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IBISWorld: Decline in US Manufacturing Has Been Relative

The demise of American manufacturing has become a familiar headline. Technological change, deregulation, outsourcing and increasingly competitive foreign producers all continue to do their part in hollowing out the US industrial base. For instance, over the 10-year period to 2015, manufacturing’s share of the US economy (as measured by value added*) is expected to fall from 10.7% to 8.1%. Similarly, US manufacturing employment is anticipated to fall 15.6% over the same period.

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: Let's Celebrate the Olympians of the Trades!

The WorldSkills Competition was established in 1950. It’s the world’s largest professional education event. Competitors from more than 72 countries and regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa simulate real work challenges that must be completed to international standards of quality. Nearly 1000 adolescents under the age of 24 compete.


In Defense, a New Focus on Project Management Process

The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in manufacturing engineering and wants its suppliers to be world-class manufacturers. That’s the take-away message from DoD’s adoption of the new SAE standard AS6500, “Manufacturing Management Program.” In fact, DoD recognized the need for a new standard and partnered with SAE International for its development and publication.

Controls & Software

DMDII Announces Public Kickoff of Digital Manufacturing Open Source Software Project

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the public kickoff of its open source software project, the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII-15-16. The Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC) is a software platform that can be used to share and access manufacturing data and analysis tools. The project has the potential to generate millions of dollars of savings for small, medium and large manufacturers by democratizing the flow of innovative digital manufacturing data.


Off the Line: Pratt & Whitney Engine

Since April 2015, Pratt & Whitney PurePower geared turbofan engines have been rolling off of new assembly lines in Middletown, CT, and West Palm Beach, FL. Concurrent with the design of the new engine family was a new design for engine assembly, now in use in both locations as well as in Mirabel, QC, Canada. This new system—in some ways the biggest innovation in engine assembly in decades—combines lean thinking, DFM and a variation of Henry Ford’s innovation, a moving horizontal assembly line.

Event Coverage

SME’s WESTEC Keynote Explores the Impact of Manufacturing on Hollywood

WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event, recently announced its programming for the 2015 event, which includes a keynote on the power of manufacturing in Hollywood. Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects will discuss how manufacturing — specifically additive manufacturing/3D printing — is changing the face of special effects in the film industry. Lopes is a lead systems engineer at Legacy Effects, and will talk about “3D Printing for Hollywood” and how it is impacting some of the industry’s biggest effects for movies like Avengers Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator Genesys, Iron Man 3, Hunger Games, Pacific Rim, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, and others.

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