3D printing new steel bridge

In September, an Amsterdam 3D printing company called MX-3D will use a set of robotic 3D printers to print a gravity-defying steel bridge over water. read more →

09 Mar 2015
March 9, 2015

What kind of band saw should I buy?

A band saw is an essential tool for any manufacturer Band saw basics: Contents: Band saw basics Vertical & horizontal band saws Semi-automatic band saws Fully-automatic band saws Which band saw should I buy? Get some help This machine’s blade is made up of a continuous band of metal with sharp teeth along one edge, and it.. read more →

Industrial machinery mechanics need a year or more of training for a $45k median salary.

At the end of last month, the US Department of Labor included manufacturing in a list of “10 good jobs that don’t need a degree.” They said that industrial machinery mechanics, maintenance workers and millwright positions are expected to increase by 17% in the next 7 years, and applicants who are qualified should have very good job prospects when applying… read more →

Many manufacturing professionals who are looking for a promotion or new job often find themselves asking, will obtaining a APICS certification improve my career prospects? read more →

New report reveals manufacturing decline on the east coast.

flickr/rvaphotodude The Richmond Fed’s latest manufacturing report is out. The latest report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, reveals an unexpected decline in the manufacturing industry along the east coast. The headline index unexpectedly plunged to -11 in July from 8 in June. Economists predicted the index would rise to 9. Below is a.. read more →

25 Jul 2013
July 25, 2013

Where Has All The Training Gone?

Where has all the training gone?

The importance of training Training is extremely important to the future of manufacturing in the United States, yet in many states, it has fallen by the wayside. Training for skilled manufacturing positions has been hit by a perfect storm of budget cuts and the mistaken idea that all young workers should go to college. What.. read more →

Big data is not just for predicting election outcomes and mapping genomes. General Electric (GE) is betting on the so-called Industrial Internet — a term they coined — to help manufacturers boost performance, streamline processes and better compete in the global marketplace. read more →

23 Jul 2013
July 23, 2013

Manufacturing Gangnam Style

Rethink Robotics, the firm that designed and manufactured Baxter the famous industrial robot, has met its match. Robotis’ Bioloid, an educational DIY robotics set, has developed a new, hipper cousin to Baxter that dances – Manufacturing Gangnam Style. And no wonder. Baxter is a “serious robot” who has a job at Vanguard Plastics, a Connecticut.. read more →

Pop culture references manufacturing as the factories of the 1800’s or modern day overseas sweatshops — full of mind-numbing, remedial tasks in dark and dingy factories. Today, manufacturing’s evolving workforce environments tell a much different story: clean and safe environments with employees managing advanced machinery that drives innovation and productivity. read more →

Several weeks ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke rattled economists by alluding to an imminent tapering of the Fed’s quantitative easing. The almost immediate reaction was a jump in interest rates, which quickly rose from the mid-3-percent range to above 4 percent, where it has hovered ever since. Rising Interest Rates Even after an announcement.. read more →