GE Appliances to make water heaters at S.C. factory in $60M switch | Tempo Automation picks up the pace of contract manufacturing | Technology transforming MRO
September 13, 2019
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GE Appliances to make water heaters at S.C. factory in $60M switch
GE Appliances is spending $60 million to change from manufacturing refrigerators to producing water heaters at a plant in Camden, S.C. The company said all workers will keep their jobs.
The Associated Press (9/12),  The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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Tempo Automation picks up the pace of contract manufacturing
Contract manufacturer Tempo Automation uses software, automation and machine learning to produce small quantities of electronics quickly for its customers. " 'It was really about, 'How can we make hardware development as fast as software development?' " says co-founder and CEO Jeff McAlvay.
Forbes (9/13) 
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Technology transforming MRO
Additive manufacturing, automation and the use of drones for inspections are all technologies that are changing the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul business. "It's certainly conceivable that MRO service providers will require quick-react manufacturing cells to produce custom repairs or parts, possibly under some alternative basis of certification or authority," said Victor Ho of AAR.
MRO Network (9/12) 
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Offering the best possible customer service using ERP
It is more important than ever for today's manufacturers and distributors to be able to deliver the seamless experience customers want — and ERP can get you there. Read this report to learn why ERP is key to customer experience, how other companies use ERP to drive success and why the time is now to adopt cloud ERP.
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Supply Chain
Schneider tracks load-arrival times using AI, API
Transportation and logistics company Schneider is using its proprietary artificial intelligence-based ETAi technology to enable shippers to track load-arrival information in real time. Shippers will be able to access ETAi through a tracking API at no charge.
Supply Chain Dive (9/12) 
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Industrial IoT
Data from IIoT must be properly controlled for security, expert says
IT and operational technology professionals have different priorities when it comes to data from the industrial internet of things, but they should agree on the necessity of "disciplined control of incoming data," says Jesus Molina of Waterfall Security Solutions. "A better way to approach smart manufacturing is to evaluate what data is being produced by our manufacturing devices, understand the value of this data and decide where and how it should be aggregated, stored and managed," he says.
Help Net Security (9/12) 
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Sustainability
Kohler keeps waste out of landfills by turning it into new tiles
Kohler is offering a line of tile made of recovered waste such as pottery scraps, iron slag, leftover glaze and enamel powders. The tiles perform just as well as those made from new materials.
GreenBiz (9/13) 
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PepsiCo VP: Invest in recycling systems to meet sustainability goals
Brands won't hit plastic recycling goals until the recycling system is able to process the amounts needed to sustain those goals, says Roberta Barbieri, vice president of global sustainability at PepsiCo. She adds that the industry is investing heavily in this infrastructure, as well as chemical recycling technology to provide enough RPET to meet demand.
Resource Recycling (9/11) 
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Workforce of Tomorrow
Work is changing, and so must learning
An increasingly mobile and smartphone-dependent workforce and the need for reskilling require companies to rethink how they teach skills, writes Gnowbe CEO So-Young Kang. "Digital Learning 2.0 will need to be MPPG -- mobile-first, participatory, personalized and group-based," he argues.
World Economic Forum (9/11) 
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Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer.
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