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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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Stanley Black & Decker To Acquire Craftsman

January 05
11:29 2017
    Stanley Black & Decker To Acquire Craftsman

Stanley Black & Decker to develop, manufacture and sell Craftsman-branded products in non-Sears Holdings channels.

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China Steel, Coal Prices Drop Amid Brisk Trading

December 29
11:29 2016
    China Steel, Coal Prices Drop Amid Brisk Trading

“The pullback shows traders are not confident about the steel market and future demand during the winter.”

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Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation

December 22
10:29 2016
    Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation

No candidate talked much about automation on the campaign trail. Technology is not as convenient a villain as China or Mexico, there is no clear way to stop it, and many of the technology companies are in the United States and benefit the country in many ways, according to the New York Times.

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US Durable Goods Orders Fall in November

December 22
10:23 2016
  US Durable Goods Orders Fall in November

US new orders for durable goods fell in November, driven by a drop in commercial aircraft and parts orders, AdvancedManufacturing.org reports.

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Stanley Black & Decker Selling Mechanical Security Businesses

December 21
10:51 2016
  Stanley Black & Decker Selling Mechanical Security Businesses

Sale includes the commercial hardware brands of BEST Access, phi Precision and GMT.

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Boeing: More job cuts coming In 2017

December 19
15:03 2016
  Boeing: More job cuts coming In 2017

Boeing told employees Monday it will continue to cut jobs at its commercial airplane unit in 2017, citing fierce competition with rival Airbus and a drop in new orders, writes CNN’s Jon Ostrower.

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GM inventory at 8-year high; will reduce car production

December 19
12:52 2016
  GM inventory at 8-year high; will reduce car production

GM says it had more than 874,000 cars, trucks and crossovers in its inventory at the end of November — the most it has had in its U.S. stock in eight years, when vehicles went unsold during the Great Recession, the Detroit News reports.

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U.S. Industrial Output Falls as Utilities, Manufacturing Weaken

December 15
00:09 2016
  U.S. Industrial Output Falls as Utilities, Manufacturing Weaken

U.S. industrial production fell 0.4% in November, due to a steep decline in utility output and a dip in manufacturing, according to data from the Federal Reserve.

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Arconic Strengthens 3D Printing Collaboration With Airbus

December 14
00:02 2016
  Arconic Strengthens 3D Printing Collaboration With Airbus

Arconic to supply 3D printed nickel and titanium parts for Airbus airplanes under two new agreements.

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GM To Spend $90 Million To Upgrade Indiana Metals Plant

August 23
22:55 2016
  GM To Spend $90 Million To Upgrade Indiana Metals Plant

Improvements will bolster capacity of the 60-year-old Marion Metal Center, which provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly to GM’s North American plants, Manufacturing.Net reports.

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Will Tooling and Automation Merge?

August 18
18:31 2016
  Will Tooling and Automation Merge?

In recent years, there is a clear industry trend blurring the lines between an automated system and a tool.

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U.S. Factory Output Jumps 0.5% For Biggest Gain In Year

August 16
20:29 2016
  U.S. Factory Output Jumps 0.5% For Biggest Gain In Year

U.S. factories cranked out more autos, machinery and chemicals in July, lifting production by the most in a year, the Associated Press reports.

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Imports & Overall Cargo Volumes Rise at LA Port

August 11
17:40 2016
  Imports & Overall Cargo Volumes Rise at LA Port

Port of Los Angeles imports increased 5% in July and overall cargo volumes are up 4.75% in 2016.

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The Business of Automation, Betting on Robots

July 20
19:51 2016
  The Business of Automation, Betting on Robots

For the third year in a row, robots sales are at an all-time high, according to the Robotic Industries Association.

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Manufacturing’s Silver Lining: More U.S. Industries Improving

May 04
23:06 2016
  Manufacturing’s Silver Lining: More U.S. Industries Improving

The numbers of industries reporting gains in orders and production have more than doubled since the start of the year to include almost all areas, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

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