Weekly Wrap Up for December 9th, 2016

Jim Wall, Executive Director of NIMS, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills talks with Manufacturing Talk Radio about the 52 distinct NIMS skill certifications including stamping, press break, roll forming, laser cutting, machining, tool and die making and other precision metalworking skills for modern manufacturing employees, followed by Russ Green, Executive Vice President and Partner with Godfrey, a B2B marketing communications firm that helps manufacturers convey their story to the right audience in their market. Listen in as Lew Weiss and Tim Grady interview these insightful experts and learn how even small and midsize manufacturers can add these resources to their winning team.

Here Are Some Of This Week’s Top Stories In Manufacturing!

Lithium material signLithium is used in the manufacturing of electric car batteries, cellphone batteries and nearly every other battery in electronic devices found around the world today. This commodity is not the easiest to acquire, calling for large scale mining projects and requiring a lengthy processing procedure. However a Canadian company, MGX Minerals has just filed a patent that could speed up the process of harvesting lithium from salt-brine and may even help reduce the environmental impact from oil and gas operations as well. (Read More)


3d-printed-metalWith the increasing use of additive manufacturing across the industry, many business owners are still unaware of the potential this new technology can offer. 3D printing opens a ton of new options and has been evolving to use metals that previously took a lot of time and energy to produce and shape. Knowing what materials these printers can use is the first step to utilize this technology to benefit any modern manufacturers business. Take a look at our list of the 7 most commonly used metals in additive manufacturing. (Read More)


opec-dealFor the first time since 2008 the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to cut crude output. The deal comes after the November 30th OPEC meeting which took place in Vienna, Austria. After numerous failed attempts, this most recent meeting was a welcomed surprise. Not only will OPEC cut output by 1 million barrels a day, Non-OPEC Russia will also join the output reductions for the first time in 15 years. (Read More)


Close up gears with depth of field effectsEvery year the manufacturing industry takes impressive strides toward the future. Advancing technology and incredible developments, the industry is a critical part of the economy and is constantly evolving. 2016 was a big year for this vital industry and it warrants a look back to see how much the industry has expanded and the progress that was made. Below we will dive into some key topics that have impacted manufacturing in 2016. (Read More)