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For decades, Tooling U-SME has advocated for advancements in manufacturing, specifically as it relates to the professional development and training of the people who work in the industry. As we move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Tooling U-SME continues to identify opportunities to improve processes, boost productivity, strengthen product quality and ready our workforce for Industry 4.0. Partnerships with other organizations that support a strong, advanced manufacturing industry are key to accomplishing these goals.
A current misconception is that automation always leads to job elimination. Industry Week refutes this oft-repeated fallacy in an article about Minnesota-based Protolabs , which — despite the fact that it boasts millions of dollars’ worth of 3D-printing hardware — creates scores of jobs.
With ongoing pressures to streamline operations, increase productivity, and build profitability, it's hard to stop and think about corporate culture. Yet a relentless focus on a learning culture is at the root of successful companies.
Manufacturing employment has been continuing to grow. Year-to-date the industry has grown by 115,000 workers, and women are leading that charge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women accounted for more than 80 percent of May’s manufacturing employment growth. In 2017, women saw their best year of growth in manufacturing employment in 20 years – and 2018 has already seen growth three times that of the same period last year!
Beth Reid is a leader in directing, facilitating and managing Continuous Process Improvement projects, utilizing Lean and Six Sigma methodologies for complex strategic programs within the defense and service industries. In this blog post, she discusses the Gemba Walk and how it is used to make frequent, incremental improvements.
On a recent trip, I watched an in-flight video about Masaki Saito who started studying to be a sushi chef at age 18. This year, his New York restaurant Sushi Ginza Onodera received a second star for the 2018 MICHELIN Guide New York City. Despite being at the top of his game, Chef Saito said in the video, “I am still a student now.”