Archive: Dec 2012

Apple may be getting into the automated factory game

Apple recently announced that it will be investing $100 million into an automated factory in the United States. While this isn’t out of the ordinary for this sort of investment, it could lead to one of the most state-of-the-art facilities operating in the US. A 2009 Apple video of its unibody manufacturing process has glimpses…

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November production numbers stronger post Hurricane Sandy

After the decline in industrial production due to Hurricane Sandy, November’s numbers were better than analyst predictions: Manufacturing was particularly affected, with production dropping 1% in October from the previous month. It bounced back to post a 1.1% gain in November. “Nearly all the decline in factory output in October is estimated to have been…

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US manufacturing sees a slowdown in November

Industryweek.com reported yesterday that manufacturing decreased during the month of November. “The Institute for Supply Management index for November was 49.5, signaling a small decline in manufacturing activity from modest growth in October,” noted Daniel J. Meckstroth, chief economist for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). The sub-index for new orders fell 3.9…

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New device could make monitoring factory automation easier and more efficient

A new device has just been introduced into the factory automation market, the ADLINK IMX-2000. The IMX-2000 is a handheld device that can be used in manufacturing, logistics, and transportation. The handheld device uses the Android 2.3 operating system, and combines RFID, barcode scanner, and 3G/WLAN wireless transmission functions. The device has an 800 MHz…

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