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Published: 11/4/2015

Growing Great Employees
One way to address the shortage of skilled industrial labor is to hire for potential and train for productivity, capitalizing on the unique perspectives of those with experience outside of the manufacturing industry.

Published: 9/28/2015

Talent Shortage: Advice from a Human Resources Expert
The shortage of potential employees in manufacturing is a serious challenge that merits a serious response. An employment consultant describes how manufacturing businesses should think differently about talent and recruiting.

Published: 9/21/2015

The Importance of Positive Culture
One of the most significant developments I am seeing in manufacturing is a recognition of the potential value of fostering an encouraging culture for employees.

Published: 8/24/2015

The Machinist Garden
The lettuce is growing great. But can this team of precision machining specialists get watermelon to grow in Connecticut?

Published: 8/11/2015

Getting Ramped up on Swiss-Types
Swiss-type lathes present unique challenges to operators who aren’t familiar with them. Here are a few.

Published: 7/10/2015

Under a Wing
The inspiration for this column came to me in the parking lot behind an extraordinary high school, where I learned about an extraordinary teaching lab.

Published: 7/3/2015

A CNC Machine with Nine Controls
One obstacle to training the next generation of machine operators and engineers is exposing them to the variety of machine types and controls they are likely to encounter when they are hired. A community college in Illinois has the answer—training m...

Published: 7/1/2015

You Are Already Paying for Training
Training saves cost in the form of higher efficiency and reduced rework. It’s just that the costs of not training are difficult to quantify, affecting the perception of training’s ROI.

Published: 5/21/2015

What’s a Journeyman’s Card, Anyway?
Instead of a journeyman’s card, the apprenticeship program at Grob Systems offers a free associate degree as well as a paycheck and the possibility to launch a manufacturing career with the company.

Published: 5/8/2015

Investing in Tech Is a Strategy, Figuring ROI Is a Strategic Tool
This short article by Jeff Reinert, president of Index Corp., outlines the multi-step process for justifying an investment in the latest CNC machining technology. Calculating the return on investment (ROI) is a useful step in this process, but only ...