Appliance makers add pandemic-inspired features | 3D printing a highlight of 2020 manufacturing innovation | Wireless charging for all EVs is on the horizon
December 2, 2020
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Hygiene and disinfection are a focus for manufacturers of household appliances as consumers look for ways to guard against the coronavirus. Washing machines from Whirlpool have added heating elements to kill germs, while LG Electronics; refrigerators come with ultraviolet lights.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/2) 
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Watchmaker Barrelhand, homebuilder Icon and rocket engine maker Firehawk are among manufacturers creating businesses through 3D printing, and each was honored in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for manufacturing and industry.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (12/1) 
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Pads that would let electric vehicles charge without being plugged in are in the pipeline for luxury models and will likely go mainstream, engineers say. The pads, which are being developed with the cooperation of numerous automakers and suppliers, could be used both privately and commercially.
Full Story: USA Today/Detroit Free Press (11/30) 
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Energy companies like Baker Hughes and Royal Dutch Shell are starting to incorporate 3D printing in business processes from design to parts manufacturing, acknowledging the technology's potential to revolutionize the oil and natural gas industry and solve the many challenges facing it. "Now more than ever, industrial companies are looking for innovative manufacturing solutions to reduce lead times and eliminate physical inventories, while reducing the carbon footprint of operations, and we believe additive manufacturing plays an important role," said Baker Hughes' Scott Parent.
Full Story: OilPrice (UK) (12/1) 
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Manufacturers: Stake Claim on Colorado Riverfront
Nestled in a 140-acre public park along the Colorado River, Riverfront at Las Colonias Park in Grand Junction, Colo., is now offering long-term leases for outdoor recreation manufacturers and related businesses seeking a new site for office, warehousing or light industrial. Learn more.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are double-edged swords for manufacturing, as such technologies can improve operations while also creating attack fronts for hackers. Even when direct cyberattacks aren't always possible, indirect means of network access remain a threat, says Federico Maggi of Trend Micro.
Full Story: EE Times (12/2) 
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Supply Chain
Baltimore-based dry ice maker Capitol Carbonic is expected to produce its pellets for Pfizer as the pharmaceutical company prepares to manufacture its COVID-19 vaccine. The challenge will be keeping the vaccine cold after its shipped, including at pharmacies and retail outlets, Capitol Carbonic executives say.
Full Story: France 24/Agence France-Presse (12/2) 
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Automation gives warehouse operators more flexibility in site selection while enabling supply chain enhancement, according to a Prologis report. Three trends are driving higher adoption of automation: absenteeism due to COVID-19, e-commerce demand and technology advancements.
Full Story: Logistics Management (free registration) (11/30),  Commercial Property Executive (11/30) 
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An emergency response plan can make responding to an equipment malfunction faster, more efficient and less costly, writes Bryan Christiansen. A plan should include written policies for safety and access.
Full Story: Occupational Health & Safety (11/30) 
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Beverage producers such as Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper, Boxed Water and others are answering the call for more sustainable packaging by pursuing paper-based options, 100% rPET bottles and increasing the use of aluminum cans. Beverage packaging "becomes an integral part of the marketing plan" by helping brands grab the retail consumer's attention, said Gary Hemphill, managing director of research with Beverage Marketing Corp.
Full Story: Food Business News (free registration) (11/30) 
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Health Care Designed for Manufacturers
The results from the NAM's quarterly Manufacturers' Outlook Survey has continuously shown rising health care costs as a top concern for manufacturers. Can your health care program meet the needs of your employees during this time? The NAM built the NAM Health Care program with input from manufacturers like you, to have the ability to offer quality & affordable health care, often only found at large employers. Find out how this program can benefit your company and your employees.
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