Tesla Hits Model 3 Production Milestone

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of electric car startup Tesla, announced July 1 that his company succeeded in meeting his goal of producing 5,000 units of its Model 3 in the final week of the second quarter. The Model 3, billed as an affordable alternative to Tesla’s higher-end Model S, had previously seen a number…
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BMT to Make Sizable Investment in Tennessee

Leaders of manufacturing company BMT went public this month with their plan to invest in Campbell County, Tennessee, manufacturing. In total, the company will invest $3.7 million in the county and create 148 new jobs. This move is sure to make an impact on the residents of Campbell County as well as local manufacturing. Why…
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3 Technology Innovations That Impacted the Market This Year

Technological advances are moving forward at breakneck speed, and they seem to come more quickly and be more effective every year. Manufacturing is often one of the first places where new technology makes its mark, and manufacturers have to be prepared to evolve with new technology, offering innovative ideas to entice customers and boost efficiency….
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Communication Breakdowns Between Shifts – Solving Problems 24 Hours a Day

When receiving a repair into the service center, sometimes the amount of information we are given is detailed with timelines, failure modes and fault codes. But most of the time what we get is very vague despite the repair being part of a critical machine down situation. What is the reason for this? Sometimes it…
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Tesla Hits Weekly Model 3 Numbers

During the last week of June, Tesla, Inc. was able to hit their original goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s in one week. Reaching this goal has been important for the electric vehicle manufacturer as they try to bridge the gap into economy cars (the Model 3 is priced at $35,000) and reach a broader…
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Manufacturing Growth Continues: June ISM PMI Reaches 60.2

As the overall economy continued growing for the 110th month in a row, the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) also continued its upward swing. Reaching its 22nd month of consecutive growth, the manufacturing industry crept up another 1.5 percentage points to reach 60.2, up from May’s 58.7 reading. Respondents in…
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6 Reasons to Choose An OEM-Certified Manufacturing Repair Specialist

Whenever you need your equipment repaired — whether it is pneumatic, hydraulic, or other specialty manufacturing machinery — it is critical to work with a company whose leaders hire trained experts. Often, inexperienced technicians don’t get the job done right on the first try, which can result in manufacturers spending more money and may even…
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The State of Manufacturing: Where America Is Headed

Ever since the election of President Trump, manufacturing professionals have been wondering how the new administration might affect their business. Trump ran in part on a promise to create more jobs, including manufacturing, so many in the industry have been eagerly following any manufacturing news that might indicate the direction in which things seem to…
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How to Make Manufacturing Cooler and Safer in the Summer

Safety is always a major concern in manufacturing. When the summer hits its stride, heat safety measures take precedence. Beating high temperatures and the dangers they bring is important to protect personnel at work, equipment in use, and the bottom line at any manufacturing facility. To reduce risks, many options for improving temperature management and…
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Servo Motor and Drive Troubleshooting Guide

A servo motor is a torque-based engine comprised of a rotary actuator or linear actuator. This type of motor allows for precise controls adjusting for angular and linear position, torque, velocity and acceleration. Four components, motor, a drive, controller and feedback unit, comprise modern servo systems.   Servo motors are usually quite small, but they…
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