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2018’s Top Productivity Disruptions

December 28, 2018

If you were told not to think of a pink elephant, you will more than likely picture an image of a pink elephant. This is called the Ironic Process theory, the psychological process whereby deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts makes them more likely to…

2019 Goals Automotive Industry Should Consider

December 26, 2018

The most important part of the end of year is reflecting on lessons learned and determining what they mean for the year(s) ahead. What should automotive industry consider for 2019? Below are few observations. IT integration and change in corporate culture Manufacturers are recommended to…

Driverless Car Bill Needs Adjustments

December 19, 2018

There are many different industry and interest groups that have a stake in the outcome of the driverless car bill. The bill passed the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by a voice vote in October, and a companion bill sailed through the House last year….

The Next Level of Quality

December 13, 2018

LNS Research, a research and advisory firm, coined the term Quality 4.0.1. Quality 4.0 is a method for using technology to show that quality should really be a company-wide strategy with the executives at the helm driving performance. Quality 4.0 does not replace traditional quality…

Materials Driving Lightweighting Change

December 11, 2018

Lightweighting is a concept in the automotive industry referring to building cars and trucks that are less heavy as a way to achieve fuel efficiency and handling. “Once you reach a certain horsepower level, it gets very expensive to add more power, whereas to take…

Metal vs. Plastic

December 07, 2018

Plastics.  They are everywhere from packaging to automotive body parts. It is no wonder that according to a research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. that the automotive plastics market size is set to surpass 50 billion by 2024. Anything plastic can be made by plastic…

Give Joy

December 05, 2018

The Angel Tree program is a Salvation Army Christmas Assistance program for families needing help providing gifts and basic needs to their children at Christmas. Families are registered in October, and children and seniors are placed for adoption on the Angel Tree in November. The Sustained Quality…

How to Decode a VIN

December 03, 2018

There are 17 numbers and letters (17 positions) in a vehicle identification number  (VIN) and you can divide them into three groups: World Manufacturer Identifier, Vehicle Descriptor Section, and Vehicle Identifier Section. Typically, the VIN is stamped into a plate that may be located in…

Not Your Average Holiday Travel Tips

November 28, 2018

There are many holiday travel tips. Book early. Prepare for bad weather. Get the airport two hours prior to departure. The travel tips below promise to be different and are great for travel year around. First for the facts. According to AAA, 107.3 million traveled…