Airbus announced Thursday that it will, by 2021, increase monthly production of A320 narrow-body jetliners at its Mobile, Ala., plant. The company will add 275 jobs at the facility as part of increased investment.
Declining sales of traditional milk and the bankruptcies of Dean and Borden indicate the industry's evolution rather than its collapse, says University of Minnesota professor Marin Bozic. Some business models will no longer be tenable, but this tumultuous period will create new business opportunities and a system that is more responsive to consumers, he argues.
Researchers have created a lithium-sulfur battery that can hold four times as much energy as lithium-ion batteries and could someday increase the range of electric vehicles. The battery can also handle hundreds of recharges, according to the study.
Air Products will spend $500 million on several projects that will support Gulf Coast Ammonia's $600 million ammonia facility planned for Texas City, Texas. Air Products has arranged a 20-year hydrogen and nitrogen supply deal with the site, and will build a new hydrogen plant, nitrogen air-separation facility and steam turbine generator, plus assist with the extension of a pipeline to carry hydrogen from Texas City to Baytown.
Kellogg hired Deloitte for a security audit, implemented company inter-site and intra-site segmentation, and created an operational technology cybersecurity strategy for its 50 or so manufacturing sites, among other steps. Personal relationship and employee training are critical to making sure technology and strategies succeed, says Jim Tassell of Kellogg.
Hackers are more interested in going after North American electric utilities, according to a report by security firm Dragos. "We want to get the point across to utilities that you should be aware of the tactics, techniques and procedures, and the behaviors we are observing from these groups, regardless of whether they are targeting your specific vertical or not," says Dragos intelligence analyst Selena Larson.
Data analytics involving the industrial internet of things can be complicated, so manufacturers should begin with a pilot introduction, Daniel Riley writes. He lists several upsides, including being able to evaluate vendors and decide whether to keep using them.
Manufacturers can persuade baby boomers to delay retirement by creating a comfortable work environment, having them teach younger workers, treating them with respect and collecting their institutional knowledge, writes Dale Buss. When boomers do retire, they should be welcomed back as visitors, part-timers or consultants, Buss writes.