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Seeing the Industry with a New Perspective

Last week I attended Plastec West in Anaheim, California (what a nice break from frigid temps in Chicago!). It was my first trade show as senior editor of MoldMaking Technology versus attending as a public relations manager for plastics industry sup...


Infographic: Careers in Welding

An illustration summarizes the work, compensation and opportunities in this field. Those opportunities sometimes involve travel and increasingly involve automation.


Honoring Apprentices Builds Morale, Pride in Moldmaking

Last night I had the pleasure to attend the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Chicago Chapter dinner meeting, during which six young apprentices were honored by the mold shops that employ them via a nomination, submitted by their supervisors...


Need Workers? Check Out This Qualified Source

In 2015, NIMS issued 21,420 industry-recognized credentials, resulting in a 20% increase in credentials issued in the United States from 2014.


A New Take on Machine Tool History

An enlarged, updated and revised edition of “The American Machine Tool Industry” by Albert B. Albrecht is now available. This new book includes a discussion and analysis of the industry's resurgence since the start of the new century, but retains th...


Educational Partnership Lays Fertile Ground for Cultivating Industrial Maintenance Workforce

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has formed an educational partnership with Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) – one of the new national manufacturing innovation institutes -- and Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana t...


AIM Institute Helps Advance Injection Molding Careers and Fill Skills Gap

John Beaumont made his mark in the industry through his deep involvement in, and teaching of, injection molding technologies and engineering. He was also recently nominated into the Society of Plastics Engineers’ prestigious Plastics Hall of Fame. B...


Apple Employs an Abundance of Skilled Labor – In China

Did anyone see the December 20, 2015, edition of 60 Minutes, which featured an interview of Apple CEO Tim Cook? A colleague brought it to my attention recently and I watched it with great interest because it actually provided a very good view into a...


Chicago AMBA Learns about Recruiting and Retaining Millennials

The Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently held its first dinner meeting of the 2015-16 season and the focus stood firmly on how to fill the skills gap and foster young talent in the moldmaking industry.


The Force Is Strong with These High School Machinists

High schoolers in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing class learned how to design a part for turning, calculate feeds and speeds, program a CNC lathe, and become Jedi knights.


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