Archive for May 28th, 2013

At a workforce development meeting last week, manufacturing educators and employers from across the Midwest and elsewhere in the U.S. agreed that much greater collaboration between the private sector and teaching institutions is needed to fix the U.S. industrial labor skills gap.
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Manufacturers and manufacturing educators shared their biggest challenges and everyday difficulties in creating and sustaining the gamut of apprenticeships, internships, curriculum programs, and credentialing initiatives at a workforce development summit last week held by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA). They also used the meeting to brainstorm competency-based learning systems designed to speed the pace of readying new manufacturing employees.
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The law was formulated to increase the rate of health care coverage among Americans and to reduce the cost of health care. Read more

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Developing products for emerging markets is not simply a matter of outsourcing production to those areas or finding the cheapest product possible. Success requires a fundamental shift in thinking along several points. Read more

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Every major auto manufacturer and top-tier supplier is working on self-driving autos and they may be here sooner than you think. As technology inside and between cars becomes increasingly more sophisticated, the potential for driverless automobiles raises new questions about the road ahead. Read more


In How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things, Neil Smith identifies eight barriers that prevent businesses from implementing ways to improve the way they work. Read more

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Reports appeared in the media during the past week that China is about to implement controls over its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Reuters’s Point Carbon carbon-market news service reported from Beijing on May 21 that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s central economic planning agency, “has proposed setting an absolute cap on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions from 2016.”

However, some observers cautioned that the Chinese central government hasn’t definitely committed itself to carbon limits. Steve Levine, writing for Quartz on May 24, called reports of a Chinese carbon cap “inaccurate — or perhaps just premature.” NDRC is deploying a limited experimental program in certain cities, Levine wrote, but he said that “China hands in Beijing and the U.S. tell me it has made no firm decision on capping absolute emissions.” Read more

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