2018-11-05 3 min read


Planning & Strategy.

  • A discouraging piece on Foxconn's plans for Wisconsin. The degree of incompetence (malice?) on the part of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is really remarkable here. "As the size of the subsidy has steadily increased to a jaw-dropping $4.1 billion, Foxconn has repeatedly changed what it plans to do, raising doubts about the number of jobs it will create. Instead of the promised Generation 10.5 plant, Foxconn now says it will build a much smaller Gen 6 plant, which would require one-third of the promised investment, although the company insists it will eventually hit the $10 billion investment target. And instead of a factory of workers building panels for 75-inch TVs, Foxconn executives now say the goal is to build “ecosystem” of buzzwords called “AI 8K+5G” with most of the manufacturing done by robots...The Walker administration had also exempted Foxconn from the state’s usual environmental rules, allowing it to discharge materials into wetlands and reroute streams during construction and operation."
  • The job of a leader is simple: Always move the saltshaker back to the center of the table.
  • Altair (which sells a range of finite element analysis software) acquired SimSolid (a startup that focused on meshless FEA).

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


A good play-by-play of how airplane tires are changed.

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Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright is the (mostly accidental) founder of Scope of Work, which he started writing (as The Prepared) in 2013. Today he serves as its editor-in-chief and chief dilettante.
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