Additive Manufacturing: The Quest for Automation
Plastic injection molding, metal casting and metal stamping are age-old processes that form the backbone of manufacturing. Traditionally, there's no better way to mass-produce plastic or metal parts. However, additive manufacturing, which enables engineers to consolidate parts and produce components in complex shapes, is quickly becoming an alternative. The technology is evolving from the world of low-volume prototypes to high-volume production-ready parts.
As GM Strike Stretches On, Supply Chain Starts to Suffer
By stopping all production at GM's U.S. plants, the strike is also beginning to affect the web of manufacturers that produce parts that go into the company's cars. The companies most affected so far are those that operate on a "just-in-time" basis, delivering difficult-to-ship parts like seats and door panels to GM's assembly plants from factories located nearby, said Michael Robinet, executive director of automotive advisory services at IHS Markit.