Steve Rattner, the former auto industry czar, says that the Chevy Volt is irrelevant to GM's bottom line but that the auto industry has never been more efficient. The problems that remain are the complete opposite of what affected the industry during the auto bailouts.
Manufacturing, and manufacturing jobs in particular, have come into focus with the presidential election. But will the sector become a major driver of the economy? Sappi Fine Paper CEO Mark Gardner says, despite the slow economic recovery, he is adding jobs to his company's payroll and expects growth in manufacturing businesses to pick up over the next 12 months.
In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV: The new iPhone 5 features a thinner, lighter design, with a taller screen, a faster processor, and updated software, everything you’d hope to expect from a new phone – except a suitable map app. Rethink Robotics has unleashed a revolution in manufacturing with the friendly faced, factory robot: Baxter.
Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.
Typically, we hear about the U.S. purchasing goods and materials from overseas. This story highlights the opposite scenario. Jim Dwyer, ‘About New York’ columnist, talks to Louise Story of the New York Times about a Brooklyn manufacturer whose custom luxury fixtures have caught the eye of buyers in China.
In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV: A group of dedicated engineering students from San Jose State University is attempting to build a self-balancing electric motorcycle, and Motoczysz has set out to build the world’s fastest motorcycle, but they have made other landmarks along the way.
Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about the health of the automaker and the industry as a whole. He also denies any imminent succession plans, and discusses the effect of Europe on the global economy and the future of the F-150.
In this episode of Engineering Newswire, the Air Force is developing a new technology that can take control of the plane in the event of a likely crash; will.i.am premieres the first musical broadcast from another planet; companies are customizing climates on airplanes; Georgia Tech develops a self-charging power cell; researchers develop tracking objects for the battlefield.
Having unveiled his superfast electric car in Frankfurt last year, a Croatian designer will be trying to find buyers at the prestigious Salon Prive motor show this week in London. The Concept One can get from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 300 kph, and has an operational range of 600 kilometres.
The Air Force is developing technology that takes control of planes from pilots to avoid crashing into the ground or other terrain. The system is designed to take over for the pilot in the event of a possible crash, recover the aircraft, then give control back to the pilot.
Jim Herr went from poultry farmer to snack-making kingpin when he traded in his farm for a potato chip processing facility. Herr Foods Inc. is now one of the largest snack food processors in the country, making everything from potato chips to pretzels to popcorn.
In this episode of Engineering Newswire, toilet paper advertising with scannable QR codes; Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe lab gets threatened with closure; growing a new foot; cars that communicate with each other to prevent crashes; an iTypewriter that defeats the purposes of touch technology; and Apple wins patent grapple with Samsung.
In this episode of Engineering Newswire — from Product Design & Development — the toilet gets redesigned; test flight of hypersonic Waverider fails; NASA's Morfius Project crashes and burns; MIT's autonomous planes flies indoors; sunglasses that record and take pictures; and NASA's Curiosity receives a brain transplant.
A new generation of adaptive vision-equipped robotics is set to change manufacturing around the world. How these robots adapt to their environment is just as important as what they can accomplish. They are being developed to handle and adapt to assembly line shifts, which would be a game-changer for modern manufacturing.
Farnoosh Torabi from Yahoo digs through some of the recent projects that didn't quite match their expectations. Flops include smartphones from Nokia, which in turn caused the company's stock to plummet, and the "ultrabook" that Intel tried so very hard to push into widespread adoption.
The new test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety better simulates more realistic, off-center frontal crashes.
Bill Hammack, the "Engineer Guy," tackles anodizing, the process of corroding aluminum just enough to provide a variety of colors, not to mention a durable coating.
The migration of Nissan jobs to the United States is discussed in great detail. Subjects include outsourcing and unions, among others.
The hardest step in making a nuclear bomb is making the proper type of uranium. Bill outlines the two key methods for separation: gas diffusion and centrifuges.
The struggling BlackBerry-maker issued a dire warning about its business, saying Tuesday that it will post an operating loss for the second-straight quarter and will lay off a large number of employees this year.