How to Repair a Directional Valve

While some industrial machine failures are major breakdowns requiring extensive repair, every once in a while, you may encounter a machine that requires a simple part replacement to get it back on track. Knowing how to do minor repairs can greatly increase your efficiency on the floor. Even if you send out for those minor…
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One Network Is Shaking Up the Manufacturing World

From aerospace designs to household products, 3D printing is making manufacturing more affordable, seamless, and reliable. 3D printing is the new wave in manufacturing with less waste, the ability to change designs as business needs change, and the added reliability of being able to consistently produce products. Manufacturing companies large and small are looking to…
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Inaugural Solar Manufacturing Contest from the Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) is presenting its inaugural American-Made Solar Prize competition this year in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This event marks an effort by the DOE, by way of a $3-million-dollar prize competition, to strengthen the country’s solar manufacturing capabilities. In doing so, the Solar Prize also encourages students and…
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How to Reduce Hydraulic System Noise

Hydraulic systems can be extremely useful in a lot of machine solutions, but they can also be extremely loud. Any industrial location with active machines will make some noise, but when the noise rises to a certain level, it can be a problem. Systems that are too loud can cause headaches, hearing loss and elevated…
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Mig, Tig or Stick – The Pros and Cons of Each Method for Repair Welding

Welding is one of the most common repair processes found in any manufacturing facility. When a metal piece of machinery breaks, welding can be a cheap, fast solution to getting things running again. But as common as it is, there are many methods to welding and each has their own pros and cons. Those that…
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More Tariffs Coming for Chinese Goods

Friday morning, President Trump announced new 25% tariffs on approximately $50 billion in exported Chinese goods. The first wave of tariffs will be enacted in the first week of July, with more tariffs going into effect after a review period. This latest round of tariffs – targeting the automotive, manufacturing, robotics and aerospace industries –…
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Technology Advances: Hydraulics and Pneumatics in the 21st Century

What’s the difference between hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturing? How has manufacturing technology advanced in recent years? Why were hydraulics and pneumatics ready for an update? Read on to get a bit of an update yourself. Pneumatics In the early days, pneumatic devices were used for factory machines, cow-milking machines, transport tubes, pipe organs, player pianos,…
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How to Handle Customer Service on Social Media

Social media can be a great boom to industry today, getting the word out about your products much faster, to many more people, than ever before at little or no cost to you. But when it comes to customer service, social media is a double-edged sword. If your customers are not happy with your customer…
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Will Tesla Become King of Automotive Manufacturing?

Tesla has become a major influencer in the automotive industry — and in a short amount of time. Despite being generations younger than its competitors, Elon Musk’s auto brainchild has managed a significant market share. But will Musk’s unparalleled vision put the automaker ahead, or might we see the company lag behind his manufacturing promises?…
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New SAP Solutions Help Manufacturers Streamline Operations

Those in the manufacturing industry will soon have another solution available to help guide them in their digital transformations. Software giant SAP recently announced a new product suite that will combine the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), predictive analytics, and supply networks to streamline manufacturing facility activity. This new solution will allow facility leaders to…
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