Vibrations are all around us and, by and large, we may not think much of them when we are exposed to them for a couple of seconds. But they can be a serious problem in many ways for manufacturers. Consider the impact of imbalanced rotating parts, uneven friction, or the meshing of gear teeth. Vibrations like these can cause a number of issues for manufacturing equipment that can hurt productivity and the bottom line. And when employee safety and comfort are a top priority, you also need to protect shop-floor workers who operate machines with noise and vibration issues.
Building in Low Earth Orbit and BeyondOut-of-this-World Manufacturing
Back in the 1960s in the fever of the space race, launching a rocket into the Earth’s orbit was a national endeavour that would eventually lead the U.S. all the way to the Moon. Fast forward 50-plus years and we are fascinated by space again. But what’s changed is the entrance of private companies into these missions, even conducting their own launches.
Mapping the Supply ChainFrom Click to Doorstep
Remember those days when you had to get into your car and drive to a store, then browse through aisles to find that thing you were shopping for and physically take it to the front desk to pay for it at these things called cash registers?
Ideas for AbundanceFeeding the World
Ten billion is a really big number. It’s also the projected population of the planet by 2050 according to the United Nations.
Nickleson Machine & ToolMastering Change in an Industry That Never Stops Changing
90 years ago, cars were topping out at a whopping 65 miles per hour; on average they cost less than a thousand dollars and had something like 95 horses under the hood if you were lucky.
Industrial Robotics on the Factory FloorA Better Workspace
With all of the recent advances in AI and machine learning, modern speculative fiction has us poised for either robotic-enhanced utopias or machine-overlord dystopias, depending on an author’s level of optimism. But the reality in the manufacturing world is a shift from floor space largely filled with people to production and warehouse spaces being shared with robots in a variety of roles.
Blade AirMaking Clean Air a Priority
Coming through three years of a pandemic has made us all more sensitive to things we would otherwise take for granted. One of the biggest of these is the air that we breathe—especially in our buildings. When you consider that we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors and make water quality a necessity, why not air quality as well?
The Importance of Innovation for SMEsDriving Change
Innovation has long been the backbone of the manufacturing industry. Big, established firms, generally keep a tab on the changes in available technology, and successful leaders adapt to survive, but at the small end, innovation is crucial. Success by doing what’s already being done is rare, unless you have some advantage in efficiency or quality, so start-ups often need something that really pushed the envelope to take off.
What’s Next for Electric VehiclesWhere Would You Like To Go?
You are driving along in your car, or, more accurately, your car is driving you along. You have set the car to fully autonomous so that you can lay back on the mattress which folds out for these trips, and it’s zipping along in electric-powered near silence. You were in a bubble gum-pink mood so that’s what you set your car’s color to before pulling out of your driveway with the plan to get caught up on that Netflix series that you haven’t had a chance to watch while you are on your way to your destination.
LiburdiHigh-tech Innovation for the Critical-Missions Market
For more than 30 years, Liburdi has been a leader in the development of advanced technologies to serve time-sensitive and mission-critical industries such as aerospace, nuclear, oil and gas, and energy.
Here and NowThe Reshoring Boom
Who doesn’t want to see the local economy come back stronger than ever post-pandemic?
Investing in Next-Gen TechThe Time is Now
Like many businesses today, yours may be wrestling with the realities of automation, sustainability, supply chain management, and a rapidly increasing choice of new materials and their promises to improve product development and deliver higher profits.
A Skilled Trades RevolutionGreener, Cleaner Robots
Industrial robots have had their place in the manufacturing world for decades.
Sustainability Makes SenseFor the Greater Good, and the Bottom Line
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says manufacturing consumes 20 percent of the country’s annual energy output, about the energy in 3.6 billion barrels of crude oil. That’s the kind of big statistic that warms the heart of American manufacturers, but how do we sustain it?
Rathburn Tool & ManufacturingSecond Generation Leader Helps Guide Family Machine Shop to New Levels
In a marketplace that has been filled with uncertainty, global upheaval, supply chain issues, inflation, acts of nature and more, strong leadership is needed more than ever. And while that’s true for any size company, it is certainly a necessary element for a second generation machine shop located in the rust belt of Indiana fighting for relevancy and growth.
Canadian Advanced Therapies Training Institute (CATTI)Upskilling Canada’s Biomanufacturing Workforce
Astronauts go through extensive training to contend with zero gravity and the realities of space navigation. Interestingly, the preparation is not so different for people who produce cell and gene therapies for delivery to patients. Theirs is a field of challenging complexity where health and lives are in the balance and as such, there is rigorous training in protocols and standards for everything from product development to mass-market manufacturing.
Cassidy ManufacturingUp For Any Challenge
Reshoring parts manufacturing may be better for your bottom line than you think, says Sean Cassidy, founder and CEO of Cassidy Manufacturing. “If you take an offshore component, you can truly double or maybe triple the price if you add in all the unseen costs.”
Seeing is Believing for Industry 4.0Machine Vision
It’s likely you have unlocked your phone using the built-in facial recognition software, or maybe you have added dog ears or cat whiskers to a favourite headshot in your image gallery. Or better yet, maybe you’ve driven a Tesla and used the autonomous driving feature.
International Custom Products (ICP)A Business Boom Inspires Investment in Automation
For International Custom Products (ICP), the challenges of COVID-19 didn’t result in the well storied downturn in business typical of the global pandemic. How did this Toronto-based sewing company that makes expertly-stitched custom textile products like parachutes turn a quickly mutating virus into an entrepreneurial success story? What’s more, how did ICP catapult to 143 percent revenue growth over three years and reach a place among Canada’s Top Growing Businesses on the coveted annual list by the Globe and Mail?
International Custom Products Inc. (ICP)One Company’s Timely Response to a Crisis
“I said to the staff, ‘this is our call to duty.’ And when we found out there was going to be a shortage of masks and gowns, we started making these items without an order, saying, ‘Hey, we can do this. And we can give you thousands of these a day if you want.’”
-Marc Langlois, President of ICP
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