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Determine if Smart Sensors are Needed in Your Industrial Machines

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Smart sensors offer deeper insight into your machine’s health.

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Unilever Cuts Costs on Flights, Products as Activists Circle

Unilever brand Ben & Jerry's


Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:08:00 +0000

As the company steps up efficiencies in the second half, profit margins could rise by more than 1 percentage point for the full year, Unilever's CEO said.

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Lenovo's CEO Vows to Hit Online Sales Target -- or Quit

Lenovo Group CEO Yang Yuanqing


Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:06:00 +0000

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing intends to transform the company’s sales online into an e-commerce juggernaut that can bring in 80 billion yuan (US$12 billion) of annual revenue within three years.

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Harley-Davidson Layoffs Undercut Trump's Manufacturing Push

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:27:00 +0000

“Not long ago, President Trump hailed this company as a model of American manufacturing,” Mike Bolton, a district director for the United Steelworkers, said. “Shortly thereafter, management announced plans to open production facilities in Thailand. Now we get word that 180 hard-working Americans will be losing their jobs.”

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GM Wins Another Ignition Switch Trial as Jury Balks at Evidence

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:09:00 +0000

The ruling is a key public-relations victory for the auto maker after it paid more than $1 billion to settle related claims and a criminal probe.

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What Does Effective Inventory Control Have to Do With the Fourth of July?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000

As a manufacturer, one of the biggest areas where you can cut costs is inventory. The problem is, inventory levels can fluctuate a lot depending on how much insight you have into demand, supplier performance, shop floor operations, and more.

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Apple's IPhone Manufacturers Join Fight against Qualcomm

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:51:00 +0000

Qualcomm is asking for payments in excess of what it would normally receive, Apple, Compal Electronics Inc., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and others said in court filings. If successful, the counter-claims could cost Qualcomm billions of dollars in refunded fees and damage.

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Rockwell Automation Delivers New Tools for Instant Device Analytics and Plant-Floor Collaboration

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000

The new offerings empower plant-floor workforce and support teams for quicker troubleshooting.

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McCormick Buys Reckitt Benckiser Food Unit for $4.2 Billion

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:23:00 +0000

The deal comes as speculation swirls about the next round of consolidation in the packaged-food business.

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Trump Urged by CEO to Nationalize the Only US Rare-Earths Mine

Satellite image of the Mountain Pass, Calif., rare earths mine, formerly owned by Molycorp.


Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:21:00 +0000

The rare-earth mining operations in Mountain Pass, Calif., the last remaining assets of bankrupt Molycorp Inc., were bought in June by a group that drew objections from rival bidders, who said the winner has ties to the Chinese government.

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US to Push for Lower Trade Gap in NAFTA Talks

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:34:00 +0000

Since NAFTA came into force in 1994, the U.S. trade gap in goods with Mexico had soared from a $1.3 billion surplus to a $64 billion deficit, the U.S. Trade Representative said.

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UAW, Nissan Agree on Union Vote at Mississippi Plant

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:48:00 +0000

"We do not believe that UAW representation is in the best interest of Nissan Canton and the people who work here," Nissan said. "However, it is ultimately up to the employees to decide."

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Daimler to Recall 3 Million Diesel Cars on Emissions Concern

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:16:00 +0000

The recall marks a change of approach after the company vowed to fight accusations of cheating by “ all legal means.”

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Develop Partnership Agreements to Reduce Conflict and Improve Manufacturing Performance

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:07:00 +0000

Setting expectations for healthy relationships makes them more productive to the mission of the organization and makes working through conflicts much easier to manage.

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Harley-Davidson Cuts Bike Sales Forecast, Seeing Deep US Slump

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Harley said third-quarter deliveries could plunge as much as 20%.

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Pratt & Whitney Faulted as Biggest F-35 Engine Deal's Cost Rises

Pratt & Whitney is producing engines for F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp.


Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:11:00 +0000

The Defense Department disclosed estimates of $43 million in cumulative cost overruns for materials, which Pratt & Whitney will have to absorb if they persist.

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The Cloud-Based Commerce Roadmap: A Guide to Digital Transformation for Manufacturers

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:41:57 +0000

Forrester estimates that more than half of B2B sellers’ will migrate to the web within the next three years, so it is critical for businesses to embrace digital transformation. CloudCraze’s guide to digital transformation for manufacturers provides a roadmap for how cloud-based commerce can help solve this industry’s specific complexities and drive greater business results in the years ahead.

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Failure to Warn vs. Failure to Read: Recent Developments in Product Liability Litigation

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:40:00 +0000

When an injured person or other user of a product did not read the information that was provided with the product, can he or she nevertheless recover for the manufacturer’s failure to provide a warning?

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Mahindra Plans to Double Investment in US

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:50:00 +0000

Mahindra, which operates globally in 10 sectors including aerospace, farm equipment and financial services, already has invested $1 billion in the United States, where it has 3,000 employees.

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Distribution Industry Falling Behind in Improvement Practices

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:50:00 +0000

Distribution centers and warehouses haven't implemented easy–to-use strategies that already improve customer service and profitability in many other industries.

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High-Tech Manufacturers Should Focus More on Customers than Gadgetry

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:25:00 +0000

Xplore's Mark Holleran looks at the shift away from off-the-shelf devices and back to purpose-built solutions that emphasize performance.

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BMW Lifer Brings Steady Hand to Shaky Electric-Car Maker Faraday

Faraday Future's FF 91 prototype electric crossover vehicle, shown at CES 2017


Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:53:00 +0000

Ulrich Kranz, the head of BMW’s Project i electric vehicle team will be tasked with turning Faraday's 1,050-horsepower FF 91 from concept to reality amid a cash crunch and concerns about the shaky finances of a top investor, LeEco founder Jia Yueting.

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Biopharma Manufacturing: Are You Using EBRs To Their Full Potential?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Using an MES with dynamic EBR can help you get to market faster, cut costs, and ease or even improve your demonstrated compliance.

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Procter & Gamble Faces Board Seat Fight From Peltz's Trian

Financier Nelson Peltz


Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +0000

The firm is not seeking a breakup of the company or a new chief executive officer, according to the SEC filing.

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Qualcomm Loses Bid to Stall $664,000 Daily Fines in EU Battle

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:20:00 +0000

Qualcomm is exposed to penalties "in the range of several millions of euros" for not fully responding to EU data needed for the final stage of an investigation into below-cost sales of chipsets that aimed to squash a smaller rival.

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New Automotive Ecosystem Is Leaving Many Players Behind: Report

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:47:00 +0000

As auto sales are forecasted to see a downturn to 15.2 million units in 2019, and new technologies and services become more popular, companies that are relying on traditional auto-industry approaches are falling behind and need to revamp their operating models. This is especially important, the report says, as U.S. auto sales are forecasted to see a downturn to 16.9 millionle, million light-vehicle units this year and to a cyclical trough of 15.2 million units in 2019

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Fined for Arriving Early? Wal-Mart Puts Its Suppliers on Notice

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:41:00 +0000

Beginning August items that are fast-turning must deliver orders 100% full on the correct date, 75% of the time. If items are late or missing during a month period the supplier will be fined 3% of the value. Early shipments are fined as well or will incur a fine of 3% of the value.

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Manufacturing Production in the US Increased 0.2% in June

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +0000

The nation’s industrial production has strengthened for five straight months amid robust domestic demand and stronger growth abroad.

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Big Oil Just Woke Up to Threat of Rising Electric Car Demand

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:18:00 +0000

OPEC quintupled its forecast for sales of plug-in EVs, and oil producers from Exxon Mobil Corp. to BP Plc also revised up their outlooks in the past year.

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