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Month: June 2015

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

June 24, 2015 by Ashley Jackson

The Regional 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing Conference held in June, highlighted the uses and advantages of innovative technology, showcasing how manufacturers can save time and money. The Keynote Speaker was Tim Caffrey, principle author of the Wohlers Report, an in-depth, worldwide study of the state of the additive manufacturing and 3-D printing industry. Also speaking at the event was MAGNETs Dave Pierson, with 20 years of experience with additive manufacturing, projects including products for the Cleveland Clinic to Malleys candy bar production equipment.

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Attracting A Younger Crowd

June 24, 2015 by Ashley Jackson

As baby boomers retire, manufacturers are trying to attract a younger crowd. Manufacturing jobs allow young people earn a good living without overwhelming college debt. In a tough economy, factory work has begun to look surprisingly attractive. Though job growth is slow in U.S. manufacturing (1.5% over the past 12 months) and unlikely to speed up much in an era of increasing automation, the Labor Department estimates 320,000 positions were open in March. Read More....

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The Skills Gap? More Like the Grand Canyon

June 09, 2015 by Ashley Jackson

Theres a huge need for industrial maintenance technologists, but few programs to train them. An industry consortium has just rolled out new standards to change that. These days, getting accepted into Harvard University is slightly easier than finding an industrial maintenance technologist to troubleshoot a complex machine communication problem. In 2013, according to U.S. News and World Report, Harvard had an acceptance rate of 5.7 %. But if you put to work all recent industrial technology maintenance grads, youd only fill 5.5 % of the available jobs in five of the leading manufacturing states, says James Wall, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Read More....

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