Recent Articles

August 29, 2014 1:00 am
Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology
Around the globe, industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a seamless whole, integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment. There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.
August 29, 2014 1:00 am
Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research
As asset performance has become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing profitability, companies are rushing to adopt progressive maintenance practices. However, asset performance management is more complicated that it may seem, click here for a breakdown of APM maturity models and the importance of understanding them further.
August 28, 2014 1:00 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems to achieve fuel efficiency gains and emission reductions. In the past, some parts or systems were untouchable. However, today, no system is off the table when it comes to exploring potential opportunities to take out weight or to realize other improvements.
August 27, 2014 1:00 am
Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic
The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.
August 25, 2014 1:00 am
Dassault Systems
In the early 20th century, a strange spectator sport flourished in America: train crashing. They were so popular that 73 crashes (destroying 146 trains) were staged between 1896 and 1932 at state fairs. These days, engineers (not the train-drivers) who want to observe a crash can run perfectly safe, highly accurate virtual collisions on a computer screen.
August 21, 2014 1:00 am
John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services
When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and the integrity of the well are the primary concerns. In order to provide well operators with real-time information that would help them to drill more safely and efficiently, PML began looking for a solution that would enable us take advantage of web-based applications and the extensive data capabilities of cloud technology.
August 20, 2014 1:00 am
Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries
Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential, which exceeds that of all other metals.
August 18, 2014 1:00 am
Chris Warner, ECN Magazine
The United States Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, fighter jets, small hospitals and command outposts out in the field. In recent years, the government has identified alternative energy use as a means mitigate the expense and dangers of relying solely on fossil fuels to meet the DoD’s mission. 
August 14, 2014 1:00 am
Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.    
August 13, 2014 1:00 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
The GHS deadline is coming up fast and past implementation experience has shown that finding a solution takes longer than expected. Chem.Info sat down with Chris Cocanig, an expert who has spent the last two years working on GHS solutions, to ask him how to prevent the panic that can easily set in when a company attempts to bring their labels up to par.  
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