Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce. For a number of years now, manufacturing companies have been trying to act more collaboratively with their employees, customers, and partners. The theory is that by unleashing the creativity of every individual and better ensuring their full participation in the business, innovation will increase, productivity will rise, and the enterprise will become more efficient.
Industrial suppliers are not mind readers. Shocking, I know! Yet each day they are pressed into service to determine exactly what a buyer needs with sparingly little information. They do their best to provide specs of their parts, CAD files, dimensional data, performance curves, videos, comparison tables, machine lists, and capability descriptions but the procurement teams always have unanswered questions. As an industrial buyer, it is your job to bring the clearest questions possible.
Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention
The field of manufacturing typically conjures images of dimly lit dirty and dangerous factories crowded with workers, the kind seen in photos of New York City’s garment district in the early 1900s and in some developing countries today. But because of advances in technology, the field of manufacturing—what we make, how we make it, where and by whom—is rapidly changing. As access to technologies continues to pervade our world, the opportunity for everyone and anyone to become a “maker,” inventor, hobbyist or entrepreneur is greatly increased, changing the definition and perception of what it means to be a manufacturer...Read More....
OSAKA, Japan / PALO ALTO, USA, July 31, 2014 – Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. have signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the Gigafactory.
Guest blogger Stacey Jarrett Wagner has more than 20 years of experience in workforce development, conducting research and providing strategic thinking and technical assistance on workforce development issues.
Jim Benton and John McCutcheon, co-owners of PolyTech Plastic Molding in Prairie Grove, say they are living the dream since purchasing the plastic injection molding facility in mid 2012. It didn’t hurt that soon after they bought the business Bentonville-based Walmart Stores announced an “onshoring” initiative to buy more U.S.-made goods.
On Saturday, July 26, at 2 pm, officials from the City of Lebanon, machine tool builder Haas Automation, and Vincennes University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony and check presentation for the new Gene Haas Training Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility at 321 N. Mt. Zion Road in Lebanon. Representatives from the Gene Haas Foundation will present a check for $1.5 million as a grant to help build the new facility.
The 100-page guidebook will assist you with steps to a successful Reshoring project by taking you through various decision components one by one. You will find thought-provoking ideas, helpful exercises, and outlines for things you will be considering during your Reshoring evaluation. We explain ideas and activities so that you can share them with your team and lead the Reshoring effort to bring manufacturing back to America...Read More....
“There is most likely some interplay between the weak capital spending numbers and the weak job market of the last few years; there is less incentive to spend money on productivity-enhancing equipment when labor is cheap.” This recent musing from N
Report on a National Survey of Manufacturers and 3D Printing. Learn what manufacturers are saying about 3D printing and what your company needs to know to compete. Presentation and discussion. This event is for manufacturers wanting to know how to use this new technology.