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Retrain or Recruit? Tackling the Skills Gap in Your Organization

Posted by Buddy Smith on Dec 5, 2016 1:14:47 PM

My master’s thesis dealt with job satisfaction in the workplace. At the time I wrote my thesis, I was working for a global manufacturer of aircraft parts. In the mid-1990s, I watched my employer go through massive layoffs, reducing its workforce by more than 60 percent in three years. Watching the turmoil made me aware of how important it is to consider people when dealing with shifting economics, production needs and skill gaps.

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Topics: Education and Training, Manufacturing, Production, ROI


Looking for a Way to “Future-Proof” Production?

Posted by Ken Hyun on Oct 10, 2016 11:22:17 AM

At this year’s IMTS in Chicago, I had a number of discussions with manufacturers that were looking for ways to improve their manufacturing process.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Production, ROI


Dismantling the Drudgery of Pallet Recycling

Posted by Roger Christian on Aug 16, 2016 1:24:33 PM

It’s been said taking something apart is easier than putting it together. If you’re in business to dismantle and recycle wood pallets, you might say otherwise. Taking apart (or dismantling) wooden pallets is dangerous, deafening and draining for employees. The work in pallet recycling plants is largely manual labor

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing


What Does a Cable Company and Waterjet Cutting Have in Common?

Posted by Roger Christian on Jul 12, 2016 9:13:12 AM

Some technologies are loved. For other technologies, there’s no love lost. Like your cable provider, waterjet cutting fills a need, but it’s an uneasy (if long-standing) alliance

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing, Material Removal


How Could 240 Minutes Save You More on Manufacturing?

Posted by Zane Michael on Apr 25, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Two hundred forty minutes could save you $240,000 or more on your manufacturing process, but unlike those GEICO® commercials, not everybody knows that. Some of the companies that are in the know, however, say it’s because they agreed to a plant audit.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Tips and Tools


4 Things to Consider When Selecting a Robotics Integrator

Posted by Sam Schenck on Dec 17, 2015 11:30:02 AM

Imagine you’ve decided to automate an application. You’ve chosen robotics to be the fulcrum, but you need a robotics integrator to help you reach your goal. Once you have researched whom to speak with, how do you compare these integrators? There are 4 "Cs” to sizing up any integrator; I define them as concept, cost, capabilities and capacity.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Tips and Tools


The Moreng Metal Advantage: Robotic Welding

Posted by Jamie Moreng on Dec 14, 2015 5:27:00 AM

Article by ; National Sales Manager at Moreng Metal Products Inc.
Moreng Metal Products Inc. is an industry leader for high-volume robotic welding in the Northeast.

Metal manufacturing has dramatically changed over the past few decades. In today's competitive market, metal manufacturing leaders are equipped with the latest and greatest automated machinery, ERP software and shop floor management tools to ensure client satisfaction. As a strong testament to the significance of this progress, manufacturers who avoid this evolution in technology run the risk of extinction in the near future.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing


A Robotic Helping Hand for the Welder Shortage

Posted by Glen Ford on Nov 23, 2015 4:34:26 AM

If you have more welding work than you know how to handle, you’re not alone. Help is becoming increasingly hard to find. Thirty years ago, the number of welders in America surpassed 550,000, but by 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found there were just 343,000. Experts at the American Welding Society (AWS) say there will be a welder shortage of 290,000 skilled positions (including instructors, inspectors and engineers) between now and 2020.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing


How Deep Learning and GPUs Will Accelerate the Industrial Space

Posted by Steve Rueckhaus on Apr 17, 2015 4:53:39 AM

There's been an exciting wave in technology that's bringing self-driving cars, augmented reality and artificial intelligence out of the research lab and into our world. Last month, technologists from a broad range of industries gathered in Silicon Valley to compare notes on how one technology - the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) - is accelerating several advancements in aerospace, life science, gaming, security, transportation and many more industries.

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing, Machine Vision


How Lean Job Shops Become Agile

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Dec 9, 2014 4:58:03 AM

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Topics: Manufacturing, Tips and Tools


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