Automotive Lighting: LEDs Deliver Greater Functionality

LED adoption is driving growth and advanced functionality in automotive lighting, which is starting to trickle down from high-end to mid-range and low-end vehicles, according to a new report from Yole Développement (Yole) . The research firm expects the market to reach about $27.5 billion in 2017, up from $25.7 billion in 2016. Yole forecasts the automotive…

U.S. Manufacturing: Mixed Bag in October

The trifecta of a strong dollar, low oil prices and concerns about China continued to dog the U.S. manufacturing market in October. The domestic industry’s leading index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, moved uncomfortably close to 50 — the dividing line between growth and contraction. The PMI in October measured 50.1 percent, down from…

Manufacturing Pace Slides on China & Currency Woes

It’s difficult not to be concerned over recent economic indicators and the stock market’s roller coaster ride, but the Institute for Supply Management, which tracks U.S. manufacturing activity, notes that domestic production expanded in August for the 75th consecutive month. Unfortunately, that expansion was at the slowest rate the country has seen since May 2013. The…

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“Smart Transportation:” An Oxymoron

Full disclosure: I live in Boston. So any discussion about “smart transportation” likely applies to the Rest of the World (ROW). The global market for smart transportation already is $45 billion, according to a recent report. This includes the networks and infrastructure that enables things like Fast Lane (cashless) tolls to operate. One of the…

Siemens Expands Program for Manufacturing Startups

It’s a term you don’t hear much these days—manufacturing startup. Siemens has announced the expansion of the startup Frontier Partner program run by Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software organization. The Frontier Partner program, focused on the Silicon Valley region, is designed to find, fund, and forge the “breakthrough…

Manufacturers Can Use Data to Increase Efficiency

In spite of all the headway that manufacturers have made regarding efficiency, the industry still has some untapped resources. A majority of manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and machinery industries are aware of the potential technology has in increasing asset efficiency, a global study found, but only 15 percent have implemented dedicated strategies toward that end.…

Reshoring: A Reality Check

For those who are not fans of TV’s Saturday Night Live, Debbie Downer is a character that finds the dark cloud in every silver lining. A.T. Kearney may just be the Debbie Downer of the U.S. manufacturing industry. An A.T. Kearney report released late last year concluded that the trend toward reshoring manufacturing in the…

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3D Printing: A Unique Solution to EOL

My love-hate relationship with printers goes way back. I worked in several corporate offices during the 1980s when there was one printer on every floor and it wasn’t working 50 percent of the time. The only person who could load or fix the printer was an executive assistant who had more important things to do.…