Articles by John Sprovieri

VW, Tennessee and Why Manufacturing Matters

Back in July 2008, we were thrilled when Volkswagen announced it was building a new assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN. Of course, any new assembly plant is big news to us, but a new automotive plant? Well, that’s peaches and cream, as a British friend likes to say.


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More Reasons to Reshore

Recent headlines have provided stark reminders that cheap manufactured goods from overseas often come at the expense of human lives.


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Battery Manufacturing Puts Charge Into Economy

The market for advanced batteries is expected to reach nearly $50 billion by 2020.

U.S. manufacturers are betting big on advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Will their investments pay off? Share your thoughts!


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Honey-Dos and the Assembly Line

Has a hobby or home improvement project ever informed your work on the assembly line?

A recent wordworking project has given me a greater appreciation of assembly line challenges. Has a home project ever informed your work in the assembly plant?


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What’s New With Air Presses

Servo-driven presses may have gained market share in recent years, but there’s still plenty of work for pneumatic and hydropneumatic presses on assembly lines.

When David J. Zabrosky, North American sales manager for Schmidt Technology, gets a call from a customer asking for a servo-driven assembly press, the first question he asks is, “Why?”


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Manufacturers Save Energy

In April, electronics assembler Mack Technologies completed work on a substantial installation of money-saving technology at its factory in Westford, MA. The company didn’t get a new paste printer, reflow oven or pick-and-place machine. In fact, the plant’s slick new technology had nothing to do with assembly.


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ASSEMBLY Q&A: Desoutter Industrial Tools

We sit down with Yohan Verdon, North American marketing manager at Desoutter, to talk about new technologies and trends in screwdriving.

A growing number of manufacturers are moving from air tools to electric tools and from corded electric tools to cordless tools.


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A Trade Show on Your Desktop

At Tech ManufactureXPO, manufacturing professionals can attend educational sessions and interact with suppliers via their computers.

America’s manufacturing sector gained 14,000 jobs in February, according to the latest data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Assembling Motors and Bearings at Baldor

Baldor benefits from investing in U.S. assembly operations.

It has become fashionable lately for some U.S. companies to tout how they’ve reshored production from overseas. Baldor Electric Co. isn’t one of them—it never left. The company has been manufacturing electric motors, drives, bearings and other motion control products in the United States for decades.


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Usability Tests Lend Insight Into Medical Device Design

Engineers sometimes fail to account for who will be us-ing the device and where it will be used.

Each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration logs some 100,000 reports of adverse events related to medical devices. More than a third of those are due to human error.


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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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