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With so many jobs becoming remote due to the pandemic, people are moving out of urban areas. While this might be a positive move in some ways, it makes it harder to recruit for jobs that need to be done within the walls of a manufacturing facility.  “In factories across the country, fixed locations, tight margins, and higher competition make growing the blue-collar workforce incredibly difficult," explains Heather Salerno, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Appcast.  To illustrate her point, Salerno  references a study her company did  showing the number of clicks on manufacturing job ads that converted into applicants has dropped by 16.5%. The cause ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Output at U.S. factories increased more than expected in January even as a shortage of semiconductors weighed on the production of motor vehicles, pointing to resilience in the manufacturing sector recovery. Manufacturing production rose 1.0% last month after gaining 0.9% in December, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday; that was the ninth straight monthly advance in factory production. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing output increasing 0.7% in January. Manufacturing, which accounts for 11.9% of the U.S. economy, has powered ahead as the pandemic left Americans grounded at home, shifting demand to household ...
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Additive manufacturing is transforming manufacturing industries, especially aerospace. In addition to manufacturing intricate, durable parts that can be made no other way, AM can make a single part that replaces multiple parts in large assemblies, reducing weight and cost. Because AM can produce one-off items on-site, there is no need for large production runs, reducing waste and saving time. As a result, the global market for aerospace additive manufacturing is   projected to reach    $2.5 billion by 2025.   Below are seven creative ways AM is being used in the aerospace industry:   1. Runway Mats Purdue University and the U.S. Air Force are co-developing ...
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The Need for Resiliency

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McKinsey Senior Partner, Katy George and others discuss the importance of addressing resilience in the next normal. Here’s how leading companies can build a business that’s ready for tomorrow. The global pandemic has put resiliency on the agenda of every company in the world. As they cope with the seismic changes brought about by COVID-19, businesses of all sizes and types have needed to adapt to remote work, reconfigured physical workspaces, and revised logistics and supply networks. They’ve also changed operating procedures to cope with the pandemic’s risks and effects. The fallout has been enormous and has demonstrated in the clearest way the direct connection ...
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Emerging developments that will become a reality with machine learning as part of everyday operations. Technology advances, such as complex robotic systems and artificial intelligence (AI), transformed manufacturing over the past decade and driven what’s commonly called the Industry 4.0 Revolution. COVID-19 has further accelerated this transformation for many manufacturers as more plant operations need to be run effectively, and in many cases, be monitored and managed remotely. Machine learning (ML) — a branch of artificial intelligence centered around creating computer programs that learn from experience and improve their decision-making ability over time ...
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Eight questions to ask if you’re considering exoskeletons for your workers. Major corporations, such as Toyota, Ford, and Boeing, have begun adding exoskeletons to their operational toolbox over the last few years. They have gone deep; generously shared their learnings; and reported some encouraging results, including positive worker feedback, less exertion, less discomfort, and even reduced injuries and workers’ compensation costs when using exoskeletons.   Many smaller companies in industries ranging from logistics to construction to agriculture to manufacturing have also begun using exoskeletons since this technology has become more practical, approachable, ...
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On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its existing guidelines concerning Coronavirus protection measures for the workplace. Focusing on the implementation of workplace protection programs,   OSHA’s updated advisory guidance   seeks to reinforce the benefits of implementing workplace policies along with the critical role employees have in combatting workplace spread. These guidelines are “intended to inform employers and workers in most workplace settings outside of healthcare to help them identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19 at work and to help them determine appropriate control measures ...
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General Motors   wants to end production of all diesel- and gasoline-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs by 2035 and shift its entire new fleet to electric vehicles as part of a broader plan to become carbon neutral by 2040, the company said Thursday. The company plans to use 100% renewable energy to power its U.S. facilities by 2030 and global facilities by 2035 — five years ahead of a previously announced goal. GM’s announcement comes a day after President Joe Biden signed   a series of executive orders   that prioritize climate change across all levels of government and put the U.S. on track to curb planet-warming carbon emissions. Shares of GM increased ...
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Two words are always associated with MTI National Meetings: Sold Out . The 2021 Spring Meeting will be no different. In December 2020, MTI did a survey of members to see how many would attend the Spring meeting if it were to be rescheduled in early May at a beach resort in Florida. The response was a resounding, “YES.”   MTI has finalized details for the 2021 Spring Meeting on May 3-5 at the Omni Beach Resort in Amelia Island, FL. If you plan to attend the 2021 Spring Meeting, we highly encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible, especially if you want to stay a couple of extra nights on the front or back end of the meeting. MTI is working ...
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Here are five ways EHS professionals can keep their operations running safely and smoothly during the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have varied and widespread impacts on enterprises in nearly all industries, as well as across the entire public sector. Besides sustaining significant hits to their revenues, employers able to remain or resume operating have had to navigate dramatic changes to their workplaces, business processes, and workforces. Even under these dynamic conditions, ensuring employee health, wellness, and safety still ranks among any organization’s highest priorities. Although EHS professionals play a central role in these critical ...
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During the last several months, the Coronavirus pandemic has shaken up the business world and the employment status of millions of Americans. Even those who kept their jobs are now working under markedly different circumstances. Leaders from global staffing firm Randstad noted that digital and organizational transformation will shape the labor market in 2021, in addition to the efforts made toward economic recovery. While the recovery seems to be in progress, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a   net job loss in December   for the first time since May when the numbers began improving after a precipitous fall in April. The recovery is also marked ...
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Last year saw  a historic drop  in industrial profits, and this year started with the National Association of Manufacturers  calling for  a U.S. president’s removal from office. So, it feels a bit odd to suggest the U.S. manufacturing outlook for the year ahead appears, in fact, quite promising. But that it does. Two recent surveys  reveal  increased investment and confidence. And Scott Davis,  writing  in the  Wall Street Journal  last month, makes a compelling case that “there is more reason to hope in manufacturing in 2021 than at any time since the 1990s” – with the potential for a quick recovery (in large part due to persistent demand, throughout the pandemic, ...
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New capacity won’t affect market until late 2021, so current pricing levels may be here for a while. The benchmark price for hot-rolled steel reached a new record high of $1,080/ton last month, according to our check of the market Jan. 11-12. That surpasses the previous high of $1,070/ton recorded by  Steel Market Update  (SMU) in 2008, and it leaves steel buyers with some important questions: How much higher can steel possibly go? When will the price peak? Will the eventual correction be a gradual decline or a dramatic death spiral as it was in 2008? As fabricators and manufacturers are well aware,  steel is in tight supply . Mills idled capacity ...
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The fastest-moving industries are struggling to produce secure code, according to AppSec experts. Digital transformation initiatives have become a common way for companies to make their businesses more agile and to adapt quickly to market changes. But faster software development speeds and the greater number of applications may be causing vulnerabilities to be more common, application-security experts said this week. Industries such as manufacturing, IT, and retail each have a large share of companies whose applications are always vulnerable, according to the AppSec Stats Flash monthly report from WhiteHat Security: 70% of applications at manufacturing companies, ...
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The Metal Treating Institute (MTI) and Furnaces North America are pleased to announce that they have signed a new media partnership with Heat Treat Today out of New Castle, PA. Heat Treat Today , founded by Doug Glenn, is one of the heat treating industry’s leading publications that reaches the vast majority of captive heat treating companies through their print, digital, and social media platforms.   MTI’s CEO, Tom Morrison, stated, “2020 brought on many changes to many companies and MTI was no different. After looking at the value proposition from numerous publications, on who could provide the largest voice for commercial heat treaters, Heat Treat ...
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Fiat Chrysler  is teaming up with air mobility company Archer to help lower costs and accelerate the launch of an electric “flying car,” more formally known as a vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.  The deal will give California-based Archer access to Fiat Chrysler’s low-cost supply chain, advanced composite material capabilities, engineering, and design experience. The companies declined to release financial terms of the partnership. Unlike traditional planes that use jet engines or helicopters with a large spinning rotor, eVTOL aircraft use electric motors to power rotating wings or smaller rotors, almost like drones, to allow for vertical takeoffs ...
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Uncovering the hidden talent   in your organization is the competitive advantage you can’t afford to lose.   Winning the talent war   isn’t about perfecting your recruitment game – you already have the right employees! You need to learn how to identify them, and how to turn your eyes toward the places you haven’t thought to look. In my corporate training, “ Career Advancement: Release the Untapped Potential of Your Underutilized Leaders ,” I explain how to shift your perception and change your senior management’s ideas of what a leader can look like. Are introverts in your organization being overlooked? Often, great leaders are missing out simply because ...
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What does it take to build an anti-fragile company that can take a punch and throw one, too? We asked CEOs across a range of sectors for top-of-mind takeaways for 2021. For Bridgewater Interiors, the best way to bounce back from a pandemic is to double down on what put the $2 billion maker of automotive seats in its strong position before the virus hit. The Detroit-based manufacturer emphasized flexibility, consistency, and culture, as Bridgewater reopened its plants in Motown and in nearby Warren, Michigan, and soon soared past its pre-COVID-19 heights. “The best you can do is adopt the mindset that we’ll adapt, improvise, and overcome, and to drive that ...
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Auto electronics are becoming more centralized, connected, and complex, and the entire supply chain is realigning around those shifts. After an initial burst of autonomous activity, the automotive ecosystem regrouped, re-evaluated its goals, and is now ready to begin deploying new technologies made possible by modern development approaches and forward-looking vehicle architectures. The Covid-19 pandemic hurt vehicle sales in 2020, but it also gave the OEMs a chance to catch their breath. Panic over announcements from other carmakers about fully autonomous vehicles in 2018 and 2019 have subsided, and reality has set in. “People have had time to stop and ...
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MTI is excited to announce it has received amazing support from the general membership to move the 2021 Spring Meeting to May 3 rd -5 th , hosted at the Omni Beach Resort in Amelia Island, FL. Amelia Island offers a wide-open environment to host the Spring Meeting with proper safety guidelines and protocols in place. Amelia Island, Florida offers plenty of outdoor activities including golfing, biking, hiking, nature trails, and beachfront access, all from the Omni Beach Resort.   MTI's Education Committee has already approved the full slate of speakers that are top experts in their field. The Spring Meeting speaker line-up is as follows: Laura Stack: ...
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