On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 2

Unemployment Rate Hits 6.9% As Manufacturing Adds 38,000 Jobs.  IndustryWeek 11/6 “The U.S. jobs market continued to improve in October. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported November 6 that the U.S. economy added 638,000 new nonfarm jobs and the unemployment rate fell a full percentage point to 6.9%. . . .” Micro […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 12

Supply chain pros embrace AI for forecasting, inventory despite limitations during pandemic.  Supply Chain Dive 10/13 “Supply chain professionals are optimistic about the potential for artificial intelligence within their operations, but they have also struggled with the technology during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from Secondmind, which develops machine-learning applications for businesses. . […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 5

  Why Do So Many Lean Efforts Fail?  IndustryWeek 10/8 “There’s been a problem simmering in the lean world for years. The problem is the overwhelmingly high failure rate. What failure means is subject to interpretation but the available surveys and studies done reflect a large problem. In my view, it’s time for deeper reflection. […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of August 24

7 Examples of Lean Manufacturing in Action.  ASME 8/27 “Lean manufacturing has been around for decades. The implementation of lean tools and techniques usually result in impressive gains in efficiency and production. When implemented correctly, lean is a comprehensive process that eliminates waste from manufacturing processes, thereby reducing cost and adding value to the customer. . . […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of August 10

Shift Will Accelerate Smart Manufacturing Jobs.  Technical Education Post 8/12 “Even before the start of 2020, a trend toward nearshoring to North America was emerging. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we predict companies will not only continue this trend – they will also adjust their entire supply chains toward more geographically spread […]

On The Wire | News & Analysis from the Web | Roundup from March and April

Gallup COVID-19 Data Brief No. 3.  Gallup 4/7 “Gallup has been polling Americans daily since March 13 on the COVID-19 crisis via the Gallup Panel. The data is yielding unparalleled insights into how Americans are experiencing the crisis at work, at home, through social distancing and much more.Here are brief overviews of Gallup’s latest content […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of February 10

Powell: Economy looks resilient despite risk of China virus.  AP 2/11 ” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the U.S. economy appears durable, with steady growth and unemployment near a half-century low, but faces risks from the broadening viral outbreak that began in China. . . .” US open jobs fall sharply for […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of February 3

Sustainable manufacturing: Good for the environment and metal fabricators.  The Fabricator 2/9 “Sustainable manufacturing is not another fad. Sustainable manufacturing is necessary for public health and employee safety. It is also simply good business practice. . . .” Why Competing For New Talent Is a Mistake.  Harvard Business Review 2/5 “As demand grows for new […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 8

U.S. Democrats seek up to $2 trillion to invest in aging infrastructure.  Reuters 4/11 “Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Donald Trump’s support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools. . . .” AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 1

Caution ahead in petrochemicals.  Chemical & Engineering News 4/6 “The petrochemical industry is spooked.  Shale gas in the US and a long economic expansion brought a decade of unprecedented prosperity for the industry. But speakers at the World Petrochemical Conference, put on in San Antonio last month by the consulting group IHS Markit, warned of […]