Technology, People and Pizza

  • Date: April 03, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Calling all pizza fans. Have you heard about Domino’s Pizza’s Points for Pies promo? Here’s how it works: Through Domino’s app, using artificial intelligence (AI), you take a photo of any pizza you are eating whether it’s from Domino’s or a competitor (a dog’s squeaky pizza toy even works). You earn points for each pizza scanned and, ultimately, that leads to free pizza. Read More.

Partnerships Offer Solutions to Skills Gap Challenges

  • Date: March 25, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Many manufacturers recognize they are challenged with a skills gap but don’t know where to start. One innovative way to address the need for training is to create a collaboration between industry and education, such as between a local manufacturer and a community college.

F&P America is a long-standing automotive supplier of specialty functional suspension products in Troy, Ohio. F&P has been challenged with finding workers who have the technical skills they need. Read More.

Strong Manufacturing Communities Help Close the Skills Gap

  • Date: March 13, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

By now, we’ve all heard the daunting news: Nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled over the next decade. And because of the impending skills gap caused in large part by baby-boomer retirements and changing technology, 2 million of those jobs are likely to remain unfilled. What’s more, this shortage cannot quickly be remedied, as it takes an average of 70 days to recruit skilled production workers. Read More.

Getting Started With Lean

  • Date: February 26, 2019
  • Posted by:Chad Vincent, Director of Lean Manufacturing, American Railcar Industries

Chad Vincent is a Continuous Improvement Leader with 20 years of experience, having a successful record of orchestrating cultural change and improving organizational performance utilizing Lean, Six Sigma, and other continuous improvement methodologies. He is the former chair of the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee. In this blog post, he discusses how organizations can begin their lean journey. Read More.

A Unique Solution to Tackle the Shortage of CNC Machinists

  • Date: February 19, 2019
  • Posted by:Ivan Rosenberg, Founder, Uniquely Abled Project, Valley Village, California and Mike Bastine, Director, Uniquely Abled Academy, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California

Today we are so pleased to welcome Ivan Rosenberg and Mike Bastine to discuss the first-of-its-kind collaboration between machine technology educators and specialists in education to provide specialized training and job placement in the manufacturing industry. Read More.

Talent Accelerates a Digital Transformation

  • Date: February 12, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

According to SME’s Manufacturing in the New Industry 4.0 Era Survey, manufacturers say that two top barriers preventing smart technology are people related:

  • Lack of corporate leadership to lead and plan a smart manufacturing strategy
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Uncovering the True Cost of Turnover

  • Date: February 05, 2019
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Relentless turnover in the manufacturing industry is threatening companies focused on driving productivity and profitability. Voluntary turnover takes its toll on company culture, and also costs organizations hundreds of thousands and up to millions of dollars.

It is concerning that two out of five manufacturers (43%) indicate an average 20% or higher annual turnover, according to Tooling U-SME’s Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Workforce Report. Read More.

Don’t Fear What’s Ahead for Smart Workforce

  • Date: January 22, 2019
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

As the Smart Manufacturing revolution transforms the industry, some are concerned that technology will end up trumping human capital. That is unlikely to happen and here’s why.

Technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), is already changing how business is done. Yet with all these advancements, people are still a critical piece of our collective success in the manufacturing industry. Read More.

Three Ways to Commit to Training & Development in 2019

  • Date: January 15, 2019
  • Posted by:John Hindman, Director of Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

The digital revolution is here. Manufacturing 4.0 is changing the way companies approach the business of making things. In 2019, innovation will continue around the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, virtual reality, 3D printing and more.

To stay competitive, it’s imperative that manufacturers engage employees by honing their knowledge and skills, boosting productivity and agility. Read More.

Looking Back at Tooling U-SME’s Progress in 2018

  • Date: December 11, 2018
  • Posted by:Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME

As I look back on 2018, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made. From new partnerships to product launches, we introduced initiatives and secured programs that will positively impact the training and development of the incumbent and next-generation manufacturing workforce – now and in the future. Read More.

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