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Ransomware Attack on SFMTA Serves as Example for Manufacturers

Cybercriminals who hacked 900 workstations at the San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency (SFMTA) the day after Thanksgiving demanded $73,000 in exchange for decrypting the data they froze. Specifically, they wanted to be paid in an unregulated, digital currency called bitcoin, said Paul Rose, a spokesperson for SFMTA.

They’re Here: New Collaborative Robots Lend a Helping Hand

Traditionally, industrial robots have been deployed for manufacturing tasks that required brute strength, such as the heavy-payload robots used in the automotive industry, or they were of the speedy pick-and-place variety, the type of robots often deployed in medical or semiconductor applications. In most instances, safety requirements mandated that robots be entirely sealed off in fence-guarded cells to protect human workers from injury.

Delta Unveils World’s First Anti-Microbial Cooling Tower

(Roxbury Twp., NJ) Legionella, the bacteria that causes potentially fatal Legionnaire’s Disease, and other strains of deadly pathogens that are hosted by some cooling towers, have been substantially reduced by the development of a unique anti-microbial HDPE material introduced by Delta Cooling Towers (deltacooling.com) on September 1, 2016.

Two Manufacturing Institutes Unveil Detroit Investment

Two Manufacturing USA institutes today used Manufacturing Day to unveil about $50 million of investment in Detroit. Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) showed equipment intended to spur advancements in making components and products lighter.

SME Names 2018 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

Author: SME Communications

SME, committed to the manufacturing industry through promoting advanced manufacturing technology and workforce development, has selected 18 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers to be honored for exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.

SME Releases Automotive Workforce Report; Challenges and Solutions to be Discussed at the North American International Auto Show

Author: SME Communications

The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of cars and commercial vehicles. But is the available, emerging American workforce adequately prepared to take their place and contribute to this position of manufacturing expertise? That question will be addressed during the North American International Auto Show, which opens to global automotive media and industry leaders today in Detroit.

SME Recognizes Four Professors with Its Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award

Author: SME Communications

SME, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the future leaders in manufacturing, has selected four university professors to receive its 2017 Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award. The advisors, who provide direct oversight to SME’s student chapters at universities throughout the country, offer their guidance and support to student chapter leaders to ensure their professional growth and the success of the chapter itself.