FANUC Named Top Work Place in Michigan and Illinois

The Detroit Free Press has named FANUC one of Michigan’s top work places for the ninth year running, with the Chicago Tribune doing so in Illinois for the third year in a row.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Communication Clears Machine Monitoring's Morale Hurdles

When pen-and-paper methods of tracking job efficiency left AccuRounds’ engineers and managers in the dark, the shop switched to MachineMetrics. But machine monitoring brought morale challenges along with it. 

US Launches New Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the first round of standards recognition entities (SRE) and the first industry-recognized apprenticeship program (IRAP) under its new guidelines.

Solving the Education Gap

One way that shops can address the skills gap and the looming labor dilemma is to start making their own talent.

U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes FANUC America, Rockwell Automation and Industry Partners for Apprenticeship Programs

Leading automation companies awarded for efforts in closing the manufacturing skills gap.    

Zeiss to Present Second Round of Technologies in Digital Event

A six-day event, October 20-29, will showcase new technologies and innovations from Zeiss. 

HTEC Video Describes Manufacturing Opportunities

The Haas Technical Education Center posted this video promoting manufacturing and metalworking careers to students who might be the machinists, programmers and manufacturing business leaders of tomorrow. 

A Sense of Purpose and Belonging: People Drive Company Growth

Tips for creating an employee-centric business. 

AME Publishes White Paper with "Marshall Plan" for Post-Pandemic Manufacturing

The white paper argues that reshoring or nearshoring, digitalization and increased workforce development measures will be necessary for manufacturing after the pandemic.

NIMS Celebrates 25th Anniversary

“The skills required and the ways in which those skills are taught and measured are changing,” says Executive Director Montez King.

Ontario Nonprofits Partner To Help Manufacturers Grow Women Workforce

“We have found that increasing the number of females in male-dominated industries will require intentional and purposeful action for all parties: educators, industry and community,” says Build a Dream.

Skillpath Offers Three Virtual OSHA Training Programs

Beginning in June, National Safety Month, SkillPath is offering three virtual general industry OSHA programs certified for continuing education credits.

Acuity Insurance Donates $25,000 to Manufacturing e-Learning Organization

The funding will help deliver virtual classes for manufacturers through WMEP’s online classroom offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Machining: Trade or Technology?

The answer has to do with how people view the job. Maybe reframing machining as a technology could better reflect the exciting progress the trade has made over the decades. 


Has COVID-19 Made a Case for Automation? Taught Us About People Instead

Recently posted articles offer various pictures of machining automation. Also, goodbyes to two long-time writers for MMS: Wayne Chaneski and Derek Korn.

MSSC Launches Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Skills Standards

MSSC’s Certified Production Technician certification will now incorporate several emerging Industry 4.0 technologies. 

Ascent Reveals 2021 Autodesk Courseware Road Map

The e-learning organization is publicizing its course materials following the release of Autodesk 2021.


PMA Adds 120 Aerospace Courses to E-Learning Platform

In addition, the association is offering a discount on licenses for the platform through May.

Meet "Al"

“Al” could be anyone, working in any shop. But what sets Al apart is his embrace of change as a way of doing work and business. Are there Als in your shop?

The Manufacturing Process Is All About the People Who Make It Work

This month, we say goodbye to long-time Modern Machine Shop columnist Wayne Chaneski, who is retiring. Here is some of what he has helped me to see.

Mastercam Joins NCATC as Strategic Partner

The NCATC supports a higher education and industry network that promotes advanced technology applications in workforce development programs and services.

How to Practice Stage Two Thinking in Your Machine Shop

Responsible decision-making requires thinking beyond the initial benefits to consider how a change ripples throughout the machine shop’s operations and culture.

For This CNC Machine Shop, Growth is Both Wonderful and Hard

JD Machine’s sales have nearly doubled since 2013 when it was a Top Shops winner. Developing a workforce to support that growth is a challenge the shop is meeting head-on.

Leadership Training Helps Spur Top Shop’s Growth

Rosenberger N.A. has grown tremendously over the last eight years. Part of the reason is its commitment to ongoing employee leadership training.