Emily Probst is the associate editor for Modern Machine Shop. She joined the staff in the summer of 2006 as the editorial intern editing product releases for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Hired full-time in 2007 after graduating with a B.S.J. from Ohio University, she edited product releases and columns until 2012, when she moved to her current role of writing and editing case studies for both print and online media channels. In this role, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world as well as visit some interesting shops and trade shows in the United States. She also administers Modern’s blog as well as its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.
When explaining your manufacturing job to others, sometimes it would be more helpful if they could just see what you do on a daily basis.
Have you ever been in a situation in which you are trying to explain your day-to-day job to someone, and you get a glazed-over stare? When talking manufacturing, anything past the concept of an assembly line tends to lose your audience.
These people need to see all the cool technology you are using and the difficult machining operations you perform every day to fully understand what you do for a living. The good thing is that there are many resources available to do that.
For instance, 5th Axis machine vises are going to be featured on the Science Channel USA’s show “How It’s Made” November 21 at 9 p.m. EST (For local listings, check here.)
Another resource is the show “Titan-American Built,” which began airing last week on MAVTV. This new reality series centers on Titan Gilroy and his team of shop members who will be tasked to create parts for major American companies. Read more here.
Women in Manufacturing (WiM) has released new survey results with several promising findings for the future of women in the manufacturing sector. The survey, co-produced with Plante Moran, reviewed more than 870 women who are currently working in the manufacturing industry and young women who are just beginning to consider their career options.
The results found that young women ranked compensation as the most important factor they are seeking in a career, followed closely by work that is interesting and challenging. What is promising about these findings is that more than 80 percent of women in manufacturing today say that their work is interesting and challenging, and half of women in manufacturing say that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector.
The survey also found that 74 percent of women working in manufacturing say that the sector offers multiple career paths for women and that more than half of women in manufacturing today think that the sector is a leading industry for job growth for women. In addition, 64 percent of women working in manufacturing reported that they would recommend a career in manufacturing to a young woman.
However, despite these high numbers, many young women remain unaware of the opportunities available to them in the manufacturing sector. Less than half of young women believe that manufacturing offers the interesting and challenging work they’re seeking and less than 10 percent of young women placed manufacturing among the top five career fields that they think will offer the most opportunity for young women.
This discrepancy is particularly relevant because today is Manufacturing Day—a day focused on introducing manufacturing to young people and their parents.
“On the whole, these survey results should be seen as a call to action in a space where there is great opportunity,” says Allison Grealis, WiM director. “When we know what young women are looking for in careers, we are in a better position to demonstrate how manufacturing can help them meet their aspirations. We have long known that women are good for manufacturing; and these survey results go a long way to showing that manufacturing is good for women, too.”
The digital edition of Modern Machine Shop's October issue is now available.
The digital October issue of Modern Machine Shop is now available. The cover story details how one shop established an effective process to run an HMC cell around the clock for applications in aerospace, oilfield and other industries. Another story discusses how one shop benefits from both portable metrology arms as well as standard CMMs. A third story will make manufacturers who are seeking skilled workers rid themselves of any misconceptions they may hold about hiring disabled individuals, especially those with specialized training. Finally, a fourth feature takes an in-depth look at tool monitoring for multitasking machines.
Our Rapid Traverse section chases after volumetric accuracy, links to a video that highlights extreme part-off demos, and explores a new concept for the programming and control of complex, multi-axis machine tools.
This month’s Better Production section includes case studies about cloud-based monitoring improving an aerospace manufacturer’s productivity, ERP software improving an aerospace shop’s operational efficiency, multi-pallet HMCs reducing setup times, and through-coolant capability reducing cycle time.
The Modern Equipment Review section highlights measurement and inspection products.
“Technology Applied: A Virtual Learning Experience” is a video series aimed at young people that was filmed and produced this week at IMTS, and has already been broadcast to schools across the country that registered to watch this IMTS virtual field trip. The project was conceived by Sandvik Coromant and carried out by the team from The Edge Factor Show. Peter Zelinski of Modern Machine Shop appears in the video to explain some of the technology at IMTS to young people who might use this very technology in their future manufacturing careers. We’ve posted the first episode of this series on a special page devoted to careers in manufacturing, and we’ll be posted the remaining two episodes of this filmed-at-IMTS series there as well. Watch the first episode at mmsonline.com/mfgcareers (requires Flash).
Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications (left) and Sun Xitian, Chairman of CCPIT Machinery made a formal announcement at IMTS yesterday that CCIPT Machinery will be the exclusive IMTS sales agent in China.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has appointed the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Machinery Sub-Council as the exclusive sales agent of IMTS to Chinese companies beginning on October 14, 2015, for IMTS 2016.
CCPIT Machinery is a trade body of the Chinese government founded in 1988, which promotes China’s foreign trade and international economic and commercial business interests between China and other countries around the world.
The arrangement will consolidate the displays from Chinese companies into one area at IMTS and create one point of contact for them, simplifying the trade show process.
“CCPIT Machinery has been a strong supporter of IMTS for many years. They have the experience and understanding to help Chinese companies produce first-class exhibits,” said Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications at AMT at yesterday’s formal press conference. “Our exhibitors from China for the 2016 show will receive a special benefit. An IMTS Exhibitor Workshop will be held in China in early 2016, which will be the first time Chinese exhibiting companies will receive that level of support.”
“We are extremely pleased to be named the official partner of IMTS. As one of the most prestigious shows in the world, we are dedicated to providing our Chinese companies with an outstanding opportunity to bring their products to the global market,” said Sun Xitian, Chairman of CCPIT Machinery.