Articles by John Sprovieri

Manufacturers Save Energy

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Fresh Meat for the UAW?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That appears to be the mantra of the United Auto Workers this year.
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In early March, UAW officials met with workers from Nissan Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Smyrna, TN, to lay the groundwork for a third union representation vote. Plant employees turned down the UAW by a 2-to-1 margin in 2001. A 1989 attempt to organize the plant also failed.


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Rosie the Riveter, 2.0

Despite an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent, U.S. manufacturers continue to have trouble finding help.
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For example, according to the Precision Metalforming Association, 69 percent of U.S. metalworking companies have job openings. However, 91 percent of those companies are experiencing challenges finding qualified employees, and 42 percent describe that difficulty as “severe.”


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Diode Lasers for Welding Aluminum

Audi, Volkswagen and other OEMs are successfully using diode lasers for structural welds.
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The latest Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard requires automotive OEMs to meet an average fleet gas mileage of 54.5 mpg by 2025.


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The Future Is Bright for Manufacturing

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The role of manufacturing in the global economy is evolving. What will the future hold?


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A Token Argument for Manufacturing

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Hasbro wants to replace one of the tokens for the classic Monopoly board game. I think it should pick a token that celebrates the proud history of U.S. manufacturing.


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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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