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Toyota Executive Trash Talks Elon Musk
Advanced Manufacturing Now
January 23, 2019
 
At Detroit Auto Show, Reality Intrudes on the Fantasy
At Detroit Auto Show, Reality Intrudes on the Fantasy
Historically, auto shows have provided fantasies about speed (as in fast cars) and size (as in huge trucks). However, at this year's North American International Auto Show, reality intruded upon the fantasy. For one thing, writes Senior Editor Bill Koenig, more automakers have been skipping the event. As a result, this year's edition will be the last in the winter, with the 2020 show shifting to June. Meanwhile, amidst the auto show glitz, there are worries about an automotive downturn and uncertainty about a future with self-driving and electric vehicles.
Walk-On Safety Pit Covers
Walk-On Safety Pit Covers
Large machine tools such as planer mills often are installed partially below floor level, resulting in potentially hazardous pits. Often, workers must remove pit grates or slats to service the machine. These are time-consuming to move, and slats require complex support structures that complicate maintenance tasks. An alternative is a safety pit cover that rolls-up and provides a continuous walk-on duty surface. These covers can retract by hand or machine drive.

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Ford and VW Form an Alliance, Saying Neither Can Got It Alone in New Era
Ford and VW Form an Alliance, Saying Neither Can Got It Alone in New Era
Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG said they will jointly develop some vehicles and share costs amid huge industry shifts. Ford and VW will begin with medium pickups and commercial vans, the automakers said. The duo are looking to expand cooperation with self-driving cars and electric vehicles, a shift full of risk and potential reward. Neither company is buying a stake in the other as part of what they’re calling an alliance.
2019 Accelerator Focuses on Additive Manufacturing, Includes Sustainable Packaging Solutions
2019 Accelerator Focuses on Additive Manufacturing, Includes Sustainable Packaging Solutions
Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, recently announced the opening of applications for the second year of the STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator at Stanley Black & Decker’s new Manufactory 4.0 Center in Hartford, Conn.

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Toyota's North American Chief Trash Talks Elon Musk
Toyota's North American Chief Trash Talks Elon Musk
Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American chief got in a dig at Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk during an industry conference. “He’s a brilliant guy, just ask him,” Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, said at the Automotive News World Congress, an event held in connection with the North American International Auto Show.
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Auto Sales Forecast to Slow, Trade May Cast a Shadow on 2019
Auto Sales Forecast to Slow, Trade May Cast a Shadow on 2019
U.S. sales of cars and light trucks are forecast to slow this year. At the same time, potential trade fights may cast a shadow over the industry, an economist said during a briefing held in connection with the North American International Auto Show. Industrywide sales of cars and light trucks have been above 17 million for four straight years. The expectation is that streak will end in 2019.
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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Machine Tool Orders Dip Slightly in November on Monthly Basis, Post Year-Over-Year Gain
Machine Tool Orders Dip Slightly in November on Monthly Basis, Post Year-Over-Year Gain
Machine tool orders in November fell slightly on a monthly basis while still posting a gain compared with a year earlier, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said. Orders also were higher the first 11 months. AMT expects growth to continue into 2019 but at a slower pace.
Register for EASTEC 2019, May 14-16 – Explore Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Solutions
Register for EASTEC 2019, May 14-16 – Explore Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Solutions
EASTEC is the largest Northeast manufacturing technology event. There is no better place for New England manufacturers to investigate and acquire the latest advanced manufacturing equipment, software and services. Engage first-hand with more than 700 world-class exhibiting companies to explore and identify crucial products and technologies – from development to final production. Register for free and put EASTEC on your calendar, May 14-16, 2019.
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Personalize Products? Switch Product Formats in 15 minutes? It’s Happening at L’Oréal
Personalize Products? Switch Product Formats in 15 minutes? It’s Happening at L’Oréal
Smart Manufacturing Editor in Chief Brett Brune interviewed Stéphane Lannuzel, chief digital officer for operations at L’Oréal. "The digital transformation of L’Oréal operations is really led by our consumer needs," Lannuzel said. "Our consumers have changed more in the last three years than in the past 30 years...They want a larger portfolio. So we have a much more complex product portfolio to deal with."
[eBook] 6-Step Process for Custom Oven Designs
[eBook] 6-Step Process for Custom Oven Designs
Download this eBook and check out these 6 quick steps on how you can have your own custom oven built for your operation.

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Mazak to Invest $8.5 Million in Kentucky Manufacturing Operations
Mazak to Invest $8.5 Million in Kentucky Manufacturing Operations
Mazak Corp. said it will invest $8.5 million in new manufacturing technology for its Florence, Kentucky, Mazak iSmart Factory operations. Included is installation of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing cell with fully automated storage and retrieval system, six of Mazak’s most advanced machine tools and several Mazak SMOOTH Technologies. The company expects to complete the project in late 2019.
Get Started on Your Pathway to Success at HOUSTEX 2019
Get Started on Your Pathway to Success at HOUSTEX 2019
Turn your manufacturing vision into reality at HOUSTEX 2019, February 26-28, 2019 in Houston, Texas. You will experience hands-on demonstrations from hundreds of suppliers showcasing their manufacturing solutions, while gaining insights on the latest trends and best practices through HOUSTEX seminars, workshops and show floor educational sessions. Immerse yourself in the ever-present buzz of equipment and conversation, and make critical connections with today’s product and industry experts. Redeem your complimentary registration today!

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