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Millennials Upbeat on Manufacturing’s Future

March 21
14:06 2017
    Millennials Upbeat on Manufacturing’s Future

Increased optimism and changing perceptions about the industry could help turn the tide on a nationwide skills shortage.

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Manufacturers Worry As Trump Budget Omits Infrastructure Details

March 20
10:46 2017
    Manufacturers Worry As Trump Budget Omits Infrastructure Details

Analysts question what little details of a spending plan are available, while congressional Republicans voice concerns about a $1 billion proposal that mirrors the Obama administration’s “stimulus” efforts, Industrial Distribution reports.

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Hyundai Recalls 1 Million Cars With Possibly Defective Seatbelts

March 16
23:14 2017
    Hyundai Recalls 1 Million Cars With Possibly Defective Seatbelts

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fastener for the front driver and passenger seatbelt anchors may not have been fully latched during assembly.

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Swiss Steel AG Sets Course for Steel Production 4.0

March 14
10:54 2017
    Swiss Steel AG Sets Course for Steel Production 4.0

To meet future customer demands for wire rod products and greater coil weights, Swiss Steel has invested €8.5 million at its Emmenbrucke site in Switzerland, according to Fastener + Fixing.

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ASTM Calls for Nominations

March 13
11:06 2017
    ASTM Calls for Nominations

Program will provide free airfare and lodging this year for up to 24 participants to attend a leadership development workshop held during an ASTM International conference – “committee week” – where technical experts in their industries create and revise standards.

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Robot Orders Surge in ’16

March 07
12:41 2017
    Robot Orders Surge in ’16

Overall, orders were up 10% from 2015, but a few industries and applications paved the way for truly significant increases in automation, according to the Robotic Industries Association.

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US Manufacturing Rose to 3-Year High in February

March 01
13:58 2017
    US Manufacturing Rose to 3-Year High in February

Monthly purchasing manager’s index jumped to 57.7, the highest since December 2014 and more than economists’ forecast for 56.2, according to the Business Insider.

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Orders for Durable Goods in U.S. Rebounded 1.8% in January

February 27
10:06 2017
    Orders for Durable Goods in U.S. Rebounded 1.8% in January

Commerce Department data showed bookings for goods meant to last at least three years rose 1.8 percent after a 0.8 percent decrease in December, according to Bloomberg Markets.

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U.S. Manufacturing Production Expands for 4th Consecutive Month

February 22
01:31 2017
  U.S. Manufacturing Production Expands for 4th Consecutive Month

Recent improvements suggest that manufacturers are beginning to recover from notable weaknesses over the past two years, with a strong dollar and global headwinds dampening overall activity.

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INTERTECH 2017 Deadlines Approaching

February 20
14:27 2017
  INTERTECH 2017 Deadlines Approaching

Early registration discount and call for paper deadlines for INTERTECH 2017 is March 1st. The event will provide papers, displays and experts on the development of new superabrasives and innovative applications.

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Boeing Workers Reject Unionizing at South Carolina Dreamliner Factory

February 16
10:32 2017
  Boeing Workers Reject Unionizing at South Carolina Dreamliner Factory

The vote came as Boeing makes major cuts to its commercial airplane workforce in the Puget Sound region and South Carolina, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports.

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Robots Aren’t Replacing Humans In Key Areas Of Manufacturing

February 07
10:25 2017
  Robots Aren’t Replacing Humans In Key Areas Of Manufacturing

While there are certainly highly repetitive jobs bots would perform more efficiently and economically, automating alone is not always the best path to higher productivity, Forbes reports.

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Carpenter Tech Buys Titanium Powder Co.

February 03
12:18 2017
  Carpenter Tech Buys Titanium Powder Co.

Puris produces titanium powder for additive manufacturing and advanced technology applications.

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Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Revolution

February 03
10:48 2017
  Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Revolution

Bioelectronics is as big a jump as ditching vacuum tubes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Businesses Ordered More Robots in 2016

February 01
10:35 2017
  Businesses Ordered More Robots in 2016

North American businesses ordered 35,000 robots in 2016, a 10% increase from 2015, according to a report by the Robotic Industries Association.

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Three Predictions for Automation and Jobs

January 18
12:06 2017
  Three Predictions for Automation and Jobs

Jobs will change, forcing workers to adapt and global productivity will rise, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Automating Aerospace Manufacturing

January 13
11:24 2017
  Automating Aerospace Manufacturing

The aerospace sector has always been at the forefront of technological change, and now it is spearheading a change that worries many: a shift towards automated manufacturing, reports The Engineer.

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Stanley Black & Decker Re-Tooling Portfolio With Iconic Brands

January 12
12:24 2017
  Stanley Black & Decker Re-Tooling Portfolio With Iconic Brands

In recent months Stanley Black & Decker has acquired Newell Brand’s tool unit, which contains strong brands like Lenox and Irwin; the company also acquired Sears’ Craftsman Tools, SeekingAlpha reports.

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Steel Remains the Go-To Material for Automakers

January 12
12:18 2017
  Steel Remains the Go-To Material for Automakers

Automakers seeking to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy increasingly use other metals such as aluminum and composites such as carbon fiber. Yet, steel remains the overall material of choice, Wards Auto reports.

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U.S. Steel to Restart Idled Plant

January 12
11:56 2017
  U.S. Steel to Restart Idled Plant

The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker said it will restart the Keetac plant in Minnesota more than 18 months after the company idled the facility amid rising steel imports and falling prices, Bloomberg News reports.

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