Weekly Wrap Up for February 17th, 2017

Many manufacturers may be struggling to understand how they transition their manufacturing operations into the 21st Century without dumping their legacy equipment. Now you can learn how to hook up legacy machines to your ERP or other operational systems, along with the more advanced technology on today’s machines. Learn what free outside resources are available to help you and the websites you should explore where the expertise exists.  It is THE show you have been waiting for with Joel Neidig, Development and Technology Manager from ITAMCO in Plymouth, Indiana.

Here Are The Top Stories This Week In Manufacturing

solar-cesslUPS Putting $18 Million into Solar Energy Expansion

Popular logistics provider, UPS, announced this weekend they would be expanding their solar energy capabilities. The new solar systems are planned for eight additional facilities around the U.S. and should be completed by the end of the year. This expansion will cost the company around $18 million and will expand the company’s solar capacity by nearly 10 megawatts, which is five times higher than their current output. (Read More)

millenialsTraining the Manufacturing Leaders of Tomorrow

When looking at the current state of the manufacturing industry one topic cannot be ignored, the skills gap. There are nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day according to the Washington Post and it has had a monumental impact on manufacturing in particular. The next generation in-line to take on their roles and responsibilities, the millennials, are not prepared or aren’t being groomed to step up to the plate. Here, we will be discussing 3 training practices that can help ensure millennials are ready to take on their role as the future industry leaders. (Read More)

NJMEP: New Events & Open Enrollment Workshops

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) is an incredible entity that has been helping manufacturers realize more than $3.4 billion in value since 2000. NJMEP hosts events around the state and offers programs and services in Operational Excellence, Workforce Development and Innovation & Growth. NJMEP has some new events and programs lined up over the next few months. We’re offering a breakdown of what you can expect from this impressive organization and information on how to get involved. (Read More)

GraphineGraphene Reimagined: Development and Manufacturing Explained

Scientists at Rice University have been hard at work developing and advancing graphene manufacturing to make the material more practical. This week, scientists manufactured conductive graphene foam that is reinforced by carbon nanotubes. It may sound like science fiction but the team at Rice University walked away with impressive results. (Read More)