Companies can garner senior-level support for Industry 4.0 transformations by using "a capability-center experience" -- hands-on training sessions that allow executives to visualize how digital tools improve product quality and deliver other gains -- according to this McKinsey analysis.
General Motors deploys collaborative robots and other Industry 4.0 tools in areas of the manufacturing process where they'll make the biggest difference, says executive Dan Grieshaber. The company is testing a new robotic glove to make gripping easier, and it uses drones to inspect equipment.
Intermodal traffic grew in the first quarter at the highest year-over-year rate since 2014, suggesting that shippers are turning to railroads for cargo as trucking capacity remains limited. Intermodal rail might be slower but can be more reliable for scheduling than trying to secure a truck, says Jim Filter of Schneider.
Manufacturing execution system software helped original equipment manufacturer Wittmann Battenfeld increase overall equipment effectiveness and realize other improvements.
Multirisk gloves offer protection against a variety of hazards, including cuts and chemicals, and are comfortable to wear, Steve Genzer writes. Some gloves also contain bright liners so workers can identify when the material has been cut and their safety is compromised.
Cost effectiveness is one of the factors limiting widespread adoption of 3D-printing technology. Prices are beginning to fall for industrial printers, which could make them more accessible to small- and medium-sized companies, writes Mark Dohnalek, president and CEO of Pivot International.
A tentative agreement has been reached by UPS and the Teamsters. The new terms address wage increases and a new classification of full-time combination drivers, while also opening the door to potential Sunday deliveries.
Hubs by Amazon is a last-step choice for delivery companies such as UPS, USPS and FedEx, and it moves Amazon into the logistics industry. The service is marketed toward residences and apartment buildings and allows all packages, even those not coming from the e-commerce company, to be left for pickup by customers.
Staying in the same role without learning is a career death sentence, even if it feels easier than taking a risk and learning new things, writes LaRae Quy. "It's essential that you realize your comfort zone is a tremendous enemy of peak performance," she writes.
Imports at major US seaports are on track to grow 3.8% in the first half compared to the same period last year, according to NRF. Retailers are stocking up as consumer spending increases, along with uncertainty in the wake of the Trump administration's new tariffs on goods from China.