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Tomorrow’s Factories Will Need Better Processes, Not Just Better Robots - HBR
There’s no doubt that the auto industry will continue to vigorously pursue automation solutions to lower the cost of producing cars. But the reality is that any major leap forward on cost and efficiency will no longer be possible through automation alone, since most of the tasks that can be automated in an automotive factory have already been tackled.
automotive-industry  automation  shop-floor  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-424-top  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
The 3D-Printed Age: Why This Futuristic Ohio Factory Is Proving Mark Twain Wrong - GE Reports
Mark Twain allegedly claimed that when the end of the world came, he wanted to be in Cincinnati “because it’s always 20 years behind the times.” The quip is funny, but his strategy to ride out Armageddon in the Queen City would backfire today. A case in point is GE’s Additive Technology Center located along Interstate 75 as it bisects the northern suburb of West Chester Township.
Cincinnati  3D-printing  additive-manufacturing  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-423  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Can a defunct factory return to relevance? - Autoweek
The auto industry has a long history of finding new uses for old manufacturing sites. Auto plants have been changing owners and uses since Henry Ford rented a wagon factory on Detroit's Mack Avenue in 1903 to start assembling his Model A.
this-week-414  Around-the-web  Matt  detroit  Michigan  midwest  automotive-industry  site-selection  economic-development  industrial-real-estate  manufacturing  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Tech's New Hotbeds: Cities With Fastest Growth In STEM Jobs Are Far From Silicon Valley - Newgeography.com
The most recent data on STEM jobs – in science, technology, engineering or mathematics – suggests that tech jobs, with some exceptions, are shifting to smaller, generally more affordable places.

What we may be witnessing, in fact, is a third turning in the tech world. The initial phase, in the 1950s, was mostly suburban – dominated by the still-powerful Bay Area, Boston and Southern California – and was heavily tied to aerospace and defense. The second phase, now coming to a close, refocused tech growth in two hot spots, the Bay Area and Washington's Puget Sound, and largely involved social media, search and digital applications for business services.

The third tech turning, now in its infancy, promises greater dispersion to other markets, some with strong tech backgrounds, some with far less.
innovation-hubs  STEM-workforce  high-tech  industry-clusters  Around-the-web  Metros  suburbs  workforce-migration  this-week-409-top  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
january 2018 by areadevelopment
Warehouse Conversions Aren’t Just for Cities Anymore. Or Just for Warehouses. - The New York Times
In an era when homes and offices seem to embrace industrial décor, such “adaptive-reuse” projects are turning up in more suburban areas, in a slew of building types, like power plants, churches, schools, prisons, railroad stations, hospitals and factories.
adaptive-re-use  suburbs  Around-the-web  this-week-400  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Millennials Bring New Life to Some Rust Belt Cities - STATELINE - The Pew Charitable Trusts
BALTIMORE — Educated millennials are transforming some neighborhoods in several Rust Belt cities like this one, where old flour and textile mills are being converted to apartments and faded industrial districts have become thriving enclaves with colorful street life.
demographics  baltimore  Metros  urban-revitalization  rust-belt  Around-the-web  this-week-359  adaptive-re-use  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
july 2016 by areadevelopment

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