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North Carolina: First in Flight Once Again?

North Carolina: First in Flight Once Again?

Sep 23, 2014

By Rebecca Carnes, Design-2-Part Magazine North Carolina could well be on its way to becoming a “Silicon Valley” for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry, providing a home base for smart, interconnected technology development in the skies and on the ground for major companies, start-ups, and the contract manufacturers who support them. Experts say that...

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Sep 22, 2014

By Austin Weber, Assembly Magazine Lightweighting trend drives engineers on quest to join dissimilar materials. If it rolls, floats or flies, light weight is always good. Just ask anyone who’s ever been in a Pinewood Derby competition. Manufacturers of planes, trains, automobiles, trucks and tractors are hungry for new materials that improve efficiency and...

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

Sep 18, 2014

By Chris Fox, Manufacturing.net As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and green workers are attempting to enter the workforce.  The need for...

Carbon fiber-reinforced material used to fabricate…

Carbon fiber-reinforced material used to fabricate…

Sep 17, 2014

“Carbon fiber-reinforced material used to fabricate world’s first 3D-printed vehicle” By Plastics Today Staff A fully functional vehicle being 3D-printed from scratch and assembled by automotive design firm Local Motors(Chandler, AZ) in the space of 44 hours is expected to be driven off the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)...

NAM/IndustryWeek Survey Shows Manufacturers’ Optimism…

NAM/IndustryWeek Survey Shows Manufacturers’ Optimism…

Sep 16, 2014

“NAM/IndustryWeek Survey Shows Manufacturers’ Optimism at Odds with Deep Frustration Regarding Washington” By Matthew Lavoie, National Association of Manufacturers Survey reveals high levels of concern with rising health care costs and increased labor regulations WASHINGTON, D.C., 09/08/14 -  The latest National Association of Manufacturers...

Working with its “Head in the Cloud”

Working with its “Head in the Cloud”

Sep 15, 2014

By Rebecca Carnes, Design-2-Part Magazine Michael Chirchirillo, operations manager for Chirch Global Manufacturing, realized quickly through a “global alert” on his mobile device that there was a problem at his factory in Illinois. The job that was set up had stalled because of a supplier issue and the clock was ticking. If he was at his plant, he could easily...