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SAP: Auto Industry Needs to Shift to ‘Smart Data’

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The auto industry needs to better analyze the data it can access from vehicles, representatives of German software maker SAP SE said today. Full Article

August Manufacturing Technology Orders Slide: AMT

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


US manufacturing technology orders slid, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today, another sign of a slowing manufacturing sector. Such orders totaled $285.92 million in August, down 10% from July. Full Article

Trade Group: Robots to Boost US Manufacturing Jobs

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


An automation trade group says adding industrial robots to factories will boost manufacturing employment. “Robots certainly aren’t job killers but job creators,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation. Full Article

Panel: Industry, Regulatory Barriers May Hold Back Medical 3D Printing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Industry and regulatory inertia may hold back widespread adoption of medical 3D printing, panel members at the Rapid Canada conference said today. Full Article

US Manufacturing Barely Grows in September

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


US manufacturing barely grew in September as the country’s industrial economy struggled to stay above water. Full Article

NewsDesk: Next US Manufacturing Hub: Silicon Valley

Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster and Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The Obama administration said in late August that Silicon Valley will be the home base for one of its network of manufacturing institutes. FlexTech Alliance, a public-private group in San Jose, CA, will work to develop the “next generation bendable and wearable electronic devices,” according to a White House statement. The electronics alliance consists of 162 companies, non-profit entities, laboratories and universities. The San Jose institute is the seventh of a network the administration says may eventually total 45. Full Article

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