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Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Rivian Plans to Cut 10% of Salaried Staff as EV Rush Stalls

February 22, 2024

Via: Transport Topics

Rivian Automotive Inc. shares fell in early trading after the electric vehicle maker issued a disappointing production forecast and announced another round of job cuts. The maker of plug-in pickups, SUVs and delivery vans expects to build just 57,000 vehicles […]


News

Volkswagen Likely to Wind Down Its Xinjiang Investments over Forced Labor Concerns

February 21, 2024

Via: Alliance for American Manufacturing

Back in December, German automaker Volkswagen announced that a self-commissioned audit of its factory in China’s Xinjiang region had found “no indication” of forced labor there. Then, last week, VW announced it was in discussions with one of its main […]


Energy, Industry Focus Areas

Energy Project Supports Hawaii’s Clean Energy, Resilience Goals

February 21, 2024

Via: Business Facilities Magazine

In Maui, Hawaiian Electric is planning a 40-megawatt (MW) renewable energy site to add critical grid reliability to Hawaii and move the island closer to its clean energy goals. Dubbed ‘Ūkiu Energy, the innovative facility will support the state’s commitment […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

EV sales growth slowing

February 21, 2024

Via: Electronics Weekly

Of these, BEVs accounted for 9.11 million units with a growth rate of 24%, and PHEVs reached 3.91 million units, growing at 45%. TrendForce further notes that China remains the largest market for NEVs, commanding about 60% of the global […]


Aerospace & Defense, Industry Focus Areas

Boeing, Thai Airways Announce Order for 45 787 Dreamliners to Grow Fleet and Network

February 20, 2024

Via: ASD News

Boeing and Thai Airways announced today the flagship carrier placed an order for 45 787 Dreamliners as the airline looks to modernize and grow its widebody fleet and international network. Thai Airways selected the 787-9 to support its long-term strategy […]


Industry Focus Areas, Medical

Heart-on-a-Chip promises cardiovascular benefits

February 14, 2024

Via: Electronics Weekly

The HoC promises to replace animal testing, shorten drug development timelines and reduce costs. It mimics the interactions of cells within the heart on a small chip and is part of the larger organ-on-a-chip (OoC) suite. The actual design of […]


Process, Production

Battery manufacturing project develops novel laser patterning process to alter electrode microstructure

February 14, 2024

Via: Phys.org

Gotham City’s Dark Knight boasts an impressive collection of technological marvels, but the superhero scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have cutting-edge capabilities of their own. A recent battery manufacturing project—affectionately called BatMan—has […]


News

Manufacturing Institute Releases Report on Transitioning Military-Affiliated Talent into Manufacturing

February 13, 2024

Via: Quality Magazine

The Manufacturing Institute—the workforce development and education affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers—in partnership with Colonial Life, released a report on how manufacturers can optimize their recruitment and retention efforts for military-connected talent. The report highlights case studies from […]


News

Omron Automation To Establish South Carolina Presence

February 13, 2024

Via: Business Facilities Magazine

A global leader in the industrial automation technology industry will soon establish its presence in South Carolina. Omron Automation chose Spartanburg County for its $9.2 million investment, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Gov. Henry McMaster said the […]


Energy, Industry Focus Areas

Drive for brushed and brushless dc motors to 1.8kW

February 12, 2024

Via: Electronics Weekly

Operation is across 10 to 60V and -30 to +25 °C (+75°C with derating). Called ESCON2 Module (part 783722), it is a four-quadrant device that can drive and brake in both direction, controlling speed and torque, with field-oriented control (FOC) […]


Logistics, Process

Mexico Supplants China as America’s Top Source of Imports, But the “World’s Factory” is Opening New Back Doors

February 8, 2024

Via: Alliance for American Manufacturing

For the first time in more than two decades, the United States imported more goods from Mexico than China, Census data revealed on Wednesday. This apparent world trade transformation, along with news of a more than 10% reduction in the […]


Industry Focus Areas, Medical

ABB Robotics and Mettler-Toledo Int Join Forces

February 7, 2024

Via: Industry Today

ABB Robotics and METTLER TOLEDO, a global supplier of precision instruments and services, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer an innovative solution that seamlessly integrates ABB’s robots with LabX, METTLER TOLEDO’s laboratory instrument management software. The combined […]


News

Less Than Two-thirds of Manufacturing Leaders Consider Their People When Making Organisational Changes

February 6, 2024

Via: Manufacturing Tomorrow

Organisational changes are commonplace, from changes in management structure and departmental responsibilities through to implementing a new organisation-wide IT platform. However, latest research from O.C. Tanner reveals that just 65 per cent of manufacturing leaders take their employees into account […]


Regulations

Solar Panels Made with Forced Labor in China are Entering the U.S. Via India, Bloomberg Reports

February 5, 2024

Via: Alliance for American Manufacturing

When the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) went into effect in 2022, one of the types of imports most often detained by U.S. Customs officials was solar products from China. In 2022 alone, 1,423 individual shipments of solar products […]


Energy, Industry Focus Areas

Ammonia attracts the shipping industry, but researchers warn of its risks

February 5, 2024

Via: Phys.org

Switching to ammonia as a marine fuel, with the goal of decarbonization, can instead create entirely new problems. This is shown in a study from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, where researchers carried out life cycle analyses for batteries […]


Regulations

Vietnam up for Chips Act money

January 31, 2024

Via: Electronics Weekly

Vietnam could receive money from the US Chips and Science Act, according to Jose Fernandez, U.S. undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment. Under the Act, $500 million has been earmarked for improving semiconductor training, cybersecurity and […]


Logistics, Process

Freight Elite Struggle to Hit Climate Goals as Demand Surges

January 30, 2024

Via: Transport Topics

The appetite for speedy package delivery is skyrocketing around the planet. Americans do more than 15% of their shopping online, with digital purchases of groceries, shoes, pet food and other goods quadrupling over the past decade to $1 trillion a […]


Regulations

EU chip goal ‘totally unrealistic’ says ASML CEO

January 29, 2024

Via: Electronics Weekly

Investments in fab by TSMC, Bosch, NXP and Infineon are “good for the European car industry but it’s not enough. It’s not enough at all,” says Wennink, “if you want to get to 20%, you just have to calculate how […]


Process, Production

BMW Manufacturing To Bring Humanoid Robots Into Automotive Production

January 29, 2024

Via: Metrology and Quality News

Figure, a California-based company developing autonomous humanoid robots, has announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with US BMW Manufacturing Co. to deploy general purpose robots in automotive manufacturing environments. Figure’s humanoid robots enable the automation of difficult, unsafe, […]


Process, Quality Control

Embracing Quality 4.0: Precision Gaging Transforms Manufacturing with Data-Driven Precision

January 29, 2024

Via: Quality Magazine

The manufacturing landscape is undergoing a profound transformation in the era of Industry 4.0, characterized by the integration of digital technologies, automation, and data-driven decision-making. Production systems and machines are now required to be faster and more flexible while adapting […]