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3 non-Ford employees and Ford executives were named to the “Transformation Advisory Council” to explore solutions to society’s sustainability challenges, says Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. Initial “outside sustainability thought-leaders” include Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Paul Hawken, environmental...


3 non-Ford employees and Ford executives were named to the “Transformation Advisory Council” to explore solutions to society’s sustainability challenges, says Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. Initial “outside sustainability thought-leaders” include Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author; and Peter Senge, senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding chair of Society for Organizational Learning.

20 most popular articles of 2007, along with links to other well-read topics, can be found at Control Engineering online in a Jan. 15 posting.

3.14 (or March 14) is “pi day,” so think ahead and plan a way to celebrate, then celebrate even larger in 2016 (3.1416). Read some fun history about the calculation of pi at

2 channels of programming offered Cutting Tool Materials and Deburring Processes in January, from Society of Manufacturing Engineers. .

7 top 10 lists are among oddities at the diversion area of the Bosch Rexroth Website, some even engineering related, such as most exciting projects, best white papers, and reasons to date, and not date, an engineer.

300 members of the The Tooling, Manufacturing & Technologies Association (TMTA) now includes the American Mold Builders Association, which will make a greater impact in advocacy efforts for trade reform legislation on behalf of U.S. manufacturers, the groups say. TMTA, which offers insurance and a directory, addresses trade imbalances, infrastructure imbalances including living standards and regulatory standards, currency fluctuation standards, enforcement standards, and encourages a study period for existing trade relationships to see if they meet the above principles. ,

10% more text messaging and use of iPods caused drivers to leave their lanes 10% more often in a simulated driving study conducted by researchers in the Clemson University psychology department.

$100,000 donation went to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a scientific organization dedicated to young science and technology leaders) from the Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA), “exemplifying its mission to educate scientists and engineers of all ages across all geographical boundaries,” ALA says. , .

40% is the amount, since 1980, that the U.S. electric power industry has cut sulfur dioxide emissions. Nitrogen oxides have been cut by 44%, while electricity demand grew by 77%, says the Edision Electric Institute. Coal, the source of such emissions, is used for about half of U.S. electricity generation.

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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