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Being able to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important of all leadership skills. It is what enables us to pass information to other people and to understand what is being said to us, the foundation of productivity and strong relationships. It was Dale Carnegie who stated, in   How to Win Friends and Influence People , that 90% of all management problems are caused by miscommunication. Here are some of the ways the best leaders avoid miscommunication: They listen to understand.   People want to know they’re being heard. The best leaders take care to really listen to what the other person is saying instead of thinking about their own response. ...
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As industrial applications of additive manufacturing become more prevalent, the oil and gas industry looks to technology to speed up prototyping and the manufacturing of spare parts.   Over the years, additive manufacturing has become prominent in different industries and has significantly influenced automotive and aerospace manufacturing ( See how GE is using additive manufacturing for printing spare parts and more ). And now, the use of additive manufacturing, also referred to as 3D printing, is attracting the interest of the oil and gas industry.   In a report from GlobalData, ”3D Printing in Oil & Gas,” the research company explores how 3D printing ...
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The Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) is a non-profit in affiliation with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). CMA represents over 250 trade associations in the world of manufacturing, including MTI, with a combined membership of over 120,000 businesses. CMA meets twice a year with NAM to hear the latest on national policy and regulatory issues, as well as commissioning speakers on delivering value to members. This past week, CMA/NAM hosted their Winter Conference in Florida with NAM CEO, Jay Timmons, giving an update on the environment we are looking at for the next decade in manufacturing. The following are the remarks Jay Timmons ...
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Big data, analytics, and machine learning are starting to feel like anonymous business words, but they're not just overused abstract concepts—those buzzwords represent huge changes in much of the technology we deal with in our daily lives. Some of those changes have been for the better, making our interaction with machines and information more natural and more powerful. Others have helped companies tap into consumers' relationships, behaviors, locations, and innermost thoughts in powerful and often disturbing ways; and the technologies have left a mark on everything from our highways to our homes. It's no surprise that the concept of "information about everything" ...
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Leaders can gain clarity by using January to simplify operations and focus on desired outcomes for the coming year.   This time of year always ushers in resolutions and thoughts of what will be different when we wake up on January 1, but   commitments to make lasting changes   to diet and fitness can be fleeting. So, why not tackle something at work that is well within your control and will make a real difference? Make January a “simplification month.” I first heard about the idea in 2013 when I interviewed   Jess Lee , the former CEO of the social e-commerce site Polyvore, who joined Sequoia Capital as a partner in 2016. Here’s how she described ...
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Manufacturing has a critical shortage of skilled workers -- more than 2 million are needed now, and the problem is getting worse, but very few women are rushing to fill the gap.   Just   29% of manufacturing's labor force   is female, including only   7% in middle-skilled jobs .   That's not because women don't   want   to work in manufacturing -- among those who do, more than 70% say they'd stay in manufacturing if they were to start their career today; according to a   Manufacturing Institute study , and 42% would encourage their daughter or a female family member to work in the industry.   The industry has responded to the labor shortage ...
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As collaborative robots continue to be introduced in manufacturing, some key safety hazards need to be addressed before collaborative robots can be safely implemented on the line. The introduction of collaborative robots (cobots) in manufacturing has presented some unique safety challenges for production workers, engineers, managers, and safety professionals. In my opinion, cobots represent the ingenuity driven by continual process improvement for safe and sustainable work. An integral part of the manufacturing process is our environmental, health, and safety stewardship. Cobots have been shown to help improve safety and health while addressing efficiency, ...
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Digital investments can help your company be resilient amid changes in the economic environment. There is a high level of uncertainty surrounding the pace of economic growth. The International Monetary Fund   predicts   that global growth will have slowed to 3.0% by the end of 2019, down from 3.6% in 2018. And although it’s currently projected to pick up a bit in 2020, it will still be slow, and forecasts are constantly in flux. Already, growth has slowed in China and India, and some key indicators in developed economies such as Germany and Australia are dipping. In the face of this uncertainty, there’s a counterintuitive but convincing argument for ...
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Robotic exoskeletons, from single-joint systems to full-body kits, are beginning to be deployed across industry and the military. Exoskeletons have been a staple of the sci-fi imagination for decades: think Tony Stark's Iron Man outfit, or Aliens' Ripley suiting up to shift containers (and battle the xenomorph queen). But those visions are becoming today's industrial reality, as robotic exoskeletons start to make their way into factories and building sites.  While medical uses aim to assist with rehabilitation or help people to move who would otherwise struggle, in the commercial world robotic exoskeletons allow human workers to carry heavier loads than ...
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The NAM scored significant legislative wins for manufacturers this week, many of them years in the making. Recently the House approved the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, in a strong bipartisan vote of 385-41, sending it to the Senate for a vote in early 2020. Both chambers passed government funding legislation that includes a seven-year reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, repeals the onerous medical device tax, health insurance tax and “Cadillac” tax, and  extends  through 2020 several expiring tax provisions—including those related to dividends paid by controlled foreign corporations; two-wheeled electric vehicles; the alternative fuels mixture ...
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Is manufacturing ready to embrace facial recognition technology? Whenever the topic of facial recognition surfaces, it tends to garner immediate reactions. For instance,   according to the Center for Data Innovation, one in four Americans think that the government should strictly limit the use of facial recognition technology. Of course, the majority of respondents are in favor of its use if it means safer environments.   According to NIST data, there have been rapid improvements in the accuracy of facial recognition technology including the infusion of deep learning capabilities. These advances are opening the door to an array of use cases. For instance, ...
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Global Economy Shows Signs of Stabilization Despite Ongoing Weaknesses. The global economy remains weak, but there are signs that manufacturing activity has stabilized. Indeed, the sector continues to grapple with slowing growth and trade uncertainties, but there are also “green shoots” that provide some cautious optimism for the coming months. The  J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI  expanded for the first time since April, continuing to improve after reaching the lowest level since October 2012 in July. Yet, exports continued to decline, albeit at the same pace as last month. Seven of the top 12 markets for U.S.-manufactured ...
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Planning for a key employee's departure is not inviting turnover or expressing disloyalty to staff. It's a necessary step for long-term success.   Job growth and unemployment rates continue to hold fairly steady in the US, spurring ongoing conversation about a tight market for talent. Many of the CEOs and senior executives I’ve spoken to recently worry about securing a ready supply of the right talent to support their business objectives. At the same time, I’ve been startled by how few CEOs have solid succession plans in place for their organizations. In fact, the mere suggestion of the need to plan for the departure or change of key staff seemed to ...
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Essential Takes on Leading Economic Indicators By  Chad Moutray, Ph.D., CBE  – December 9, 2019 – SHARE   A Solid Jobs Report Ends 2019 The Weekly Toplines Manufacturing employment  jumped by 54,000 workers in November, bouncing back from the loss of 43,000 employees in October. Much of that volatility stemmed from the effects of the auto strike, with motor vehicles and parts employment up 41,300 in November, rebounding from a similar loss in the prior report. There were 12,865,000 manufacturing workers in November, ...
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When it comes to MTI National Meetings, only two words always describe them…“Book Early.”   Over the past five plus years, due to the powerful nature of MTI meetings with networking, educational content, and a connection to real solutions, MTI national meetings have sold out months in advance of the meetings. 2020 meetings will be no different. MTI will host its two national meetings as follows: Spring Meeting: April 27-29 in Sonoma, CA at The Lodge Resort Being in the middle of wine country, Sonoma is a huge draw for many MTI members. The Education Committee is close to finalizing another informative array of sessions.   Fall Meeting/Furnaces ...
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Implementing connected supply chain solutions iteratively helps to start getting a payoff earlier, as even a basic IIoT solution can already drive operational improvements.    According to the recent survey conducted by   Geodis , 77% of enterprises claim to have limited visibility into their supply chains, which results in frequent delivery delays and demand-supply mismatches. The good news is that these issues can be mitigated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Applied for supply chain optimization, IIoT addresses the root cause of supply chain inefficiencies – the lack of prompt and reliable supply chain data – and thus eliminates its consequences. ...
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James founded a startup in the tech industry over 15 years ago. Like all of the good ideas he’d ever conceived, this one happened around the kitchen table. He’d been wrestling with how to improve communications and delivery coordination in a logistics business and had finally stumbled on the answer…his company became the solution. As the years progressed, James grew the company into a highly successful firm with over 3,000 employees. He knew virtually all of them, keeping close ties with those employees who had been there since the beginning. They still remembered the early struggles and mistakes, which made celebrating every triumph with them so much sweeter. ...
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Moog, a designer of airplane components, tested the two technologies in tandem to print parts on demand. Aircraft-component maker Moog Inc. is testing a combination of Blockchain and 3-D printing to speed up the replacement of defective aircraft parts to a few hours from several days or even weeks.   The aircraft-parts market is heavily regulated, with sales requiring certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies. That means it isn’t exactly known for speed. The East Aurora, N.Y., company aims to demonstrate that putting together the two emerging technologies—the distributed ledger behind cryptocurrencies and the building ...
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Culture change is a continuous journey. Do a Google search on the words "zero harm," and the results that pop up are not entirely rosy despite what on the face of it sounds like a worthy workplace safety aim. While the concept has its proponents, it also has detractors. Critics suggest the concept can drive reporting underground or that a pure focus on zero accidents can be damaging. Siemens Corp.'s Scott Kinderman acknowledged the ongoing debate about the words "zero harm" during a presentation at the Safety Leadership Conference held earlier this month in Dallas. But, he asked, what happens if you add the word "culture" to the equation, as in "zero harm ...
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MTI’s Management Company, Tom Morrison & Associates, is pleased to announce Kristen Speer has joined their team as Director of Member Experience and Financial Administration.   Kristen is a University of Tennessee alum with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Business. Kristen has worked several years in a sales and service capacity honing skills such as excellent communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, and multi-tasking. She has worked in insurance and HR industries bringing valuable skills and knowledge to her new role with MTI. She even served as an intern for MTI in 2014, as well as working ...
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