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Fortune: Hot Things To Do With Metal From flash-bang welding to forming impossible shapes, factory wizardry is casting new spells in the updated: Mon Sep 29 2003 00:01:00

Is there some law of nature decreeing that manufactured goods keep getting lower in cost and higher in quality? Products such as cars, appliances, and consumer electronics rocket forward in perform...

Fortune: Building For The Next Chip Boom Never mind that sales are off by 30%. Chipmakers are racing ahead with snazzy new teupdated: Mon Aug 12 2002 00:01:00

The headlong rush of semiconductor miniaturization, it seems, waits for no one. Just because chipmakers are staring at woefully thin order books doesn't mean they can stop following Moore's law, th...

Fortune: Tiremaking Technology Is On A Roll An industry with sprawling plants, fat inventories, and long cycle times is turning to speedyupdated: Mon May 28 2001 00:01:00

Up on a catwalk in a hospital-clean factory in Milan, research director Renato Caretta of Italy's Pirelli waves his hands happily as he points out features of a new robot-based production line. Wit...

Fortune: Tapping the Last Big Labor Pool The right training programs can turn people in dead-end jobs, as well as the unemployed, into baupdated: Mon Sep 04 2000 00:01:00

It wasn't one of the usual explanations for a plant closing. In early May, Dana Corp. announced it was shutting down an injection-molding facility in Marine City, just northeast of Detroit, where s...

Fortune: THE CARE & FEEDING OF ENGINEERS Few are nerds wearing pocket protectors; most are sociable and articulate. They're the frontupdated: Mon Sep 21 1992 00:01:00

REMEMBER that pudgy kid in the eighth grade, the one who liked to concoct bombs in his mom's kitchen? Now he's one of America's premier software designers. Or that other brat, the one who got in tr...

Fortune: WHY TOYOTA KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER Success never gets in the way of constant improvement. Here's how the worlupdated: Mon Nov 19 1990 00:01:00

OF ALL the hortatory slogans kicked around Toyota City, the key one is kaizen, which means ''continuous improvement'' in Japanese. While many other companies strive for dramatic breakthroughs, Toyo...

Fortune: THE SOUL OF AN OLD MACHINE A tiny band at Cincinnati Milacron breathed new life into a dying product -- and into their ailing maupdated: Mon May 21 1990 00:01:00

The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy and does not require too much from individuals. He takes individual talent into account and uses each man according to his capabilities. ...

Fortune: HOW THE U.S. CAN COMPETE GLOBALLYupdated: Mon Jun 05 1989 00:01:00

Robert N. Noyce was a founder of two of Silicon Valley's most creative companies, Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. Along the way he helped invent the integrated circuit. He has now taken on the p...

Fortune: SHAPING UP YOUR SUPPLIERS It's survival time. And to make the cut yourself you've got to get real tough with your vendors. Innovupdated: Mon Apr 10 1989 00:01:00

SMALL manufacturing companies are in crisis. Their main customers, the big boys of U.S. industry, have been humbled by global competition and are seeking their salvation in higher standards of qual...

Fortune: HOW TO REVIVE U.S. HIGH TECH Can anything be done about America's slipping technological lead? You bet, says Simon Ramo, the sciupdated: Mon May 09 1988 00:01:00

Simon Ramo -- the Ramo in Bunker-Ramo, a computer venture, and the ''R'' in TRW, the giant defense electronics company -- has advised Presidents and served on the boards of corporations and univers...

Fortune: BEHIND THE HYPE AT GM'S SATURN The vaunted but vague small-car project will rely on impressive new manufacturing techniques and updated: Mon Nov 11 1985 00:01:00

ONE OF THE best-known small cars in America doesn't exist yet. The blaze of publicity surrounding General Motors' hunt for a place to build its proposed Saturn subcompact fired speculation that GM ...

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