Manufacturers most upbeat in two years, ISM survey shows

Jeffrey Bartash for MarketWatch:  American manufacturers finished 2016 on a wave of optimism, as a survey of executives hit the highest level in two years.  The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index climbed to 54.7% in December from 53.2%, slightly higher than the MarketWatch forecast. Any number above 50% signals expansion. The index is compiled from a survey of executives who order raw materials and other supplies for their companies. The gauge tends to rise or fall in tandem with the health of the economy. New orders and production surged in the final month of the year and plans for employment also edged higher. Bradley Holcomb, chairman of the ISM survey committee, said comments from executives were largely positive.   Cont'd...

Year in Review: Industry Embraces Supply Chain Trends of 2016

There is still much work to be done with regard to technological advancement and operational process before the 2016 trends peak, but there's no doubt that the manufacturing industry is evolving like never before.

Collaboration Between NanoMech and Pace Industries Boosts Manufacturing Productivity and Performance

Working together in stealth mode for two years on a highly-advanced lubricant, NanoMech's patented and patents pending technology offers tremendous value to Pace Industries' business. NanoMech's lubricant innovation provides longevity for specific manufacturing equipment at Pace Industries.

Shenyang, a City of Successful Transition from China's Industrial Pioneer to Innovative Manufacturer

Shenyang has a continued history as the most important manufacturing place in China's North East and is home to the aerospace, automotive, machinery, chemical, pharmaceutical and financial industries.

YCF - 2017 could be year of smart factory

Katie Mallinson for B Daily:  2017 could be the year of the smart factory. That’s the opinion of Huddersfield-based YCF – the not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting the manufacturing industry and its supply chain. The statement follows months of speculation around Industry 4.0 – the idea of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technology. Simply, it’s the computerisation of manufacturing, involving systems that communicate with each other, monitor physical processes and make decisions. And YCF’s CEO Jill Mooney thinks that 2017 could be the year that manufacturers start to plan the implementation of such machinery.     Cont'd...

CINTEC AMERICA PROVIDES ANCHORING SYSTEMS FOR NYC MTA SUBWAY STATION RETROFIT PROJECT

Anchoring System for Overhead GFRC Panels for Subway Station Retrofit

Dubai Govt, US startup to team up for 3D printing

Paromita Dey for Construction Week Online:  The Dubai Government is set to collaborate with US-based startup, Cazza Construction Technologies, to aid 3D printing in the country through the company's construction automation technologies. According to the 'Dubai 3D Printing Strategy', which was launched by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum in April this year, 25% of the buildings in the emirate will be based on 3D printing technology by 2030, and this percentage will rise with the development of global technology as well as growth of market demand. Chris Kelsey, CEO of the Silicon Valley-based startup, said: “We were one of many groups invited to showcase our technologies in Dubai. The government has been looking around the world, whether it was companies from the Netherlands, China, Russia, or the USA to see the upcoming technologies involving construction automation and 3D printing.   Cont'd...

Lenze Machine Modularization Keeps Pace in Age of Industry 4.0

End-to-end modular drive solutions and software tools expedite time-to-market for innovative machines

The TCT Group Delivers World-Class 3D Printing Program at CES 2017

The dream of a 3D printer in every home has gone, however that doesn't mean consumers won't be impacted by 3D printing.

Using 3D Printing, Lithography & Soft Robotics: New Prosthetic Hands Made for $50 at Cornell

Bridget Butler Millsaps for 3DPrint.com:  What’s so incredible about the soft robotic hand created by a team at Cornell? It can grip, sort, and sense what it is touching. But what’s truly astounding is the potential it offers in terms of price and prosthetics for the future. Bringing forth further innovation and progress to the world of robotics, at $50 one can see how it might have realistic, significant impact on numerous levels. Dispelling the idea of robots as lovable but clunky machines with a steel and rigid grip, Cornell researchers have managed to create what looks like—and offers the feel of—a human hand. This means that the task list for robots may expand exponentially as they are able to handle more delicate items, to include items like food and other fragile products. This also means that they would be able to work with people without injuring them, such as in a medical setting.   Cont'd...

One-Stop Repair for Food & Beverage Processing Equipment

Food and beverage processors speed repairs and reduce costs by working with single source for full gamut of machine repairs, from electronic controllers to motors.

Hannover Fairs Canada and SME Form Partnership to Co-Locate Five Industrial Technology Events with Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2017

CMTS is a biennial manufacturing event that will draw more than 9,000 attendees to connect with more than 700 exhibiting companies represented. The event showcases the latest advancements in machine tools, tooling, metal forming and fabricating and advanced manufacturing applications.

IEEE Standards Association, AIOTI, oneM2M and W3C Collaborate on Joint White Paper Covering Semantic Interoperability for the Internet of Things (IoT)

Organizations working together for consensus building to drive development and standardization for accelerated IoT market growth

3DIcon Signs Supply Agreement with Gelest, Inc.

3DIcon signed a supply agreement with Gelest, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of silane, silicone and metal-organic specialty materials, enabling Gelest to optimize the current process for the company's liquid silicon to be produced within a manufacturing environment at greater quantities.

Tough PLA - Advanced 3D Printing Material

Tough PLA is an engineer's material. You can make truly high-strength, high-wear prototypes or even durable end-use parts like jigs and fixtures.

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