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So Much for IBM's Bright Idea on Working Remotely

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:38:00 +0000

Tech companies are supposed to be the leaders. So it's surprising that two of the largest, IBM and Apple, are moving backward, preparing for office life in the decades ahead to look a lot like 2005.

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GE's Immelt Casts Doubt on Ability to Hit Trian's Profit Goals

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:03:00 +0000

​Trian, one of GE’s largest shareholders, has called on Immelt to reduce costs and improve operations. GE said it would cut management bonuses if it fails to meet certain financial goals.

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Renewable Energy Powers Jobs for Almost 10 Million People

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:52:00 +0000

Renewables jobs could total 24 million in 2030, as more countries take steps to combat climate change according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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Chinese Billionaire Adds Proton, Lotus to Expanding Auto Empire

Li Shufu of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group


Wed, 24 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, which also owns the upscale Sweden-based Volvo Cars, announced Wednesday that it will buy 49.9% of Proton and a 51% stake in Lotus Cars.

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SpaceX Technician Says Concerns About Tests Got Him Fired

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:06:00 +0000

Former SpaceX technician Jason Blasdell alleges that his managers pressured technicians to deviate from written test procedures and to sign off on tests of rocket parts that hadn’t been conducted according to protocols.

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Safety and Performance Excellence: Safety vs. Productivity: If Either Wins, Both Lose

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:20:00 +0000

Thinking safety can be ignored in production is akin to saying that efficiency and the cost of production don't matter.

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Trump Budget Proposal Would Defund Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs)

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:46:00 +0000

Manufacturing USA and its innovation institutes and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act would also see major cuts.

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Is This How You Treat Mom? Mothers Earn 28.4% Less Than Fathers in the United States

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:15:00 +0000

Nearly three-quarters of American households with children include a working mother, and one-fifth are headed by a single mother.

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US Sues Fiat Chrysler for Diesel Emissions Violations

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:51:00 +0000

The EPA alleges that nearly 104,000 vehicles with 3.0 liter EcoDiesel engines were equipped with software “defeat devices” that caused the vehicles’ emission control systems to perform differently, and less effectively, during certain normal driving conditions than on laboratory emissions tests.

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The Big Problem with Sub-metering Energy Usage -- and a Cost-cutting Alternative

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:25:00 +0000

Follow this simple sub-metering startup plan to ensure that your efforts are a boost, not a bust, for your organization.

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Toyota, Merck Join Ethereum Group to Build Blockchain Network

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:11:00 +0000

The companies joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance which is.trying to determine if shared databases recorded on the ethereum blockchain can cut costs by speeding up financial transactions or ensuring the efficiency of a supply chain.

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5 Ways Cloud-Based ERP Makes Reshoring Easier and More Profitable

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:06:02 +0000

Considering bringing manufacturing back to the US but worried about the complexity? The solution is already sitting at the center of your operation. A modern ERP system plays a central role to meet the demands of reshoring – supply chain visibility, multi-location supplier collaboration, agility to respond to changing conditions.

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Germany's Busy Factories Bring Fastest Growth in Six Years

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:40:00 +0000

The Bundesbank said that it expects the region’s largest economy to continue to grow “strongly” in the next few months.

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Taking Care of Business: Industry 4.0 Manufacturing, IIoT, and Cloud Computing

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Most would say we are in the midst of a new industrial revolution. The fourth industrial revolution is all about automation and data exchange including technology like cloud computing, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), and of course, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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CEO Who Sold Furniture to Steve Jobs Now Aims Ford at the Future

Ford CEO Jim Hackett


Tue, 23 May 2017 12:42:00 +0000

New Ford CEO Jim Hackett has a reputation as a visionary executive comfortable in the high-tech world, who’s also willing to take the scalpel to a workforce.

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3 Tools for Paving the Way to a Smarter Supply Chain

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:27:57 +0000

Manufacturers who want to link machines, sensors, processes, and people together face a daunting challenge. Download this infographic and learn three things that will help you improve supply chain visibility, mitigate risk and grow into new markets.

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China's in Joint Venture with VW to Produce Electric Cars

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:17:00 +0000

Volkswagen's China CEO Jochem Heizmann had said during the Shanghai auto show last month that VW expects to sell around 400,000 new-energy vehicles in China in 2020.

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Manufacturing to See Growth in 2017: ISM

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:48:00 +0000

Manufacturers this year expect a 5.2% increase in capital expenditures, a 1.3% rise in employment and a 4.4% rise in revenues, according to ISM survey.

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Top 10 OSHA Violations and How to Avoid Them

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:50:12 +0000

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seeks to reduce the number of workplace injuries and conducts inspections each year, but relying on this agency alone is often not enough. In order to really make a difference in how your organization approaches safety, a cultural change has to occur. At the end of the day, safety is not just the responsibility of those in charge and is best managed when everyone has a role to play. OSHA violations can and will happen – and avoiding a costly citation starts with preventive measures through risk management.

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Clariant to Buy Huntsman for $6.4 Billion as M&A Surges

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:48:00 +0000

The combination is expected to generate more than $400 million in annual cost savings, leading to $3.5 billion in value creation.

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Ford CEO Fields to Step Down, Replaced with Former Steelcase CEO

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:42:00 +0000

The change comes after an eventful two weeks where Ford’s stock price took a dive and the company announced a 10% job cut of its salaried workers in the United States and Asia Pacific.

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Our Culture of Inclusion Journey

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Winner of the 2017 Catalyst Award, Rockwell Automation is on a Culture of Inclusion journey. Key leaders and influencers across our organization share their perspectives on their experience and the continued work to create an environment where everyone can and wants to do their best work every day.

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Subaru Considers Electric Versions of Existing Models in R&D Push

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:40:00 +0000

The move would allow Subaru to capitalize on its reputation for safety while eliminating the need to partner with another automaker, says CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga.

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GE Said to Face Probe for Misleading EU Over $1.7 Billion Deal

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:57:00 +0000

The company may be in trouble for telling regulators it didn’t have any plans to develop a new giant offshore wind turbine when the company did have such a project on hold.

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It’s Getting Harder to Find Someone Who Can Pass a Drug Test

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:59:00 +0000

The lower unemployment rate brings into focus a growing national problem.

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Manufacturing’s Demise is Fake News

Sun, 21 May 2017 21:00:00 +0000

While American manufacturing has significant global competition and domestic policy challenges, it remains a massive and vital part of the U.S. economy.

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Manufacturers Weigh In On Key Issues

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:18:09 +0000

In a recent online survey, 500 IndustryWeek readers from all manufacturing industries weighed in on issues affecting their operations, capital projects, plant automation, and safety.

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Waste Material Could Lead to New US Manufacturing Jobs

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:01:00 +0000

Scientists have discovered how to make high-quality carbon fiber from lignin

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2017 IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference: IW Best Plants Awards Ceremony

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:40:00 +0000

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Is the US Trade Deficit Destroying Jobs?

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:10:00 +0000

"Trade deficits aren't economic indicators of cheap goods. Trade deficits are indicators of lost jobs," said Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers. "If you don't have a job, it doesn't matter how cheap the stuff is."

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