Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.
Regardless of a win last week with Ford’s reshoring announcement, the UAW still faces significant challenges as it struggles to regain a foothold.
Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve concerns from dealerships, but according to a blog post put up on the Tesla corporate site today, that relationship has fallen apart, and now, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state directly to customers.
Boeing is no stranger to media coverage, but the past several days have seen this aerospace giant’s name in the news under less-than-positive circumstances.
Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in the in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.
The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal. Interestingly, they don't agree.
The regional legalization of recreational marijuana opens a door for niche food manufacturers, though some consumers are finding it hard to swallow.
Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace.
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued two recalls, one from Tesla and one from GM, both were associated with problems that could cause fires. The major difference? Tesla’s fix only required a WiFi connection, while GM required owners to bring their vehicles in for service.
If you are a manufacturer or distributor, most likely you use many modes to ship your freight, such as less-than-truckload freight shipping or LTL shipping. If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions.
At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. They often feature video and audio capabilities and internet connectivity, in a compact and portable package. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business?
Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.
Today’s workforce looks very different than it did a few decades ago. Young professionals no longer stay at one job for 30 or more years – the average tenure in 2012 was closer to five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling.
Apple is betting on sapphires to be the next big thing for its products. It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.
The use of gummies as a form of drug delivery is exploding. Just do a Google image search for “vitamin gummies” and you will see what I mean. Currently, it seems like gummies are most popular with vitamin and supplement makers – both for children and adults – and really what’s not to like about gummies?
Metrics are often derived or calculated from a multitude of measures or from data. Metrics give us a progress report or a status level of some type of performance. Data is a raw output of a process or a test or an experiment. Most times data is not useful until it is turned into some form of information by an analysis of some kind.
There is still a far greater emotional response to a factory closing than to an engineering firm opening. It’s not that plant closings are trivial, or that engineering is somehow superior. But there may be a problem with our focus on factories in that it takes energy away from aggressively developing more advanced services.
We, as engineers, all play a vital role in the world actually functioning. Without these job roles being fulfilled by skilled people, the world would start to break down slowly. A world without engineering would be a world without humanity, our ability to design and create makes us unique in the natural world.
I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything else about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.