Week 30 in Manufacturing News

DOE Announces New $60 Million Investment to Increase Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing; The Senate Voted to Take up a Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal; New £53 million funding for UK manufacturers to boost competitiveness through digital tech; Manufacturing Digitalisation Symposium – Key takeaways.

DOE Announces New $60 Million Investment to Increase Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing

32 Universities Across 28 States Will Conduct Industrial Assessments to Help Local Manufacturers Reduce Carbon Footprint, Lower Costs, and Train Energy Workforce of Tomorrow.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $60 million in funding for its largest-ever cohort of university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), which assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing their carbon emissions and lowering energy costs, while training the next generation of energy-efficiency workers.

Source: Energy.gov

The Senate Voted to Take up a Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

It’s a breakthrough for the plan, which still needs final approval from both chambers. The vote came just hours after senators in both parties and the White House reached a long-sought compromise on the $1 trillion bill, which would provide federal money for roads, bridges, rail lines, transit projects, water systems and other physical infrastructure programs.

Source: The New York Times

New £53 million funding for UK manufacturers to boost competitiveness through digital tech

Five brand new digital manufacturing research centres and projects to help supply chains become more productive are among recipients of £53 million of new government funding to drive the development of the latest digital manufacturing technologies, Investment Minister Lord Grimstone announced today.

The funding has been awarded though the national Made Smarter programme, a collaboration between UK government and industry designed to support the development and increase use of these emerging technologies.

Source: gov.uk

Manufacturing Digitalisation Symposium – Key takeaways

Digitalisation is changing how products are designed, produced, used and maintained as well as transforming the operations, processes and the sustainability of factories and supply chains.

Key takeaways:

  • People come first
  • Industry giants are not perfect
  • Identify digitalisation objectives
  • Devise a clear digitalisation strategy
  • Pick the right technology enablers
  • Create technology leadership
  • Train your staff on implementing a digital culture.

Source: The Manufacturer