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Imports & Overall Cargo Volumes Rise at LA Port

August 11
17:40 2016
    Imports & Overall Cargo Volumes Rise at LA Port

Port of Los Angeles imports increased 5% in July and overall cargo volumes are up 4.75% in 2016.

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The Business of Automation, Betting on Robots

July 20
19:51 2016
    The Business of Automation, Betting on Robots

For the third year in a row, robots sales are at an all-time high, according to the Robotic Industries Association.

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Manufacturing’s Silver Lining: More U.S. Industries Improving

May 04
23:06 2016
    Manufacturing’s Silver Lining: More U.S. Industries Improving

The numbers of industries reporting gains in orders and production have more than doubled since the start of the year to include almost all areas, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

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3D Printing Gets More Mature, PwC Says

April 29
20:08 2016
    3D Printing Gets More Mature, PwC Says

3D printing, aka additive manufacturing, is entering those awkward teen years. That’s according to PwC, whose new report on the technology said it is crossing from a period of hype and experimentation into one of rapid maturation.

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How To Improve Manufacturing Productivity In Harsh Conditions

April 26
22:06 2016
    How To Improve Manufacturing Productivity In Harsh Conditions

Remaining competitive requires you to constantly improve manufacturing productivity. Computers play a crucial role in that process. Here’s how to keep it that way, according to Armagard.

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Lightweight Aluminum Research Center Opens in U.K.

April 26
16:53 2016
    Lightweight Aluminum Research Center Opens in U.K.

The Constellium University Technology Center (UTC) at Brunel University London provides an academic and research background for the aluminum producer’s efforts in design, development and prototyping of aluminum alloys and automotive structural components, Foundry reports.

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MDM: ‘Good Days Ahead’ for U.S.

April 25
22:27 2016
    MDM: ‘Good Days Ahead’ for U.S.

Whether or not the first quarter will prove to be a turning point for distributors, optimism permeated the Industrial Supply Association conference in Chicago, IL, where Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics told attendees, “You should be happier and feeling better about life,” Modern Distribution Management reports.

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Boeing Ramps Up Push Into the Airplane Parts Business

April 25
20:57 2016
    Boeing Ramps Up Push Into the Airplane Parts Business

Boeing Co. is ramping up its push into the parts business, as part of a broad effort to cut costs and secure a new source of revenue even more lucrative than making aircraft, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Global and China Electric Vehicle (BEV, PHEV) Industry Report, 2016-2020

April 18
19:59 2016
  Global and China Electric Vehicle (BEV, PHEV) Industry Report, 2016-2020

In 2015, the global electric vehicle (EV & PHEV) sales volume reached 549,000, increasing by 72.83% year on year; China sold 331,100 electric vehicles, with a year-on-year surge of 343%.

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“Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs” More Than 100,000

April 16
19:39 2016
  “Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs” More Than 100,000

Cleveland-based Talan Products, a 30-year-old metal stamping company that turns out fasteners for appliances and other hardware, including hardware for roofing, is “growing like a weed,” CEO Steve Peplin told the Plain Dealer.

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Don’t Let Extreme Weather Cause Supply Chain Delays

April 15
21:10 2016
  Don’t Let Extreme Weather Cause Supply Chain Delays

No matter what time of year, there is always the potential for weather to wreak havoc on shipment plans. In fact, this year’s warmer winter weather meant heavier rainfalls and higher wind speeds, which caused power and internet outages, trees and branches falling and blocking roadways, and higher seas and turbulent waters, according to Industrial Distribution.

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Global Manufacturing Economic Update: April 2016

April 15
20:59 2016
  Global Manufacturing Economic Update: April 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its outlook for worldwide growth in 2016 from 3.4% in January to 3.2% in its latest report. The downgrade extended to the U.S. and other advanced economies, as well as emerging markets, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Alcoa to Supply 3D-Printed Metal Parts for Airbus

April 14
23:50 2016
  Alcoa to Supply 3D-Printed Metal Parts for Airbus

Alcoa agreed to supply 3D-printed metal parts for Airbus commercial aircraft. Alcoa will produce those parts using comprehensive capabilities, from multi-material alloy development to additive manufacturing and aerospace parts qualification.

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2016 – The Year of Robot Democratization?

April 14
23:43 2016
  2016 – The Year of Robot Democratization?

With drones taking to the skies and autonomous robots navigating our warehouses, local eateries, hotels, hospitals, and stores, and soon our roadways – the differences between industrial, collaborative, and service robots continue to blur, according to the Robotics Industry Association.

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Mobile Robots Increase Worker Productivity, Safety

April 14
23:31 2016
  Mobile Robots Increase Worker Productivity, Safety

Supplied by Universal Robots USA Inc., the collaborative UR robots have optimized production by 20%, taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks from employees, Manufacturing Engineering reports.

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Construction Material Prices Slide for 8th-Straight Month

April 14
23:18 2016
  Construction Material Prices Slide for 8th-Straight Month

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu attributed the continued decline in commodity and material prices to “weak global growth and the prospects of a strengthening U.S. dollar,” Construction Dive reports.

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U.S. Industrial Production Down 0.6% in March

April 12
20:49 2016
  U.S. Industrial Production Down 0.6% in March

Industrial production in the U.S. decreased 0.6% in March for the second month in a row, according to the Federal Reserve. For the first quarter as a whole, industrial production fell at an annual rate of 2.2%, Modern Distribution Management reports.

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