MAX Jet’s Delayed Reentry

Don’t expect Boeing’s 737 Max jet to be flying until at least January. The aircraft has been grounded since mid-March because of faulty flight control software that was blamed for two crashes that caused the deaths of 346 people. Getting a software fix developed and certified, along with a list of other issues, has seen repeated delays.

Once cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration, it will likely take the airlines a month or more to train pilots and to reactivate the almost 400 Max  jets that are gathering dust. Charles Leocha, president of the consumer group Travelers United, says he wouldn’t be surprised if it’s March before the Max jet is aloft again.

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More Manufacturers Turn to Robotic Arms

Labor shortages. Intense global competition. Fast-changing market demands.  Small and midsized manufacturers face a slew of challenges.

“There’s increasing pressure from all sides,” says Stuart Shepherd, regional director of sales in the Americas for Universal Robots, a leading seller of small robotic arms. Continue reading “More Manufacturers Turn to Robotic Arms”