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Producing in Synch With Sales

Manufacturers have two opposite ways of equipping factories to respond quickly to customer demand.
By Richard J. Schonberger, Ph.D.
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There are two opposite ways to equip factories to respond quickly to downstream customer orders: One way is for sequential production, and the other is for concurrent production. Both draw heavily from best practices in lean manufacturing.

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Assembly With Rivet Nuts

New fastener and tool designs are increasing the utility of rivet nuts.
By John Sprovieri
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Automakers are increasingly using hydroformed metal tubing in vehicular structures. Compared with stamped and welded metal parts, hydroformed parts weigh less, cost less, and have a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio.

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Freezer Manufacturer Expands in Kentucky

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ELKTON, KY— Custom Cooler Inc., a manufacturer of custom coolers and freezers, investing $5.8 million to build a new assembly plant here, creating 75 jobs.

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AC Manufacturer Expands in Minnesota

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OWATONNA, MN—Daikin Applied Manufacturing has begun construction of a $9 million expansion project here, which is expected to create 40 new jobs. Daikin makes air conditioners.

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Whirlpool Acquires Italian Appliance Maker for $1 Billion

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BENTON HARBOR, MI—Whirlpool Corp. has agreed to pay $1 billion for a controlling stake in Italian appliance maker Indesit Co., its largest acquisition since buying former rival Maytag Corp. eight years ago.

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Whirlpool Settles Environmental Lawsuit

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FORT SMITH, AR—Whirlpool has reached a resolution with property owners in a class-action lawsuit related to contaminated groundwater near the company’s former assembly plant here.

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Feeding Nuts and Unconventional Fasteners

Custom design and advanced technology enable feeders to handle a wide range of threaded, nonthreaded and odd-shaped fasteners.
By Jim Camillo
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Screws aren’t the only fasteners that can be fed to fully or semiautomatic installation tools. Nuts, setscrews and other fasteners—both threaded and unthreaded—can be fed automatically, too.

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Kohler Enlarges Wisconsin Assembly Plant

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MOSEL, WI—Kohler Power Systems has completed construction of a 105,000-square-foot addition to its generator assembly plant here.

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Kohler Excels at Manufacturing Small Gas Engines

Reliability in the field starts with quality on the assembly line.
By Austin Weber
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Small gas engines are the lifeblood of the outdoor power equipment industry. They run all sorts of commercial and consumer devices, ranging from lawnmowers and generators to power washers and portable welders.

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InSinkErator Invests in Wisconsin Manufacturing

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RACINE, WI—InSinkErator will open a new assembly plant here, creating an estimated 165 jobs. The company also plans to spend $43.7 million to upgrade equipment and facilities at its Racine, WI, operation.

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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.


Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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