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Bold, Insightful Leadership Defines Manufacturer’s “DNA”

At its core, this highly successful contract manufacturer is a tool and die shop. Its founder, who has the heart and soul (and mind) of a tool maker, imbued his company with the values and the versatility of a tool room. This is his lasting legacy.

VMCs

5 Hard Lessons from a 28-Year-Old Startup Machine Shop Owner

Good fortune and years of long working hours have both figured into the success of this young shop, which became its founder’s sole employment starting last year. The shop owner shares his story.

Hypertherm 2021 "Spark Something Great" Grant Closes April 2

Applications for Hypertherm’s 2021 “Spark Something Great” grant, which provides plasma cutting technology and training for schools teaching these technologies, close April 2.

Big Kaiser Donates to National Robotics League

Big Kaiser has donated $6,275 to the National Robotics League, raising the money through a 2% match from NTMA member purchases in 2020's last two months. This is the OEM’s fifth annual contribution.

Manufacturing Institute to Develop Recruitment Initiative

The Manufacturing Institute has entered a three-year partnership with Union Pacific to develop a “Careers on Track” initiative to encourage women and girls to consider a manufacturing career.

Automation

Halter CNC Robotics Offers $2,500 Scholarship to US Veterans

Halter CNC Robotics is offering a $2,500 scholarship to US veterans or active military studying manufacturing automation or robotics. Applications are due August 31.

Physics-Based Online Training in CNC Machining Available for Free Through DoD Initiative

Program is a response to skills gap in machining. Training reflects modern, high speed CNC machining by accounting for machine tool dynamics as part of the needed foundation.

Automation

FANUC and Rockwell Partner for Automation Apprenticeships

FANUC and Rockwell have formed a coalition alongside several other companies to help develop work-and-learn automation and robotics apprenticeships.

CNC & Machine Controls

America's Cutting Edge Offers Free Online CNC Course

America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IACMI — The Composites Institute, has developed a free CNC training program.

Allied Machine & Engineering Launches Allied Tool Academy

Allied Machine & Engineering has launched Allied Tool Academy, a training portal with online training modules which will soon also host event broadcasts and on-site training registration.

NIMS Appoints Four New Board Members

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills appointed four new people to its board of directors: Annika Langéen, Allen Reid, Paul Myles and Sara Lozano.

CAD/CAM

Esprit launches On-Demand Learning Center

Esprit has launched Esprit Learning Center, an on-demand platform for teaching prospective CAM users the Esprit CAM software.

Mastercam and Edge Factor Develop Three Free Career Programs

Mastercam will sponsor three of Edge Factor’s free 2021 Experiences, which aim to highlight the benefits of a manufacturing career to students and job seekers.

Kyocera Expanding Kokubu Campus with New R&D Center

Kyocera plans to begin construction of a new R&D building located at the company’s Kokubu campus.

Exploring Virtual Internships in Manufacturing

Allison Giddens of Win-Tech Inc. describes how she turned Win-Tech’s high school internship from COVID cancellation to virtual success.

PMAEF Awards Four 2020 Educational Scholarships

PMAEF has awarded its four 2020 educational scholarships to Ankit Gupta, Seymur Hasanov, Noah Heimmermann and Stephen Ableman.

IMTS' Miles For Manufacturing Raises Funds for STEM Students

IMTS is currently running a virtual iteration of its Miles for Manufacturing charity runs and walks that raise money for underserved STEM and robotics students.

SME Hires Robert Willig as Executive Director and CEO

Robert “Bob” Willig will serve as SME’s Executive Director and CEO starting Jan. 1, 2021, working from SME’s headquarters in Southfield, Michigan.

Five-Axis

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.    

Managing Generation Z in Manufacturing

The next generation of manufacturing employees have a solid work ethic and vast technical skills that provide value in the machine shop. 

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