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Week of 3/10 to 3/14: Cool wearable medical devices slideshow and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 14th, 2014

The global market for wearable devices is growing. And some of the technology is just pretty darn cool, which is one reason Senior Editor Norbert Sparrow decided to create a slideshow to highlight this innovative sector.

Five keys to capturing (and keeping) new business

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 14th, 2014

We keep hearing from the automotive industry that there is a shortage of moldmakers. Yet, moldmakers keep wondering where all the business is? Surely, if there's a shortage of moldmakers, there must be more business out there.

Dow adds new R&D capabilities in Texas

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 12th, 2014

The Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a new research and development (R&D) facility in Lake Jackson, TX, near its largest manufacturing site in Freeport, TX.

Called the Texas Innovation Center, it will feature laboratory facilities and technical centers to enable ongoing innovation that supports the commercialization of solutions across end-use markets, such as food packaging, personal care and automotive.

Sorry, Mr. Customer – your non-conforming parts are your fault

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2014

They say that perspective is everything.

March Automotive Supplier Sentiment Index declines

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 11th, 2014

When January 2014 kicked in, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association's (OESA) Supplier Sentiment Index remained unchanged, with the index remaining at 60. The 94 survey respondents were "somewhat more optimistic" - revealed by the uptick in this category. The best news was that no smaller companies (those with revenues of $150 million or less) indicated any pessimism.

Weight-reducing, space-saving turbocharged air duct boosts engine performance

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 10th, 2014

A turbocharged air duct which meets the needs for better engine response as well as improved fuel economy and reduced emissions has been developed by Röchling Automotive (Mannheim, Germany) and is now in the production phase at the Tier I for utilization in the 2011 Audi Q5 2.0L TDI.

Production pressures may mean suppliers will catch a break

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

"Hello, I'm from General Motors and I'm here to help you!"

BAE Systems 3D prints jet parts for the RAF

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

BAE Systems, a large global contractor for the aerospace and defense industries, has developed a number of 3D printed components - both plastic and metal - for use in jet aircraft, including the Royal Air Force in Great Britain. BAE's central engineering team and BAE Systems in Lancashire, England are developing these components.

Ford reshoring truck production to Ohio

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

The automotive industry in Ohio just got good news as Ford Motor Co. announced that it plans to shift production of the 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks to its Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant, rather than build them at its plant in Mexico. Ford will invest $168 million to retool the Avon Lake plant with production anticipated to begin next year for the models that will begin selling in the spring of 2015.

Two women recognized for their achievements in industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2014

Recently, two women received awards for their achievements in manufacturing. Liz Kautzmann, Laser/Fabrication program manager at FANUC America, has been awarded a 2014 Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award from the Manufacturing Institute.

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