Posted By Jeff Moad, August 30, 2016
We frequently hear manufacturers complain that recent graduates who they hire often turn out to lack the kind of knowledge and workforce readiness required to for them to become productive on the job quickly. A diploma from a community college, a career technical education center, or even a well-known university these days doesn’t guarantee that your new hire has mastered all—or even most--of the competencies need to excel on the job. This, say manufacturers, is an important component of a growing skills shortage.
In response, many manufacturers are investing in internship and mentoring programs that prepare high school students to deal with the expectations they will find in the real world manufacturing workplace. Some states in the U.S., for example, have created what are called Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) schools that combine classroom instruction with mentoring, workplace visits, job-shadowing, and internships aimed at preparing students for identified jobs in manufacturing and other industries. Employers can work with individual students over multiple years so that, by the time they graduate, they know what the students’ competencies are.
We frequently hear manufacturers complain that recent graduates who they hire often turn out to lack the kind of knowledge and workforce readiness required to for them to become productive on the job quickly. A diploma from a community college, a career technical education center, or even a well-known university these days doesn’t guarantee that your new hire has mastered all—or even most--of the competencies need to excel on the job. This, say manufacturers, is an important component of a growing skills shortage. Read More →
Manufacturing company executives say that a technology trend that will contribute to their growth is connectivity and the use of the information that is generated from it. Read More →
Manufacturers across all vertical industries are poised to dramatically ramp up investments in smart products, digitized processes and related technologies, skills, and training over the next four years, significantly altering the competitive landscape and putting at risk manufacturers that fail to keep pace, according to a research report recently released by Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Read More →
Is your company a leader or an also-ran in the race to Manufacturing 4.0? One way to answer that question is to benchmark against a few competitors to determine if your latest digitally-enabled project or process is world class or just table stakes. That can be time-consuming and expensive, however. Another great way to answer that question is to nominate your breakthrough project or individual leader’s achievements for a Manufacturing Leadership Award. Read More →
Perhaps one of the most uncharted implications of the journey to Manufacturing 4.0 is how new digital technologies, pervasive sensor networks, lean production models, smart products, and advanced new materials can help the global manufacturing industry achieve higher levels of sustainability in their operations. Green manufacturing also saves money. Sometimes, a whole lot of money. Read More →
Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operations bibles such as the legendary Toyota Production System not only lay out standard operating procedures aimed at driving up quality and productivity, they also reflect the cultural aspirations of the manufacturing enterprise. Read More →
Sportswear maker Under Armour has come up with a new, Manufacturing 4.0-inspired, customized manufacturing model based on a powerful combination of creative design, rapid innovation, extensive digital automation, in-house strategic partners, and local production – all under one roof. Read More →
In the weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, much uncertainty about the political, economic, and social implications of the decision remains. But manufacturers are pressing ahead with business as usual, adopting a “wait and watch” attitude as the smoke from the Brexit decision slowly clears to reveal what Brexit means from a manufacturing perspective. Read More →
In an effort to provide some clarity in the midst of the confusion, here are 10 things that manufacturers should know about when trying to assess the future of manufacturing in the U.K., and some of the potential implications of BREXIT on their businesses. Read More →
The British vote to leave the European Union is a reaction to a perceived lack of sovereignty, frustration with the EU's ability to deal with various crises, immigration, and even globalization. At a societal level, it raises questions about the balance between the individual and the group. Read More →