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UAW-Detroit Three Preview: 'Our Turn' Vs. 'Can’t Go Back to Old Ways'

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

6/23/2015

This year’s contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three automakers will see the union seeking a rollback of previous givebacks while the companies will resist, according to a labor researcher. Full Article

Volkswagen and Gestamp Expand Chattanooga Partnership



Press Release - Volkswagen

6/26/2015

Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Volkswagen Chattanooga) and Gestamp, a company that designs, develops and manufactures metal components and assemblies for the automotive sector, announced today that their partnership for metal parts stamping in Tennessee will grow and the commitment will lead to more than 500 additional jobs in Chattanooga. Full Article

Establishing the Groundwork to Leverage the Internet of Things in Lean Automotive Manufacturing



Frederick L. Thomas, Director, Discrete Manufacturing Industries, Apriso, Dassault Systemes

6/26/2015

Within the context of Lean manufacturing, focused on elimination of waste and continual process improvement, the Internet of Things can lead to huge efficiency gains … some Engine manufacturing linepeople see it as Lean on steroids. Tools and equipment will automatically collect, share and interact with other data and processes, opening up a whole new realm of achievements attainable under Lean initiatives.
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24M Introduces the Semisolid Lithium-Ion Battery



Press Release: 24M

6/23/2015

24M (Cambridge, MA) has emerged from stealth mode to introduce the semisolid lithium-ion cell, a revolutionary technology that solves the grand challenge of energy storage by enabling a new, cost-effective class of the lithium-ion battery. 24M’s semisolid lithium-ion is the most significant advancement in lithium-ion technology in more than two decades and combines an overhaul in battery cell design with a series of manufacturing innovations that, when fully implemented, will slash today’s lithium-ion costs by 50% and improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Full Article

Manufacturing Adds 7000 Jobs in May; Durable Goods Makers Lag



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

6/5/2015

Manufacturers added 7000 US jobs in May, but makers of durable goods only added 1000, as some sectors cut jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released today. Full Article

Local CNC Experts Help Chinese Company Develop Gear Cutting Machine



Press Release - NUM Corporation

6/5/2015

NUM China has helped Betek to accelerate the development of a groundbreaking six-axis precision gear hobbing machine. By utilizing a direct-drive spindle and NUM’s ultra-precise electronic gearbox and renowned CNC gear hobbing technology, together with a unique HMI developed by a local specialist machine designer, the new Betek YK3132Z gear hobber provides unprecedented cutting speed and processing efficiency. Full Article

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