Weekly Wrap Up for May 10th, 2019

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Dr. Chris Kuehl, author of the monthly Credit Manager’s Index report, joins hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the latest details in the world of credit managers, as well as general economic conditions in the manufacturing industry.


MT360The Association For Manufacturing Technology Invites You To The MT360 Conference

To accelerate the integration of emerging technologies into manufacturing applications, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has created the MT360 Conference. Held June 18 to 20, 2019, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif., MT360 will feature more than 30 TED-type talks. Presentations focus on four transformative technologies: additive manufacturing, augmented reality, cognitive automation and the digital thread. A simulated factory will provide demonstrations and a forum to interact with representatives from leading legacy and 16 start-up companies. (Read More)


In this episode, noted labor economist Bob Lerman joins us to shed light on a subject that few people in the field of economics and certainly few people in Washington have thought as deeply about-apprenticeships. At a time when US manufacturing executives are expressing increasing concern about the scarcity of workers who are qualified for a wide range of manufacturing jobs, Dr. Lerman’s unique insights into the development and long-term value of apprenticeship programs are critical for the productivity and competitiveness of the factory sector. Throughout the interview, Bob offers details on the architecture of apprenticeships, issues arising from technological disruption, the role of the public sector in fostering apprenticeship programs and on the return from their implementation.


What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?

Getting high school students interested in a career in manufacturing has been a challenge. Most students regard manufacturing work as dirty, dangerous, low-paying work. Making matters worse, only 35% of parents indicate they would encourage their son or daughter to consider a career in manufacturing. So who better to help get the message to students that today’s manufacturing jobs are exciting, high-tech, rewarding and pay well? How about the students themselves. (Read More)


This week on the first edition of The WAM Podcast’s special 6-episode ASSP series, host and CEO of The American Society Of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Jennifer McNelly, speaks with Dr. Cori Wong, Assistant Vice President for Gender Equity within the office of the Vice President for Diversity at Colorado State University. The ladies discuss how prioritizing gender diversity and inclusion can improve occupational safety and health. Cori shares four powerful concepts she says safety professionals can use to reframe their thinking about gender in the workplace.


Metals test fraudMetals Fraud the Cause of $700 Million Rocket Failure

According to NASA officials, falsified certifications on thousands of aluminum parts is the root cause of the failure of a 2011 satellite launch. The faked test results and subsequent faulty parts provided to NASA resulted in not one but two failed satellite launches. (Read More)