Manufacturing

Getting Kids Interested in Manufacturing Careers

This strategy often focuses on the promotion of curriculums around science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with the idea that manufacturers will work hand-in-hand with local schools to create engaging programs that offer real-world insight. While just about everyone agrees with this concept, the reality is that very few are actually putting it into practice. Many manufacturers participate in career days or one-off showcases for students, but there is a lack of sustainable programs that are mutually beneficial (and enjoyable) for both sides.

3D-printing basic electronic components

UC Berkeley engineers, in collaboration with colleagues at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, have developed a 3D printing process for creating basic electronic components, such as resistors, inductors, capacitors, and integrated wireless electrical sensing systems.

Enabling Makers To Create The Next Big Thing

Historically, the education system has produced graduates that went on to work for companies where new products were invented, then pushed on to consumers. But our students are our future makers, and they need more hands-on access to the technology that will enable them to change the process of new product development. We have yet to see education systems embrace the method of learning by creating.

Study finds parents still don't understand STEM job opportunities

While a clear majority of parents in the U.S. believe it’s important to educate students in the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, many hold misperceptions about how gaining expertise and degrees in those fields can boost job options. In recent study commissioned by the Alcoa Foundation, 77 percent of those surveyed were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to encourage their child to pursue a career in manufacturing industries, but 67 percent don’t consider manufacturing jobs ripe for advancement.

Future innovation depends on the 'kids coding' generation

Children today are born into a world where technology has surpassed innovation. What we need to see is innovation matching the pace of technology. This will be fuelled by a new mindset that is geared towards making more from the rapid growth of technology, as opposed to minds like ours that are limited by years of not doing things with tech.

Maker Movement promises to help U.S. declare independence from Chinese goods

The "Maker Movement," a marriage of traditional craftsmanship techniques with the latest in modern designs and production technologies, promises an economy based on financial independence by manufacturing almost anything the market wants through a hybrid of electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking, 3-D printing and traditional arts and crafts.

U.S. Manufacturing costs are almost as low as China’s, and that’s a very big deal

You don’t need to a Nobel Prize in economics to know that the fracking revolution has been good for the U.S. What’s not so well known is just how competitive cheap oil and gas has made American manufacturing. BCG, the Boston consultancy, estimates the average cost to manufacture goods in the U.S. is now only 5% higher than in China and is actually 10% to 20% lower than in major European economies.

New manufacturing process cuts lithium-ion battery cost in half

Researchers at MIT and spinoff company 24M have developed an advanced manufacturing approach for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The researchers claim the new process could cut the manufacturing and materials cost in half compared to existing lithium-ion batteries, while also improving their performance, making them easier to recycle as well as flexible and resistant to damage.

Rockwell CEO: Manufacturing needs to teach and reach younger students

Manufacturers and educators need to focus on students in elementary schools to develop the pool of innovators who will carry U.S. businesses through an era of disruptive change, the chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation Inc. told business leaders Monday. Programs like the FIRST Lego League and the FIRST Robotics Competition, both supported by Rockwell, are the pathways to attract youths to manufacturing...

Why Manufacturing Is Vital To Engineering Education

Even if a U.S. company outsources production, it still needs highly skilled professionals who understand the manufacturing process. Yet colleges and universities are not educating enough students to fill even the current available positions in manufacturing. According to the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), there is a serious skill gap in the U.S. manufacturing workforce—from technician to engineer to manager.

Manufacturing opportunities for Women

Taken from a survey published by the Women in Manufacturing community, "more than 80 percent of women in manufacturing reported that their work was interesting and challenging. Half of the women said that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector and 74 percent of women working in manufacturing agreed that the industry offered multiple job roles for women."

The case against needing a degree to get a good job

It's long been a given in America that higher education is the path to career success. And it still may be, but more questions are arising about exactly what type of education people should get. Some evidence suggests that forgoing a traditional four-year college and focusing on trade or cutting-edge factory skills might make more sense, leading to a good-paying job and with far less debt to manage.

U.S. Military Enters A New Era Defined By Globalization Of Its Technology Supply Chain

Gone are the days when the Department of Defense could depend on American industry to provide it with high-tech components used in advanced weapons systems. Gone too are the well-funded defense R&D enterprises responsible for the creation of entire industries such as the Internet, high-performance computing and the global position system. The Department of Defense and its major contractors are now dependent on foreign manufacturers for many of the military's most advanced weapons systems.

How Cloud Apps Are Driving Manufacturing Innovation

Manufacturers aren't just embracing cloud apps, they're proactively implementing procedures designed to optimize employees' technology use. 64 percent of manufacturers enforce cloud app policies and more than half of manufacturing employees report that their IT departments are responsive to requests for new tools. This IT savvy has not only helped firms overcome legacy challenges like supply chain management and employee performance, but also bodes well for the industry's future.

Where Will 3D Technology Take Us Next?

This week I had the privilege of attending RAPID 2015 in Long Beach, California. The conference and exposition has presented the latest and greatest in 3D technology for the past 25 years, and this year was no exception. From TE Connectivity’s unveiling of a fully functional 3D printed motorcycle to Forecast 3D’s reveal of a race car with more than 70 3D printed parts, the show floor was alive with innovation and ingenuity.

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