IMT Career Journal is live at EASTEC 2013, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Over 14,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors have gathered in West Springfield, Mass., for one of the largest metal fabricating and machining trade shows on the East Coast, which runs May 14-16. In addition to the showcase of cutting-edge technologies that will sustain U.S. manufacturing in the 21st century, this year’s EASTEC has a focus on education and the skills gap.
Faced with high costs for doing business and a shortage of skilled labor, U.S. manufacturers will need to rethink how they position themselves on the world stage, consider new ways to move from design to production, and improve supply chain management, according to experts at the 9th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit. Read more
At the end of April the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a report on the environmental lifecycle assessment of the lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles, with an eye to helping battery manufacturers choose safer materials and processes. The report, in the words of EPA officials, “also reviews the potential impacts of a nanotechnology innovation that could improve battery performance.”
Developed in partnership with the Dept. of Energy, the lithium-ion battery industry, and academics, the report is part of the EPA’s under-radar Design for the Environment (DFE) Program. The program was established in 1992 to “encourage businesses to incorporate environmental concerns into their business decisions,” according to the EPA study. Read more