Component Spotlight: The Resistor

What is a Resistor? A resistor is an electrical component that, as the name implies, provides electrical resistance to a circuit. A resistor is opposite to a conductor, where a conductor allows the flow of electrons, a resistor opposes it. The amount of electric resistance is measured in a value called Ohms. What purpose does…
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LG Expands Solar Footprint in U.S.

LG Electronics recently announced plans to expand their Huntsville, AL, operations to include production of solar modules. The company has had a presence in Alabama for decades, and intends to invest close to $30 million for solar module production lines at its facilities. Plans are for the Huntsville location to add 160 new jobs focused…
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Impacts of the Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act

Now that the bill has passed the Senate, a bipartisan version is heading to the House for consideration. Benefits for Designated Regions Being a “Manufacturing Community” allows individual cities or regions access to funding and renewed energy and support for their manufacturing efforts. As Gillibrand explains when touting the benefits of the bill, “Not only…
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3 Ways to Handle Conflict on the Floor

Conflict on the floor is the last thing you want as a manager. It stalls production, hurts morale and can even be a safety issue. Unfortunately, despite your best intentions and whatever safeguards you put into place, conflicts on the floor happen. Maybe two workers disagree about the best way to complete a certain task….
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Summer Manufacturing Camps Expand Minds and Open Doors

This summer, middle and high school students all over the United States will be spending a week or so of their breaks from school getting hands-on interactive training at manufacturing camps. While manufacturing may not be the image that the phrase “summer camp” brings to mind, these experiences are proving to be both popular with…
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Out of This World Manufacturing: From Space to the Moon!

A poll the Pew Research Center released this month shows that a strong majority of Americans — 72% — consider investments in space exploration technology to be worthwhile and beneficial for the country’s future. The same poll found that the top priorities Americans identify for space-related research are in preventive approaches to climate change and avoiding catastrophic asteroid…
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What Is the Difference Between a Stepper Motor and Servo Motor?

Do you need stepper motors or servo motors in your business? Perhaps you need both. Although they are not as different as some might think, there are some significant differences between the two. If you’re not quite clear on the properties and benefits of the stepper motor vs. the servo motor, here’s a basic breakdown…
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Dangers of a Toxic Work Culture

No one wants a toxic workplace. But some managers have ignored toxicity in the workplace or dismissed it as a necessary evil. If those companies are lagging behind others in growth, this is likely the reason why. What Is a Toxic Work Culture? A toxic work culture is one where employees do not feel comfortable…
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Volvo Coming to America

Volvo Cars is officially opening up shop in the United States. Its Ridgeville, SC, plant opened this past Wednesday with intentions of having customer-ready cars by Q4, producingapproximately 130,000 vehicles at peak capacity. As the first automaker to commit to manufacturing cars without internal combustion engines, Volvo’s taking the opportunity to invest in other green…
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Nucor And Steel Tariffs: A Manufacturing Match Made in Heaven

Are steel tariffs tearing up old alliances? Judging by the furious reactions on the international stage, the answer is yes. China, Canada, and the E.U. are hitting back hard with new tariffs on American products. In the midst of this global quarrel, however, American-headquartered steel manufacturer Nucor is investing millions in Arkansas and Florida manufacturing….
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