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09.09.2014 / 0 Comment
Rockwell Automation and Beckhoff have settled their patent dispute over independent mover, linear motor racetracks. But the terms of the settlement make American machine builders the big losers.
09.08.2014 / 0 Comment
Is corporate America about to put a major emphasis on fixing our education system? Have they awakened to the disastrous consequences to our economy if we do not better prepare our workforce to compete with those in Europe, Asia and South America? I think so.
07.23.2014 / 0 Comment
Over the last two months, three announcements have been made that have the potential to have significant impact on the skill level of the manufacturing workforce in America for the foreseeable future. Yesterday, the President signed into law the Workforce Opportunity and Investment Act (WOIA), reauthorizing the 1998 Workforce Investment Act with $3 billion in funding. Earlier in the month, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills announced a newly developed skill standard for industrial maintenance and mechatronics that is out for international review preparatory to creating a new workforce certification program. And finally, two of the major educational curriculum and equipment suppliers for manufacturing skills training came together with the purchase of US / Canadian company Lab-Volt by the didactic division of the German automation company Festo.
06.10.2014 / 0 Comment
If manufacturing wants to attract young people, it had best keep up with their technological expectations.
06.03.2014 / 0 Comment
Have we created unrealistic expectations by educating more people with college degrees than what there are jobs that require those degrees?
05.11.2014 / 0 Comment
Some solutions are just too simple! If we want our kids to choose science, technology, engineering, math or manufacturing careers (STEMM), we need to expose them so that they understand why.
03.05.2014 / 0 Comment
Is being "educated" a goal in itself, or should college actually lead to a family-sustaining career?
01.26.2014 / 0 Comment
Jobs that will become available as the economy recovers will not be the same jobs that were lost when the economy declined.
01.21.2014 / 0 Comment
Recent federal grants in excess of half a billion dollars have gone out to schools and community colleges across the United States in support of technology programs for manufacturing.
11.15.2013 / 0 Comment
Additive manufacturing is a disruptive, game changing technology, much as was the personal computer in an era of big IBM mainframes and Digital Equipment Corporation mini-computers.
10.22.2013 / 0 Comment
For the last several years, when manufacturers gather to discuss issues of concern, the dwindling skilled workforce has repeatedly been at the top of the list. The workforce issues haven't yet been solved, but recent evidence suggests that the Affordable Care Act is now the top concern, not only among manufacturers, but other businesses as well.