The Wall Street Journal reported today that Siemens AG will cut 16,750 jobs, about 4.2% of its global work force. The newspaper said the cuts were part of an effort to reduce total costs. It also said that Siemens plans to reduce costs further by trimming expenditures for information technology and consultants. Siemens — which specializes in electronic systems for automotive, medical and automation applications – isn’t the first big engineering employer to discuss layoffs this year. WSJ reported earlier this week said that GM is “preparing to cut thousands more white-collar jobs.” NASA also announced earlier this year that it would cut as many as 8,000 contractor jobs.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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