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Viewpoints: Manufacturing is the New IT Career

Carlos Cardoso, Kennametal Chairman, President and CEO


Like many of our nation’s citizens, a career in manufacturing made it possible for me to live the American Dream. Full Article

Up Front - The Digital Manufacturing Divide

Sarah A. Webster, Editor in Chief


The opportunity to modernize the US manufacturing sector—and enhance its global competitiveness—is phenomenal. Consider: Even though an estimated 98% of all products will be manufactured digitally by 2020, many small and medium manufacturers, who represent the vast majority of the US manufacturing sector, have not yet adopted digital manufacturing tools. Full Article

Georgia Seeds the Future for UAS

R. Steven Justice, P.E.,Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace


The aftermath of Amazon’s announcement to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in package delivery has the nation buzzing about how UAS will be used in the near future. Given the significant safety and privacy concerns of UAS use in highly populated areas, the consensus within the industry is that the first commercial applications of UAS is not in delivering your latest shopping order to your doorstep, but rather in agriculture. Full Article

The Proper Approach for Designing Curricula: Keep Industry Needs in Mind

Sherif El Wakil, Chancellor Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and Kareem El Wakil, Senior Management, Siemens AG


Because industry is the prime employer of university graduates, a strong university/industry relationship is vital to both groups' success. Designing curricula that do not effectively leverage this relationship can yield graduates who do not measure up to employers’ needs. As a result, the initial training periods have to be increased to compensate for entry-level skill gaps. Full Article

Viewpoints: Advanced Manufacturing Tools Pave Way for Reshoring

Brian Papke, President, Mazak Corp.


After years of decline, the percentage of the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) represented by manufacturing has turned positive and is forecasted to continue in an upward direction. Industrial companies continue to bring work back to this country, and most experts foresee the trend will run well into the next decade. Reshoring is a tremendous boon for the United States, but once American manufacturers bring these products back from overseas, they realize they must significantly increase their efficiency to remain competitive. Full Article

Bringing it Home: New Hubs Aim to Make Manufacturing Technologies Relevant

Debbie Holton, SME Director of Industry Strategy & Events, Former Deputy Director of Technology Transition at the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, now known as “America Makes.”


As the White House announces two more innovation institutes today--one for lightweighting in Michigan and another for digital manufacturing in Illinois--a national manufacturing network is taking shape that has the potential to create new businesses and jobs. While technology is certainly cool, especially technology in manufacturing, this isn’t technology for technology’s sake alone.  Full Article

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