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6 Ways Simulations Save Costs for Manufacturers

Brandon Fuller, Eagle Technologies ADVANCED SIMULATION TECHNOLOGIES ALLOW US TO DELIVER MORE EFFICIENT MACHINES AT LOWER COST. Of the new technologies transforming the manufacturing industry, advanced simulations are having the broadest impact on design and development processes. Simulations give engineers insight into the performance of a machine prior to production...

U.S. manufacturing's next phase

Richard Daley and Bruce Katz's Op-Ed in the LA Times caught our eye, highlighting the ever-changing nature of manufacturing, here and abroad: Corporate cost calculations undergird the newfound appreciation of U.S. manufacturing. The offshoring of manufacturing was rooted in harsh economic realities: rock-bottom wages in nations such as China and the aggressive...

Managing your spare parts inventory

Manufacturers usually keep their spare parts inventories neat and organized. However one look at the inventories can explain why the company is spending unnecessary time and money on their inventories. Most inventories are not standardized. Standardization differs from organization in that the parts are simply put in their place, but they are selected...

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...

The Rise Of Multi-Function Labor

At the start of the Industrial Revolution, it was a breakthrough to have a plant full of people who each performed one job that eventually resulted in a product. Hundreds of complex products were made each day with each worker spending hours doing the same job. Today’s manufacturing worker is...

Neglected Housekeeping Can Derail Production

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,340 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2009. Of those fatalities, 41 percent were in production-based industries, 304 (7% of the total) were specifically in manufacturing. A closer look at the numbers shows that falls or strikes caused the...

Sensing Potential Problems Before They Happen

Factory automation has created many areas along the assembly line that are unmanned by human workers. Traditionally, workers using the equipment everyday spotted spontaneous problems. This was in addition to stringent preventative maintenance protocols. With that hands-on attention gone, companies have come up with other ways to detect problems that...

Lessons on Pick and Sort Technology from the Recycling Industry

Depending on the industry, picking and sorting may be one of the most valuable departments in the factory. This isn’t an exaggeration. Just think of the immense confusion that can arise from the wrong parts going into a project or packaging. Imagine the wrong items going out to clients. A...

Recent Improvements In Preventative Maintenance

The preventative maintenance process is often time consuming, as every machine and component on it has to be checked for damage, wearing and debris. Because of the procedures that must be performed, you can only shave so much time off the inspection process without putting the...

Why Do Hospitals Put People On An IV?

Intravenous therapy is the preferred method for administering a myriad of different treatments, each of which must be prepared to exacting standards. The most common IV fluids used for almost all patients are mainly for replenishing the patient's fluids and electrolytes—much like the sports drinks that are popular for athletes—so...

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