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Generative AI Meets Manufacturing, Union Talks Explained, New Cobot Frontiers: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

Sept. 8, 2023
Also, the IW manufacturing community shows continued interest in the Panama Canal and its potential impacts on supply chain activities, and Illinois Tools Works CEO Scott Santi says he will step down.

Contract talks among the Big 3 automakers and the UAW continue to grab the attention of our IndustryWeek manufacturing community. IW Senior Editor Laura Putre's detailed explainer of what is going on, and what is at stake, holds the top spot in this week's IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads, our Top 10 list of the most popular content over the past seven days. 

Beyond that, a mixed bag of topics attracted attention, starting with continued interest in the Panama Canal and its potential impacts on supply chain activities and concluding with the announcement that Illinois Tools Works CEO Scott Santi will step down from his position at the end of the year. 

Review this week's Top 10 list, which follows, and catch up with what you've missed. Then stick around and review all of the other great content on IndustryWeek.com. 

What’s the Deal with the UAW Contract Talks? Labor Negotiations Explained: Spread out the picnic blanket and bust out the tub of potato salad—it’s going to be a long September.

The Panama Canal Traffic Jam: Will the Supply Chain Suffer? Droughts affecting the region and decades of poor water management have created ongoing issues for the waterway.

Doing Other People's Jobs: The Ball and Chain Holding Manufacturing Leaders Back: Being hands-on, collaborating and modelling behavior is not the same as interjecting yourself into other people's roles.

ISM Report: Manufacturing Contraction Continues in August: Half of the six biggest manufacturing industries reported growth last month, notes the report.

Production Pulse: What Good is Generative AI to Manufacturing? Editors from Control Design, IndustryWeek and Machine Design discuss the biggest tech trend in the world and whether or not it will make a difference for the industrial world.

Reshoring and Automation: Where Do Cobots Fit in? A look at how smaller manufacturers are using the technology to grow their businesses.

Traffic Jammed, Strikes Authorized, Lawsuit Settled: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads: Also, celebrating the 2023 IW Best Plants Award winners and how football teaches leadership.

Updated: Cummins, Daimler Truck, Paccar Announce Battery Cell Partnership: A look into the billions of dollars being invested in new battery plants and expansions in recent years.

2023 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award Winners: Simply Excellent: It takes the right mix of people, process and dogged determination to deliver plant performances that shine.

ITW CEO Santi to Step Down at Year’s End: The board of the manufacturing bellwether has picked a 34-year company veteran to take over.

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