BBC: Nike trainer output at key factory hit by Covid outbreak

BBC: Nike trainer output at key factory hit by Covid outbreak. “Production at some of Nike’s largest plants in Vietnam has been disrupted as Covid has spread through factories. The company refused to comment on whether store supplies would see shortages as a result of the outbreak. About half of Nike’s shoes were manufactured in Vietnam in the last financial year, so this will mean challenges for its supply chain.”

The Reporter: Glass giant celebrates St Helens history with online heritage hub

The Reporter: Glass giant celebrates St Helens history with online heritage hub. “Historic images chart Pilkington UK’s almost 200-year history at the forefront of glass making and the lives of those who worked there, from the three wealthy founding families, to the apprentices and production line workers. The hub recognises the seminal contributions of Sir Alistair Pilkington, with his industry-shaping invention of the Float Glass process in 1958; now the world standard for high-quality flat glass manufacture.”

Analytics India: All You Need To Know About Google’s Visual Inspection AI

Analytics India: All You Need To Know About Google’s Visual Inspection AI. “The newly launched Visual Inspection AI is a purpose-built tool to help manufacturers and related workers and businesses to inspect and reduce product defects and decrease quality control costs. Powered by Google Cloud Platform’s computer vision technology, Visual Inspection AI goes beyond the traditional methods of supporting manufacturing quality control through its general-purpose AI product, AutoML.”

Radio Bulgaria: Digital archive to store history of Bulgaria’s industrial heritage

Radio Bulgaria: Digital archive to store history of Bulgaria’s industrial heritage. “Factories, railway facilities, bridges, slaughterhouses, showing the history of rapid industrial development in the first decades of the 20th century, are often left to destruction these days or they ‘accidentally’ burn down. To preserve the story of these valuable architectural specimens, a team of historians has decided to develop a digital archive and a mobile application dedicated to the industrial heritage of Bulgaria.”

Gas Compression Magazine: Illustrated Online Database Of Rotating Machinery Terms

Gas Compression Magazine: Illustrated Online Database Of Rotating Machinery Terms. “More than 2500 words and 200+ illustrations make [Kane’s Rotating Machinery Dictionary] one of the most comprehensive digital resources for students and experts alike to gain a better understanding of the products, practices, and technologies utilized in the rotating machinery industry.” Free to access, surprisingly.

Fibre2Fashion: German textile fair Heimtextil launches online materials library

Fibre2Fashion: German textile fair Heimtextil launches online materials library. “The curators of the new materials library are London-based futures- research agency, FranklinTill. The Future Materials Library 2021 offers materials pioneers a platform and presents a first-class mix of economically proven and revolutionary developments. FranklinTill has organised the materials in four themes; Regenerative Crops, Remade Fibres, Harvesting Waste Streams, and Sustainable Colour, according to a press release by Messe Frankfurt.”

NBC News: Manufacturers embrace robots, the perfect pandemic worker

NBC News: Manufacturers embrace robots, the perfect pandemic worker. “The latest jobs report shows the manufacturing sector grew at its fastest level since the pandemic began, jumping by 50,000 positions. However, there are still about half a million fewer employed manufacturing workers than there were a year ago. The question is how many of those jobs will come back — and how many have been permanently disrupted by digital processes.”

OKC Fox: Supply chain database created to help Oklahoma manufacturers

OKC Fox: Supply chain database created to help Oklahoma manufacturers. “Governor Kevin Stitt is looking to help Oklahoma manufacturers find resources during critical times. The first part of ‘Supply Chain Oklahoma’ is an online database called ‘Connex Oklahoma.’ The database will allow manufactures to connect with alternate suppliers, explore production capabilities and view their supply chains visually.”

Poynter: Wood, plastics, chip shortages causing headaches for manufacturers

Poynter: Wood, plastics, chip shortages causing headaches for manufacturers. “We have explored the computer chip shortage that began during the pandemic and caused headaches for everyone from car manufacturers to companies that build laptops and game consoles. The Biden administration hopes to begin changing America’s reliance on foreign suppliers for such a critical part of our manufacturing. But wait, there’s more.”

New York Times: The World Needs Syringes. He Jumped In to Make 5,900 Per Minute.

New York Times: The World Needs Syringes. He Jumped In to Make 5,900 Per Minute . “The United States is the world’s largest syringe supplier by sales, according to Fitch Solutions, a research firm. The United States and China are neck and neck in exports, with combined annual shipments worth $1.7 billion. While India is a small player globally, with only $32 million in exports in 2019, Mr. Nath of Hindustan Syringes sees a big opportunity.”