Manufacturing News of Note: March 2017
Siemens launches a workforce development program, a new capacity-sharing platform gets funded by GE and other industry news.
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Siemens has launched a new workforce development program for secondary and technical schools in the United States called L.E.A.P., the Lifelong Educational Advantage Program. Made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE), the effort is designed to give high school and technical school graduates basic to advanced machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in their future careers as CNC machinists.
L.E.A.P. starts with Sinutrain, a PC-based, control-identical training system. This software can turn a PC screen into an exact representation of the Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface. The numeric kernel (NC) that drives Sinutrain also powers the Sinumerik 828D and 840D sl controls. All courses can thus be taught on a PC.
Here is more news to note:
- GE Ventures Grants Funding to Machine Capacity-Sharing Platform – Xometry networks SMEs with customers in need of on-demand custom parts.
- EuroBlech 2016 Post-Show Survey Reveals Success, European Market Conditions – Exhibitors assessed the European sheet metalworking sector more favorably than two years ago. The show also saw a significant decrease in attendees from the Americas.
- Mapal Appoints Two VPs in North America – John B. Hoy will be vice president of sales and marketing for the continent, and Deryl Carter will be vice president of business development for the United States and Canada.
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