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ProMat 2019 was the largest in the 34-year history of the event, with registrations of 49,718—an 11 percent attendance jump over 2017. The four-day expo, April 8-11, covered 425,000 net square feet of exhibit space on two show floors at Chicago's McCormick Place with 938 exhibiting companies.
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Want to see ProMat 2019 from a different angle? Each day, a video crew was interviewing keynotes, talking to exhibitors, getting feedback from attendees and sharing their view of the action at ProMat 2019.  All of the videos can be accessed here, if you want to see some of what made ProMat 2019 a record-breaker! To access the archives of the daily enewsletters sent out during the conference as well as the preconference promotions, click here.

  

The National Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event that allows employers to get together with their employees for an honest conversation about workplace and fall hazards in an effort to reinforce fall prevention. In 2017, 366 of 971 construction fatalities recorded were caused by falls from elevation.

  

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MHI Blog—Material handling is everywhere now—including space! Astrobees are AMRs/AGVs/Sensors-AutoID/Inventory Management and they are designed to assist space crews in routine tasks, freeing up the crew’s time and allowing them to focus on more value-added activities.

   
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Technology and Innovation

ThomasNet—A recently published study detailed a quadcopter whose arms can move in order to change the aircraft’s center of gravity. Purdue University researchers say foldable arms could enable drones to make parcel deliveries even in adverse weather conditions.

CNBC—Canadian company North recently released a $600 pair of smartglasses called Focals that have a tiny projector in one of their arms. The company, previously known as Thalmic Labs, raised money from backers including Amazon’s Alexa Fund and Intel Capital.

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—Companies following "digital transformation" plans face an array of challenges in four key areas of updating their technology, including compute IT infrastructure, voice infrastructure, network infrastructure, and cybersecurity, an industry study shows.

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Supply Chain Trends
  

Virginia Tech University is conducting a research survey on how the efficiency of semi-automated or automated warehouses is being impacted by certain pallet characteristics. The results of this research will be used to stimulate collaboration between pallet manufacturers and material handling equipment manufacturers, leading to improvements in operational efficiency and safety. To participate in an anonymous survey, click here.

Supply Chain Dive—Amazon's Key for Garage, announced earlier this year, is now available for Prime customers to install at their homes, though it requires the use of myQ-connected technology.

   
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MHISolutionsmag.com—An automatic guided vehicle (AGV) system consists of one or more computer controlled wheel-based load carriers. Typically battery powered, these systems operate on plant or warehouse floors or on paved areas outdoors without onboard human operators. Navigating using pre-defined paths, AGVs provide automated material movement, which can reduce labor and material costs, improve worker safety and reduce product and equipment damage.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive—The U.S. warehouse market is stabilizing after a period of strong demand driven by economic expansion and the rise in e-commerce. Currently, the U.S. availability rate for industrial real estate has dropped less than a hundredth of a percentage point in the first quarter, leaving it at 7 percent, according to the CBRE group.

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Supply Chain Management Review—Hierarchical planning may not be a headliner everywhere, but it sure gets the job done when the right balance is struck between strategy, tactics and operations.

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Transportation

Material Handling & Logistics—Toyota and Kenworth will deploy a total of 10 trucks as part of the Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities Project (ZANZEFF), hauling cargo received at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, throughout the LA Basin.

SupplyChain247—Drivers are scarce, costs are way up and rate increases will largely fall on those shippers that don’t unclog their supply chains in this “good, not great” less-than-truckload market.

Global Trade Mag—The New York metro and Long Island regions will soon be serviced by two 100 percent electric FUSO eCanter trucks recently implemented by A. Duie Pyle. The company is one of the first in the United States to operate the world’s first fully electric-powered medium-duty truck.

   
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Workforce
  

MHISolutionsmag.com—Workplace culture expert Eric Chester shares insights in this interview with MHI’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program addressing why companies need to be transformational to attract and retain the best employees.

   
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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.