What We’re Reading – June 2018

Those of us in the manufacturing industry know it is constantly evolving and changing. This can make it tough to keep up.

We spend a good amount of our day trying to stay current on what’s happening. Here are a few articles from across the web we found interesting and worth talking about.

The Perfect Storm for the Manufacturing Workforce – Industry Week

If the manufacturing sector hopes to sustain its growth in the coming decade, it must come together to address three critical workforce challenges. Just as American manufacturing seems to be hitting its stride, the sector now faces the perfect storm when it comes to finding and developing the workforce of the future. Read more.

When Factories Have a Choice Between Robots and People, It’s Best to Start with People – Forbes

It’s lazy to think that a manufacturing process is better just because it’s automated. While the effort going on right now at the Tesla factory in Fremont is anything but lazy, it brings into the spotlight one of the core problems with the simplistic “automation for automation’s sake” strategy: processes that aren’t stable to begin with cannot be made stable with robots. Read more.

Changing the grocery game: Manufacturing process provides low-cost, sustainable option for food packaging – Purdue University

Purdue University researchers have developed a large-scale manufacturing process that may change the way some grocery store foods are packaged. According to Credence Research, food packaging is a growing billion-dollar market, and overall predicted growth is expected to reach 6 percent by 2024. Advanced barrier coatings, which help to protect grocery items such as foods and beverages, are growing by as much as 45 percent each year. Read more.

America’s New Factory Building Frenzy – Industry Week

A flurry of new manufacturing facilities has begun popping up across the U.S. In this environment of low unemployment, skills deficits and shifting corporate paradigms, this abundance is rife with challenge and potential. We spoke with several manufacturers in the thick of this building boom, both to learn of progress with their plans and to share best practices. Read more.

 

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