Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to one fewer job here in the US. It does not have to be a zero sum game. Experience has shown that a properly executed strategy can and should create winners on both sides.
Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, there is notable progress being made with respect to operational efficiency and profitability. Even so, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so, requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies—what we refer to as a journey towards Operational Excellence.
A leading economic indicator created continued to see moderated upward growth last month, with a 0.2 percent gain over July as measured on a three-month moving average. Though the pace of growth has slowed, current gains are trending up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year, and the barometer remains at its highest level since January 2008.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.
City Technology’s Tom Gurd, Product Marketing Manager, highlights emissions analysis application needs, trends in the global marketplace and how analyzer manufacturers can benefit from the latest sensing technologies and add real-world value by enhancing measurement reliability, accuracy and reducing operational costs.
Around the globe, industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a seamless whole, integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment. There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.
As asset performance has become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing profitability, companies are rushing to adopt progressive maintenance practices. However, asset performance management is more complicated that it may seem, click here for a breakdown of APM maturity models and the importance of understanding them further.
There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems to achieve fuel efficiency gains and emission reductions. In the past, some parts or systems were untouchable. However, today, no system is off the table when it comes to exploring potential opportunities to take out weight or to realize other improvements.
The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.
In the early 20th century, a strange spectator sport flourished in America: train crashing. They were so popular that 73 crashes (destroying 146 trains) were staged between 1896 and 1932 at state fairs. These days, engineers (not the train-drivers) who want to observe a crash can run perfectly safe, highly accurate virtual collisions on a computer screen.
When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and well integrity are the primary concerns. In order to provide operators with real-time information that would help them to drill more safely and efficiently, PML began looking for a solution that would enable driller to take advantage of of the extensive data capabilities of cloud technology.
Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential, which exceeds that of all other metals.
Unsurprisingly, the United States Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, fighter jets, small hospitals and command outposts out in the field. In recent years, the government has identified alternative energy use as a means mitigate the expense and dangers of relying solely on fossil fuels to meet the DoD’s mission.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.