News of Note: July 2019
New options for training young folks, NTMA offers blockchain services, a new partnership promoting additive manufacturing in aerospace work, and other industry news.
Vocademy’s Maker Skills Academy.
Vocademy’s Maker Skills Academy (MSA) is a hands-on skills program that covers vocational, career and soft skills training. The six-month program is open to anyone 16 and older with no prerequisites, transcripts or GPA requirements. The first 10-student MSA team starts July 2019, and enrollment is currently open.
The academy states that this program is ideal for students seeking an alternative to college, a learning program to explore maker skills, an effective pre-engineering program before entering university or a set of job skills that will “make their STEM or maker careers future-proof.” Read more.
Here is some more industry news of note:
- NTMA Partners with Blockchain Supply Chain Firm SyncFab – SyncFab uses blockchain “smart contracts” and data-driven methods to optimize the external supply chain available to OEM buyers. Read more.
- Mitsubishi Offers CNC Total Care Package for Maintenance Needs – The Total Care Package provides maintenance by combining three existing services: CloudCNC backup, machine tuning and preventive maintenance. Read more.
- Oerlikon AM and MT Aerospace Partner to Accelerate Use of Additive Manufacturing – The partnership is intended to expand the use of additive manufacturing in aerospace applications. Read more.
Decisions about the cutting tools used in machining operations are arguably among the most important in modern manufacturing.
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.
Three major technological advancements have changed modern manufacturing. Pay attention or get left behind.