Industry News of Note: May 2019

NIMS partners with Festo to develop Industry 4.0 skill credentials, an annual Siemens event now invites non-users, and more industry news. 


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The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), in partnership with Festo Didactic, is developing skills standards and credentials for jobs involving manufacturing digitalization and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies. The partnership will combine NIMS’s credentialing and training resources with Festo’s Industry 4.0 Learning Factories, courseware and e-learning integration. 

“This is an exciting development for manufacturers and educators, as it directly addresses both the data-driven revolution happening in manufacturing today and the skills gap,” says Montez King, executive director of NIMS. “There are so many interdependent functions and abilities surrounding Industry 4.0. This effort will help to bring clarity to the proficiencies required, train people extremely well and validate their expertise.”

Among the first tasks to be accomplished is to conduct research to discover and verify exactly what competencies should be. Then, the training protocols and credentials will be created. “We are hopeful to have the standards identified and the training program in place by the end of 2019,” Mr. King says. Read more.

Here is some other industry news to note: 

  • Siemens PLM Invites Users and Non-Users to Realize Live 2019 – Previously available only to Siemens PLM Software customers, Realize Live 2019 will be open to the public June 10-13 at Detroit, Michigan’s Cobo Center. Read More.
  • MT360 Conference Said to Bridge Gap between Manufacturing and Tech Firms – Scheduled for May 12-14,2020, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, MT360 will feature more than 30 TED-type talks. Read More.
  • Orderfox Collaborates with CNC Jobs Inc. to Launch Career Center – The Career Center is meant to increase the ability of companies to find qualified people to fill vacant positions within their companies. Read More.