Manufacturing is the heart and soul of the U.S. Economy

And That’s Why We Think It’s Worth Talking About

America has long been the source of manufacturing innovation and we are still on the cutting edge of biomedical manufacturing, and many other varieties, however, developing countries are catching up fast.  China has come a long way from it’s communist roots and with its slow shift to a more capitalistic way of thinking, it’s manufacturing innovation has developed as well.  The rise of Chinese manufacturing is important to look at because they are experiencing faster growth than the U.S. is.  There are important lessons to be learned from the how and why of their growth.

See a Short History of Chinese Manufacturing:

According to the UNIDO Quarterly Report, “During the last quarter of 2013, the manufacturing output of East Asia rose by 4.0 per cent, Europe by 1.5 per cent and North America by 2.9 per cent. This was the first time since 2011 when an absolute increase in Europe’s manufacturing output was recorded. The manufacturing output rose in major European economies, including in France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Outside Europe, the manufacturing output increased in Japan by 4.9 per cent, Malaysia by 4.7 per cent, and the United States by 3.0 per cent. ”

The Big Question is: How Do We Get The U.S. Back To Competitive?

The answer to this question is the same as it is on a micro scale – Specialization.

Newly Developed Tenant Screening Software is Reducing Liability

It’s a pretty common issue for many property owners trying to make a little extra money on the side: That nightmare tenant that hasn’t paid rent in four months, and now you are in an expensive legal battle trying to get them evicted.  The U.S. system for dealing with tenant landlord relations, much like policy in numerous industries, is weighted against those that are not creating value in the situation.  The tenant has all of the power in the relationship.  This means that even though they are not paying their rent, the landlord has to continue to pay the mortgage company, keep the lights and water on, and is not allowed to harass the tenant to leave.

Since the system goes against the landlord, the only way to reduce risk is to mitigate problems before they occur.  So how can a landlord accomplish this?

1. Tenant Screening

Tenant screening gives the landlord an idea of the renting history, and credit history of the potential tenant.  Chances are, if the potential tenant has a long history of paying his or her bills, they probably are not going to risk ruining their credit by not paying rent.

2.  Conducting thorough interviews and not rushing into a contract

It’s important to get that good gut feeling about a tenant.  Be sure to call around and find out if the individual has a good relationship with previous landlords

3.  Picking good rental properties

Often the neighborhood and the price point of the rental property will have a significant impact on the type of renter that will be applying. It’s better to save up extra cash for a year for a down payment on a more expensive house, than to buy the first rental property you can afford and then deal with lower rents and more headaches.

The effect of material on production capabilities

The fate of assembling relies on upon various mechanical achievements in apply autonomy, sensors and superior registering, to give some examples. In any case nothing will affect how things are made, and what they are equipped for, more than the materials makers utilization to make those things. New materials change both the assembling methodology and the deciding result.

An recent report “How to Make the Next Big Thing” introduces a few new materials being worked on to help innovators and designers convey cutting edge advancements. These articles incorporate superinsulating aerogels for spacesuits, adaptable solid fabric for development ventures and complex regular polymers that could supplant lethal plastics.

This lineup of cutting edge materials simply begins to show what the possibilities are. Carmakers, for instance, are creating permeable polymers and new steel combinations that are stronger and lighter than steel, apparently making vehicles both more secure and more fuel proficient. Also, earth smart business people are developing growths based pressing materials to give a biodegradable different option for Styrofoam.

The accompanying slide show shows these and a few different substances that producers could some time or another us to make a large portion of the things we utilize.

Awesome steps have been made in creating exploratory, computational and information administration procedures that give understanding to tackling particular investigative and building issues. We are entering a time where individual apparatuses and scattered information must be united into incorporated toolsets and made accessible to materials, assembling, and outline architects to make a materials advancement base. The assignments of reconciliation and administration crosswise over length and time scales and order limits are uncommonly unpredictable, however are at the cutting edge of designing advances.   Here are some of the materials that are being used in innovation:

Titanium composites

Inconel composites

Aluminum composites

Steel composites

Tungsten carbide-metal framework composites

Different ceramics, for example, MgAlB14-TiB2, silicon carbide and silicon nitride

Materials and Manufacturing Processes manages issues that outcome in better usage of crude materials and vitality, mix of outline and assembling exercises obliging the development of suitable new assembling methods and strategies, unmanned generation subject to effective and solid control of different procedures including insightful preparing, presentation of new materials in mechanical creation requiring new assembling methodology innovation, and then some.

While material science is interesting, the pocket cell assembling methodology and hardware is standard and in across the board use all through the business. The value stream is to a great extent like a particulate matter, except for a polymer covering step that likewise utilizes standard gear. Quality control procedures utilizing substantial organization cell generation gear including blenders, coaters, get together and testing machines have been planned and upgraded for high return producing. This guarantees item adaptability at focused expense

Cost-effective Additive Manufacturing answers for creation of metal segments. The innovation offers opportunity in configuration consolidated with astounding material properties and high statistical performance.

Arcam is a creative accomplice for assembling in the orthopedic insert and aviation commercial ventures, where we convey client esteem through our ability and arrangement introduction.

RepRap takes the manifestation of a free desktop 3D printer equipped for printing plastic items. Since numerous parts of RepRap are produced using plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-duplicates by making a unit of itself – a pack that anybody can amass given time and materials. It likewise implies that – on the off chance that you’ve got a RepRap – you can print bunches of helpful stuff, and you can print another.

RepRap is about making rehashing toward oneself machines, and making them uninhibitedly accessible for the advantage of everybody. We are utilizing 3D printing to do this, however in the event that you have different innovations that can duplicate themselves and that can be made openly accessible to every, then thi is the spot for you as well.

Inside social insurance we are focussing on the production network needs of developing regenerative drugs for which undeveloped cells must be made and put away in a stable structure for appropriation to centers for utilization on interest. As of now accessible advancements oblige that cells are utilized inside a brief while of creation, which permits no production network adaptability. From past examination we have discovered that red platelets can be settled for solidified, or even dried, stockpiling by stacking with cryoprotectants utilizing engineered transduction components. We are currently attempting to extend this adjustment innovation to undifferentiated cells and other mammalian cell lines. Inside manageable feedstocks we have already created innovations for the assembling of biodiesel by photosynthetic micro-green growth. This innovation may be conveyed in Saudi however experiences the issue that the glycerol waste item presently has little esteem. As of late, we have recognized photosynthetic microorganisms that have the capacity to change over glycerol to hydrogen with high return and immaculateness. Inside the KACST venture we are investigating how these creatures may be consolidated into an incorporated procedure for biodiesel and hydrogen make. We likewise visualize that these living beings will discover use in the treatment of oil-slop and other waste materials from the petrochemicals business.

Essential polluting influences in medication items can emerge from various diverse sources and through various distinctive means, including the dynamic pharmaceutical fixing, excipients, the vehicle, and filtering of natural substances that are display in the medication item’s assembling or bundling frameworks. Therefore, information about the vicinity, level, and probability of filtering of natural elements in assembling and bundling frameworks is important to seeing how these frameworks add to a medication item’s aggregate essential debasement trouble. To that end, a joint group from the Extractables and Leachables Safety Information Exchange (ELSIE) Consortium and the International Pharmaceutical Aerosol Consortium on Regulation and Science (IPAC-RS) has directed a survey of the accessible writing on natural elements in pharmaceutically significant polymers and the vicinity of these essential substances in material concentrates and/or drug items. This audit article contains the data ordered from the accessible collection of writing and considers two inquiries: (1) What basic elements are exhibit in the significant polymers and materials and at what levels would they say they are available? (2) To what degree are these essential elements filtered from these materials under conditions significant to the assembling and stockpiling/appropriation of arrangement medication items? Conclusions drawn from the gathered information are as per the following: (1) Elemental elements are exhibit in the materials used to develop bundling and assembling frameworks as these materials either contain these essential substances as added substances or are presented to basic elements amid their generation. (2) Unless the basic substances are parts of the materials themselves (for instance, SiO2 in glass) or deliberately added to the materials (for instance, metal stearates in polymers), their coincidental sums in the materials are for the most part low. (3) When natural substances are display in materials and frameworks, by and large just a little part of the aggregate accessible measure of the substance can be filtered under conditions that are important to bundled medication items. Consequently, while wellsprings of certain natural pollutions may be universal in the indigenous habitat, they are not omnipresent in materials utilized as a part of pharmaceutical bundling and assembling frameworks and when they are available, they are not broadly drained under significant conditions. The data compressed here can be used to support the essential debasement hazard evaluation handle by giving the characters of regularly reported components and information to bolster likelihood evaluations of those getting to be basic debasements in the medication item. Suggestions are made identified with creating components of potential item affect for individual materials.

Extraneous pollutions in medication items give no remedial advantage and consequently ought to be known and controlled. Basic polluting influences can emerge from various sources and by various means, including the draining of natural elements from medication item bundling and assembling frameworks. To comprehend the degree to which materials utilized as a part of bundling frameworks contain essential substances and the degree to which those elements drain into medication items to end up basic debasements, the Extractables and Leachables Safety Information Exchange (ELSIE) and International Pharmaceutical Aerosol Consortium on Regulation and Science (IPAC-RS) Consortia have together performed a writing survey on this subject. Utilizing the ordered data, it was inferred that while bundling materials may contain natural substances, unless those elements are purposeful parts of the materials, the measures of those basic substances are by and large low. Besides, for the most part just a little portion of the aggregate accessible measure of the substance can be drained under conditions that are pertinent to bundled medication items. Consequently, chance evaluation of wellsprings of basic pollutions in medication items that may be identified with materials utilized as a part of pharmaceutical bundling and assembling frameworks can use the data and proposals exhibited here.

Trade Relations With Peru

As a brief overview, the U.S. in 2009 had a trade deficit of $733 million which was an increase of $363 million from the previous year. In large part the U.S. exports agricultural items to Peru, and imports natural ground resources. Peru ranks as number 36 in terms of trading volume with the U.S.
Peru’s trade relations have been on the fast-track since the development of the U.S. – Peru trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) in April 2006. Following the agreement, Peru “immediately” disposed of its tariffs on U.S. exports, with the rest slated to be disposed of in the near future. The PTPA addressed all of the various areas of outright tariffs, and technical and procedural barriers to trade. Although Peru is not a part of the World Trade Organization, the PTPA signed with the U.S. appears from the report to have been modeled after the agreement between WTO nations.
According to the report, as of February 2009, 80% of the tariffs on U.S. consumer and industrial export products were eliminated, and all remaining tariffs were to be eliminated within 10 years. In addition to the consumer and industrial products, the majority of tariffs on agricultural products were also eliminated.
Lastly, although Peru has come a long way in encouraging trade with the U.S., there are still areas of weakness. First, as of 2009, Peru was listed by the USTR as a Special 301 country based on its lax regulation of intellectual property. Since that time, the Peruvian government has made significant steps to remedy this issue. Second, some U.S. businesses that operate in Peru have been subject to excessive regulation and interference by Peruvian government agencies. Clearly if the PTPA contains Principles of Least Restrictive Trade, the U.S. must pressure Peru to abide by them.
Notwithstanding the two barriers to trade listed above, Peru has maintained investor and trader friendly practices such as free financial transfers, and binding arbitration for disputes much like WTO parties. Because of the PTPA, Peru and the U.S. are likely to enjoy a mutually beneficial trade partnership for years to come.
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The Cost Benefit Analysis of Shale Energy Production

Natural gas production

U.S. oil, coal and natural gas production are soaring, and with the soaring product comes lower pricing on inter-state commerce. Most overseas manufacturing industries are paying much higher energy costs than the U.S. currently is. This have created new opportunities for the U.S. in terms of exporting projects. In addition a number of U.S. entrepreneurs have develop some amazing products for reducing energy consumption in the manufacturing industries. Since energy has become less of a concern for many U.S. based companies, these entrepreneurs have found excellent markets for their energy saving products overseas. Fracking has been a major source of controversy throughout the country and stiffer EPA requirements for reduction of waste water – to – drinking water has reduced some activity on the fracking fields. What exactly is the balance between energy production in the U.S. in order to maintain job growth and global competitiveness, and protection of the environment and the health of our population? Can fracking be done safely?

What is Fracking?

Fracking is used in the extraction of natural gas from shale layers underground. Fracking was developed as method to extract natural gas from complex geographic formations or to “squeeze the last bit of gas out.” Essentially fracking solution is specially developed fluid that is designed to penetrate small cracks and crevasses in shale, thereby forcing the gasses out of the rock and up to the surface. Since the fracking solution isn’t simple water, it has health implications when the fluid seeps into ground water.

What is in Fracking Fluid?

Fracking fluid is a proprietary blend of chemicals that the oil and gas industry professionals prefer not to disclose. Because of the secretive nature of the composition, it is difficult to develop a solution to the toxicity problem. Is it possible to construct a solution that would not have negative health effects when it seeps into water systems? It’s anybody’s guess.

Is Fracking a Good Thing?

There is no question that fracking has done amazing things for the U.S. economy. It has reduced manufacturing costs, and has created a mass of manufacturing furnaces being converted to natural gas. Natural gas is certainly a more clean burning fuel, so the question is: does the reduced environmental impact of natural gas use make up for the increased pollution of our water systems? Are there studies being done on the how much pollution is actually ending up in water, and is that pollution actually harmful for human beings?
There have been a number of lawsuits involving injury or sickness of fracking workers due to exposure to the fluid. In spite of this, there has not been any large amount of aggregated information about the actual cause and effect of the exposure and sickness.
It could be argued that every type of growth carries some level of new risks. For example, the discovery of electricity caused and still causes a huge number of electrocution deaths. Even though safety has been emphasized in the production and use of electricity, death and injury will always be a risk factor. Does that mean that we should eliminate electricity? Of course not, it simply means that we need to do a cost benefit analysis and decide how much risk should be taken.

Rail Ryder, Manufacturing Entrepreneurialism

Rail Ryder was born out of a need for innovation.  Dale Hofius was an engineer, who also loved automobiles.  He became frustrated with the issues that go along with loading a sports car or other show car into a race trailer.  There are quite a few things that can go wrong, including damaging the vehicle.   If you don’t damage the vehicle climbing inside, one thing is for certain – that after you drive the car into the trailer, you are going to have a difficult time getting back out!

With his engineering design backround, Dale set to the task to solve the problem.  What he developed was a trolly and winch system that is installed into any trailer.  The car is simply driven onto the trolly, with soft material straps securing the wheels (no metal on metal contact).  The owner of the vehicle simply has to push a button and watch the Rail Ryder system load the car for them.

Here’s an excerpt from

“There’s no safer – better way to load your luxury sport automobile.  Your exotic car will ride safe and sound.  Our loading system for use in race car trailers and motor sport trailers is revolutionizing specialty vehicle transport.

Loading a vehicle in a trailer has long been a tough part of being the owner of a show car.  Between putting the car in the trailer without damage, then trying to extract yourself from the vehicle, there are a number of challenges associated with loading and unloading.  In the industry, Rail Ryder, KC Slider and Auto Valet are the only companies who have successfully addressed these loading issues.  What distinguishes the Rail Ryder system from KC Slider and Auto Valet is the low 4 degree loading angle, lightweight aluminum extrusions, and the fact that you can tie down quickly and easily outside the trailer, with simple one man loading.  Our customers comparing us with Auto Valet or KC slider review Rail Ryder as the clear superior product.”

Rail Ryder was founded in 2009 by Dale Hofius, a motorsports trailer user, with a vision to create a means of safely loading and securing cars in an enclosed trailer. Rail Ryder IS that vision.”

We want to congratulate Dale Hofius on a great American manufactured product.

Hydrographics Manufacturing, A New Era in Product Designs

PAHydrographics – Manufacturing Innovation

Car Rim styled with hydrographics
Car Rim styled with hydrographics

Hydrographic Printing is also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing/imaging, cubic printing and hydro dipping. Hydrographics is an extremely versatile method for placing a complex graphic on items of any size and shape. Hydrographic printing is ideal for putting graphics on rims, automotive parts, guns, skateboards, and other sporting equipment.

Hydrographics has become the go-to method for placing complex patterns and graphics on complex shapes and sizes of items.

Pahydrographics is a startup company that is making some major headway in the field of hydrographics by being a full solution provider and manufacturer.  They not only manufacture custom tanks (the item that is filled with a solution and then with the ink print), but also custom control panels for the tanks.  They also provide customers with custom made and stock prints.
We wanted to give a shout out for a great hydrographics product and process.

Specialization in U.S. Manufacturing

Specialization in any production field could be defined as: Narrowing the scope of production to the areas of most value, ability, and profitability.

Value: Value added is the process by which original equipment is modified or improved in some what that makes it more valuable to the end user.  The U.S. has a long list of some of the most prestigious universities research centers.  Because of the resources we have here in the United States, it should easily follow that we should have some of the greatest opportunity for improvement of existing products, and also for the creation of new solutions in manufacturing.  If this is true, then why might it be that certain Asian other countries are seeing higher levels of manufacturing productivity?  The question is complex, however, one common thread can be seen.  Most manufacturing production is linked to government regulation and taxation.  Manufacturing can undoubtedly be a “dirty” process.  As EPA regulations in the U.S. become more stringent, manufacturing companies must pay the price.  The cost of producing goods nearly always rises to compensate for additional taxes on emissions.  To deal with this effect, manufacturing companies have a number of choices:

#1. Outsource earlier stages of production overseas where regulations are less strict

#2. Move their operations to a location where regulations are less strict

#3. Innovate to reduce emissions – which rarely can be accomplished to a level where it makes a significant difference in lower EPA fines and lower end user product costs

#4. Close the business

#5. Innovate to create significant product differentiation to provide the end user with value that compensates for higher product costs. 

Clearly only options #3 and #5 have a positive effect on the U.S. economy, and the remainder have a disastrous effect on the economy.

It is Inexcusable To Shut Down U.S. Companies in Favor of Overseas Operations Due to Government Regulations

So what’s the solution? Deal with heavy pollution in order to bolster the economy? 

I propose the following solution in a spirit of faith in the innovative ability of American companies:

1. Utilize EPA funding and fines imposed on U.S. companies to create solutions to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing.  This would create a phasing out of fines on American companies as solutions are implemented

2. Impose moderate tariffs on products coming from countries with lower regulations to compensate for the additional expenses of U.S. companies, and utilize the revenue for the purpose of subsidizing private sector research for solutions to emissions reduction.

My friends, if we could send a man to the moon, we can find a way to neutralize the effects of carbon compounds on our environment.

The Engineering Component of Manufacturing

Engineering is the difference maker in manufacturing.  We are currently seeing OEMs finding immense value in a manufacturing company that has their own engineering department.  The big idea here is that the companies seeking products have to source their needs from different companies.  When given the choice to choose a manufacturer that simply produces a product versus one that can provide design, engineering, manufacturing and installation, the clear choice will be the comprehensive solution provider.   A leader in the field of comprehensive service is Onex Corporation, one of the nation’s leading manufacturer of furnaces for industrial applications.  Their offerings include furnaces, refractories, crematories, aluminum holders and melters and more.

Onex is an interesting company to look at because over the last 20 years they developed into something more than just a manufacturer to the clients in their industry.  This company has a full engineering and design staff that constantly innovates to provide solutions to companies across the globe.  They create solutions to issues like space requirements and holding requirements for their furnaces.  After the design team creates the solution, the manufacturing team takes the blueprints and makes them a reality.

Using all of the newest technology, Onex has comprehensive project management and job tracking nailed down.  They use industry standard programs like MS Project, AutoCAD, and Premavera so that their engineering team can efficiently track and maintain project requirements.


Service and Installation

After the furnace is manufactured using their own refractory materials, Onex provides companies with installation that works flawlessly with the internal processes of the companies – limiting or eliminating shut-down time and costly lost production.  Once the furnace is installed Onex will also provide combustion services for existing and new furnaces.  The manufacturing processes provided by this company show what it means to be a fully optimized manufacturing company in 2015.