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The Power Of The Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Concerns surrounding the manufacturing skills gap continue to grow. Manufacturers are having an incredibly hard time finding qualified applicants to fill the growing number of new positions that are becoming available. Depending on which report you read, there could be anywhere between 2 and 3 million new manufacturing job openings to fill within the next decade, a majority might be left open if ...

Musk At It Again: Revolutionizing The Way We Travel

The Hyperloop is an innovative new transportation concept that is now gaining the traction it needs to become a reality. Traction might not be the best word, because the system would actually be a frictionless form of travel. This amazing technology has been gaining popularity after CEO of Tesla and Space X, Elon Musk, released a whitepaper on the subject and is expected to start a design ...

UK Getting Smart About The IoT

The U.S. government has started an initiative that includes innovation hubs dedicated to advance the advanced manufacturing industry, while also making new manufacturing technology more readily available to businesses of all sizes. These government programs are a great relief to an industry that has become increasingly dependent on these new technologies in order stay competitive. However, the UK ...

Mining Fatalities In 2015: Lowest On Record

Mining is notorious for being a dangerous line of work due to the nature of the industry. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is responsible for monitoring the safety conditions of mines across the U.S. and they are extremely pleased with the results of their work in 2015. 2015 saw the least amount of mining-related fatalities ever on record. 28 miners lost their lives last year, ...

TPP Gaining Momentum

Business groups begin to endorse President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership giving it the momentum it needs to potentially pass through Congress. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or the TPP, is a trade pact that will link 12 nations along the Pacific Rim that makes up 40% of the world economy. The TPP will remove tariffs and other regulatory restrictions between the nations that are included in ...

NASA Continues To Make The World A Better Place

NASA has developed some of the most incredible technology the world has ever seen since their inception in 1958. Many of their achievements trickle down into the hands of consumers. The world of space exploration calls for the most advanced technology known to man, and it is NASA's job to develop, test, and use, all of these advanced systems. Cell phones, LED lights, powdered lubricants, and more ...

The Industrial Internet of Things and Manufacturers In 2016

There was a lot of hype surrounding smart manufacturing and the introduction of the Industrial Internet of Things at the beginning of 2015. As the year progressed, it became apparent that the technology was available, but the cost of installing and creating a smart facility and supply chain was out of reach for many small to mid size manufacturers. Many of the manufacturing powerhouses like Ford, ...

The Energy Conscious Manufacturer

When it comes to saving money, many manufacturers might not be looking in all of the right places. Some might opt to lay off employees, others might look for new, untested, affordable suppliers, but so few look at one of the most expensive parts of running a manufacturing operation, their energy bill. Energy is often the largest expense a manufacturing company will face. A recent energy survey ...

Innovation Hubs For Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing has become more dependent on advanced digital technology to produce products and components than ever before. Customers can be more connected to the manufacturing process and manufacturers have new lines of communication to keep the entire supply chain informed throughout the entire manufacturing process. All of this technology has come together to create incredibly advanced ...

Science-Fiction Becoming Reality: Lunar Base By The 2030’s

The European Space Agency has been throwing around the idea of constructing a base on the moon for quite some time. But now this conceptual idea is becoming more than just a dream, the ESA began taking the idea very seriously. They expect to have a lunar base in place by the 2030's. At a symposium entitled "Moon 2020-2030: A New Era of Coordinated and Robotic Exploration" the EPA presented the ...