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February 25, 2022


The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration said the agency needs a “systematic fix” from Boeing Co. to deal with 787 Dreamliner Issues, Reuters reported. Boeing must “produce the quality on their production line that we’re looking for and that they’re committed to,” outgoing FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told reporters. Charges related to 787 Dreamliner production problems caused Boeing to report a fourth-quarter loss.


December 2021 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $164.3 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. That was up 2.2 percent from November and 9.5 percent from December 2020.




Worker training will be key to implementing Industry 4.0 in manufacturing, speakers at a presentation said. “It’s incredibly important to keep workers motivated,” said Mary Beth Hudson, executive director of the Smart Manufacturing Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn. “Training will be continuous for the workers.”

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 Moneyed entrepreneurs behind Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are driving the next generation of space technology progress. Gray Manufacturing Technologies is one vendor benefiting. The Denver, N.C.-based shop has taken advantage of those opportunities with its application of advanced machining and, most importantly, automation technology to meet the increasing demands of the spaceflight industry.



Chris Williams, L.S. Randolph Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Williams has “excelled in the field of additive manufacturing” and has established himself “as a pioneer from the earliest days of the technology’s appearance,” according to the university.


Weiler Abrasives, a provider of abrasives, power brushes and maintenance products for surface conditioning, said it donated $25,000 to Workshops for Warriors. The nonprofit school trains and certifies veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members in CNC, welding, computer-aided drafting and other technical trades, as well as helping to place them in advanced manufacturing careers.




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