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In Taiwan’s Machine-Tool Industry, Contract Workers Do More than Scrape By

Michael C. Anderson, Senior Editor


Contract workers in many businesses in many countries are lower in the pecking order than the full-timers, with lower pay, fewer or no benefits. Not so in Taiwan's "golden circle of manufacturing." In Greater Taichung, skilled—but aging—hand scrapers have become too valuable to be tied to a single company. Dah Lih’s Tim Wen explains.

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NIMS Opens New Gene Haas Education Center

Press Release - NIMS


Today, NIMS officially opened its new education center to help educators and businesses deliver the highest quality and most relevant manufacturing training for students and employees.  The Gene Haas Education Center, located on NIMS’ campus in Fairfax, VA, will provide workshops and training for instructors and industry representatives.  “NIMS is committed to empowering companies and education institutions to build a skilled workforce in their communities by equipping them with the right knowledge, tools and resources,” says NIMS Executive Director, James Wall. Full Article

Apprenticeship Program Expanding Nationwide

Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing


In West Virginia, as in most of the nation, there simply are not enough workers pursuing careers in manufacturing, and this talent shortage will continue to grow as more Baby Boomers retire. This is an issue for most companies. In fact, the Tooling U-SME Millennial Survey shows that eight of 10 manufacturers are concerned about meeting their workforce needs within the next five years. Full Article

OESA, Harbour Results Tooling Barometer Indicates Tool and Die Shops are Investing in the Future

PRESS RELEASE - OESA/Harbour Results


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Oct. 14, 2015) – The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and Harbour Results Inc., (HRI) recently completed the fourth Automotive Tooling Barometer (The Barometer), which was sponsored by Die Cad Group and Expert Tech, focused on the impending talent gap within the industry. The Barometer indicates that the mean age across all tool shops polled is 43 and that shops are looking to apprentices to assist in replacing the workforce with 63 percent of tool shops planning to hire apprentices in the next 12 months. Full Article

Robotic Welding Fills Skills Gap with Quality Production

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


The decision to adopt robotic automation for welding cells is getting easier every day. There are any number of manufacturing considerations influencing that decision, including quality, productivity, and consistency of the weld. Today, however, the key driver is the lack of skilled welders available to fill the requirements of shops both large and small. Though at first glance shops may be put off by their cost and the idea that robots are difficult to program, they soon learn that robotic controls are easier than ever to program and that in the long run it’s easier to train someone to operate the robot than it is to find qualified welders and support their very human health, safety, and employment costs. Full Article

SME Designs 3D Printing Contest for SkillsUSA

Pam Hurt, SME Industry Manager, Workforce Development


During the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this summer, 14 teams of two students each took part in the first ever additive manufacturing contest using the latest 3D printing technology and software. Full Article

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