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Dec. 17, 2013

MDNA News — August 2013 — Volume 29
From Sept. 3: View the electronic version of the August edition of the MDNA News.More

MDNA 72nd Annual Convention
From May 7: "Best Ever, Historic, Moving, Supportive and Wonderful" are all words to describe this year’s convention in Boston. All possible thanks to the strong will of attendees and the generosity of our sponsors.More

MDNA - 72nd Annual Convention & Business Meeting Photos
From June 25: View photos from the 72nd Annual MDNA Convention & Business Meeting.More

MDNA member spotlight interview with Craig L. Ward
From Oct. 1: Craig L. Ward, general manager of F.P. Miller Co., has been with the company for more than 27 years. He is a very active member of the MDNA on the local and national level. Even after 27 years, Craig still loves going to work every day and doing the deals.More

Why 3-D printing could be a manufacturing and logistics game changer
Manufacturing Business Technology
From Oct. 29: In October of 1913, Henry Ford's entire automobile factory began building its vehicles using a continuously moving assembly line. This revolutionary step changed the manufacturing game at the time, cutting the production time for the Model T down from more than 12 hours to fewer than six from start to finish. Could 3-D printing — also called additive manufacturing — revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line?More

Watch the construction of a Dodge Viper in just 4 minutes
The New York Times
From Jan. 22: VideoBrief Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler's Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than three years during the automaker's bankruptcy. Later this month, the factory's first Viper — considered a "halo" vehicle, built to enhance a company's image rather than drive sales — will roll off the line. More

3-D printing, robotics and the future of manufacturing
eCommerce Times
From July 23: Imagine a manufacturing floor making sophisticated products through the use of 3-D printers being overseen and fed by robots. That's a frightening scenario for the worker employed in manufacturing. In the face of this unfolding, never-before-witnessed scenario, the manufacturer must constantly be on the leading edge of technology and the worker must constantly update his or her skills. The potential of 3-D printing and robotics is nothing if not inspiring but it's difficult even to imagine the extent of the inroads they will make in our manufacturing base or the myriad of products they'll eventually produce.More

EU plans $6.4 billion effort to boost chip manufacturing
From May 28: The European Commission announced plans to spend 5 billion euros ($6.4 million) over the next seven years to try to spur microprocessor manufacturing in the European Union. The funds, which the E.C. said will be matched by the same amount coming from the private sector, are designed to enable Europe to double its share of chip manufacturing and thereby help other industrial sectors that are embracing electronics.More

6 trends for used machinery in 2013
Farm Journal
From March 5: While used machinery prices have been strong for several years, it's important to consider equipment condition and other factors to understand the context of auction bids, says Greg Peterson, known by many as Machinery Pete.More

Remembering those who passed away in 2013