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Manufacturing by state - a glimpse at production in the US

Research on trends in manufacturing and employment by state conducted by BOE (Bid-On-Equipment) show diversity and positive trends in American manufacturing. The slaughtering and processing of animals still tops the list, especially in states located...
07/25/2017

Women and the Industrial Revolution 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and cloud computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory.”
07/25/2017

Small Farm, Meet Big Data

WASHINGTON — Researchers are aiming to bring artificial intelligence and big-data technology to small-scale, developing world farms. The goal is to take on one of the 21st century's biggest challenges: feeding the world without wrecking the...
07/25/2017

Is There Potential for 3D printing in the Manufacturing Market?

The world is evolving at a rapid rate. What seemed like new technology yesterday is quickly being outdated by more advanced equipment and ideas. Similarly, the job market is changing with specialist recruiters such as Nesgt.com keeping up with rapidly...
07/24/2017

Making it: Manufacturers confident about future of industry

Manufacturing is on an upward trend both in North Dakota and Minnesota, and regional companies say they are confident the sector has a bright future.
07/24/2017

Top 5 Reasons Why Industry 4.0 Is Real And Important

As physical and digital worlds merge, manufacturing processes will change dramatically in the future. That’s for sure. But will this change be a revolution? The German Academy of Science and Technology says it will be and coined the term “fourth...
07/24/2017

Big data on its own will not add to much

In today’s world where various factors affect customer experience, listening and adapting to customer needs is a business imperative. In fact, according to a study by McKinsey & Company, data-driven organisations are 50 per cent more likely...
07/18/2017

Cybersecurity Guidance for Industrial Safety Systems

With targeted attacks on industrial automation and control systems, which are increasingly connected to other business systems, cyber vulnerabilities represent a significant potential for common mode failure.
07/18/2017

ROBOT DRAWS USING ROBUST CNC

While initially developed for use in large factory processes, computer numeric control (CNC) machines have slowly made their way out of the factory and into the hands of virtually anyone who wants one. The versatility that these machines have in automating...
07/18/2017

Industry 4.0 for design engineers

When the Walkie Talkie skyscraper was constructed in 2009, it was supposed to be an up-market living space for hundreds of London’s most wealthy citizens.
07/18/2017

VIDEO: Deposition Nozzles for Additive Manufacturing with Standard CNC Machines

With additive manufacturing, it’s essentially a motion control problem. There are extruders, and you’re melting a powder bed, but it all comes down to control and multiple axes – the same technology that 5-axis machine tools operate.
07/13/2017

Is Your Maintenance Organization Caught in a 'Fitbit Trap'?

While numbers and goals are important, applying a well-rounded maintenance performance management system ensures results and outcomes become the focus.
07/13/2017

4 Steps on Your Journey Toward Industry 4.0

Introducing new technology can be disruptive: upending the status quo is always challenging for businesses and their employees. For manufacturers, though, the idea of the smart factory of the future is quickly becoming a reality, and even those hesitant...
07/13/2017

Powering the rise of smart manufacturing

Increased competition, intricate regulatory requirements and heightened safety demands are all putting pressure on the manufacturing industry. Facing these challenges and excelling in this competitive and complex environment calls for a new age of manufacturing...
07/12/2017

Can Customer Experience Be Improved Using Big Data Analytics

When it comes to user experience, data is always the king. Since years, the marketers work hard to make use of Big Data to build good customer experience. Today, almost every marketer talks about the use of Big data, but they actually don’t know...
07/12/2017

Having your head in the cloud prepares you for Industry 4.0

How is machine learning, big data and cloud technologies changing the manufacturing industry and how to take the first steps in order to embrace it?
07/12/2017

Using IoT to Drive Lean Implementation

FMCG brands that once enjoyed healthy mid-single-digit growth or better have encountered challenging headwinds recently. In this pressurized marketplace, Lean manufacturing is becoming more and more crucial. And technology – especially internet-connecting...
06/29/2017

U.S. manufacturing remained strong in May, ISM survey finds

U.S. manufacturing continued to churn higher in May, according to a survey of purchasing managers released Thursday.
06/29/2017

Megatrends pushing manufacturers towards Industry 4.0

Disruptive technologies and megatrends are shaping the future of manufacturing. The fourth industrial revolution—Industry 4.0—has been gathering momentum in recent years and is set to be transformative in 2017. Industry 4.0 is the digitisation...
06/29/2017

Where Manufacturing Is Thriving In The U.S.

Throughout the dismal presidential campaign, the plight of America’s manufacturing sector played a central role. Yet despite all the concerns raised about factory jobs leaving the country, all but 18 of the country’s 70 largest metropolitan...
06/22/2017

Why you need to think seriously about Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is making its mark in the manufacturing sector, and medical devices are no exception. Lu Rahman looks at the relevance of this ‘fourth Industrial Revolution’.
06/22/2017

What you should know about CNC router maintenance

Every CNC router will come with its own recommended maintenance programme and whilst this may be conscientiously followed, companies can sometimes fall short on what is actually required to ensure trouble-free operation.
06/22/2017

China’s robot revolution and the boom in factory automation

Factories in China are replacing humans with robots in a new automation-driven industrial revolution.  The effects of this drive in China as well as around the globe will be huge. Since 2013, China has brought more industrial robots each year than...
06/20/2017

3 Steps Toward Industry 4.0

Whether you’ve embraced digital manufacturing or are wondering where to start, there are things you can do right now to move closer to the future. Manufacturing execution systems (MESs), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gateways, Industry 4.0,...
06/20/2017

Global CNC Machines Market 2017: Yamazaki Mazak, TRUMPF, AMADA and DMG Mori Seiki

The Global CNC Machines Market Research Report 2017 offers a comprehensive study on CNC Machines Industry including the current CNC Machines market trends and market status.
06/20/2017

Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit will focus on empowering manufacturing's future

Manufacturing technology executives will focus on ‘Empowering Manufacturing’s Future’ during the 2017 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives trade show...
06/14/2017

Old Machines Are Also Automation Candidates: 40-Year-Old Machine Adapted into Unattended System

Ask a manufacturer to point out its automated production system, and you are likely to see the most modern and advanced system at work in the shop. Perhaps that automated system consists of a robot loading and unloading an advanced machining center or...
06/14/2017

5 Reasons a 5-Axis CNC Machine is Actually Good for Your Shop

The 5-axis CNC machine tool is a mainstay on many manufacturing plants and shop floors. While these systems once were reserved for undertaking complicated and specialized applications, large and small manufacturers now realize the value in using a 5-axis...
06/14/2017

Three Ways To Avoid Potential OEE Pitfalls

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that has become a go-to standard across numerous industries. With its roots in automotive manufacturing and assembly, this calculated key performance indicator (KPI) has become the measurement standard...
06/14/2017

6 Common Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Myths Debunked

It’s not uncommon today, if you visit a manufacturing plant, to see large digital displays peering down at the workforce, keeping everyone apprised of some of the key metrics, measurements, and statistics of what’s happening on the shop floor....
06/14/2017

Top 5 CNC Machines for your creativity

Representing you universal CNC solutions. Turn your ideas into reality - CNC milling, 3D Printing, laser cutting/engraving and much more! With these CNC machines, custom circuits, product prototypes, and other 3D objects are at your fingertips. These...
06/09/2017

Industrial automation no longer a nice-to-have but a necessity when it comes to retaining competitive edge

The industrial Internet of things is revolutionizing and streamlining complex industrial operations within the manufacturing sector, says Richard Sharod, Africa & Middle East regional director at Stratus Technologies.
06/09/2017

How Industrial Automation Promotes Job Growth

There's a widely held and erroneous perception that industrial automation is a job killer, but in reality, it's quite the opposite, said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3).
06/09/2017

How to Make Use of OEE

You’re probably familiar with the term overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), but it means different things to different people. It’s often used interchangeably with factory information systems (FIS) to refer to production process analysis,...
06/09/2017

An Engineer's Guide to CNC Turning Centers

The lathe is one of the oldest manufacturing technologies on Earth. The earliest versions date all the way back to the ancient Egyptians, who invented a two-person, bow-driven lathe around 1300 BCE. Yet despite this venerable history, turning technology...
06/09/2017

What Is CNC, Anyway?

With a ShopBot CNC tool, you use the included software to design your parts on your personal computer, then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts. In the past, CNC tools were strictly industrial tools only used in...
06/01/2017

What's the difference between OEE, OOE, and TEEP?

In last week’s blog post, we discussed Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the most commonly used manufacturing metric to understand, measure, and improve current performance. To review, OEE is measured by combining a machine’s performance,...
06/01/2017

The State of the Industrial Internet of Things

As the next industrial revolution gets underway, here are some of the key Internet of Things trends, predictions and recommendations for 2017.
06/01/2017

Reining in on industrial automation

Johannes Petrowisch discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry The domestic canary isn’t what most of us would consider a tool for industrial labour.
06/01/2017

Improving plant safety with industrial automation

Jonathan Wilkins discusses how plant managers can improve safety by increasing automation Since the invention of the first automobile in the late 1800s, driver safety has been a top priority for manufacturers, with billions of pounds being invested...
06/01/2017

Leaner Than Lean: How Digitalization Transforms Manufacturing

If you want to see the future of manufacturing, follow the Tama River about 45 kilometers upstream from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to the GE Healthcare facility in Hino, Japan.
05/19/2017

The Promises and Limitations of Big Data

Although many people claim we have entered the era of big data, research firms tell us that most collected information is never used. It sits uncleaned, unanalyzed, unused in databases.
05/19/2017

Manufacturers’ Slow, but Steady Migration to the Cloud

While businesses of all types make a steady march to the cloud, manufacturers are pursuing a hybrid strategy, opting to retain some foundational plant-floor systems on premise while earmarking analytics and production applications for migration to the...
05/19/2017

Tackling challenges in integrating Industry 4.0 into manufacturing operations

Industry 4.0 could be the next big thing for Singapore’s economy.
05/19/2017

Industry 4.0: It’s all about the people

The adoption of i4.0 will have a profound impact on the manufacturing workforce. Organizations should start planning the transition today.
05/19/2017

OEE: A Management Strategy

Overall equipment effectiveness is most often seen as a tool for use in production operations. However, it is increasingly viewed as a strategic management tool for continuous improvement and connecting the enterprise to the plant floor.
05/12/2017

Losing Sleep Over Your Digital Manufacturing Strategy? You're Not the First

Robots, digitization, manufacturing The digitization of manufacturing is a pretty big topic these days.
05/12/2017

Three reasons why manufacturing jobs are suited to millennials

The manufacturing industry has a considerable employment hole to fill due to a looming skills gap. This is a daily fact we are coping with and are well aware of.
05/12/2017

Building The Internet of Things: Bringing IoT Into Your Organization

People generally dislike change. It disrupts the familiar and the comfortable.
05/12/2017

Internet of Things And Predictive Maintenance Transform The Service Industry

The field service industry is huge, encompassing 20 million field technicians in vans spread across the world, maintaining everything from hospital equipment to office elevators, heavy manufacturing machines and wind farm turbines, and there are a lot...
05/12/2017

A Reason to Do Lean and Six Sigma Executives Will Embrace

What is the actual, demonstrated output of your organization’s system (production parts or service hours)? Does it change from week to week, day to day, even hour to hour? If so, then you are dealing with “capacity leaks” that will result...
05/12/2017

Apple’s Billion-Dollar Investment Provides a Blueprint for US Manufacturing

Add Apple to the list of companies trying to make nice with the Trump administration.
05/12/2017

Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing With Industry 4.0

Successfully leveraging the huge promise of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things will allow companies to transform their business models to accommodate shifting customer demands.
05/12/2017

How one company saved $1.5 MILLION in their first year of Machine Monitoring

Gary Bruner, the president of Carolina Precision Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer that specializes in small-diameter, close-tolerance CNC Swiss turned parts, had a problem.
04/26/2017

HOW A FORMER MACHINIST IS SEEKING TO EMPOWER THE SHOP FLOOR: MACHINE MONITORING WITH MACHINEMETRICS

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we welcome Eric Fogg, Co-Founder and Partner of MachineMetrics, to the MakingChips Podcast. Eric started as a CNC machinist and identified an area in the throughput process that he believes can significantly help...
04/26/2017

How machine monitoring works

Our mission at MachineMetrics is to help manufacturers increase production efficiency (availability, performance, and quality) by simplifying machine monitoring. Other systems require very expensive and time-consuming machine integrations,...
04/26/2017

The $3T opportunity that isn’t: IoT opportunity ‘dramatically over-inflated’

Suggestions that the internet of things presents a $3 trillion market opportunity are unrealistic and ‘dramatically’ over-inflated according to Strategy Analytics, which says the market is more likely to be around $0.3 trillion by 2025.
04/26/2017

Industrial production climbed in March, while manufacturing output dropped unexpectedly: Fed report

Overall U.S. industrial production rose 0.5 percent in March because of an 8.6 percent weather-driven surge in utilities generation, the Federal Reserve said on Tuesday.
04/26/2017

Industry 4.0 held to ransom

Digital technology, automation and the Internet of Things are dramatically improving manufacturing quality and reducing costs. Industry leaders know that embracing Industry 4.0 is the only way to survive, and that the use of real-time data provides a...
04/26/2017

Firms need to gear up to benefit from Industry 4.0

A new wave of technological change is sweeping across the global manufacturing sector, and factories here are positioning themselves to be at the heart of this transformation.
04/26/2017