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Finally, an Inexhaustible Energy Source?

February 23, 2010
A Maryland company has developed a way to turn discarded paper and cardboard from offices into fuel for vehicles.
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NASA, GM Unveil Robotic Assembler

February 17, 2010
Engineers from NASA, GM and Oceaneering Space Systems have introduced a new humanoid robot that could help the automaker build safer cars and plants.
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Leading Lean: Salvage Your Waste

January 28, 2010
A great lean thinker has a lens for value.
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GM Begins Building Volt Battery Packs

January 7, 2010
General Motors Co. started assembling lithium-ion battery packs today at its new $43 million plant in Brownstown Township, MI. The 160,000-square-foot facility is the only one of its kind in the United States operated by a major automaker. Assemblers are building battery packs for the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, which will hit the market later this year.
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Free Webcast to Discuss Mixed-Model Assembly

January 6, 2010
Engineers can learn how to launch and manage mixed-model assembly lines during a free, hour-long webinar March 2.
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Let's Hear It for Steel Toys

December 14, 2009
The hottest toy this year is the Zhu Zhu Pet. But, once upon a time, all-metal building sets were the must-have item. In fact, Erector and Meccano sets inspired many generations of engineers.
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Unions vs. Secret Ballots

December 8, 2009
Unions haven’t given up trying to get rid of secret ballot organizing elections-and their efforts bode ill for U.S. manufacturers.
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Bring Back Those Good Ole Propaganda Films

December 3, 2009
The last time the U.S. economy was this topsy-turvy, American automakers turned their attention to film-making. They produced a variety of short documentaries in the 1930s that boosted consumer confidence and promoted what the Japanese call monozukuri (the art of making things). Perhaps it’s time for Ford and General Motors to go back to the past and develop some up-tempo manufacturing films for the 21st century.
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Innovative Technologies Were on Display at FabTech

November 24, 2009
Wolf Robotics now offers robotic arc welding cells featuring FANUC ARC Mate Robots and Wolf SmartPositioners. The SmartPositioners are available in single- and multiaxis configurations with capacities ranging from 2,000
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Leading Lean: Learn to Improve; Improve to Learn

November 23, 2009
Continuing education is key to any lean deployment strategy.
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