Equipment Maintenance Approaches that Improve Results
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers preventive maintenance a hazard control that helps prevent injuries in the workplace. OSHA requires manufacturers to establish equipment maintenance schedules to mitigate these potential hazards. But that’s when it starts to get complicated.
Save Green by Going Green
As more and more people focus on their everyday waste —such as replacing single-use straws or eliminating plastic tooth brushes — companies are being called upon to reduce their waste and do their part in helping save the environment. Sustainable living, while it isn’t a new idea, is becoming incorporated into more lifestyles — especially younger generations.
The Big Benefits of 3D Tool and Die Printing
To make one requires many — at least in traditional tool and die printing. The process of making tools is difficult. It’s expensive and often tedious because of the complex part requirements. Sometimes, multiple intricate parts are required to make a single tool.
The Changing Manufacturing Industry
Dramatic changes to technology, risk, and human capability have all shaped the current manufacturing landscape. Future generations of manufacturers could work with entirely different products and processes than those of their predecessors.
Hands-On Work is Making a Comeback
Over the past 50 years, there has been a sharp decline in the recognition and education of skilled trades. Now, as Baby Boomers begin to retire from the construction, manufacturing and engineering fields, 31 million
positions will be open to vocational workers in the next two years. The problem? Skilled trades have been deemphasized for so long that younger generations do not consider this career path.
Robot or Cobot?
Since the introduction of the first commercial cobots in 2011, significant advances have improved their capacities, acceptance, cost and use. Cobots can be purchased for as low as $15,000 and have little additional expenses— such as end of arm tooling.
Are More Manufacturing Jobs Returning to the U.S.?
It wasn’t very long ago that the U.S. was the largest manufacturing country in the world. That all changed, however, when China took over the title in 2010 – and it’s been there ever since. The good news is the U.S. is positioned to retake the number one spot again by the end of this decade.