Stephanie Louise Kwolek’s research in 1971 resulted in an important discovery, in the form of a liquid crystalline polymer solution. The unusual strength and stiffness of this solution led to the invention of Kevlar®, a synthetic material five times stronger than steel and resistant to wear, corrosion, and flame. That’s why Kevlar is the main component of modern bulletproof vests, which have become invaluable to legions of servicepeople. Not restricted to just this use, Kevlar is used in several other products like skis, safety helmets, hiking and camping gear, and suspension bridge cables.
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We already saw how seemingly small human error has led to huge losses for companies in the past. But what can be done to address human error? We cannot change the human condition, but in manufacturing we can certainly improve the way people work, where they work, and what systems they use.
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Is it possible to accelerate learning? It is, with the new microlearning approach.
Technology and job functions are changing rapidly. In today’s fast-paced digital environment, people need to constantly up-skill, but have little time to learn. Microlearning offers us a solution. Microlearning is a modular delivery approach to online training where content is engineered into a series of short, concise, and dynamic learning moments, each a complete experience on its own while supporting the learning sequence as a whole.
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Big data refers to large volume of data, both structured and unstructured, that businesses generate on a day-to-day basis. Manufacturing organizations have an abundance of operational and shop floor data that can be analyzed for business gains, and with the advent of Industry 4.0, there are manufacturing companies which have already started doing so. By leveraging big data intelligently, manufacturing companies are reducing processing flaws, improving production quality, increasing efficiency, and saving both time and money.
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Employees are human and humans make mistakes. If the reason for an error remains unexplained, even corrective and preventive actions can fail to address the underlying conditions for the failure. Even seemingly small mistakes can lead to huge losses, as these cautionary tales from the manufacturing world show.
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“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” This is something Wilbur Wright said almost a hundred years ago, but that still stands true. Wilbur Wright, with his brother Orville Wright, famously known as The Wright Brothers developed the first successful airplane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and together they are considered the fathers of modern aviation.
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Introduced more than 100 years ago, electric cars are seeing a rise in popularity today for many of the same reasons that they were first popular. Electric vehicles (EVs) are very efficient and consume much less energy, making them one of the most environmentally friendly automobiles.
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In today’s constantly changing marketplace, the importance of workforce training has never been greater. Workforce training has the ability to not only increase workforce efficiency and productivity, but it can also help ensure more consistent process adherence. Once this consistency is achieved, it is easier for an organization to project outcomes and meet goals and targets. It is also an indispensable way to keep organizations competitive.
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By 2025, millennials alone will make up 75 percent of the workforce according to The Deloitte Millennial Survey. And did you know that the attention span of the average millennial is just 90 seconds? With such a short attention span, if organizations want to attract, develop, and retain talent, they will have to adapt to the needs of millennials. That’s why microlearning is the next big thing, as it is an efficient solution to offset this problem. It is short, focused learning that is designed to meet a specific learning outcome, making microlearning especially valuable for businesses.
Abhishek Jayaraman has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Production Engineering. After graduating from PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, he started reading up online about foundries and machine shops. His family owns a foundry business and he wanted to learn the ropes of the industry before joining them. After finding out about THORS courses online, he went ahead to successfully complete the Fixturing Fundamentals for Machining course. Here is an excerpt from our chat with this passionate and dedicated learner.
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