Archive for September 6th, 2013

With just under a month until National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), companies across the country are preparing to open their doors to the next generation of workers, business connections, and politicians to raise awareness about the industry through hands-on demonstrations and facility tours. Here’s a glimpse of what some are planning for the Oct. 4 event.
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greencarWhen talking about reducing our collective carbon footprint, the conversation quickly turns to transportation. Transportation is responsible for 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in this country, second only to electricity generation. With utilities switching from coal to cleaner sources, transportation could conceivably advance to the number one spot if the Obama administration hadn’t passed a new set of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards requiring each manufacturer’s fleet to average 54.5 mpg by the year 2025.

Despite advances in powertrain technology, including such things as hybrids, plug-ins, all-electrics, and fuel cells, carmakers determined that they could not achieve this goal without taking the additional step of significantly reducing vehicle weight. This requires taking a fresh look at the way that cars are constructed, with an eye toward models that are lighter, but no less safe, or comfortable, or affordable than today’s cars.  Read more



Since the 1970s factories have become ever more automated. In this episode of Product Design Show, Allison Toepperwein and Vince Penman look at current trends in factory automation and show how networked facilities are changing the landscape of manufacturing.  Read more

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