We’ve seen the strange but fascinating way that rubber gloves are made. Now watch a less efficient but equally satisfying method that involves pouring streams of molten rubber over spinning hand molds until they’re evenly coated. It also looks like a great way to take down a villain in an action movie.
In this video from Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, they show how their El-Exis SP injection molding machine makes plastic bottle caps. Each time its molds fill with plastic, it stamps out 96 identical bottle caps, repeating the process every 1.9 seconds. We love that top-down view of all the caps falling to the production line below.
Whether you call them “sprinkles,” “jimmies,” or “hundreds and thousands,” these colorful candies are a fun way to add edible decor to desserts. Go inside the Cake Mate factory to see the process that transforms shortening, sugar, colors, and flavorings into this festive topping.
There’s nothing quite as soothing as aloe vera when you get a sunburn. Business Insider visited the world’s largest aloe farm in the Dominican Republic. There’s an incredible amount of manual labor that goes into harvesting and extracting the insides of each plant leaf before it’s ready for use in products.
Stetson has made some of the best and most desirable hats since the 1800s. Their cowboy hats are beloved, though some can cost up to $5000. Business Insider provides a look at Stetson hat factory to see what makes these hats so special. One big difference is that the produce their own felt in-house.
There’s nothing like a deli sandwich stacked high with thinly sliced meat. Such delights are made possible thanks to the electric deli slicer. How It’s Made takes us inside the Hobart factory to see how they assemble these useful and ubiquitous carving machines. We would have liked to have seen the metal casting process too.
We’ve seen two different ways how NOT to make candy corn, now watch how the pros do it. This 2014 clip from The Washington Post takes us inside of the Jelly Belly factory in Illinois for an explanation of the “kernel” making process starting from individual ingredients until they’re bagged and show up on store shelves.
When we’re dragging, one of our go-to snacks is peanut butter and cheese sandwich crackers. They offer a savory mix of carbs and protein and help us power through. Science Channel’s How It’s Made goes inside the Lance factory to see how they’re baked, cut, and assembled, and where that orange color comes from.
Ever wonder how they make basketballs or other bouncy rubber balls? It’s not as simple as just blowing up a rubber balloon. Science Channel’s How It’s Made visited a ball factory to walk us through the fascinating process, which includes making an inflatable bladder, then wrapping it in nylon thread and a segmented rubber skin.
LEGO fanatic Bricksie first shows off his massive collection of minifigs, then heads to the LEGO Store in the West Edmonton Mall for a look at a new addition – an inkjet printer that can create custom-printed Minifigs. The figures can be embellished with full-color printed clothing including icons, doodles, emojis, and text.
Ever wonder how they get all the nails in a box to lay in the same direction? In this all-too-short and all-too-silent video clip, they show how a pile of randomly grabbed nails immediately point in the proper direction when dropped between a pair of electromagnets. Here’s another machine that does it without human intervention.
Heavy-duty cardboard tubes are used to protect rolled goods in transit and provide forms for concrete construction projects. SBS Tube shows off the production process behind these large tubes, which involves gluing together numerous individual strips of brown paper around a metal roller.
Everyday car tires are made mostly by machine, but the high-end tires used for racing are made by hand. In this clip from Street FX Motorsport TV, they take us inside Michelin Motorsport’s HQ in France for a look at the tire-making process, building up layer by layer of rubber, textiles, steel, and adhesive on spinning drums.
Enjoy this hypnotic look at a machine designed for the high-speed production of paper cups. It starts with flat sheets of paper, rolls them onto a form, glues the seam, adds the bottom, and eventually rolls the top edge, cranking out as many as 130 cups per minute.
Traditional conveyor belts can move items along a single axis. But Cellumation’s unique system can shuffle items around in any direction. It uses a series of hexagonal modules, each of which has three sets of wheels. Its controller and software can then be programmed to shuffle and arrange a payload in any pattern.
Every kitchen must have at least one cast iron pan, especially if you sear meats. Eater host Daniel Geneen takes us inside the Lodge Cast Iron factory in Tennessee for a look at how they crank out nearly 2 million pans per month. It’s cool to see how they melt down casting scraps and reuse them.
Disposable plates are typically made from paper or plastic. The paper ones are easy to recycle, but plastic is more challenging. As a green alternative, India’s Vistaraku makes biodegradable plates and bowls by stitching together and pressing leaves of the Palash tree. Apparently, the leaves have natural antibacterial properties.
Making waffle cones at home is pretty darned easy. But when you need to churn out millions of these tasty treats every month, you need some serious industrial equipment. In this classic video from How It’s Made, they show us just how factories mass-produce waffle, sugar, and cake cones.
It doesn’t seem like something that would be particularly complicated to make, but as How It’s Made shows us, creating party balloons requires lots of industrial equipment, including electrically-charged vats of liquid latex, balloon-shaped molds, and spinning brushes to create the openings we blow into.
YouTuber popaspartacus offers up a tour of the factory line at Aticream Company, in Transylvania, Romania. If you’re like us, you’ll work up an appetite as a mechanical ballet of vanilla bars skinny dip into a chocolate bath, and a carousel of sundae cups gets filled with festive flavors.
Thanks to the series How It’s Made, we’ve seen the production process behind hundreds of items. The Efficient Engineer’s video explains things at a much higher level – not the process of making a specific product, but the principles behind modern manufacturing and how factories decide which methods to use.
Yonex is one of the most respected brands in tennis, and their rackets are the choice of many pro players. Tennis Warehouse takes us inside the Japanese company’s warehouse for a look at their production process, which seamlessly blends a human and robotic workforce.
Next time you get a cut and slap a bandage on it, remember this factory video in appreciation of all the engineering and operational complexity that goes into producing that little thing you stuck on your skin. There’s something incredibly satisfying about watching all of those roller machines running.
The Science Channel’s How It’s Made takes us inside a factory that makes stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons. There’s much more to it than pouring molten metal into molds, which is what we had always assumed. We’re guessing the hollow handles cut down on raw materials cost.
Go inside of Italy’s Beta Utensili factory, where they take pieces of raw steel, heat them, hot roll, and machine hammer them into their rough shapes, before cutting them out, sand blasting, grinding, tumbling, and refining their openings before hardening and plating each piece into a finished combination wrench.
When you think about it, it’s pretty impressive how a tape measure can neatly coil up 15 or more feet of metal into a case you can clip onto your belt loop. Science Channel’s Machines: How They Work dissects the modern tape measure to show us its inner workings.