August 15th, 2016

Workshop: Maintenance Prevention in Product Design and Equipment Maintenance

The Southwest Region of the the Association for Manufacturing Excellence is hosting an Oklahoma City workshop on “Maintenance Prevention in Product Design and Equipment Maintenance.” The workshop will be Sept. 7 and 8 and hosted by OKC manufacturer International Environmental Corporation (IEC). Other host partners are Francis Tuttle Technology Center and the Enterprise Excellence Group.
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August 9th, 2016

Manufacturing Alliance Names New Director of Finance

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance recently named Adam Nicholas as its Director of Finance. Nicholas succeeds Jerry Isaacs who was with the organization for 20 years.
Previously, Nicholas was director of finance and administration for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Before that, he served the agency in a variety of capacities including corporate resource development, […]

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August 4th, 2016

For Manufacturers Big and Small, Automation is Key to Growth

A recent survey shows manufacturers of all sizes are turning to automation to help boost them out of what Cliff Waldman calls a productivity malaise. “Eighty-three percent of the 402 respondents automated some aspect of their product-producing operations from 2010 to 2015, and more than three-quarters plan to do so in the next three years,” […]

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August 2nd, 2016

Innovation Engineering Proves Successful for Oklahoma’s Magnus Industries

Like many other Oklahoma manufacturers, Magnus Industries in Edmond was dealing with the effects of a weak petroleum sector. The company was looking for opportunities to diversify and expand its business. “We were busy and humming along, but then the bottom fell out and projects dried up very quickly,” says owner Wayne Darce. For ideas […]

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July 22nd, 2016

Continuous Innovation: From Idea to Engineering to Market

Travis Posey is vice president of HSI Sensing in Chickasha. His company is one of the most continuously innovative manufacturers in Oklahoma. And it’s no coincidence HSI continues to grow and prosper. In a recent post, he offered five quick tips for taking a new product to market.
“One of my favorite parts of the product […]

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July 19th, 2016

New Report Suggests Manufacturing is Ripe for Major Automation

A recent report suggested that more than half of all manufacturing activities could be automated using currently available technology.
Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. said that made manufacturing — along with food service and retail — was among the sectors whose jobs were most likely to be automated over next decade, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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July 19th, 2016

Slim Haney Machining to Mark 10th Anniversary of its Facility

Tulsa-based manufacturer Slim Haney Machining is hosting a “ribbon cutting” to mark the 10th anniversary of its facility. Festivities will kick off Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. The ribbon cutting will be followed by plant tours.
Slim Haney is a multi-spindle/CNC production machine shop that has operated in Oklahoma for nearly 55 years. In 1962 W.B. […]

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July 14th, 2016

Productivity Doesn’t Have To Decline Because It’s Summer

The summer months can bring a drop in productivity and a rise in the absentee rate, but there are ways for manufacturers combat this, as several companies illustrate. One company hosts themed outdoor events each month, while another offers an on-site organic garden that employees can tend, Tina Hamilton tells FastComany.com.
“It doesn’t matter if a […]

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July 6th, 2016

Finding a Home for 3D Printing in Manufacturing, Maintenance and Repair

There is very little doubt that 3D printing will play a significant role in the future of manufacturing in Oklahoma. Many initiatives are well underway and state companies are incorporating additive manufacturing at a growing rate. But despite its success, 3D printing is still very much the new kid on and adolescent technology is still […]

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June 29th, 2016

Oklahoma Brick Manufacturers Create Special Blends

Oklahoma brick manufacturers are getting creative, producing special blends for special projects. The brick walls of the Edmond municipal administrative building were made specifically for that structure, intended to set it apart from every other municipal project. The same is true of the Choctaw Nation Regional Medical Clinic under construction in Durant.
The former brick is […]

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