Candy Manufacturing in the USA

Stock up for trick-or-treaters with these American-made candies. The Alliance for American Manufacturing created a helpful list of unique American-made candies for your trick-or-treaters. Greater Los Angeles Candy Manufacturing According to Mergent Intellect, there are 143 candy manufacturers right here in the greater Los Angeles Metro Area totaling over $497 million of revenue per year! […]

September 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

PMI® at 47.8% New Orders, Production, and Employment Contracting Supplier Deliveries Slowing at a Slower Rate; Backlog Contracting Raw Materials Inventories Contracting; Customers’ Inventories Too Low Prices Decreasing; Exports and Imports Contracting (Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in September, and the overall economy grew for the 125th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in […]

Stay Safe with a Soft Start Valve

Soft-start dump valves allow downstream pressure to gradually increase on initial start-up before fully opening to deliver line pressure. The dump function allows the system to be exhausted quickly when required. Do you design or use machines with air cylinders that have a 6” stroke or longer? If so, it is possible for someone to get injured or the […]

ROI for Collaborative Robot Arms

Quick ROI Preserves Quality Jobs An investment in automation from Universal Robots has turned out to be a wise decision for many machine shops. Feeding a CNC lathe 10-12 hours a day,  44 Sec How To Video collaborative robotic arms increase production output and make it possible to manufacture at a cost that is competitive with international manufacturers. […]

Will Automation Take Away All Our Jobs?

TED Talk: Economist David Autor shares a hopeful automation paradox. Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant […]

Lean Manufacturing for Machine Shops with Collaborative Robots.

Lean robotics is the evolution of lean manufacturing for machine shops. A mere ten years ago, machine shops of precision parts would say, “Ninety percent of ‘lean’ is useless to us.” Specializing in high-end, low-volume, complex parts made from hard-to-machine materials meant that robotics were too costly to implement¹. Collaborative robots have changed labor, production, […]

SMC Pneumatics for Packaging

SMC products support efficient automation for beverage processing and packaging appilcations. They feature hygienic and environment resistant designs, with energy savings and safety in mind. Industries: Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics SMC has Energy-Efficient Solutions for all your Packaging Processes: Filling and Sealing: Products and materials compliant with your process ensure product & process hygienic conditions. […]

10 Fluid Power Lessons You Don’t Learn in School

By Charles J. Murray, Senior Technical Editor Reprinted from Design News Completing engineering school doesn’t make you an expert – at least in fluid power. Here’s some of the most common fluid power mistakes most courses never cover, and how to avoid them. Face it: If you were educated in a four-year mechanical engineering curriculum, […]