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Manufacturers Doing Remarkable Things

Let’s face it—the world has no shortage of problems in need of solving, but there is also no shortage of the human ingenuity and creativity necessary to address

You Gotta Spend It to Make It

“There is most likely some interplay between the weak capital spending numbers and the weak job market of the last few years; there is less incentive to spend

The Magnitude of One

In college I learned about Chaos Theory, sometimes called Butterfly Effect in which small differences in an initial condition result in divergent outcomes in

Saying “I Do” To Your Workforce

As a workforce professional, I have finally overloaded on the term “skills gap”. I subscribe to a content aggregator, so that might be part of the problem, but

Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First

Q: What is the best way to get analytical engineers to be “squishy”? A: Project Oxygen is a good first step It’s a stretch for most people to think about

Have It Your Way

One of the most appealing characteristics of a capitalist society is the emphasis on consumer demand to drive product and service development. Want your burger

Guess Again

How many times during the day do you guess? You probably do it more than you think. I’ll bet you guess when it’s time to leave for work in the morning, or you

Breaking Badly

In March 2013, a Manufacturing Leadership Council survey was conducted by Frost & Sullivan with 226 manufacturers.[1] The survey’s intent was to understand

Why We Have No Reason to Gripe

A recent survey by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder describes the hardest-to-fill American jobs, basing their findings on the inability of

The Big M

When discussing employment in The Big M, parents, teachers and mentors often take great care to ensure that the child/student/mentee understands the rigors of a

How To Fish

Approximately half of the 704 employers participating in a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace said they have

A Whole Lotta Training Going On

I read three daily newspapers and subscribe to a news aggregator service, so I feel that I have my finger on the pulse of not only daily events, but trends over

Don’t Bet on The Dinosaurs

There’s nothing I love as much as a paradox. So there’s a lot for me to get excited about with America’s current manufacturing paradox, which is whether U.S

Manufacturing Gangnam Style

Rethink Robotics, the firm that designed and manufactured Baxter the famous industrial robot, has met its match. Robotis’ Bioloid, an educational DIY robotics

Through The Looking Glass

In the 2012 movie, “The Avengers”, Tony Stark, aka Ironman, uses a 3-D hologram to manufacture weaponry. And although many movie-goers thought this was pure

Ready, Set, Jump

Sometimes when I am in a conversation, I feel as if I must get a “running start” when I want to explain a complicated topic. What this means is, I want to

What’s in Your (Corporate) Wallet?

American employers spent $156.2B on training in 2011, states the 2012 State of the Industry Report by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)

The Fourth Dimension to 3-D Printing

On January 8, 2013, The Washington Post newspaper posted an article about 3D printing and its enormous potential to change the way products are manufactured

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Manufacturing Innovation, the blog of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is a resource for manufacturers, industry experts and the public on key U.S. manufacturing topics. There are articles for those looking to dive into new strategies emerging in manufacturing as well as useful information on tools and opportunities for manufacturers.

The views presented here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of NIST.

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