Week 46 in Manufacturing News
6 ways robotics can help close manufacturing’s talent gap; US manufacturers hit harder than China’s in trade war; How 3-D printing is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry; ‘Uncertainty has been a nightmare’: UK businesses on the economy.
6 ways robotics can help close manufacturing’s talent gap
- Robots eliminate unpopular work and reduce turnover
- Robots make existing talent more usefu
- Robots improve safety for human talent
- Drones can provide agility at every stage of production
- Autonomous trucks keep parts moving
- Robots can improve accuracy and error rates
Source: The Robotreport.
US manufacturers hit harder than China’s in trade war
The US manufacturing purchasing managers’ index has been below the 50-point mark separating contraction from expansion since August, while the official counterpart from China’s statistics bureau shows a smaller fall in manufacturing activity and far greater resilience over the long term.
Source: Financial Times.
How 3-D printing is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry and fueling the 4th Industrial Revolution
- 3-D printing is disrupting the $12 trillion manufacturing industry worldwide, and companies such as Ford, L’Oreal, Siemens and others are training workforces to adopt skills in this technology.
- The technology is having the largest impact on industries that manufacture low-volume, high-value parts that may benefit from mass customization, says an analyst at IDTechEx.
‘Uncertainty has been a nightmare’: UK businesses on the economy
The UK has avoided recession after official figures showed the economy growing by 0.3% in the third quarter of the year. The Guardian talked to businesses in key sectors about their view of the economy’s performance.
Manufacturing business owner has experienced a drop in demand of up to 12% for his company’s services in the past couple of months, in response to Brexit uncertainty and slowing global trade.
Source and other stories: The Guardian.