For years, manufacturers of all sizes and across every industrial segment have heard about Industry 4.0. The definition changes depending on the speaker or publication, but the essential idea remains the same.
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One of the hardest segments of the workforce for employers to find skilled talent has been the skilled trades—the welders, electricians, machine tool operators, pipefitters, and other tradespeople who are essential in manufacturing and construction.
According to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, 36.7 million people were affected by more than 3,500 power outages in the U.S. in 2017 alone. These outages lasted twice as long as the year before, keeping the lights off for an average of nearly eight hours per disruption.
Robb Hudson is named president and CEO of Indianapolis-based Aerodyn Engineering Inc. David Lawrence, executive chairman of the company, said: “I have been observing Robb in the manufacturing community for some time, and we are delighted to have him on board with us.
Demand for oil and natural gas pipe is forecast to grow 11 percent annually to $15.4 billion in 2022, a strong recovery from severe declines seen during the 2012-2017 period. Growth will be driven by an expected increase in drilling activity as oil prices continue to recover from 2016 lows.
ARCH Global Precision (“ARCH”), a Strength Capital Partners and Main Post Partners platform company that is focused on manufacturing precision cutting tools, precision-machined industrial components, and medical implants and instruments has acquired American Tool Service and OrthoGrind (“ATS” and “OrthoGrind”), with locations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Indianapolis, Indiana.
SME and the SME Education Foundation today announced that Rob Luce has been appointed Vice President of the SME Education Foundation.
The SME Education Foundation recently awarded 222 scholarships to young men and women pursuing a post-secondary education in manufacturing engineering or related technologies.
The Arconic Foundation and Kawneer have partnered with the SME Education Foundation to make available education opportunities for students of Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in a collaboration formed through the Foundation's Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) schools initiative.
The Student Summit Event Series at HOUSTEX 2019 was a success with 216 high school students attending the one-day event. Students participated in hands-on challenges and learned about manufacturing career pathways during tours of industry, and collegiate exhibits.