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Leveraging Partnerships to Exceed Your Customer’s Expectations and Win in the Marketplace

By Kim Shacklett, Vice President of Call Center


Change. In business, it’s happening faster than ever, across industries and across borders.  The rapid advancement and adoption of new technologies is exponentially speeding up the rate of change in the manufacturing industry, posing real business opportunities and challenges. Now more than ever, businesses are feeling immense pressure to deliver services and goods faster and better than the competition. Full Article

Viewpoints: Look to Suppliers to Help Fill Skills Gap

Rob Keenan, President, Seco Tools, LLC


The recent upswing in US manufacturing due in part to rising production costs overseas, higher shipping costs and more companies interested in reshoring has been great for our industry and the nation’s economy. With such growth, however, comes a set of challenges that we, as an industry, must tackle together to continue to increase domestic demand and successfully shape the future of manufacturing in this country. Full Article

UpFront: Metrology Today—More than Mere Measurements

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


At the start of the summer, I visited Southwest Germany, an area that is home to a lot of big names in advanced manufacturing technologies. Which makes it no coincidence that Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch and Mahle also call the region home. One of the companies I visited with was Jenoptik AG, and in particular, its industrial metrology division, which develops pneumatic, tactile and optical measurement devices. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: The Vincennes University HTEC and the Power of Partnerships

J. Douglas Bowman, HTEC Director, Vincennes University


The year was 1989 and Vincennes University’s Machine Trades Technology program was well established as one of the top colleges in the country for producing entry-level tool and die and injection moldmakers through its two-year associate degree program in Vincennes, the oldest town in Indiana. The program’s visionary leader, John Ludlow, with the help of hardworking and dedicated faculty members Joe Merchant, Rick Conwell, Bill Reed, Jim Lucas, and Rick Streepy, along with myself, had crafted an extensive program that trained students in the art of precision machining and the building of complex progressive dies and injection mold tooling.
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Viewpoints: Let's Celebrate the Olympians of the Trades!

Dan Newby, Educational Programs Manager, CNC Software Inc.


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. Full Article

Of Manufacturing and Digital Revolutions

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Amidst the hype and hoopla, there is evidence that there is real opportunity in vastly improving manufacturing through common place and inexpensive computing coupled with connectivity. Full Article

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