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Jim Umpleby has been elected as Caterpillar’s next CEO, as Dave Calhoun becomes non-executive Chairman of the Board.
MIT Technology Review
The main hall of the GE Power plant in Greenville, South Carolina, has 65-foot-tall ceilings and is the length of several football fields. Here workers assemble heavy-duty gas turbines that are over 10 feet wide and 30 feet long, and which weigh up to 560,000 pounds. The largest of these turbines installed in a typical power plant can generate enough electricity for 500,000 U.S. homes. The complex job of assembling one turbine can take six weeks.
Join us for a discussion of the future of the gear industry. Topics to be presented include new lubrication, new steels, additive/hybrid manufacturing, and more. Tour Horsburgh & Scott and NASA Glenn Research Center – Gear Division.
Brad Foote Gear Works, Inc.
Gleason Corporation
Kapp Technologies
American Stress Technologies
Manufacturing Business Technology
Computers are becoming increasingly self-aware. Technological progress based on complex algorithms, combined with greater computing and processing power, has removed several key constraints. Through machine learning and deep learning techniques, computer scientists are now able to train computers to recognize patterns when presented with new image and audio files.
Automation World
There has been a lot of discussion about smart manufacturing lately, and many initiatives have turned their focus from manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) to smart manufacturing. However, as I’ve written before, smart manufacturing does not replace any MES or MOM initiative. Just the opposite—MES and MOM are fundamental pillars of any smart manufacturing initiative.
Times Union
New York state has opened a new advanced manufacturing center on the campus of Alfred State College. The 16,000-square-foot center, located in Wellsville, in Allegheny County, will focus on welding and machine-tool technology. It's part of a broader effort to boost workforce training programs for in-demand, advanced manufacturing industries.
On Monday, the Federal Reserve reported that U.S. factory production rose 0.2 percent in September, citing greater production of automotive and petroleum products and construction supplies. Although modest, September's numbers were welcome compared to August's decline of 0.5 percent. 
All Metals & Forge Group, LLC
Manufacturers are gearing up for change. Personnel throughout the enterprise are bound to be impacted by the digital technologies which are changing processes and re-inventing manufacturing, from the ground up. Nowhere is the impact of digitalization going to be more evident — and more welcomed — than the heart of the manufacturing enterprise: The shop floor.
The importance of social media for businesses became more obvious than ever last week, after the leader in the matter, Facebook, announced it was creating a separate version aimed at helping users do actual work.
Is lithium the new super-mineral? Analysts seem to think so, including those who wrote Price Waterhouse Coopers latest mining study. The report highlights lithium’s rising importance on the Toronto Venture Exchange, noting that five companies in the top 100 mining juniors are primarily lithium plays, compared with just one in 2015. This year, there’s even a company within the top 10: Canadian Nemaska Lithium, occupying the 8th spot.  
Specialty Ring Products
ALD-Holcroft Vacuum Technologies Co., Inc.
This course explores all factors that go into good gear design from life cycle, load, torque, tooth optimization, and evaluating consequences. Students should have a good understanding of basic gear theory and nomenclature. Interact with a group of your peers and with a talented and well-respected instructor who will push your thinking beyond its normal boundaries.
Diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles officially are an endangered species in Germany, and possibly all of the EU. This after Germany’s Bundesrat has passed a resolution to ban the internal combustion engine starting in 2030, Germany’s Spiegel Magazine writes. Higher taxes may hasten the ICE’s departure.
Cincinnati Gearing Systems Inc.
My company, RainmakerThinking, has been tracking the great millennial cohort (1978-2000) since the late 1990s, and in recent years we’ve been highly focused on the second-wave millennials (born 1990-2000) who are now entering the workforce in waves. Our research shows: Millennials are NOT a bunch of delicate, lazy, disrespectful, inappropriate slackers with short attention spans.
Business Insider
Manufacturers across all areas —automotive, chemical, durable goods, electronics, etc. — have invested heavily in IoT devices, and they're already reaping the benefits. Manufacturers utilizing IoT solutions in 2014 saw an average 28.5 percent increase in revenues between 2013 and 2014, according to a TATA Consultancy Survey.
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology
The dollar pulled back on Monday against most of its main rivals after logging its strongest weekly advance versus the euro in a year on Friday, as weak manufacturing data rattled expectations for an interest-rate hike before year’s end. Manufacturing activity in the New York-area contracted in October for the second straight month, according to a survey by the New York Fed. Another report showed U.S. industrial production increased marginally in September.
Business Insider
The Empire State Manufacturing unexpectedly collapsed, coming in at -6.80 for October. That number is below economists' expectations of an increase to 1.00, and a drop from the prior month's reading of -2.0.
BMW AG expects sales of its electrified cars to surge in the next decade as the technology hits the mainstream, putting it in a race against Tesla and Mercedes-Benz. Plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars across the BMW and Mini brands could account for between 15 percent and 25 percent of sales in about 10 years, BMW Chief Executive Harald Krueger said in a Bloomberg Television interview. To put it in context, that’s potentially more than half a million cars based on 2015 sales of 2.25 million vehicles, and compares with a 2 percent share of deliveries now.
Metso Minerals
German carmaker Daimler says it will build a 500 million euro ($551 million) factory in southwestern Poland that will produce a new generation of engines. Markus Schaefer, a board member in Daimler unit Mercedes-Benz Cars, said Thursday that production of the engines in Jawor will begin next year. The plant will reach its output capacity in 2020 with hundreds of thousands of engines made for various Mercedes car models.
Business Standard
ZF Sterling Gear India Ltd., the provider of steering gear systems to automotive industry, is planning an investment of Rs 150 crore to set up a greenfield project at Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh. The company has already secured a plot on lease for the project, which is expected to start production by 2018.
Washington Post
Susan Houseman is a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute in Michigan. I’ve followed her work on employment trends, especially in manufacturing, for years, and wanted to share some of her recent findings that struck me as particularly germane at this point in time.
Star SU LLC.
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