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Ford Bets Big on Chicago Plants
Advanced Manufacturing Now
February 13, 2019
 
GM Posts a Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Profit on Trucks, Crossovers
GM Posts a Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Profit on Trucks, Crossovers
General Motors Co. posted a profit for the fourth quarter and all of 2018, thanks to large pickups and crossover vehicles. GM's 2018 profit was $8 billion, compared to a $3.9 billion loss in 2017 because of one-time costs from the sale of its European operations and costs associated with a new U.S. tax law. Despite the profit, GM is looking to shut down five plants in the U.S. and Canada and cut salaried jobs. The Detroit-based automaker is looking to truck profits to fund its investment in self-driving and electric vehicles.
Exceptionally Durable Gortiflex® Molded Bellows
Exceptionally Durable Gortiflex® Molded Bellows
Gortiflex bellows are perfect for prototypes or early production volumes. There’s no tooling fee for standard shapes, but other shapes are possible with low-cost tooling. Gortiflex provides reliable protection in both industrial and outdoor environments, resisting UV, oil, sand, and many chemicals. Suitable for any industry – machine tool, construction, motion control, defense, mining, energy, medical, material handling, transportation.

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In Blockchain We Trust. (What?)
In Blockchain We Trust. (What?)
Blockchain, the public but secure ledger that propelled Bitcoin to success, is primed to move into manufacturing. Early use cases are presenting themselves in aerospace and defense, automotive and pharmaceutical manufacturing, as well as in any sector that is already digitally well-connected. Combined with other smart technology, blockchain enables improved monitoring of the entire supply chain and makes it easier for multiple parties within manufacturing to work together. If this is new to you, read here.
Stanley+Techstars Accelerator: Learn More About the Program
Stanley+Techstars Accelerator: Learn More About the Program
Global industry leader, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, have partnered to run the The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. Some areas we are interested in exploring include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, generative design, tooling, direct digital manufacturing and more. If you think you have a disruptive solution we look forward to your application. Join us for this live, interactive event to get your questions answered about the program and applications!

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Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Chicago Factories
Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Chicago Factories
Ford Motor Co. said it's investing $1 billion in its Chicago Assembly and Stamping plants. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is also adding 500 jobs there. The company is making the investment to add capacity for production of all-new Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility and Lincoln Aviator vehicles. The announcement was good news for Chicago amid uncertainty at Ford.
U.S. Manufacturers Gain Strength Through Change
U.S. Manufacturers Gain Strength Through Change
This article examines the evolution of U.S. manufacturing in four phases, from steam power to digitalization. It explores the underlying economic, social and technological forces that enabled each shift and the results of these changes, as well as their impact on the labor force.

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Can Wearable Robotics Shrink the Worker Shortage?
Can Wearable Robotics Shrink the Worker Shortage?
With a shortage of young workers willing and able to do today’s factory jobs, manufacturers are taking steps to retain the older workforce already punching in. Among those steps is providing wearable robotics—also called “exoskeletons”—that help the body with overhead tasks or lifting from a squat. Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff examines the start of a possible trend.
LOGIQ4FEED
LOGIQ4FEED
Fast feed milling is one of the most used strategies for rough milling applications. To further, support/enhance this roughing strategy, Iscar has introduced LOGIQ4FEED, an indexable line of small to medium-sized, fast feed, milling cutters (RANGE: .500”-1.500”). The new tools use a unique, “Bone Shaped”, insert (Designated FFX4 XNMU…) which is twisted to create highly positive geometries, providing a versatile and effective solution across a wide range of materials/machines.

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New Approaches to Making Parts for the Oil Patch
New Approaches to Making Parts for the Oil Patch
Fracking has led to big changes in the oil patch and big changes in parts machining, writes Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora. Giant fracking facilities are called “cities.” Except that unlike Dallas-Fort Worth, these “cities” are in faraway Ohio, a state not previously known for petroleum. No surprise, then, that big changes in the oil patch have led to big changes in machining parts for the oil patch.
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3D Printing Changes the Factory Game
3D Printing Changes the Factory Game
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, is being used for large parts, energy parts and more. By redefining standards and changing certification and classification systems for various industries, AM is changing the way manufacturers create, customize, repair and produce parts.
New Simulation Technologies to Drive Successful Additive Manufacturing
New Simulation Technologies to Drive Successful Additive Manufacturing
This presentation is a comprehensive overview of the latest simulation technologies for additive manufacturing. In addition, this presentation details how the latest simulation technologies can address the most challenging engineering problems regarding additive manufacturing.

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Airbus, Dassault Systèmes Reach Pact on Future Tech
Airbus, Dassault Systèmes Reach Pact on Future Tech
Airbus and Dassault Systèmes have signed a five-year agreement " to cooperate on the implementation of collaborative 3D design, engineering, manufacturing, simulation and intelligence applications."
Designing Factories of the Future with 3D Manufacturing Simulation
Designing Factories of the Future with 3D Manufacturing Simulation
The manufacturing landscape is quickly changing as the race for lower costs, reduced time to market, and increased responsiveness continues to intensify. While many manufacturers continue to take a reactive approach to how they evolve their production capabilities to meet these market demands, others are taking a more holistic strategy to planning upgrades and new production capabilities.

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