U.S. manufacturers need to pick up the pace in recruiting the next generation of workers to fill their talent pipelines. The industry’s workforce faces a ticking “biological clock,” as older workers prepare to retire and manufacturers seem to lack a sense of urgency to replace them, according to ThomasNet.com’s new 2013 Industry Market Barometer survey of over 1,200 manufacturers.
This is part one of an exclusive three-part series intended to delve deeper into the dynamics of sustainable manufacturing, what it means, how it is achieved, and the value it can bring to the business enterprise and customers. It also covers the challenges and opportunities associated with creating a culture of sustainability in a manufacturing environment. Read more
How much power does a natural gas engine have? According to Fred Stow, director of sales for Waukesha-Pearce Industries (WPI), “the power to change an industry.”
And maybe more than just one.
Drilling for oil and gas could get noticeably cheaper for companies, as in late August the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified two of GE’s Waukesha natural gas-fueled engine models for mobile, non-road applications.
The Waukesha is billed by GE officials as a “lower cost, lower emission choice for powering drill rigs and oilfield equipment in place of older diesel units.” They claim that powering a drill rig with natural gas instead of diesel fuel “can result in up to 80 percent lower fuel costs for a producer.” Read more
Technological transformation just might be today’s watchword for American manufacturers, according to respondents to ThomasNet.com’s 2013 Industry Market Barometer (IMB) survey. Thirty years ago, few would have pointed to the manufacturing sector as a hotbed of technological innovation. Yet today, technology permeates every aspect of manufacturing, from design engineering to the assembly line to marketing and sales. Read more