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Manufacturers and Social Collaboration Tools – A Mechanism for Innovation

August 8, 2013 9:23 am | by Sanjay Ravi, managing director of worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

If you’ve been in the manufacturing industry for any length of time, you may have experienced challenges that come along with siloed operating functions. Hopefully, you’ve also seen the value that can be found when we break down the barriers between silos.

Automatic Vial-Weighing Device

August 8, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT: METTLER TOLEDO's automatic vial-weighing device is a robot that replaces manual weighing and calibrating in a variety of applications where precision weighing and calibration is necessary.

Automated Picking and Packing Robot

August 8, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT: ABB Robotics introduces an 8 kg model to its FlexPicker line, expanding high speed picking & packing performance to heavier items.


Dual Robot Control

August 8, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT: Yaskawa Motoman's dual-robot control with its MLX100 Robot Gateway™ enables controlling and programming of Motoman robots entirely within the ControlLogix® platform, eliminating the need for an additional controller or language for robotic application development.

Waste Can Become Business

August 7, 2013 5:27 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

In the not-too-distant future, the center of gravity of world food demand will move from the U.S and Europe to the increasingly richer consumers in China and India in particular, and smart, lightweight packaging will have a key role in tapping those markets from abroad.

Japan Gov't to Help Stop Radioactive Water Leaks

August 7, 2013 10:23 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government said Wednesday that it would step in and take "firm measures" to tackle contaminated water leaks at the country's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, including possibly funding a multibillion-dollar project to fix the problem.

BP Balks at Paying Claims Administrator

August 7, 2013 10:02 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is balking at paying more than $130 million in administrative fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the 2010 oil spill, claiming the settlement program has been plagued by poor productivity and excessive costs.

Lean Energy Management in Manufacturing

August 7, 2013 9:19 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO, ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Lean manufacturing is by now a widely understood method of making wide variety, small quantity products. Few manufacturing managers are not familiar with the idea of lean manufacturing having come of age in the 1980s. This movement has effectively created the low-cost, wide variety product universe in which we live now.


Calif. Examines Firm Behind Dangerous Demolition

August 6, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

State officials are investigating whether the company that handled the demolition of a Central California power plant broke any regulations. Five spectators were injured when pieces of shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 during the plant's demolition in Bakersfield.

Radioactive Water Threatens Overflow at Failed Fukushima Nuclear Plant

August 6, 2013 10:11 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is struggling to stop contaminated underground water from leaking into the sea. The company said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall.

Vertiguard Automated Barrier Panel

August 6, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT: Frommelt Safety's Vertiguard Automated Barrier Panel now features several upgrades that make it ideal for industrial facility managers looking to increase safety and productivity in their plants.

STEM Robotics Platform

August 6, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT: Yaskawa Motoman has released a new STEM Robotics Platform for education and workforce development.

Wrap n' Ship Program

August 6, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT: ITW Muller introduces its Wrap n’ Ship Program, helping new customers who already purchase hand-wrapping film to incorporate some level of automation.


We Need More Vocational Training

August 5, 2013 4:37 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The concept of “everyone should go to college” is finally being questioned, which I think is long overdue. We currently lack the education and training systems to teach technical skills as an alternative to traditional four-year degrees and to help more people get the family wage jobs produced in the new economy.

Is the United States Ready to Take Manufacturing Back?

August 5, 2013 11:29 am | Articles | Comments

A number of macroeconomic factors seem to have tipped the balance in favor of domestic manufacturing. Among them are the appreciation of China’s currency versus western currencies, labor rate inflation, increased concerns about supply interruption and adulterated product and lowering energy cost in the United States due to prospects of shale gas.

Packaging Manufacturer Takes Real-Time Process Monitoring to Next Level

August 5, 2013 11:23 am | by Epicor Software Corporation | Articles | Comments

Rexam serves a number of markets including the beverage, personal care, healthcare and food markets. Production and process control has never been more advanced at Rexam-Berlin than it is right now. Nor has the value of such control as a decision-making tool ever been more demonstrable.

Future of Horse Slaughter in Okla. Still Unclear

August 5, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

Though the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1. Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona.

Examining the Science of Growing Hamburger in the Lab

August 5, 2013 10:58 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

At a public tasting in London Monday, Dutch scientists served hamburgers made from cow stem cells. AP writer Maria Cheng asks some questions about the science behind the revolutionary patty, including what the development could mean for vegetarians.

Obama Orders Review of Chemical Plant Rules

August 1, 2013 10:36 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Obama, in an executive order announced Thursday, specifically tasks agencies with examining new ways to safely store and secure ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical investigators say caused the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

Official: Nothing Criminal in Propane Explosion

August 1, 2013 10:27 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators trying to determine what caused a series of explosions at a central Florida propane plant said Wednesday they've uncovered nothing that indicates a crime was committed. Investigators have interviewed some workers who were at the plant when a fireball erupted in a lot outside the plant's two warehouses.

5 Ind. Counties Exceed EPA Pollution Limits

August 1, 2013 10:19 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Parts of five Indiana counties that are home to aging coal-fired power plants are facing limits on new industry now that the federal government has determined those areas don't meet its new, tougher standard for an air pollutant that causes acid rain and aggravates respiratory ailments.

White Washdown Duty Motor

August 1, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Baldor Electric Company's White Washdown Duty motor is designed for humid and moist environments in industries requiring sanitary motor washdowns on a regular basis.

Deep Groove Ball Bearings

August 1, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: SKF USA Inc.'s deep groove ball bearings offer corrosion protection for manufacturing operations that demand a resistance to harsh operating conditions.

Smart Motor Controller

August 1, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MOTORS, DRIVES & BEARINGS: Rockwell Automation, Inc. introduces a smart motor controller that addresses the motor control needs of OEMs and end-users seeking a more economical alternative to drives and more advanced control than across-the-line starters.

La. Explosives Company Officials Plead Not Guilty

July 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that lead to the evacuation of a nearby small town.

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