Emulate3D Ltd.
 
   
MHIsolutionsmag.com—If there is one thing that sets the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) apart from other industry groups, it is the preparation and marketing of its standards. The group takes this extremely seriously and is working to be the go-to resource for crane information and expertise. Recently, MHI Solutions spoke with industry stakeholders to better understand how leading crane manufacturers are promoting the standardization of cranes.
 
MHI Blog—Are you ready to light your fire of excellence? It’s time. Women are seeking a stronger voice in the material handling industry. MHEDA and MHI are partnering to present the first ever Women in Industry Conference.
 
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—A survey by LCP Consulting and Cranfield University finds that the majority of manufacturers think that shipping directly to the consumer holds growth potential.
 
Electronics Weekly—Today’s supply chains are hugely complex, which makes it all the more important that companies ensure that visibility and orchestration receives due attention. According to Honeywell research conducted in 2016, ‘the last mile’ of delivery makes up 50% of all logistical costs, so it should come as no surprise that organizations face a number of challenges in perfecting this stage of the supply chain.
 
Western Pacific Storage Solutions, Inc.
Vidir Inc.
MHI Blog—Ontario, CA and Michigan, USA are working on a test drive of an automated vehicle from Michigan to Ontario and back. Ontario’s Magna International and Michigan’s Continental Automotive North America have provided demonstration vehicles with automated features that assist drivers, such as traffic jam assist and lane keeping along with technologies that measures driver fatigue, attention and engagement.
 
 
   
MHIsolutionsmag.com—Optimism about the U.S. economic outlook that increased at the end of 2016, strengthened even further in the first quarter of 2017. U.S. consumer confidence rose sharply in the first quarter and data from the ISM Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing purchasing manager indices (PMIs) and the MHI Business Activity Index (BAI) was positive.
 
CNBC—Elon Musk is no fan of hydrogen fuel cell technology, but some of the world’s major automakers still think it is a bet worth making. They are leasing fuel cell cars to customers, committing to improve fueling infrastructure and showing off new models at the world's premier auto shows, even as they explore other alternatives to the gasoline engine.
 
Bloomberg—Tesla Inc.’s reported plan to operate autonomous semitractor-trailers on U.S. public roads faces an evolving regulatory landscape. A U.S. Senate proposal for autonomous vehicles has stalled, largely due to controversy over its provision to create a national framework for self-driving commercial vehicles.
 
Ergonomics of Facility Safety
Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc.
Safety equipment is paramount in any facility, especially those in material handling, distribution or manufacturing industries. But, make sure that your safety equipment doesn’t create new hazards while guarding against others. In this regard, the famous quote “First do no harm” applies to material handling safety.
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NewsWeek—Hyperloop One, a high-speed tube-based transportation system company, successfully tested a pod for the first time. The company posted a video of the trial run, during which the pod topped out at 192 mph.
 
The Wall Street Journal—Recent upheaval in the U.S. grocery business is proving to be especially painful for regional supermarkets and their suppliers, creating opportunities for big-food retailers to further consolidate their position in the market.
 

As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this episode focuses on The Return of Manufacturing to the US.

With recent advances in technology like robotics and automation, the US could see the return of major manufacturing centers.

 
EBN—If you’re involved in the manufacturing industry, you should have heard of Industry 4.0, or at least of Smart Factory or Industrial IoT. If you haven’t, then it’s time to learn more about what many refer to as the fourth industrial revolution following the first three revolutions of mechanization, mass production, and computerized automation.
 
Forbes—It's a common misconception that e-commerce is inherently more profitable than brick & mortar retail. E-commerce is often unprofitable due to high supply chain costs--and a huge driver is the high rate of returns.
 
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
Vada, LLC
MHI’s new Career Forum enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.
 
 
   
MHI Blog—At the 2017 MHI Annual Conference keynote Susan O’Malley will speak on lessons in leadership, teamwork, customer service and life. Susan is the first female president of a professional sports franchise and is a pioneer in Business and Sports.
 
The Sacramento Bee—The new human jobs – 1,500 in this case – got the headlines, but it’s the robots that make online retail giant Amazon’s new Sacramento distribution center zing. The robots allow the 855,000 square-foot center set to open in late August to store 50 percent more goods and ship goods faster than a facility without robotics, company officials say.
 
Huffington Post—What does this move toward greater customization of consumer products mean for the companies that produce them? It means that a shift in manufacturing models must take place, because mass production is not conducive to customization
 
Engineering Innovation
Columbia Machine, Inc.
FedBizOpps.gov—The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking qualified sources for one or more firm-fixed price performance-based service contracts for third party logistics firms to transport, receive, store and deliver food shipments purchased by USDA for their recipients.
 
TriplePundit.com—The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) announced it had reached an agreement with five multinationals who promised to promote ethical recruiting throughout their entire supply chains. The companies, Ford, General Motors, Hormel, Marriott and Michael Kors, told the ICCR that they would adopt "no-fees" recruitment policies, which advocacy groups for years have said are crucial in reducing problems such as bonded labor, the loss of identification documents such as passports and other labor rights violations.
 
Quality Digest—Innovation within industry is a must to improve processes, products, and customer experience. Although some innovations, like Amazon’s floating distribution center, seem implausible, other sci-fi technology is already revolutionizing and redefining the way employees accomplish tasks.
 
SupplyChainDive—The approaching eclipse likely will cause heavy and slow-moving traffic, leading to potential costly delays within the trucking industry. Some states may limit truck traffic to minimize congestion, making it important for trucking companies to find practical solutions now.
 
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