Automotive

3 Innovations Advancing Electric Vehicle Manufacturing

Our factory automation and advanced testing systems are helping to fuel the advance of electric vehicle technology. Few industries are so committed to constant innovation as the automotive industry. Every few years, automotive manufacturers rethink and redesign every aspect of the automobile from the ground up. And in an industry where...

Factory automation, a German example

The traditional thought on including automation in a factory setting was that it would perform all of the dirty and dangerous jobs, but not be able to do much more than that. This view, however, is quickly changing as technology gives rise to more sensitive and more utilizable. While most auto...

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...

Re-shoring of manufacturing taking place in Michigan

It seems that after years and countless numbers of manufacturing jobs leaving the U.S. will be returning to American soil, according to an article by MLive.com’s Melissa Anders: But that trend of offshoring may be slowing or even reversing, according to research from Tobias Schoenherr , an assistant professor of supply...

Why Ford’s EcoBoost is a Hybrid Compliment

Since 2010, Ford Motor Company has been placing its new EcoBoost under the hoods of new car models. The Taurus and the Escape are two examples. However, the company has been making waves by removing the popular hybrid engine option from the three different engine options offered for the 2013...

Practicing re-purposing in manufacturing

Repurposing is another way to introduce green practices into a factory. It is like recycling, but object being reused doesn't become another thing. Repurposed machines, for example, are used to produce more than one product—products outside of its normal usage criteria. The concept of repurposing is already taking hold in the manufacturing industry...

Things to keep in mind for your hybrid car

In many ways, the hybrid car and its gas-powered predecessor are very similar. In fact, the similarities make the transition to a hybrid vehicle a smooth one. Both hybrid and gas vehicles are powered and propelled by a fuel, engine and battery system. This system must be maintained through oil changes, tune-ups and...

Talk of The Nation on the State of the Manufacturing Industry

From NPR's Talk of the Nation: 100 years ago, you know, I think it was about 90 percent of Americans worked in agriculture. Now, it's down to two percent, and yet we produce far much more food than we did 100 years ago. And manufacturing is going through that same type of...

Lessons from a Continental Parts Shortage

In August 2011, the makers of the well-known Peugeot automobile experienced a production standstill due to the shortage of a very small but essential part—the screw. The automaker needed specific screws for its bumpers, brakes and other components. The supplier of the parts, the Agrati Group, had a simple explanation...

What Do New Fuel Standards Mean for Hybrids?

In July 2011, President Obama issued new fuel standards with a deadline of 2025 for completion. His goal was to reduce the American dependence on oil, but the new rigid standards were welcomed by the automobile industry. In fact, the President signed the law with the head executives of the major American and...

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