Category Archives: US Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Industry Continues to Grapple with the Skills Gap

Posted on January 16th, 2019
manufacturing skills gap

Since 2009, the manufacturing industry has grappled with the problem of the skills gap, an issue growing a little bit bigger each year. For a while, industry proponents have hypothesized how it will deal with changes that will continue to intensify over time. 2018 was no exception with the what some dubbed the “Silver Tsunami”. The retirement of a growing number of Baby Boomers across the industry. The Silver Tsunami equated to approximately 391,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs unfilled in the first quarter of 2018. Frequently, those looking to solve the problem propose to mend the gap through the implementation of a robust apprenticeship system and trade school options. Proponents argue these measures could also improve long-standing issues of unemployment or underemployment for high school graduates (3.9 percent) and college dropouts (2.1 percent), numbers reported by the DOL in Sept. 2018….

The Benefit of Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

Posted on December 12th, 2018
edge prep machine

By nature, the manufacturing industry works to maintain a tightly run organization. Floor managers know what can and should be accomplished in a shift based on the orders and product lines needed to run. Included in this is knowing when and how frequently a line can run, who can keep it running and how to prevent unexpected downtime to the best of everyone’s ability. How long and effectively a component will continue to run remains a question when it comes to keeping things on track, leaving maintenance of components an unknown. Over the years, the industry has tried several approaches from reactive maintenance, which promotes a “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mentality to preventative maintenance that applies service at pre-determined intervals based on known failure rates. Reactive Maintenance Works until it no longer works Potential for unknown durations…