How Can the Manufacturing Skills Gap be Filled?

Posted on January 18th, 2023
manufacturing skills gap

Over the years we have often written about the manufacturing skills gap and its long-range impacts on the industry. In August 2022, the industry had 795,000 job openings. Why are there so many openings? According to study findings by the industry and Deloitte, there’s a persistent mismatch in structural skills. The industry also continues to be plagued by old perceptions, making it challenging to attract new workers to manufacturing. Knowing that manufacturing companies are increasingly competing with other sectors for skilled labor, it’s time for a new approach. This comes in the form of an extensive and forward-looking study conducted by The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, in partnership with Rockwell Automation and PTC software. The study titled Future Skill Needs in Manufacturing: A Deep Dive, shared predictions on where they…

Consider an Edge Prep Solution in 2023 to Extend the Life of your Tools

Posted on December 23rd, 2022
Robot loaded edge prep system

The last couple of years have been tough on those of us in the manufacturing industry. Supply chain woes, inflationary pressures and labor shortages continue to plague many of us, and these issues have unfortunately become a constant in the day-to-day of many of our peers, too. These days, it’s becoming more important than ever to make the most of what you have. For those working with tools such as endmills, reamers, drill bits, taps, hob cutters, stick blades, shaper cutters or rock drills, you know first-hand just how important it is to keep your tools in sharp working order. In fact, keeping these tools in their best working order is critical in your efforts to keep lines running and orders going out the door. Although everyone knows the benefits of keeping tools sharp, these kinds of maintenance features can…