MTConnect in Your Future
The Association for Manufacturing Technology (www.amtonline.org) has taken a leading position in the development of a standard protocol for computer equipment that promises to simplify communications for all of the computer devices used in manufacturing. The AMT calls its protocol MTConnect, and it has the potential to expand inter-operability of computers directly and easily. MTConnect is a computer standard in XML programming.
Six Sigma Without the Belts
Attend any machine tool or manufacturing conference and the term "Six Sigma" will echo in your ear like a siren's song calling you to come and feast at the elusive table of improved productivity. Listen more closely to that song and you will hear tales of heroic productivity improvements brought about by the legendary practitioners of Six Sigma, the Belts. The Belts are either regular employees raised to various ranks (Belts) through education and training, or they are itinerant Six Sigma masters who travel from one company to another to educate employees and to help slay the dragons of waste and inefficiency. Of course, there is a fee to be paid if you want a seat at the table.
You Never Had It So Good
Why is there so much gloom and doom in popular discussion of the economy? As the late President Lyndon Johnson once asked during an address to the nation: "I am not saying that you never had so good, but you haven't, have you?" President George Bush could say pretty much the same thing.
TRW to Purchase Delphi Assets
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. in Livonia, Mich. (www.trw.com) said in late September it would buy a portion of the Delphi North American brake component machining and module assembly assets. Besides buying that brake business, TRW agreed to acquire the business's production inventory, to lease a portion of Delphi's brake manufacturing facility in Saginaw, Mich., and to employ the active hourly employees at the Saginaw site.
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When: November 8-9, 2007, Where: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
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