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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

Tech Front: Big Fuel Cell Breakthrough is at the Nano Level



Edited by Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

A development in the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation could be the breakthrough that leads to the creation of more efficient and durable fuel cell stacks. Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota City, Japan) and the the Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC; Nagoya, Japan) have developed a new technique that allows monitoring of the behavior of nanometer-sized particles of platinum during chemical reactions in fuel cells. This allows the processes leading to reduced catalytic reactivity to be observed. 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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ISM: Manufacturing Economic Activity Jumps in June



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

7/1/2015

Economic growth in US manufacturing accelerated in June, the Institute for Supply Management said in a monthly report. Full Article

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

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