Post-secondary education helps keep the nation competitive in the global marketplace, but a panel of experts who spoke at The Close It Summit this week agreed that better collaboration is needed between schools and businesses to produce talent with the right job skills.
At the Women in Manufacturing Summit in Dearborn Mich., Diana Perreiah, the vice president of Alcoa’s Building and Construction Systems business, gave this exclusive interview with ThomasNet News about the company’s advanced manufacturing efforts and honed in on the company’s desire to attract and retain more women in the workforce. Read more
In this video, Beth Goodbaum, lead writer and reporter for Career Journal, speaks to Frank Langro of Festo Corp. at its U.S. headquarters in Hauppauge, N.Y. Langro, the director of marketing and product development, speaks about why Festo decided to open its doors to the public on national Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4.
If the U.S. is to undergo the hoped-for manufacturing resurgence in the coming years, the sector will need industrial engineers (IEs), the professionals trained to design and optimize factories. Many believe that education in the field is lacking and too few students show an interest in the career. Read more
Last year, India enacted a National Manufacturing Policy (NMP) to encourage manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to move in a new direction. The policy calls for massive changes in the manufacturing sector, which mean terrific sales opportunities for U.S. equipment exporters. Read more
For U.S. manufacturing facilities to become and stay competitive, they need to cut waste, streamline their processes, and have well-trained employees. Though there has been a significant job loss within the manufacturing sector, the overall amount of goods being produced has remained fairly constant. This is the result of an increase in automated manufacturing processes and less manual effort by employees. Read more