAKE MORE MONEY THAN THOSE IN SIMILAR FIELDS

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Mar 12, 2018

The good news? A new study finds that manufacturing still punches above its weight when it comes to wages. Factory workers earn 13 percent more in hourly compensation than other workers in similar private-sector fields, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) study, continuing a long-standi...

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High-Quality Yarn Manufacturer Un-Tangles Problem HIGH-QUALITY YARN MANUFACTURER UN-TANGLES PROBLEM

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Mar 09, 2018

Based in Jefferson, Georgia, Buhler Yarns is a yarn manufacturer and a supplier to the sheeting industry hubs in Alabama and North Carolina. The company was established in 1995 and has since grown to around 135 employees. In reaction to changes in the market and customer demand, Buhler started makin...

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Your competitors are outsourcing their manufacturing, shouldn’t you? YOUR COMPETITORS ARE OUTSOURCING THEIR MANUFACTURING, SHOULDN’T YOU?

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Mar 08, 2018

As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) you will be focussed on increasing sales and maximizing profits. But there’s a catch. You can only sell what you can produce and manufacturing complex Industrial Electronic products day in, day out can be a headache. As your sales start to climb you ...

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Lean manufacturing + Industry 4.0: the next level of operational excellence? LEAN MANUFACTURING + INDUSTRY 4.0: THE NEXT LEVEL OF OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE?

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Mar 08, 2018

Remember when Lean principles were the one and only way for manufacturers to do business? Fast forward a decade and Industry 4.0 is the new buzzword. But does this mean Lean management is down and out, or can the two be intertwined to create a whole new level of operational excellence?

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How to Make Manufacturing Day a Year-Round Event HOW TO MAKE MANUFACTURING DAY A YEAR-ROUND EVENT

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Mar 07, 2018

It’ll be here before you know it-Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5, 2018. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers in California and across the country an opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, busi...

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Are you facing a skills gap with older, more experienced staff retiring as younger staff join? ARE YOU FACING A SKILLS GAP WITH OLDER, MORE EXPERIENCED STAFF RETIRING AS YOUNGER STAFF JOIN?

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Mar 03, 2018

Our Team Leader Development Programme can help! Aimed at first line managers this hands-on programme offers workshops and seminars on everything from leadership to employment law to understanding lean manufacturing. No formal qualifications are necessary, so it’s perfect for those with strong ...

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Tax Reform Has Manufacturers Investing in Their Future TAX REFORM HAS MANUFACTURERS INVESTING IN THEIR FUTURE

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Mar 02, 2018

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, most manufacturers understand the importance of investing in their business. But, investing means spending money, something many manufacturers can be hesitant to do. This is a dangerous trap to fall into, however, as the long-term benefits of investing can...

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Is OEE adequate in today’s sustainability focused manufacturing business IS OEE ADEQUATE IN TODAY’S SUSTAINABILITY FOCUSED MANUFACTURING BUSINESS

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Feb 28, 2018

A key dimension to factory productive measurement is OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). While this has helped manufacturing over the years, the bigger question currently is how this measure is correlated with overall factory wellness. In this rapidly digitalizing landscape, the discussions are o...

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Help Influence The Direction Of U.S. Advanced Manufacturing HELP INFLUENCE THE DIRECTION OF U.S. ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

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Feb 27, 2018

Weigh in with your perspectives and experiences - and influence the direction of American advanced manufacturing! The National Science and Technology Council, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing is developing a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing to improve coordination and provide...

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IoT Impact on manufacturing IOT IMPACT ON MANUFACTURING

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Feb 26, 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) has had a major impact on the manufacturing industry. The inter-reliability of sensors, equipment, machines, lines, processing units, plants, materials, containers, transportation, buildings, computers, software, cloud technology, mobile devices, people, departments, com...

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Moving into the industry cloud - manufacturing’s new phenomenon MOVING INTO THE INDUSTRY CLOUD - MANUFACTURING’S NEW PHENOMENON

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Feb 26, 2018

Just as you were getting to grips with cloud computing, there’s a new phenomenon making waves in manufacturing: the industry cloud. Having said that, an industry cloud isn’t new; supply chains have been migrating to the cloud for the past few years. But now adoption is rapidly gaining pa...

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Key Take Aways On Aluminum And Additive Manufacturing KEY TAKE AWAYS ON ALUMINUM AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

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Feb 23, 2018

Corporate interest in aluminum powder for additive manufacturing is at an all-time high. Aluminum alloys such as Aluminum Silicon (AlSiMg) are used almost exclusively for prototyping and tooling. However, aluminum is expected to be among the key materials in the shift toward larger batch production ...

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How a Montana Belt Company Brought Manufacturing Back Home HOW A MONTANA BELT COMPANY BROUGHT MANUFACTURING BACK HOME

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Feb 23, 2018

Jennifer Perry wanted to provide a low-profile, comfortable, and fashionable belt for athletic working women. In 2014 she launched Jelt (link is external), a belt manufacturing company based in Bozeman, Montana. Since its inception, Jelt's belts have evolved to include a variety of colors and de...

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How Food Manufacturers Should Respond to the Changing Food Industry HOW FOOD MANUFACTURERS SHOULD RESPOND TO THE CHANGING FOOD INDUSTRY

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Feb 22, 2018

Mergers and acquisitions are a driving force in the food industry today. Plus, a growing middle class and the millennial population are less brand loyal than previous generations, leading to a surge in store brands. What does this mean for food manufacturers? How should they respond?

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Music and Manufacturing Merge at New Vinyl Record Plant MUSIC AND MANUFACTURING MERGE AT NEW VINYL RECORD PLANT

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Feb 21, 2018

The alchemy of manifesting sound into a vinyl record and then back again into sound is a magic that originates from Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph in 1877 but passed into obscurity in the 1990s with the rise of the CD.

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The 3 Biggest Myths About Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing THE 3 BIGGEST MYTHS ABOUT ADVANCED ROBOTICS IN MANUFACTURING

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Feb 13, 2018

Robotics has come a long way from when they first hit factory floors in the early 1960s. Today’s robots are more intelligent and versatile, and able to go to work with little to no human intervention. And, like anything that’s not fully understood, the rapid advancement and adoption of r...

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Can the apprenticeship levy address the UK manufacturing skills gap? CAN THE APPRENTICESHIP LEVY ADDRESS THE UK MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP?

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Feb 13, 2018

In November 2017, the UK’s Department for Education hosted its first ever Skills Summit which brought together top UK employers and education experts to collaborate on how to best deliver skills reform and address the skills gap. Sitting front and center at the conference was a renewed commitm...

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U.S. Aluminum Manufacturers at the ITC: Maintain Duties on Chinese Imports U.S. ALUMINUM MANUFACTURERS AT THE ITC: MAINTAIN DUTIES ON CHINESE IMPORTS

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Feb 09, 2018

If duties are lifted, plaintiffs say no chance domestic industry will recover and grow. Domestic aluminum producers petitioned the Commerce Department in 2017, claiming certain Chinese aluminum products (like foil) were being sold below cost. Commerce investigated and in its preliminary finding impo...

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Manufacturing mobility: Data, voice, video, and location MANUFACTURING MOBILITY: DATA, VOICE, VIDEO, AND LOCATION

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Feb 08, 2018

Manufacturers use wireless to increase margins, reduce cycle times, enable lean, and improve equipment productivity. While pervasive wireless connects sensors, tools, robots, AGVs, and RFID devices, it also enables mobility. Mobility supports far more than just cell phones, tablets, and laptops.

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The real issue of rising energy costs and what manufacturers can do THE REAL ISSUE OF RISING ENERGY COSTS AND WHAT MANUFACTURERS CAN DO

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Feb 08, 2018

Rising energy costs are a massive problem for Australian food & beverage manufacturers. Are they fighting a losing battle? Or will emerging technologies give new hope in 2018? Food & beverage manufacturers are big users of electricity. According to the latest figures from the Australian Bure...

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Fueling Growth and Advancing U.S. Manufacturing Through Tangible Results FUELING GROWTH AND ADVANCING U.S. MANUFACTURING THROUGH TANGIBLE RESULTS

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Feb 05, 2018

As the former owner of a small manufacturing company, I know how important the manufacturing industry is to the local and national economy. Manufacturing is the backbone of the United States. It created strong communities and brought us together as a nation and helped the U.S. become an economic pow...

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Nexteer’s Approach to Manufacturing Data NEXTEER’S APPROACH TO MANUFACTURING DATA

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Feb 04, 2018

For the past four years, Nexteer Automotive has been doing the next best thing many companies do in design and manufacturing management: integrating the information systems of each into a single, “advanced, holistic, integrative” resource. Called “Digital Trace Manufacturing”...

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The Geography of Manufacturing: The Case of MEP and Rural Manufacturers THE GEOGRAPHY OF MANUFACTURING: THE CASE OF MEP AND RURAL MANUFACTURERS

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Jan 31, 2018

There’s an apocryphal conversation between Hemingway and Fitzgerald where Hemingway observes that the difference between the rich and others is that they have more money. The accurate account is that Hemingway was talking with a literary critic, Mary Colum. When Hemingway mentioned that, &ldqu...

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Does your business have the right manufacturing workforce skills for the future? DOES YOUR BUSINESS HAVE THE RIGHT MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE?

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Jan 31, 2018

Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, data, augmented reality, 3D printing. Today’s manufacturing world looks a lot different to five or 10 years ago. But it’s not only the factory floor that’s changing; the shift towards Industry 4.0 demands a new set of skills in the wor...

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Has 3D Printing Made the Junkyard Dog an Endangered Species? HAS 3D PRINTING MADE THE JUNKYARD DOG AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?

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Jan 30, 2018

When I was a kid my dad owned a 1958 Triumph that was always one pothole bump or one rainy day short-circuit away from being disabled. It would repeatedly and predictably break down. He would take great pride in going to the junkyard with a screwdriver or a wrench and wrestle the required replacemen...

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Why Are Manufacturers Struggling with Component Quality Control? WHY ARE MANUFACTURERS STRUGGLING WITH COMPONENT QUALITY CONTROL?

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Jan 29, 2018

It only takes one defective component to potentially damage intricate manufacturing equipment or to produce damaged products that can’t be shipped to customers and clients. Quality components is a top priority for all manufacturers, especially for those in the semiconductor and chemical manufa...

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Ford Gears up for the Future of Auto Manufacturing in America FORD GEARS UP FOR THE FUTURE OF AUTO MANUFACTURING IN AMERICA

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Jan 29, 2018

“Things are changing. That’s absolutely the bottom line in the auto industry,” said Ford’s Vice President of U.S. Government Relations Curt Magleby this past Thursday. Ford and dozens of other auto manufacturers are exhibiting the latest in automotive technology at the Washin...

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SME Leaders Named As Crain’s Notable Women In Manufacturing SME LEADERS NAMED AS CRAIN’S NOTABLE WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING

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Jan 26, 2018

SME is proud to announce that three of the organization’s leaders are among 36 women named to “Crain’s Detroit Business” 2018 list of Notable Women in Manufacturing. SME’s 2017 President Sandra Bouckley, Vice President of SME’s Events & Industry Strategy Debbi...

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3-D Printing Continues to Gain Strong and Transformative Momentum 3-D PRINTING CONTINUES TO GAIN STRONG AND TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENTUM

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Jan 26, 2018

Additive manufacturing, as it is known technically, is speeding up prototyping designs and is also being used to make customized and complex items for actual sale. These range from false teeth to parts for cars and aircraft. 3-D printing is not yet ubiquitous. Generally, it remains too slow for mass...

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What’s driving UK manufacturing investment in 4IR? WHAT’S DRIVING UK MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT IN 4IR?

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Jan 25, 2018

There’s no doubt that the use of automation is transforming global manufacturing, with initiatives such as robot technology, big data and 3D printing providing manufacturers with the ability to create smarter products, more streamlined processes and better solutions for their customers.

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Why California Manufacturers Need to Adopt a Continuous Improvement Process to Survive WHY CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURERS NEED TO ADOPT A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS TO SURVIVE

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Jan 25, 2018

California’s manufacturing industry has traditionally been vibrant, with the state having the largest manufacturing output in the U.S. It is host to giant firms such as Apple, McKesson, Chevron, Alphabet, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco Systems, but it is also home to tens of thousands of sm...

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IIOT – How Ready are You? IIOT – HOW READY ARE YOU?

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Jan 24, 2018

Manufacturing executives all over the world are looking at IIoT/Industry 4.0 (Industrial Internet of Things) as a way to transform their business. They understand the potential of the technology that can drive better overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), drive process improvements and reduce waste ...

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Life Science Industries Relying on Component Manufacturing For System Solutions LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRIES RELYING ON COMPONENT MANUFACTURING FOR SYSTEM SOLUTIONS

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Jan 23, 2018

Life science industries, such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, are constantly analyzing and creating innovations to further help and take care of people. A component manufacturing company such as Axenics can provide simple and complex individual components that life science OEMs requir...

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Robotic Additive Manufacturing: New Technology for New Applications ROBOTIC ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR NEW APPLICATIONS

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Jan 23, 2018

Additive manufacturing (AM) is disrupting the traditional way of manufacturing. AM transforms everything from the assembly line to logistics to the way personnel is trained. Likewise, industrial robotics has had a profound impact on manufacturers, touching nearly every portion of the business.

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Plastics manufacturer adds collaborative robot to factory floor PLASTICS MANUFACTURER ADDS COLLABORATIVE ROBOT TO FACTORY FLOOR

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Jan 22, 2018

On the drive through the rural outskirts of Jackson, the importance of manufacturing to the economy of Mississippi was not immediately obvious. Yet manufacturing represents over 15% of the output of the state, above the national average and higher than 70% of other states. And it is on the rise.

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Magna Manufacturing the Mercedes G-Class MAGNA MANUFACTURING THE MERCEDES G-CLASS

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Jan 19, 2018

This is a 1979 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the first year the model appeared with its Schwarzeneggerian robustness, which happens to be incased in a block of amber-colored resin:   Unlike the insects that are sometimes found encased in actual amber, objects that you can hold in your hand, this ...

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Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2018 TOP 5 MANUFACTURING TRENDS OF 2018

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Jan 18, 2018

For manufacturers throughout California and across the country, the new year brings new challenges and a wealth of new opportunities. But to take advantage of these opportunities, manufacturers of all sizes need to be aware of emerging trends and willing to adapt to them. From the widespread accepta...

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7 simple ways to motivate your electronics manufacturing staff 7 SIMPLE WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOUR ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING STAFF

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Jan 18, 2018

Your manufacturing staff is the backbone of your electronics manufacturing organization. They are the ones showing up day-in-day-out to build products for your customers. So keeping them motivated and engaged should be a priority, right?

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How are manufacturers filling their digital skills gaps? HOW ARE MANUFACTURERS FILLING THEIR DIGITAL SKILLS GAPS?

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Jan 17, 2018

Historically, a manufacturer’s information technolog