Weekly Wrap Up for January 26th, 2018

Listen to Gary Slawik, Manager of Apprenticeship and Training Programs at Bihler of America talks about vocational training then and now for careers in manufacturing which are the future of good paying, steady, interesting and challenging careers. The solution is showing teenagers and young adults that this career path can be more rewarding than others they are considering, and providing parents proof that manufacturing has a plethora of pathways for the future of their children.

Here Are Some of This Week’s Top Stories in Manufacturing

Cyber SecuritySecurity Now Extends to the Machines on the Shop Floor

At one time, if a business owner was discussing security, they were primarily speaking about their physical assets. Whether it was their employees, facilities, or products, protecting their industrial machinery was a task that could be accomplished by implementing proper maintenance practices. However, as these critical pieces of machinery become increasingly connected to the open internet, a new form of security is taking precedent, cybersecurity. (Read More)

The Manufacturing Institute Launches Veterans Training Program

A new veterans training program has been launched by The Manufacturing Institute. Named Heroes MAKE America, it is being held at Fort Riley, Kansas. This is a full-time, 10-week career skills program that launched in conjunction with the U.S. Army Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program also located at Fort Riley and the USO Pathfinder Program. The new program was created to help transitioning service members develop highly sought after qualifications and industry-specific certifications necessary for today’s manufacturing workforce. (Read More)

Tariffs Imposed on Solar Panels and Washing Machines

American businesses are divided on the latest decision by President Donald Trump for signing a measure to impose tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines. The administration continues to reassure the American public that this move was a part of President Trump’s pledge to focus first on American companies and jobs, however, many are concerned about the outcome. (Read More)

Air Force Uses 3D Printing to Breathe New Life In Old Aircraft

Renaissance Services, an enterprise systems integrator for aerospace and defense companies based in Ohio, just secured a $2.9 million Air Force contract to manufacture gearboxes and housings for currently out of production aircraft and engines using the power of additive manufacturing. (Read More)

Women And Manufacturing

On this episode of Women And Manufacturing we follow the path of Stacia Hobson as she talks about how she went from a career in fitness to owning Image Industries, her families’ multi-million dollar manufacturing company. Stacia’s story covers all of the pitfalls and learning experiences of her rise through the ranks and how she overcame countless obstacles on her way to the top of an industry-leading manufacturing company. Listen to Host Nicole Wolter as she gets some great advice and compelling stories for anyone in manufacturing.