|DFMA lets engineers focus on what they do best
Raptor Performance in Concord, NC, designs and manufactures custom electronics for racing motorcycles and automobiles. The company's products are not for hobbyists, these are professional-grade parts.
POSTED JULY 15, 2019 8:00 AM
|US Factories Added 196,000 Jobs in 2017
WASHINGTON--The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the United States added 196,000 factory jobs in 2017, including 25,000 jobs in December. Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, says that factory jobs are growing at a faster rate than jobs in the overall economy.
POSTED JANUARY 09, 2018
|Manufacturing Still Hearty Despite Small Declines
WASHINGTON--New orders for manufactured goods fell 0.1 percent in October from the month before, according to a report from the Commerce Department on Monday, but that was better than the 0.4 percent decline expected in a consensus estimate from analysts. This latest performance followed an upwardly revised September hike of 1.7 percent.
POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2017
|TCO and part redesign can make US assembly feasible
For the past several years, the Reshoring Initiative has been helping manufacturers reshore production or keep existing work here through total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis. However, calculating TCO is only part of the overall competitiveness equation.
POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2017
|Making Manufacturing Great Again Would Add $530 Billion to GDP
WASHINGTON--The U.S. manufacturing sector has weathered a bumpy road over the course of the past two decades, but successfully righting the country's industrial ship would mean an economic windfall of $530 billion, according to a new report from The McKinsey Global Institute.
POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2017
|Software Harmonizes Instrument Design Process
Most challenges manufacturers face involve the assembly process of one or more of their products. Sometimes, though, a company struggles with where to locate its headquarters or build another plant for market expansion.
POSTED JULY 05, 2017
|Design for Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing has become a buzzword in manufacturing today. It has improved tremendously over the past few decades, and it is evolving from a technology for simple prototyping to one that can be used to make actual parts and tooling.
POSTED MARCH 01, 2017
|How to Work With Medical Device Design Firms
Designing a new medical device is a bit more complicated than designing a toaster or an automotive cooling system. Besides the issues common to any product—feasibility, usability, and design for manufacture and assembly—there are also issues of biocompatibility, sterilization and FDA regulations to deal with.
POSTED FEBRUARY 02, 2017 1:00 AM
|Testing Challenges With Automotive Plastics
New plastics and coatings are giving automotive engineers a wealth of options for interior design. These materials offer the promise of additional functionality beyond just decoration or passenger protection.
POSTED FEBRUARY 02, 2017
|3D Modeling Brings Concurrent Benefits to Machinery Builder
Mergers, acquisitions and partnerships are risky endeavors for managers, as well as workers. Sometimes these transactions favor one group over another, or end up being disastrous for both groups. Other times, however, the deal turns out great for everyone.
POSTED JULY 01, 2016