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MAPI Predicts a Growth of 3.9% for the Manufacturing Sector in 2016

MAPI  Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation is predicting a rebound for the manufacturing sector in 2016. Due to a harsh winter, manufacturing industrial production fell 1.0% in the first quarter of 2015 after 3.5% growth in 2014. The weather played a big part in the decline as it impeded construction, commercial activity and trade. ...

Industry 4.0: The Next Manufacturing Revolution

The "Internet of Things" will be changing the face of the factory floor in the next few years. Industry 4.0 is changing the landscape of manufacturing and supply chain management. With high-tech sensors gathering an immense amount of data every second, factory managers can see exactly how their entire facility is operating without ever hindering production. Manufacturing will increasingly rely ...

Marketing Tools for the Industrial Manufacturer

Industrial manufacturers seem to be lagging behind when it comes to new online marketing practices. B2B industries need to be implementing these new social marketing strategies. Companies that are not taking advantage of these marketing trends are getting left behind. Many industrial manufacturing websites use static HTML web technologies, which makes it difficult for non-technical staff to ...

The Next Generation of Robots for Manufacturing is Here

The next generation of robots is here. These robots are faster, smarter, and are able to work alongside humans without putting the human worker at risk of injury. This means big things for the factory floor, as well as to the entire manufacturing industry. Robots in manufacturing plants today are designed and programmed for one specific task and are in one set location on the factory floor. ...

Why manufacturing companies should use inbound marketing

One of the major characteristics in B2B marketing over recent years has been an inexorable shift from outbound to inbound techniques – and this has been just as pronounced in the manufacturing sector. The last 12 months, in particular, have seen a significant rise in the number of manufacturing marketers ‘doing’ content marketing – 82% now say they use content, ...

US scientists create ‘friction-free’ material

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use diamonds and graphene to create a new material combination that demonstrates so-called superlubricity. Led by nanoscientist Ani Sumant of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) and Argonne Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir of Argonne’s Energy Systems Division, the Argonne team combined ...

The Mystery of the Brand-New Bay Bridge’s Corroded Steel

Plink goes the pendulum arm as it smashes into a 3-inch section of steel. The sound is high-pitched, which tells any metallurgist with a good ear that the piece is brittle. The arm is the business end of a Charpy impact tester—it swings into a thing and, on impact, measures how much energy it took to break that thing. In this case, the thing is steel from a new bridge connecting two cities in ...

The New Wild West

FEATURE Competition for the Smart Home: Will Consumers Decide? The current smart home market—largely enabled by the Internet of Everything (IoE)—evokes the spirit of the "Wild West." That's largely due to the multitude of companies promoting different automation standards and aggressively competing for marketshare. Do you think the smart home will become a reality ...

Selling Manufacturing to a New Generation

Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line. "People still have the idea that manufacturing is a dirty dungeon place," said Andy Bushmaker of KI Furniture, a maker of school desks and cafeteria tables in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The goal, Bushmaker said, is to get people ...

Applying Lean Six Sigma Methodology

As the name implies, a lean Six Sigma methodology combines the principles of lean manufacturing (lean) with those of Six Sigma. But why would anyone want to do this? What are the advantages and disadvantages of combining lean and Six Sigma methodologies? What Does Lean Contribute? Lean is a process of continual improvement based on increasing value for the customer. The objective is to ...