Make in LA describes itself as “the LA epicenter of hardware startups,” and explains it is dedicated to make “hardware not hard” and “de-risking, launching and supporting product-focused businesses in LA.” But what exactly is involved with that?

It means that Make in LA is working hard to bring hardware companies to market. We hear about new apps and software almost daily, but hardware needs a little more work, and Make in LA wants to support those who are going that route. Based in Los Angeles, Make in LA uses its extensive background – from seed-stage businesses to public companies – to help new companies keep hardware from being costly and too time-consuming. 

In late September, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) unveiled a 3-D-printed building designed by the architecture, engineering and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) LLP in collaboration with ORNL researchers.

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration features a building that is powered by a 3-D-printed vehicle developed by ORNL. 

The mobile power source combined with the structure’s highly energy-efficient design and rooftop renewable energy photovoltaics (PV) showcase possibilities for future off-the-grid human shelter. The demonstration that was rolled out at DOE’s inaugural Industry Day event is the result of a targeted collaboration between government and industry. The project went from concept to completion in less than one year, involving the University of Tennessee (UT), Clayton Homes, General Electric, Alcoa, NanoPore and Tru-Design in addition to SOM.

Rutgers Business School Executive Education, is launching an accelerated certificate program in Next-Generation Supply Chain Strategy for leaders and emerging leaders. The Mini-MBA™: Supply Chain in a Digitized Network, will be offered Nov.30 – Dec. 4, 2015 at the Heldrich Hotel, located in the heart of downtown New Brunswick, N.J.

“The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is profoundly reshaping the supply chain and is reinventing the entire industry. Many companies have focused their IoT strategy on how the technology can cut costs and improve efficiency. However, IoT can also serve as a foundation for greater differentiation and innovation,” says Jackie Scott, global program director of Rutgers Business School Executive Education. 

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015 and the significant role of manufacturing in today’s global society, Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing learning and development, recognized community and technical colleges across the United States with its Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) award. The honor is given to institutions considered to be outstanding academic models for the advancement of the manufacturing industry.

The schools enhance the professional development of students by creatively using online and hands-on training in a blended learning format to help develop a skilled and qualified future manufacturing workforce.  

Harley-Davidson is known for keeping things on the cutting edge, and it’s maintaining that reputation with Project LiveWire – the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle.

In keeping with the company’s customer-led product development approach, the company is taking Project LiveWire to Canadian and U.S. consumers, who will be able to ride the bike at Harley-Davidson locations and provide feedback to help shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s first-ever electric motorcycle. 

Project LiveWire is specifically designed for the purposes of getting insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. “Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with riders leading us every step of the way,” says Anoop Prakash, managing director, Harley-Davidson Canada. “Project LiveWire is another exciting, rider-led moment in our history.”

In the United States, the manufacturing industry employs 12 million people. It supports 17.4 million total jobs and enjoys the highest tenure in the private sector, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The manufacturing industry is so important to the country’s strength, that the industry has created National Manufacturing Day, which is a holiday of sorts celebrated every year on the first Friday of October. President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation in support of the day in 2014, putting additional heft behind the event. This year, National Manufacturing Day was on Oct. 2, and as always, there was a lot to celebrate.

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish “policies and procedures to ensure uniform enforcement of the Hazard Communication standard” (HCS 2012). Highlights are noted below.


On May 26, 2012, OSHA amended its HCS to conform to the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3. The amendments modified the process by which hazards are classified, and the information elements required on Material Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labels. The deadline for all labels and SDSs to meet the new criteria was June 1, 2015 (excluding distributors, who may ship products with the old labels until December 1, 2015).

As an executive of an equipment manufacturing business, you’re in charge of maintaining sales and growing sources of revenue for your business. And, as you well know, the strategies you need to capture that revenue are continually changing. One major change we’ve seen over the last few years is a transition to a service and customer-experience economy.

Equipment repair and service contracts have always been important for equipment manufacturers. But now, manufacturers are putting more packaging around those service programs because they realize the growing demand for a unified service experience across dealerships. 

Komatsu’s Komatsu Care program, for example, emphasizes the importance of product support for gaining and maintaining loyal customers. In their own words: “as an Original Equipment Manufacturer, our commitment is to deliver durable parts and reliable service in a timely manner to ensure your machine’s performance is never compromised.” 

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