Three Major Turning Points in Manufacturing History

Manufacturing as we know it has made tremendous strides over the centuries. Today, it allows us to produce amazing things. Along the way, there have been some crucial manufacturing milestones that changed the face of manufacturing history and revolutionized what we can do technologically as a society. Here are three of the biggest early turning…
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Autonomous Drone Taxi Takes Flight

Congestion of roadways is a problem that continues to plague metropolitan areas around the world. Whether cars, pedestrians, public transport or carpools, roads are handling more commuters than they have the physical space to accommodate. That’s led some companies to look to the skies. EHang, Inc., a Chinese drone-making company, revealed that they’ve been running…
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From Mexico to Michigan: Fiat Chrysler Revving US Ram Manufacturing

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is revving auto industry expectations with its Jan. 11 announcement of plans to move its Dodge Ram heavy-duty pickup production from Saltillo, Mexico, to Michigan. Company insiders hope their planned 2020 move will help revive domestic automobile manufacturing. Picking up speed after a downturn U.S. automobile manufacturing has been declining for…
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Tools to Help Make Data Collection More Efficient

We live in the world of big data, where individuals and companies have access to more data than ever before. Your business is not likely to survive without a data collection plan. Naturally, you want your data collection methods to be as efficient as possible so you can get the most useful data in the…
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Train Where You Work: Learn On-The-Job Training Benefits and Challenges

In many ways, manufacturing is sitting on the precipice of a potentially exciting but still uncertain future. Automation looms, carrying both promises of innovation and the potential to drastically disrupt existing industry practices and norms. At the same time, some specific manufacturing positions are remaining unfilled due to a skills gap disparity between worker qualifications…
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January Report: Manufacturing Economy Continues to Roar

Growth continued in January as the overall economy registered expansion for the 105th consecutive month, underpinned by January’s strong manufacturing data. Although the January Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) of 59.1 declined 0.2 from the previous month, it is still indicative of a robust manufacturing sector as readings above 50 indicate expansion. According to Tim Fiore, chairman…
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How to Handle Customer Service in Times of Disaster

Customer service can be a tricky thing even when times are good. When a person’s product — that they spent good money for — isn’t working, they often get angry and frustrated fast. But when everything’s going wrong, it’s easy for your customer service crew to lose their heads. That doesn’t help anybody. In fact,…
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Variable Frequency Drive Protection – Metal Oxide Varistors

We have talked about in the past how fuses and circuit breakers protect a variable frequency drive from over-current conditions but what about over voltage? On the main supply lines coming into the drive often you will see a little colored disk that favors a capacitor. These are metal oxide varistors, or MOV’s and they serve to protect…
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Companies Helping Close the Gender Gap in Manufacturing

Many manufacturing companies complain about the lack of skilled workers to fill their ranks. Yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women — who make up roughly half the U.S. workforce — account for less than a third of manufacturing jobs. Why are so many manufacturing companies missing out on the opportunity to recruit…
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Solar Power Goes Virtual in Australia

It was recently announced that Tesla and the South Australian government will embark on an ambitious project to install solar panels on 50,000 homes and link their batteries together, creating a virtual, decentralized power plant. This decentralized approach to storing solar energy would equip each building with a 5kW solar panel and a 13.5kWh Tesla…
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