Supply Chain
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2/16/2018

Safety systems in industrial settings are advancing to the point where data is not only being collected but is also available for users to act on, Buddy Creef writes. "A smart safety solution should be able to convert the data that exists -- or could exist -- in the safety system to actionable information to help prevent outages, reduce downtime, improve safety and security, and increase profitability," he writes.

2/16/2018

Rockwell Automation is among the companies trying to reach the next generation of manufacturing workers in their formative school years. "They haven't yet said, 'I'm not a math person,' so we want to get them before they have those doubts or they lose that passion for learning and curiosity," says Jay Flores of Rockwell Automation.

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2/16/2018

Amazon will pay a penalty of $1.2 million and has agreed to better monitor and remove illegal pesticides sold on its e-commerce platform. The settlement relates to around 4,000 violations stemming from products not licensed for sale in the US, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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2/16/2018

Manufacturers and suppliers are investing heavily in technology to meet Industry 4.0 trend demands, leading to a significant change in the automotive logistics industry, a report from Ti found. A key behind this is the move toward electrical power and control systems that are replacing combustion engines, creating a transformation of the industry's supply chain.

2/15/2018

President Donald Trump said this week he was considering both tariffs and quotas on aluminum and steel imports, though he has not yet made a decision. A group of lawmakers discussed the need to keep prices in check for manufacturers but also the need to support American-made steel and aluminum.

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Donald J. Trump, president
2/15/2018

Our behavior makes us leaders whether we are being quiet or dominating the room, writes clinical psychologist Richmond Fourmy. If we don't speak up, we encourage others to follow suit, but if we challenge or ask questions, others are more likely to enter the discussion, he writes.

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2/15/2018

Thyssenkrupp's fiscal first-quarter sales declined 3% and the company took a charge related to changes in US tax law, but the company posted a higher profit than it did a year earlier.

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2/15/2018

Traffic jams are a problem for businesses as well as for commuters, and distributors have some options for minimizing the time and money spent in traffic, Megan Ray Nichols writes. How companies schedule deliveries, the locations they choose and how they work with local authorities can make a difference, she writes.

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2/15/2018

The reliability of a company's physical assets should not be the only measurement for success, writes David Berger, president of The Lamus Group. Maintenance, operations, and engineering should be included in an overall asset management strategy that includes a mission and values that reflect the overall organizational approach.

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2/15/2018

High-torque retention knobs can prevent vibrations and chatter in computer numerical control operations while making cutting more effective, according to managers and manufacturing representatives.