Automotive engineering hasn’t changed much in the last hundred years. Automation has sped up production but for the most part, manufacturing techniques and advances have left the automotive industry in the metaphorical dust. New technologies, like 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection molding can help to move the automotive industry into the 21st century.
Owning a tractor-trailer can be both rewarding and lucrative for truckload carriers, but, as with any vehicle, there is maintenance involved. Tractor-trailers don’t get called on to make ‘round the corner grocery runs — when these trucks hit the road, it’s for the long haul and through whatever conditions are in the way.
In many cases, the efficiency of your shop hinges on your production machinery. Not only is it important to find machines that are appropriate for your specific manufacturing operations, but your bottom line will suffer if your equipment isn’t fast enough to meet demand. You’ll also need to make sure to hire employees who know how to use each machine.
Medical devices go through several different phases before they’re ready for final distribution. Initial design and prototyping, quality assurance and full-on production are all required to develop safe, reliable and efficient devices. To complicate things further, some devices – particularly those made for the medical industry – require sterilization.
The United States aerospace manufacturing industry is a highly competitive one. This is thanks in part to our unraveled supply chain, linking subsections like maintenance and repair with metalworking and avionics. These factors make aerospace manufacturing companies highly valued partners, even internationally.
When you’re looking for ways to benefit your company’s supply chain, you probably look for ways to reduce time or costs in various departments. In most cases, this comes down to the way you might ship, store or produce the products you sell.
With the increasing prevalence of online connectivity and the recent inclination toward Industry 4.0 as well as the Industrial Internet of Things, manufacturers are using technology to enhance their operations in ways they never before thought possible to get manufacturing efficiency.
Still in its infancy, the Internet of Things is already taking us in unexpected directions and into brand-new territories. Commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, the IoT is a highly collaborative, internet-driven effort to increase networking connectivity and functionality between smart devices and modern appliances of all kinds.