Archive for 2012

With their extensive technical training and leadership skills, military veterans are often the ideal candidates for top manufacturing positions. Yet a prevalent challenge remains: veterans are lost in translation when they apply for coveted jobs, as many struggle to market their military skills for industry careers the right way. The solution is in strategic thinking and learning how to civilianize military experience, according to career experts. Read more

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It’s that time of year again: deck the halls, light the candles and dread the company office party. While holiday parties are generally considered a perk for employees, a surprisingly large number of workers don’t enjoy them. Luckily, we’ve got tips to help you make it through these annual events, and even turn them to your advantage. Read more


A scientist investigates bio-materials. Courtesy of Novozymes.

The global coatings market is expected to reach $107 billion by 2017, according to a 2012 study by Global Industry Analysts. Reporting on the study, the Adhesives & Sealants Industry trade journal says by 2017 the industry is expected to be producing 8.7 billion gallons of product. Key drivers of growth in the market are the global economic rebound, rapid industrialization in emerging economies and increased demand from such sectors as automotive and construction.

As is the case with the other markets for bio-based products I’ve discussed in previous articles, perhaps the most compelling environmental driver behind biopolymer adoption in the coatings business is a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the lifecycle of the product. Adhesives & Sealants Industry says there has been a “recent demand spike for environmentally friendly coatings,” leading formulators to invest in “technological advancement in the area of non-hazardous chemical feedstocks.” (See my previous pieces on bio-based materials in the packaging and automotive industries and in the market for disposable materials.) Read more


Many men and women returning from military service want smooth transitions back to civilian life and employment but face a tough and uncertain job market. And vets coming back from active duty face unique challenges, among them knowing how and where to begin the job-search process and rising competition over fewer job openings. For those who are seeking to return to the workforce, the following list of 14 resources below is a good place to start. Read more

Credit: GE

You may have heard of an exciting new concept called the “Industrial Internet.” And no, it has nothing to do with connecting your CNC machine to Twitter. In fact, it may be the start of major innovations in the way goods are manufactured around the globe. Read more


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While no one has been able to accuse Congress of being particularly functional lately, a tiny piece of energy-related legislation slipped through largely unnoticed last month. On Dec. 11, 2012, the House of Representatives passed the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (HR 6582) on a suspension vote of 398 to 2. The Senate approved the bill unanimously two days later, and President Obama signed it into law on Dec. 18.

So what sort of energy legislation passes through Congress nearly unanimously nowadays? The answer is, “minimally important legislation.” Read more


What does an engineering job involve? Girl Scouts USA has teamed with the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority to promote Imagine Engineering, an initiative to help girls across the country get a better grasp of what it’s like to have a career in engineering, and to spread awareness about the fields of science and technology. Read more

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