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October 27, 2021

Sandvik to Acquire CAM Software Company Cambrio

Claudia Jarrett, U.S. country manager at automation parts supplier EU Automation, delves into the pros and cons of both gigafactories and microfactories for making electric vehicle batteries. A Tesla facility in Nevada is a leading example of the gigafactory model. But there are other approaches.


A semi-annual survey from The Manufacturing Institute and BKD, a CPA and advisory firm, focused on what manufacturers learned from dealing with COVID-19. It looks at workforce impacts and the “new normal” for manufacturers with 500 or fewer employees. Alan Rooks, editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering, looks at the survey's findings.

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An important SME PRIME initiative celebrated its formal launch this month at an event at the Saginaw Career Complex in Saginaw, Mich. The SME Education Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) initiative provides schools with a curriculum tailored to give students hands-on training on modern, industry-standard equipment, offering career-readiness opportunities to high school students.

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Boeing Co.'s Starliner has been delayed. An uncrewed flight has been put off until mid-2022, CNN Business reported. That flight has to occur before the Starliner can transport astronauts. Boeing is working to address an issue with the Starliner's propulsion system.


Methods Machine Tools Inc. said it has tentatively agreed to acquire Koch Machine Tool, a machine tool dealer and Methods’ avenue into the Texas machining market since 2010. Methods expects to sign a definitive accord by Jan 1, 2022.


General Motors Co. CFO Paul Jacobson, "is working to build out the company’s forecasting and planning capabilities to help the car maker achieve its long-term goals and better explain its business transformation to investors," The Wall Street Journal reported. GM is emphasizing to investors how it is transforming into a technology company.

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