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Advanced Tools Help Train Industrial Process Workforce

The ARC Forum, held annually in Orlando, drew approximately 700 total attendees including perhaps 60 members of the media for the 19th iteration—Industry in Transition. Media members devote Monday afternoon each year to meeting with a parade of companies presenting new products and ideas. First up this year in my writing agenda is an update […]

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What Is Smart Manufacturing and Why We Care

[Updated: 1/28/15] Last week I attended the board meeting of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. Sometimes I’m an idealist working with organizations that I think have the potential to make things better for engineers, managers, and manufacturers in general. I derive no income from them, but sometimes you need to give back to the cause. […]

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Manufacturing Production and Employment

Manufacturing output and manufacturing employment are important factors in our economy. They are also sources of endless speculation and angst. Last week I ran across this graph from “FRED”, the St. Louis Fed. The graph combines year-over-year change in manufacturing production and employment curves. Notice that usually employment tracks production although not varying as much […]

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Managing Manufacturing Workforce Shortage

Last month I wrote a piece of news and analysis regarding a survey by ThomasNet. The survey of 500 manufacturing leaders of small to medium businesses reported the good news of increased business and improving outlook. But, respondents complained about a couple of manufacturing workforce issues—lack of people with appropriate engineering and technical skills and […]

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