Articles by Austin Weber

Lean Layouts Boost Medical Device Productivity

February 1, 2013

Plant floor layout in the medical device industry is typically dictated by the types of products being produced.


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Energy Harvesting Could Change Medical Device Assembly

February 1, 2013

Traditionally, hearing aids, pacemakers, defibrillators, cochlear implants, neurostimulators and other medical devices depend on lithium-ion batteries. However, batteries add extra weight. Batteries also raise numerous safety and reliability concerns.


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Automate Show Delivers Robotic Innovation

January 23, 2013

I just returned from attending the 2013 Automate show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Despite the frigid temperatures outside, I was impressed by the crowds inside warming up to the latest robotics technology.


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Prescribing a Dose of Lean Logic

Medical device assemblers are slowly adopting lean manufacturing principles.
January 3, 2013

Over the last decade, lean manufacturing has been prescribed as a cure-all in a wide variety of industries.


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Running on Automatic

January 3, 2013

New equipment addresses changeover and repeatability issues.


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Ohio State Tackles Assembly Line Ergonomics

January 3, 2013

Rising health care costs are one of the biggest challenges facing the American auto industry today.


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Oil and Gas Industry Adopts Lean Manufacturing

December 4, 2012

Oil and gas equipment manufacturers face many unique challenges.


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Tough Conditions Demand Tough Materials

December 4, 2012

Roughnecks (a term widely used in the oil and gas industry to describe oil-field workers) demand tough materials for equipment that must work around the clock in hostile environments. Delays


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Drilling Into Oil-Field Equipment

December 3, 2012

Cost often takes a back seat to quality, reliability and robustness.


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Louisville is at the Forefront of Additive Manufacturing

November 1, 2012

Additive manufacturing is one of the hottest technologies to come along in the last 50 years.


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