Instituting Industry Change
The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) consortium recently opened a new $148 million, 100,000-square-foot innovation acceleration center in Detroit to serve as its headquarters going forward. In a conversation with Industry Today, the organization's Executive Director, Lawrence E. Brown, talks about the regional and national impact he expects LIFT to have, and expands upon the importance of innovation centers like their own to the future of U.S. manufacturing. Steve Engelhardt reports.
The founding of ALMMII is the result of a unique public and private collaboration; a dynamic that is becoming increasingly present within progress made across the sector. Federally funded through the Office of Naval Research, the organization was founded through a joint partnership of the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and EWI, an independent research and development organization based in Columbus, Ohio.
Michigan Lean Manufacturing
Walking a Lean Path
Dr. W. Edwards Deming can often be referred to as the "Father of Quality Evolution." It's quite an encompassing title, but one that is highly appropriate, given his relative pioneering of and subsequent influence upon the marriage of quality and efficiency within manufacturing workplaces and beyond.
Homburg & Partner
Service Excellence as a Growth Driver
Many manufacturers of capital goods have professionalized their service business and realized that the majority of profit is generated through equipment lifecycle. With about 25% of total revenues and partly more than 50% of the company profit, after-sales business is a key factor for corporate success in the capital goods industry.
Addressing the Specialty of Sales
Sales is the life blood for companies and yet, for as critical of a business component as it is, the modern nature of it is something that is well, vastly outdated. At least that's the view of Justin Roff-Marsh, founder and President of Ballistix, a sales process engineering company that is bringing a full frontal assault upon the orthodoxy of sales and seeking to change the way companies all around the world do business.
Milsco: Top Seating
Milsco is the leading manufacturer of static and suspension seating solutions for motorcycles, turf care, heavy equipment and power sports vehicles. David Soyka reports on their latest innovations to make seating more comfortable, more durable and more attractive to make every ride a better ride.
MAPI: Mexico Leads Latin American Manufacturing in 2015
The findings are outlined in the recently released Latin America Manufacturing Outlook report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.
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Bring it Home - How US and Mexico Share Common Ground on Manufacturing
Over the past decade as overall costs in Asia have soared, a growing number of American companies have moved their production back to North America, whether the US or Mexico.
Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II fighter jet is a breed apart, the most technologically innovative combat aircraft that combines unsurpassed stealth and maneuverability capabilities with advanced sensor systems that provide pilots with a 360 degree view of the surrounding battle space.
An agro-industrial co-operative located in Brazil's southwest, Copagril has harvested decades of success via a savvy strategy of diversification. As the company celebrates 45 years in business, president Ricardo Sergio Chapla talks to Michael Sommers about how recent forays into poultry - and Japan - have borne profitable fruit.
Hot Vehicle Solutions
The Bosal Group is a leading global manufacturer of Emission Control Systems and Automobile Carrier Protection Systems for OEM and aftermarket customers, as well as a premier provider of energy conversion heat recovery systems for industrial markets.
Building the Best
Look to real estate in Rio de Janeiro. Among the leading construction companies in one of the world's most exotic cities, Calçada SA has conquered the market through quality. Reuben Ford reports on building a reliable and respected brand.
Heart of Glass
One of Brazil's biggest producers of glass packaging recently launched its third glass furnace. The $75-million investment is set to increase production by 150 percent. Reuben investigates the bottle manufacturer that's pulling out all the stops.
Making a Difference
Times may be tough for Brazil's sugar-alcohol sector, but Denusa Destilaria, a pioneering producer of alternative ethanol fuel is fired up for the future.
Chalifoux Dairy is a Quebec-based business, family-owned for nearly a century, noted for its Riviera brand of specialty cheeses. David Soyka reports on the passing of a family tradition to a fourth generation of Chalifoux who are moving aggressively to increase production capacity and expand into new categories and regions as it evolves from a product-driven company to a more market-driven enterprise.
Platforms of Performance
Post-war America in 1948 saw a number of electrical contractors and utility workers laboring to find ways to efficiently set poles and string power lines along many of the newly built highways across the country. Stepping up to meet this need was Richard Elliott, an industrial pioneer who subsequently developed the first truck-mounted telescoping aerial platform and crane.
Stamp of Approval
Pentaflex serves as one of North America's emerging leaders in precision stamping for the heavy truck industry. Dave Arndt, President of Pentaflex, talks about the history of the company that led them to where they are today, the factors behind a 25 percent increase in both sales and employment over the last year, and the philosophy behind the company's greater presence and commitment to the future of not only their company, but manufacturing in general. Steve Engelhardt reports.
Advancing Along the Rails
Nippon Sharyo USA has taken an evolutionary path to success since entering the North American market in 1982. In fact, the Japanese-owned manufacturer of passenger rail cars for the public transit sector began its operations under the direction of only a couple employees, working out of a small office in New York. Today, what was once a small subsidiary now employs over 600 and conducts all of its manufacturing on its own across facility in Illinois.