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Apprenticeships are One Way to Fight the Skills Gap

Posted on September 13th, 2018
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Throughout the U.S., unemployment is at an all-time low. While this is good news for the country at large, it is complicating matters for employers in the manufacturing industry who are looking to hire. The challenge to hire skilled workers remains a problem throughout manufacturing with 78 percent of manufacturers citing a lack of qualified candidates. This deficiency is one of the top two factors impacting the ability to hire a skilled workforce, according to Tooling U-SME, a provider of competency-based learning and development solutions for the manufacturing community. The deficit of a skilled workforce also means manufacturers that are unable to fill these positions are experiencing a loss in productivity and quality losses, which impacts the company’s overall ability to grow. While such issues are well-established, more than half of companies surveyed, 54 percent, still do not have plans…

Addressing Cyber-Security in the Manufacturing Industry

Posted on July 13th, 2018
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As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to attacks on cyber-security in the form of data breaches. With 1,579 data breaches reported in 2017, the propensity for such threats continues to grow. Similar concerns also extend to the machines used on the shop floor of a manufacturing plant. Increasingly “smart” machines, which are connected to the internet, mean maintenance practices now require a new level of technical expertise and a heightened level of security for Operational Technology (OT) networks. Preventing OT Attacks Throughout the manufacturing floor, OT networks are designed to work together. The integrated system of networks includes industrial control and supervisory control and data acquisition systems. Such linked systems were once designed to stand alone with no additional outside protection needed, but connections to corporate networks for the communication of data mean these systems now handle real-time information and with…