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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June 28th, 2016

Educators Get Advanced Manufacturing Lessons at STEM Camp

Teachers from 11 schools across Muskogee County learned new opportunities for bringing math and science to life in the classroom recently at the 2016 Muskogee STEM Educator Summit–a two-day summer camp for educators. Tours included several area factories utilizing advanced manufacturing capabilities.
Organized by the Eastern Oklahoma Health Care Coalition and the Port of Muskogee–Industrial Development […]

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June 27th, 2016

Tulsa Manufacturer Invests in Employee Retention

Most companies know the severe shortage of manufacturing skills in the United States has the potential to impede future growth. Manufacturers are having difficulty filling skilled and highly skilled manufacturing roles. When companies find good people they are being as creative as possible to keep those trusted employees. Manufacturers can maintain productivity and sustain profitability […]

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June 24th, 2016

Technology is the Key to Health of Manufacturing Industry

Something good is happening in the Manufacturing economy. That something good is technology, says Chris LeBeau is Global IT Director at ATS.
According to recent studies, the nation’s overall economy grew in March for the 82nd consecutive month. According to the country’s supply executives in the March 2016 Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management’s Report On Business, […]

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June 23rd, 2016

4,000 Variations: Manufacturing the Perfect MLB Bat

Advanced Manufacturing is often meticulous.
MLB regulations dictate that bats must be one piece of solid wood, no more than 42 inches long, with a maximum diameter of 2.61 inches. That leaves plenty of room for variation: Some players prefer an end-weighted bat, while others like a balanced bat.
Louisville Slugger manufactures about 6,000 models of wooden […]

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