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Leaning the Supply Chain

Andrew Feller, Director of Supply Chain Services, KinetX, Inc. speaks of the rapid improvement of operations across the supply chain and shows how these improvements can be enabled by structured mapping of processes across organizational boundaries. Two alternatives are presented for enabling a structured process to identify and more seamlessly connect the information, material, and resource flows that must occur across the supply chain. One study is useful in continuous improvement projects, the other for the green-field design of a new supply chain.

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Advanced Robotic Welding

This program uncovers the innovations that are expanding this process beyond robotic resistance spot welding and arc welding. We examine how more high-volume manufacturers of vehicle structures are using laser and hybrid welding to make fast, reliable welds.

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Benchmarking Manufacturing Processes - Reaching Outward

Benchmarking Manufacturing Processes is a two part series that demonstrates how to structure a best-practices search and how to transform benchmarking data into an improvement action plan. Tips for forming, training, and managing a benchmarking team, plus expert advice to help avoid common benchmarking project pitfalls are explained. The second Benchmarking Manufacturing Processes program, Reaching Outward, covers the mechanics of benchmarking, including how to know when you've done enough research, preparing a site visit agenda, and why benchmarking is often less costly than implementing other improvement strategies.

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Poka Yoke: Mistake Proofing

Poka-Yoke: Mistake Proofing measures and evaluates the modern and practical methods behind mistake proofing or poka-yoke. You'll visit three companies to see how the use of mistake-proofing techniques and reducing workplace errors can help reduce costs, increase quality, and accelerate customer delivery time.

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Manufacturing Alternative Energy Systems

This Manufacturing Alternative Energy Systems program explores several new developments in the manufacture of alternative energy systems and how they will impact future energy generation and utilization markets, while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Learn how advanced manufacturing and engineering processes can provide support for these systems to make a significant impact in cost reduction, performance improvement, reliability and the product life cycle. Explore three unique companies that are taking advantage of alternative energy technologies: STM Power, developer of advanced Stirling Engine technology to convert waste heat and gas into electricity. United Solar Ovonic, mass-manufacturers of photovoltaics from silicon materials. UTC Fuel Cells, a company focused on the manufacturing of key fuel cell systems targeted for stationary and transportation applications.

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Nanotechnology Manufacturing

Presented by Steve Fonash - Director Penn State Nanofabrication Facility, Penn State University. Nanotechnology has been predicted to be the progenitor of the second industrial revolution. Some of the approaches to making this exciting potential of nanotechnology into manufacturing reality are assessed. This program answers the big questions about Nanotechnology like, what manufacturing advantages does Nanotechnology offer?, how can Nanofabrication be done in a manufacturable way?, and shows examples of what is currently being done.

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The Challenge of Staying Lean after Initial Application

John Allen, Senior Partner, Total Systems Development. Mr. Allen has extensive Toyota experience, and was instrumental in the widely recognized lean implementation at Ford Motor Company Cleveland Engine Plant. He is a major contributor to the SME lean manufacturing series and one of the most sought after lean manufacturing implementation experts. He brings a viewpoint based on extensive experience and knowledge from many industries. Recorded at the SME Annual Meeting in 2001.

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Alternative Energy 101: Questions and Answers Session

This program is part of an 8 program Alternative Energy 101 manufacturing primer. Recorded at the Advanced Energy and Fuel Cell Technologies conference sessions in October 2004, these 8 programs are presented by experts in the field, and provide fundamental information with detailed descriptions of alternative energy and fuel cells technologies. The AET 101 Questions & Answers Session features a roundtable dialogue between the conference audience and the AET presenters.

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Alternative Energy 101: Portable Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

This program is part of an 8 program Alternative Energy 101 manufacturing primer. Recorded at the Advanced Energy and Fuel Cell Technologies conference sessions in October 2004, these 8 programs are presented by experts in the field, and provide fundamental information with detailed descriptions of alternative energy and fuel cells technologies. The Portable Solid Oxide Fuel Cells session is presented by Aaron Crumm.

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Structural DNA

This Structural DNA program begins by highlighting the four stages of nanotechnology: static nanostructures, active nanodevices, nanomachines and simple nanosystems, and productive nanosystems. This foundation provides the context to explore the four primary approaches to building productive nanosystems. Two are top-down approaches: Diamondoid Mechanosynthesis, and Patterned Atomic Layer Epitaxy, and two are bottom-up approaches: Bis-peptide Synthesis, and Structural DNA. Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights Video Series, in this program viewers will then be introduced to researchers at Nanorex, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Duke University, Durham, NC. They'll discover how these researchers are harnessing the structural and informational components of DNA to develop methods of altering molecules under programmable control to generate self-replicating productive nanosystems.

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