Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jonesboro Company - A "Cool Vendor"

Rural Sourcing, Inc. in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has been named to the short list of "Cool Vendors" for 2013 in Application Services by Gartner Inc, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company.  RSI, the leader in domestic sourcing, is a cost-effective alternative to the traditional model for IT outsourcing and employs approximately 50 at the Development Center in Jonesboro.  Click here for more.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Colson Rewarded for Energy Efficiency

Colson Caster’s Monette, Arkansas facility was recently rewarded over $28,000 from Entergy for installation of energy saving barrel blankets.  Read Colson Caster's press release.  Click here to see photo.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Camfil APC Celebrates 50th with a SHAKE!

Camfil APC, a global company headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, manufactures industrial dust collectors and fume collection equipment to clean up manufacturing processes.  Last week they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a lunch followed by a "shake."  Watch The Camfil APC Shake!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Why Reshore?

Representatives from two large manufacturers shared their experiences with reshoring at IndustryWeek's Best Plants Conference.  Reasons for leaving the U.S. for China or other foreign areas years ago may have changed, and may be overshadowed by considerations of time to market, innovation and shortening the supply chain.  Click here for article.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Why Manufacturing Matters!

The argument that manufacturing in the U.S. doesn't really matter because the sector only accounts for 11 percent of our economy and manufacturing job growth is slow, is short-sighted and incomplete, according to authors of the attached article published by The Brookings Institution.  Click here for more.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Augmented Reality & The Production Floor

Technology allowing manufacturers to work virtually in an industrial environment can support product launches and reduce decision-making time.  A new Google product, Glass, is close to release and merges the physical world with the digital world.  Click here for more.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Internet on the Manufacturing Floor

Read how manufacturing facilities are utilizing an industrial internet: sensors are spread across the plant floor and connected to a high speed internal Ethernet that provides a wide range of data.  Click here to read more from MIT Technology Review.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The 10 Principles of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, can make a remarkable improvement in cost, time and complexity challenges over traditional manufacturing processes like milling, molding, cutting, drilling, etc.  3-D printing is achieved by using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.  Click here for more.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Getting the Most Out of Waste Elimination

"Lean" is often defined as "do more with less" but this author's perspective is to focus on the "do more" piece of the definition, i.e. add more muscle not just trim the fat.  Click here for more.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Smart Factory

Integrating product lifecycle management, manufacturing execution systems, and industrial automation is the key to the future of manufacturing.  By bringing these three critical manufacturing technologies together into one system, companies can realize top line growth.  Read entire article.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Robots in Manufacturing - Job Creator?

The United States seems to be alone in its anxiety that further automation in manufacturing will cost jobs; Japan and Europe do not have the same fear.  As a matter of fact, evidence suggests that it will boost jobs because it will allow the U.S. to "compete against increasingly advanced global competitors."  Click here for The New York Time article.