NEW PARTNERSHIP TO DEFINE AND MAP THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MANUFACTURING JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES MILWAUKEE — A new partnership to define and map the roles and skills required by organizations on the forefront of advanced digital manufacturing was announced between ManpowerGroup and the Chicagobased Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS Collaboration. The work is part of a broader national initiative overseen by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to fuel the development of next generation production capabilities and bring jobs back to the United States. The partnership pairs top U.S. manufacturing firms, research universities and technical colleges that are part of DMDII with ManpowerGroup, a workforce solutions provider. By identifying the skills needed for 20 roles on the leading-edge of manufacturing and design, the effort will help align workers, employers and educators to ensure the U.S. workforce is prepared to drive the growth of advanced manufacturing. “With the rapid pace of technological change it is harder for individuals to keep their skills up to date or for educators to predict what hiring managers will look for three years from now — particularly in industries like manufacturing, where new robotics and data systems are increasingly important,” said Sean Costello, senior vice president for Experis, North America, ManpowerGroup’s professional resourcing and project-based solutions brand. “Our work will create a common language to describe these emerging roles, which will help drive this $3 trillion sector of the economy forward.” The first phase of the project began in March 2016 and runs through Q1 of 2017. Drawing on expertise from DMDII members — such as Lockheed Martin, Siemens and GE — together with government experts and certification agencies, Phase I will identify the roles required for digital manufacturing and then create a framework to better understand and describe them. Phase II, which will run through 2017, will focus on solutions like understanding the gap between projected industry demand and the potential supply of digital design and manufacturing talent, and identifying ways to close that gap. “Understanding, defining and addressing the skills needs of tomorrow is a challenge,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, chief executive officer of UI LABS. “By bringing together our digital manufacturing and design expertise and ManpowerGroup’s unrivaled workforce insight, we are well-equipped to define the horizon of digital manufacturing, revitalizing and strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.” By defining emerging roles and skills in the digital manufacturing and design space, industry and academia will be able to better align for training and hiring. “This work has implications beyond any one company or organization,” said Sascha Fischer, business segment manager of Siemens. “Education remains imperative and is a driver for companies to remain competitive. Most importantly, we must see a workforce trained for the jobs that are critical to the operation of the digital factory of the future.” Job roles are expected to be realized by Q1 of 2017 with a series of strategic engagements from DMDII and partner organizations. EMERGING TECHNOLOGY CENTER AT IMTS 2016 TO SHOWCASE HOME, VEHICLES AND THE HUMAN BODY MCLEAN, VA — The Association For Manufacturing Technology will feature additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing and integrated energies in its emerging Technology Center (ETC) at The International Manufacturing Technology Show, Sept. 12–17, 2016. AMT created the ETC as a showcase for current and near-future state-of the art manufacturing technologies.Premier exhibits at IMTS 2016 include three “proof of concept” additive manufacturing (3D printed) displays: • The “additive bionic human” showing additive manufactured medical implants and body parts. • The AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy) project from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) demonstrates rapid innovation through additive manufacturing to connect a natural gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle to a high-performance building that produces, consumes and stores renewable energy. • An all-electric Shelby Cobra replica and a 1952 Willys Army Jeep reproduction.Using Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or BAAM technology, the ORNL advanced manufacturing team produced the Shelby Cobra replica in only 24 hours at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. “The ETC is world-renowned for showcasing projects and disruptive technologies that were previously known to only a few. We want the ETC to challenge pre-conceived notions of how manufacturing performs at its best,” says Peter R. Eelman, vice president of exhibitions and business development at AMT, which owns and manages IMTS. Since its debut at IMTS 2004, the ETC has become a “must visit” destination. For example, the world’s first 3D printed car was built live in the ETC exhibit at IMTS 2014, and the now-famous “Strati” vehicle received prime-time media acclaim. At IMTS 2016, 3D printed cars from Local Motors (one of the pioneers behind the Strati) will be available for rides at an indoor test track in C Hall of the North Building, demonstrating how quickly extraordinary technology can become part of popular culture. The AMIE Project The AMIE Project, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, examines and demonstrates how additive manufacturing can be used to create a symbiotic relationship between energy and the way we live. “The premise of the AMIE project is to merge the energy streams of our homes and vehicles. It changes the way we think about generating, consuming and storing power,” says Dr. Craig Blue, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “From concept to reality in just 12 months, the project provides a preview of the potential of energy efficiency and sustainability.” With AMIE, the home can use energy from the grid or from the photovoltaic panels integrated into its roof, while battery in the home stores surplus solar energy for cloudy days. The home also features a wireless charging pad in the driveway. Bi-directional wireless energy flow allows the building to charge the hybrid vehicle’s battery, and the vehicle can also supply energy to the home during peak demand.Additionally, the home can send excess energy back into the grid for consumption elsewhere. The Additive Bionic Human The additive bionic human portion of the ETC, being developed in conjunction with additive manufacturing leader EOS North America, will feature an interactive image of the human body that highlights medical implants and prosthetics now (or soon to be) manufactured by 3D printing. Touch screen technology will take a participant deeper into the story from three points of view: the patient view, the medical view (the medical science behind the part) and the 3D technology view. Actual printed body parts on display included cranial implants, tracheal implants, dental implants, rib cage, leg prosthesis, joints and hands. The 3D printed hand open source CAD files are accessible for free as the part of the efforts of the Enable Community Foundation, which advances and extends e-NABLE, a global network of “digital humanitarians.” “Designing, fabricating and providing free prosthesis-like hands demonstrates how companies, people and technology converge to enrich humanity,” says Eelman. In addition to whole parts, “bio-printing” shrinks additive body parts to the cellular level, such as printing liver tissue for drug research or printing blood vessels and cartilage for replacement of a damaged meniscus. “Tissue engineering is a growing science,” says Eelman.“The implications of printing living tissue structures in the medical industry are astounding, and we want to show people some of the possibilities.” An App for Staying Current One of the biggest challenges manufacturers face is staying current with new technology. So that manufacturers can keep abreast with daily developments, AMT will unveil the first iteration of a new software application (app) that tracks and provides readers with the latest technology advancements. “This app goes beyond a traditional RSS feed. It’s a true aggregator of manufacturing research from multiple sources that custom-compiles research as defined by the user,” says Eelman.“The app debuts as an information piece in AMT’s ETC, and visitors can test some of the beta-versions in the AMT Experience.” With its location off the Grand Concourse in the North Building, the ETC should be the first “must stop” destination for IMTS visitors. ASQ RESEARCH: MORE ORGANIZATIONS VIEW QUALITY AS STRATEGIC ASSET, COMPETITIVE DIFFERENTIATOR MILWAUKEE, WI — While more organizations in 2016 view quality as a strategic asset and competitive differentiator when compared with 2013, the majority of organizations don’t know or don’t measure the financial impact of quality, according to a new report by ASQ. According to the Global State of Quality 2 Research: Discoveries 2016 report, 36 percent of survey respondents said their organization views quality as a strategic asset and competitive differentiator, up from 22 percent in the inaugural Global State of Quality Research of 2013. The increase in organizations viewing quality as a competitive differentiator and strategic asset is a positive shift from organizations that simply view quality as a compliance, or check-the-box activity.In 2016, 14 percent of survey participants said their organizations view quality as simply a compliance activity, compared with 22 percent in 2013. The ASQ Global State of Quality 2 Research examines the state of quality and continuous improvement worldwide, providing organizations with insights into gaps and opportunities.The latest research expands upon the 2013 research, which provided the firstever view of quality and continuous improvement on a global scale. New to the 2016 research is the addition of a world-class profile that allows organizations to benchmark their quality and continuous improvement programs against other high-performing quality organizations. ASQ and its research partner, APQC, analyzed responses from nearly 1,700 participants worldwide, identifying world-class organizations that possessed the strongest end-to-end quality practices. The research also offers 10 steps organizations can take to advance toward world-class quality. According to the research: • One hundred percent of world-class organizations increased investment in quality over the last three years, compared with 54 percent of nonworld- class organizations. • Ninety-three percent of world-class organizations’ most visible metrics center on performance against customer needs, compared with 34 percent of nonworld-class organizations. • World-class organizations have half the rate of quality setbacks, like recalls, product defects etc., than nonworld-class organizations. • Ninety-six percent see quality as a strategic asset and competitive differentiator — triple the nonworldclass rate. As more organizations transition their quality function from a compliance activity to a strategic asset and competitive differentiator, more companies rely on quality departments to drive profitability through innovation, new product development and a focus on customer experience. According to the research, 39 percent of nonworld-class organizations use quality to drive innovation, compared with 75 percent of world-class companies.Furthermore, 43 percent of nonworld- class organizations use quality to drive new product development, and 63 percent of nonworld-class companies use quality to drive customers focus. But while organizations use quality to drive innovation, new product development, customer experience and more, few measure the financial impact of quality.According to the report, 60 percent of all respondents say they don’t know or don’t measure the financial impact of quality. Beth Cudney, associate professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, said the intangible aspects — like lost market share or company reputation due to poor quality — are difficult to measure. “Capturing (the cost of those intangibles) and truly putting a financial number to that is still so difficult, and no one’s doing that well,” Cudney said. “There needs to be more work in that area to find a better way to capture that number so companies have a good estimate.” The report suggests the lack of measuring the financial impact of quality could be a result of a common method. It also suggests an organization’s culture may discourage tracking remediation costs because it might call unwanted attention to recalls, product defects and more. PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF NEW SMART MANUFACTURING INNOVATION WASHINGTON — Throughout this week, the Obama Administration will highlight America’s capacity for creativity and invention and how our innovative progress over the last seven and a half years has helped continue to make our economy the strongest and most durable in the world. As part of this effort, at the third-annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, DC, before an audience of business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world, President Obama will announce that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and nonprofits—hailing from more than thirty states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U. S. advanced manufacturing. The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama Administration. Today, the president also announced the launch of five new manufacturing hub competitions, which will invest nearly $800 million in combined federal and non-federal resources to support transformative manufacturing technologies from collaborative robotics to biofabrication of cells and tissues, to revolutionizing the ways materials can be reused and recycled. With the new competitions underway, the administration is on track to meet the president’s goal of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) of 15 institutes underway across the country before the end of his Administration. After a decade of decline from 2000 to 2010, the U.S. manufacturing sector has added over 800,000 jobs since February 2010 and remains more competitive for jobs and investment today compared to recent decades. And just last month, a new survey of CEOs from around the world declared the United States the most attractive country for investment for the fourth year in a row. DECLINES EASE FOR MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS MCLEAN, VA — Manufacturing technology orders for May fell 18.2 percent compared to May 2015, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Through the first five months of 2016, orders were down 16.7 percent compared to the same point the prior year. However, as orders were down just 1.4 percent compared to April, this may indicate that the overall order decline is slowing. “Overall we are seeing improved sentiment from manufacturing technology providers, as certain key industry sectors are indicating signs of growth – in particular agriculture, which has been stagnant for an extended period, and a resurgent aerospace industry,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “The general economy looks healthier with an especially strong jobs report for June and improved consumer sentiment. With the latest PMI coming in at 53.2, we’re optimistic that the elements are coming together for recovery in manufacturing and the manufacturing technology market over the next several months.” Concerns around Britain’s vote to exit the European Union and its potential impact on U.S. manufacturing also appear to be easing, as industry forecasters predict only a mild effect for the manufacturing technology market.Some economists predict it could even encourage foreign direct investment into the United States as companies look to do business in places other than the United Kingdom. May 2016 manufacturing technology orders were valued at $277.74 million, compared to $339.50 million in May 2015. Year to date, total orders stand at $1,512.26 million, compared to $1,815.93 million at the same point a year ago. USMTO data is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. U. S. CUTTING TOOL CONSUMPTION DOWN9. 1 PERCENT MCLEAN, VA — May U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $165.68 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 4.6 percent from April’s $173.64 million and down 4.1 percent when compared with the total of $172.81 million reported for May 2015.With a year-to-date total of $855.45 million, 2016 was down 9.1 percent when compared with 2015. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group, said, “The cutting tool industry continues to show negative results for month-tomonth and year-to-date sales performance, which reflects the anxiety in the nation’s manufacturing industry.This condition will more than likely continue through the end of 2016.” “While cutting tool orders contracted for the 13th month in a row, the rate of contraction has slowed down in recent months,” said Steve Kline, director of market intelligence at Gardner Business Media. “In fact, the annual rate of change appears to have peaked and should contract at a slower rate in upcoming months. The trend of decelerating contraction is likely to continue as interest rates remain low and durable goods new orders have grown in recent months.” The Cutting Tool Market Report is jointly compiled by AMT and USCTI, two trade associations representing the development, production and distribution of cutting tool technology and products. It provides a monthly statement on U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process—the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity, as it is a true measure of actual production levels. Historical data for the Cutting Tool Market Report is available dating back to January 2012. This collaboration of AMT and USCTI is the first step in the two associations working together to promote and support U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology. BUSINESS NEWS NORSK TITANIUM AS, a global supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components announced it has received an order for titanium engineering test articles from The Boeing Company produced by Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition process. Terms of the purchase order were not released. “We are pleased with Boeing’s thoughtful review of structural titanium components made by our RPD process,” said Norsk Titanium President and Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr. “Together, we seek to create significant customer value by reducing cost and lead time from their premier commercial airplane platforms.” The engineering test article order involves Norsk Titanium producing titanium Ti-6Al-4V additive manufactured preforms, and delivering them to Boeing for further testing and evaluation. “I’d like to congratulate the Boeing and Norsk teams on achieving this milestone through many months of diligence and hard work,” said Norsk Titanium Chief Commercial Officer Chet Fuller. “Although it is still early in the qualification process, we are pleased with the steady progress, including evaluations of our MERKE IV production machine, as well as this latest test article order. This activity follows evaluations of the MERKE III production machine, qualified under the Boeing Material Specification, back in February.” The manufacture, test and analysis of Norsk Titanium’s RPD preforms is designed to demonstrate part to part repeatability and the operations processes necessary to enter into long term production of structural components for fleet aircraft. EXACT METROLOGY hosted an open house at its Brookfield, WI, location, showcasing its newest products in 3D printing and CT scanning equipment.The event was attended by a large number of people from several Midwestern states and a diverse range of business sectors, including manufacturing companies, civil engineering firms, municipalities, local artists and art museums. Hosted by Dean Solberg, Exact Metrology co-president, the day included product demonstrations featuring the newest technology in 3D and CT scanners from Exact Metrology engineering specialists. Ten stations were set up throughout the facility, each demonstrating equipment from the top names in the industry and most of the equipment was available for hands-on use by the attendees.Products included the Romer measurement and scanning arm, Hexagon Q Flash, Leica tracker, Surphasers, ATOS II Blue Light Scanner, Artec Space Spider and Exact Metrology’s newest acquisition, the ProCon Compact CT scanner. Several attendees brought their own parts and had them scanned onsite, then 3D printed. Running simultaneously throughout the day were several breakout sessions on: 3D systems (Geomagic Design X/ Geomagic for Solidwork) presented by Mike Tsang; 3D Software Innovmetric (Polyworks) by Julien Thibodeau Gagne; and 3D printing by Mastergraphics demonstrated by Kevin Carr. One product demonstration included scanning a single grain of salt with the ProCon CT scanner. The scan picked up details as minute as the ridges in the salt grain, illustrating the scanner’s ability to capture the most precise details inside and out. CT scanning currently used by Exact technicians to examine injection molded parts, castings and forgings, evaluating porosity, grain structure, filament distribution etc. PEOPLE NEWS The ASQ Inspection Division honored MICHAEL W. BUMP, a quality control inspector for Harris Corp., as the 2016 Chuck Carter International Inspector of the Year Award. Bump was acknowledged during the award ceremony held during the Division’s Annual General Membership Meeting in conjunction with ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Milwaukee, WI. Bump started his employment at Harris in October 2007 as an Inspector D and after seven years of dedicated service and a passion for quality principles he was promoted to his current title, Quality 1. During his highly regarded career as an inspector, Bump has exemplified the true meaning of a quality professional.According to his manager, Bump’s tact, people skills, willingness to work across functional groups, and his unwavering commitment to continuously improve quality has made him a key contributor to Harris’ Government Communication Systems Division. Bump is keenly aware that process improvements take time, however his commitment to quality and his neverending persistence enable him to win his teammates over, time and time again, to take the steps towards continuous improvement. Bump is an ASQ Certified Quality Inspector and Certified Quality Auditor. The Inspection Division has offered the Inspector of the Year Award since 1974. For a list of the previous award recipients, an award application, or additional information about the ASQ Inspection Division and the Inspector of the Year Award visit asq.org/inspect. BUSINESS NEWS MSI-VIKING GAGE acquired MEASURE-ALL INC., of Fairfield, OH. With the completion of this transaction Measure-All is now a wholly owned subsidiary of MSI-Viking Gage. MSI-Viking Gage’s acquisition of Measure-All advances its growing sales and service capabilities in the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana region. According to Chuck Shaw, president of MSI-Viking Gage, “MSI has been servicing manufacturers in this region for some time now. Measure-All is a highly respected metrology company who shares our customer- focused business principles. We are pleased that Measure-All’s dedicated and capable staff has become part of the MSI-Viking Gage team.” The Ohio operation will continue to be led by Al Lipscomb. Measure-All’s Al Lipscomb, stated, “We are delighted with this transaction which instantly enhances our product and service offerings to our current customers, and positions us for significant growth. It is our goal to quickly integrate our businesses, as this is a positive alliance for our customers and our employees.” “Combining our strengths, knowledge and assets with Measure-All demonstrates MSI-Viking Gage’s commitment to manufacturing in the region,” states Dan Carter, MSI-Viking Gage, vice-president/sales.“We are dedicated to developing meaningful relationships with customers, and this is an example of our proactive approach to doing business.” MSI-Viking Gage represents the world’s foremost manufacturers of precision measurement equipment, as well as a vast offering of in-lab and on-site calibration services, repair and contract inspection accredited to A2LA 17025 and ISO 9001. MSI-Viking Gage provides tremendous depth with a constantly growing scope of calibration capabilities to meet market demand. The company’s mission is to offer customers the convenience of having all of their metrology product and calibration needs met by one shop. The Fairfield, OH operation will be rebranded as Measure-All MSI, and the change is effective immediately. Its offices at 447 Nilles Road, Fairfield, OH 45014 and contact information will remain the same.
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