Stanley Black & Decker Puts People in the Center of Industry 4.0 Journey

  • Date: December 01, 2020
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

I recently highlighted companies presenting at SME’s The Best of SMX virtual event that addressed the importance of workforce. Stanley Black & Decker is another inspiring example.

In his closing keynote presentation, “Making Smart Manufacturing Relevant with Enterprise Sized Value,” Sudhi Bangalore, Chief Technology Officer for Global Operations, Stanley Black & Decker, explained how people are at the center of its “massive” Industry 4.0 journey. Read More.

Universities Ramp Up Virtual Learning to Combat 2nd Wave of COVID-19

  • Date: November 19, 2020
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

At SME, we’ve had long relationships with universities and colleges across the country. We know how important academic institutions are to helping the manufacturing industry innovate and grow.

We are fortunate to have regular access to our brilliant members – many from universities – who act as sounding boards and subject matter experts, author technical papers and journals, and often serve as elected Board of Directors and Member Council representatives for SME. Read More.

The Best of SMX: Manufacturing Training Consistent Theme

  • Date: November 13, 2020
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

Recently SME produced its first virtual event focused on smart manufacturing, The Best of SMX. After participating, I am more inspired about the future of manufacturing and its workforce.

The well-attended event on October 29 brought together large and small manufacturers from all industries to discuss crucial strategic and workforce issues, as well as disruptive technologies destined to change the face of manufacturing globally over the next decade. Read More.

Educators Deserve Big Thanks for Pandemic Response

  • Date: October 20, 2020
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Back in April, I wrote about the transformations taking place in the educational system due to COVID-19. The move to remote learning was urgent and fast.

Caught off guard, educators had to quickly pivot to virtual teaching with little direction and few resources. Read More.

College of the Canyons Produces & Donates Thousands of Face Shields

  • Date: October 13, 2020
  • Posted by:Gretchen Shultz, Director of Workforce Development, Tooling U-SME

We love hearing inspiring stories from our customers. Today, we are sharing the important work of our colleagues at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, who filled an urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More.

New SME Award Honors Excellence in Manufacturing Workforce Training

  • Date: October 08, 2020
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Immediate workforce development is crucial to manufacturing’s future. In response, high-impact learning organizations (HILOs) are taking steps now to prepare more workers for the next generation of jobs.

These manufacturers know that investing in people is as critical as investing in equipment or technology and that it has a direct connection to their success. Read More.

Manufacturers and Educators Collaborate to Fortify Worker Pipeline Despite Pandemic

  • Date: September 08, 2020
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Despite half a year of unprecedented — and unexpected — change due to coronavirus, the manufacturing industry powers on. From medical supplies to consumer products, things must get made.

What hasn’t changed? The urgent need for skilled workers. Read More.

Pandemic Accelerating Move to Industry 4.0

  • Date: August 18, 2020
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

It’s hard to believe how much has changed in the manufacturing industry in less than six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take supply and demand. The global health crisis has moved masks, testing swabs, ventilators and a vaccine (which means more syringes and needles) to the top of the priority list, while purchases of less urgent consumer goods fall lower. Manufacturers continue to shift production priorities to help support national needs. Read More.

Manufacturers Make Changes to Prepare for a Post-Pandemic World

  • Date: August 03, 2020
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

In our continuing series around findings from the SME 2020 COVID-19 Future Outlook Study, today we look at how companies, post-pandemic, will shift company operations. Read More.

Survey: COVID-19 Propels Manufacturers to Reshore Operations

  • Date: July 23, 2020
  • Posted by:Chad Schron, Senior Director, Tooling U-SME

COVID-19 shines a bright light on challenges related to the supply chain — some already felt before coronavirus hit — so it’s no surprise that manufacturers are considering moving production back to the U.S., as COVID-19 continues to impact manufacturing jobs and the industry.


According to the SME 2020 COVID-19 Future Outlook Study, one-quarter of respondents indicated their company plans to reshore manufacturing production to the U.S. Read More.

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