Digitalization has affected the manufacturing field to a great extent. This revolution of computerization has changed the way the industry looks at the process of manufacturing. At one time, entering the manufacturing field meant a less demanding workplace requiring a lower skill set. Today, the landscape has drastically changed, leading to problems in terms of finding the right candidates but also providing a great opportunity for highly skilled candidates.
The manufacturing sector plays a very vital role in the economy of many countries. The industry contributes to economic growth, as a source of employment and productivity. Further still, it is imperative for future growth. It is therefore very important for manufacturing to grow. Undoubtedly, we are in a century where we have the best technology and facilities which, if implemented well, can be beneficial to the industry.
Manufacturers are optimistic about their industry and the U.S. economy, but concerned about the ongoing struggle to find qualified workers, according to the 2017 Manufacturing Report from professional services firm Sikich LLP.
Manufacturing Day is a national celebration just a few weeks away. It is celebrated on the first Friday in October, which is October 6 this year. We know how important the day is. It started as a way to help change common misconceptions about manufacturing and to get out the word that manufacturing today is clean, well organized, and high-tech.
As we enter 2017, let’s go through our most viewed blogs from the past year, representing different facets of manufacturing. Our readers were most interested in the technical issues surrounding different manufacturing processes. The concerns related to career development and the hiring of millennials to replace baby boomers also topped the list. Additive manufacturing continued to be a hot topic of interest, as well.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” These words come from Henry Ford, one of America’s prominent industrialists and founder of the Ford Motor Company. Ford revolutionized factory production with his assembly-line methods for automobiles.
President Obama issued a presidential proclamation on October 2, 2014, declaring the first Friday of October every year to be celebrated as National Manufacturing Day. The President stated:
“On National Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation, and harnessing their potential is an economic imperative. When our manufacturing base is strong, our entire economy is strong. Today, we continue our work to bolster the industry at the heart of our Nation. With grit and resolve, we can create new jobs and widen the circle of opportunity for more Americans.”
Considered one of the most influential woman in engineering, Kate Gleason was an American engineer and businesswoman known both for being an accomplished woman in the predominantly male field of engineering and for her philanthropy. Her unconventional attitude and approach to business and engineering made her a pioneer in the field and paved the way for a growing number of women engineers.
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A scientist can discover a new star but he cannot make one. He can have an engineer create something similar for him, though. These are the thoughts of Scottish mechanical engineer Gordon Lindsay Glegg as he emphasizes the importance of the role of an engineer in the world today.
Engineering education today is challenged to prepare technically competent graduates. To be effective, today’s engineering graduates must not only be grounded in scientific and mathematical fundamentals, and engineering principles and design, they must also have a global outlook and a broader skill set to land a good job. If engineering firms want to see an influx of young people showing a true passion for engineering in general, they need to address the significant factor of improving practical skills post-education.
The world’s first digital weapon and the most “successful” industrial attack in cyber history was the Stuxnet virus, a 500-kilobyte computer worm that infected the industrial control systems that operate equipment in Iran. The virus was discovered in 2010, compromising at least 14 industrial sites, including a uranium-enrichment plant. Rather than simply taking over targeted computers or stealing digital information, Stuxnet caused the physical destruction of equipment being controlled by the infected computers.