Business & Industry

Teardown: Google Glass More Than Sum of its Parts

IHS recently conducted a teardown of a pair of the smart glasses, putting together a bill of materials and an estimate of its manufacturing costs. While the totals might be surprisingly low, IHS says plenty else went into Glass to factor in the final $1,500 price of the groundbreaking device, including non-recurring engineering expenses, development and marketing costs, and other one-time...

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10 Questions to Ask Manufacturing Employees

With Baby Boomers retiring, companies must do all it can to keep employees and stem the brain drain as demographics change. Churn is also costly and highly detrimental to manufacturing businesses, which depend on trained workers and production consistency. Here's what you need to ask to find out what you need to know about your workforce. The manufacturing workforce has changed dramatically over...

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Viewpoint: Manufacturing Is Cool. Really.

In her first column for ThomasNet News, Karen Norheim of American Crane & Equipment tells her story of how she got into manufacturing and writes how professionals must come together to proactively solve the problems that could change the course U.S. manufacturing's future. This includes attracting more women to the business. Manufacturing and related fields seem to have a bad rep... or a bad...

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Getting the Most from Systems Commissioning of New Facilities

The greatest value of new facility systems commissioning is to get all parties involved in the process, including contractors, designers, engineers, and the owner, on the same page about each's responsibilities on the project. Therefore, care must be taken to ensure mutual understanding and actionable decision-making. The resultant benefits can be significant. Systems commissioning has proven...

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Are Your Part Numbers Too Smart for Their Own Good?

For decades, manufacturers have used smart or intelligent part numbers -- that is, descriptive part numbers that contain explicit indicators in the part-number string itself, indicating something about the name of the part itself, the product it is used in, physical characteristics of the part or other data points. One of the advantages of such descriptive part numbers has been that they allow...

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Editor's Note: A Crystal Ball for Machinery

Predictive maintenance could be a life-altering experience -- well, your manufacturing life, at least. Turning maintenance needs into a just-in-time chore would result in more production uptime.  Eliminating the need for shutting down a line simply to perform regularly scheduled maintenance that may not be really necessary could have cascading ramifications. What if you could tell the future?...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Jobs Streak Continues on Heels of Strong Q2 GDP

ISM: Manufacturing Picked Up Again in July U.S. Companies Struggle with Working Capital Construction Spending Tumbles in June U.S. hiring cooled off in July, but the 209,000 positions employers added last month was the sixth straight monthly increase of at least 200,000 jobs to the nation's payrolls. However, the nation's unemployment rate unexpectedly ticked up a tenth of a point to 6.2 percent...

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The Light Side: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada, a Ride at a Time

AI Correctly Orders Beatles' Musical Chronology Dutch Musician Redefines Log Cabin Water Filter Can Charge Your Cellphone When you were young, you were told to never talk to strangers or pick one up -- or was it never let a stranger pick you up? Never mind. If you saw a cute, smiling robot by the side of the road, you would pick it up, and right now there is one getting picked up repeatedly on a...

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Legislation at the Core of Food-Contact Packaging Trends

Packaging researcher Smithers Pira says the food-contact packaging market will continue to be influenced by legislation at all jurisdictions, local and national, around the world. The global roster of allowable substances is one in constant motion and which increasingly includes recyclable and recycled materials. In recent years, there have been many significant developments regarding...

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4 Things to Consider Before Predictive Maintenance Programs

Industrial companies have realized that it pays to be sustainable, literally. It is not just a noble act; we want to do it because mitigating energy and water waste is mitigating costs and improving profit. Here, LNS Research describes how predictive maintenance equals to sustainable manufacturing. One of the things LNS Research has explored recently is the direct relationship between predictive...

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