Green Manufacturing Assembly

Articles about energy-efficiency, landfill-free manufacturing and other green topics.


GM Plant Lauded for Energy Efficiency

BOWLING GREEN, KY—The GM assembly plant here has met the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. The facility is one of 14 GM plants in the world to have met the energy-efficiency challenge and one of only two to have achieved the honor three times.

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Fuel Cell Manufacturer Expands in Connecticut

TORRINGTON, CT—FuelCell Energy plans to spend $65 million to expand its assembly plant here, creating up to 325 jobs over the next four years.

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More GM Plants Earn Landfill-Free Status

OSHAWA, ON—Another 11 General Motors facilities worldwide, including the automaker’s assembly plant in Ingersoll, ON, have achieved landfill-free status. All totaled, GM runs 122 landfill-free manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities around the world.

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Scientists Develop Rechargeable Battery From Alfalfa, Pine Resin

UPPSALA, Sweden—Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a rechargeable battery, made from alfalfa and pine resin, that can be recycled with a low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals.

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LEDs to Light the Way on Ford Assembly Lines

DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. plans to install 25,000 energy-efficient LED light fixtures at its plants.

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Honda Plant’s Wind Turbines Exceed Expectations

RUSSELLS POINT, OH—Just six months after installing two wind turbines at its assembly plant here, Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America Inc. has reported that the machines are producing more electrical power than was anticipated. The turbines have exceeded the projected power output figures by 6.3 percent.

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GE Opens Fuel Cell Factory

MALTA, NY—General Electric has opened a new fuel cell manufacturing facility here.

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Recycled Tires Could See New Life in Lithium-Ion Batteries

OAK RIDGE, TN—Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind turbines and solar panels, say researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Ford to Add Solar Array to HQ

DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy Co. plan to build a large solar array at the automaker’s headquarters here.

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Green Manufacturing Initiatives Are On the Rise

Manufacturers are pursuing a wide variety of “green” initiatives, such as energy-efficient lighting, landfill gas, recycling, solar panels and wind turbines. In fact, more than one-half of our 2014 State of the Profession respondents claim their plant has implemented green-related programs during the past 12 months. That’s a 3 percentage point increase over 2013 and 8 percentage points higher than 2012.

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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, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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