Happy New Year, Manufacturers!
ICYMI: Congress finished 2015 with a bang. Decades of hard work and determination by a coalition of committed manufacturing companies and organizations finally paid off with passage of the FY16 Omnibus funding bill that also included restoration of the 50+ expired...  (more)
Why Compete in a Student Challenge ?
For many college students, after a nice relaxing winter break the last thing they want is to do is voluntarily add to their workload by taking on a student competition. But if you can budget just a little extra time...  (more)
Why Compete in a Student Challenge ?
For many college students, after a nice relaxing winter break the last thing they want is to do is voluntarily add to their workload by taking on a student competition. But if you can budget just a little extra time...   (more)
Discussing the IoT with Student Challenge Winner Joel Neidig
If all the buzz around MTConnect Student Challenge has left you wanting to know more about the IoT and how it connects to the manufacturing industry– check out this online forum brought to you by none other than MTConnect Student...   (more)
Discussing the IoT with Student Challenge Winner Joel Neidig
If all the buzz around MTConnect Student Challenge has left you wanting to know more about the IoT and how it connects to the manufacturing industry– check out this online forum brought to you by none other than MTConnect Student...  (more)
Join Us for a “MTConnect Student Challenge” Webinar
Join us tomorrow afternoon (12 p.m. EST) for a webinar about a tech-­focused maker competition, where we will discuss challenges in the manufacturing industry and how your bright ideas could help solve these issues and win you up to $33K...  (more)
“Growing the Next Generation Automation-Capable Workforce” with Ted Rozier
Penny Brown from the Association for Manufacturing Technology sat down with Festo Didactic’s Ted Rozier to talk about workforce development, and exciting opportunities for students in automation. Rozier has been in the industry for 18 years, and now he is turning...  (more)
Join Us for a “MTConnect Student Challenge” Webinar
Join us tomorrow afternoon (12 p.m. EST) for a webinar about a tech-­focused maker competition, where we will discuss challenges in the manufacturing industry and how your bright ideas could help solve these issues and win you up to $33K...   (more)
“Growing the Next Generation Automation-Capable Workforce” with Ted Rozier
Penny Brown from the Association for Manufacturing Technology sat down with Festo Didactic’s Ted Rozier to talk about workforce development, and exciting opportunities for students in automation. Rozier has been in the industry for 18 years, and now he is turning...   (more)
Smartforce Support
Educators, alumni, and parents– that time of year is approaching where college students are trying to succeed with their studies, do well on final exams, get ready for holiday vacation, and take care of personal work (like the MTConnect Student...   (more)
Smartforce Support
Educators, alumni, and parents– that time of year is approaching where college students are trying to succeed with their studies, do well on final exams, get ready for holiday vacation, and take care of personal work (like the MTConnect Student...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge – Bringing Innovation to Industry
This post originally appeared in the IMTS Insider.  Calling all college students, and anyone who knows a college student: The MTConnect Student Challenge is for you! More companies are turning to technology and entrepreneurial competitions as a source for new...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge – Bringing Innovation to Industry
This post originally appeared in the IMTS Insider.  Calling all college students, and anyone who knows a college student: The MTConnect Student Challenge is for you! More companies are turning to technology and entrepreneurial competitions as a source for new...   (more)
Is Improvement Coming for the Manufacturing Economy?
The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report showed a gain in orders for September over the previous month – but still a serious lag behind order levels at the same point in 2014. With manufacturing still fighting through the...   (more)
Is Improvement Coming for the Manufacturing Economy?
The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report showed a gain in orders for September over the previous month – but still a serious lag behind order levels at the same point in 2014. With manufacturing still fighting through the...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge Hits The Road!
Attention all college students, professors, parents, and educators! MTConnect is hitting the road to visit college campuses and conferences across the country to discuss the ins an outs of the MTConnect Student Challenge. At each stop we’ll be getting attendees...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge Hits The Road!
Attention all college students, professors, parents, and educators! MTConnect is hitting the road to visit college campuses and conferences across the country to discuss the ins an outs of the MTConnect Student Challenge. At each stop we’ll be getting attendees...   (more)
Guest Post with Cisco-Eagle: How Are You Incorporating Millennials Into Your Manufacturing Labor Force?
Millennials are poised and ready to take over the manufacturing labor force in the not-so-distant future. Here’s a look at how to recruit, train, and work alongside Millennial workers to come out a step ahead. Let’s be frank: The Millennial...   (more)
Guest Post with Cisco-Eagle: How Are You Incorporating Millennials Into Your Manufacturing Labor Force?
Millennials are poised and ready to take over the manufacturing labor force in the not-so-distant future. Here’s a look at how to recruit, train, and work alongside Millennial workers to come out a step ahead. Let’s be frank: The Millennial...  (more)
#MFG Global: Central & Eastern Europe – Ripe Opportunity for U.S. Manufacturers
Hubert Sawicki, AMT Consultant – CEE reports:  As evidenced by discussions at the recent European machine tool show, EMO Milano, U.S. manufacturers are increasingly interested in the Central and Eastern Europe markets of Poland and Romania. Both markets represent significant...  (more)
#MFG Global: Central & Eastern Europe – Ripe Opportunity for U.S. Manufacturers
Hubert Sawicki, AMT Consultant – CEE reports:  As evidenced by discussions at the recent European machine tool show, EMO Milano, U.S. manufacturers are increasingly interested in the Central and Eastern Europe markets of Poland and Romania. Both markets represent significant...   (more)
#BackToFutureDay — A Day For Innovators  
Today marks an important day for lovers of cinema and STEM alike. It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II, sparking the curiosity of many future scientists in the process....   (more)
#BackToFutureDay — A Day For Innovators  
Today marks an important day for lovers of cinema and STEM alike. It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II, sparking the curiosity of many future scientists in the process....  (more)
MFG Day Event Spotlight: Advanced Manufacturing Center Grand Opening Expo 
Calling all Centennial State STEM students and advocates! There will be a grand opening expo for the Community College of Denver’s Advanced Manufacturing Center this upcoming MFG Day on October 6th. They will be debuting new equipment in their impressive...  (more)
Scholarship Opportunities Fall 2015
Fall is here again, you know what that means! No, not pumpkin lattes, its college application season! Whether you are applying to a technical college, a four year program, or graduate work— education is expensive. To help alleviate the costs...  (more)
MFG Day Event Spotlight: Advanced Manufacturing Center Grand Opening Expo 
Calling all Centennial State STEM students and advocates! There will be a grand opening expo for the Community College of Denver’s Advanced Manufacturing Center this upcoming MFG Day on October 6th. They will be debuting new equipment in their impressive...   (more)
Scholarship Opportunities Fall 2015
Fall is here again, you know what that means! No, not pumpkin lattes, its college application season! Whether you are applying to a technical college, a four year program, or graduate work— education is expensive. To help alleviate the costs...   (more)
Why Manufacturing Day Matters 
Old news: There is a shortage of skilled workers, and the under employment and unemployment rates remain high. New News: There is a whole day organized to provide a cohesive face of the manufacturing industry, to guide students down a...   (more)
Why Manufacturing Day Matters 
Old news: There is a shortage of skilled workers, and the under employment and unemployment rates remain high. New News: There is a whole day organized to provide a cohesive face of the manufacturing industry, to guide students down a...  (more)
MTConnect Challenge
Exciting news! If you are already familiar with the MTConnect Student Challenge, we are happy to announce the deadline has been extended! If not, let us fill you in. What is MTConnect? MTConnect is the communication standard of choice for...  (more)
MTConnect Challenge
Exciting news! If you are already familiar with the MTConnect Student Challenge, we are happy to announce the deadline has been extended! If not, let us fill you in. What is MTConnect? MTConnect is the communication standard of choice for...   (more)
#MFG Global: #China – Big Show Coming to #Shanghai
Harry Xiao, General Manager, Shanghai Technology Center (STC) reports: Introducing a la carte services: Responding to a call from manufacturing companies already in the China market that didn’t need the broad benefits of annual membership but rather more targeted support, the STC...   (more)
#MFG Global: #China – Big Show Coming to #Shanghai
Harry Xiao, General Manager, Shanghai Technology Center (STC) reports: Introducing a la carte services: Responding to a call from manufacturing companies already in the China market that didn’t need the broad benefits of annual membership but rather more targeted support, the STC...  (more)
Join Us At The 2016 Smartforce Summit!
This week marks the one year countdown to the International Manufacturing Technology Show which is held every two years in Chicago, IL. IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, with more than 2,000 exhibiting companies...  (more)
Join Us At The 2016 Smartforce Summit!
This week marks the one year countdown to the International Manufacturing Technology Show which is held every two years in Chicago, IL. IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, with more than 2,000 exhibiting companies...   (more)
New #Manufacturing #Innovation Hub Announced
Manufacturing.gov: In a fiercely competitive global marketplace, innovation alone is no longer enough. Many nations, including the United States, are driving innovation to implementation through a whole-of-government approach. Accordingly, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is working to create...   (more)
New #Manufacturing #Innovation Hub Announced
Manufacturing.gov: In a fiercely competitive global marketplace, innovation alone is no longer enough. Many nations, including the United States, are driving innovation to implementation through a whole-of-government approach. Accordingly, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is working to create...  (more)
Embracing Advanced Technology: An Interview with Rebecca Taylor, NCMS
What are the best ways to help manufacturers collaborate? Rebecca Taylor, Senior Vice President at NCMS, talks about the organization’s role in helping manufacturers best leverage their assets to help them innovate and create jobs. While NCMS has stayed true...  (more)
Embracing Advanced Technology: An Interview with Rebecca Taylor, NCMS
What are the best ways to help manufacturers collaborate? Rebecca Taylor, Senior Vice President at NCMS, talks about the organization’s role in helping manufacturers best leverage their assets to help them innovate and create jobs. While NCMS has stayed true...   (more)
Importance of Innovation in Education 
As a new school year approaches, teachers, parents, and all the other supporters of students find themselves once again faced with the challenge of making the learning process engaging, and to retain student interest. The statistics on the latter point...   (more)
Importance of Innovation in Education 
As a new school year approaches, teachers, parents, and all the other supporters of students find themselves once again faced with the challenge of making the learning process engaging, and to retain student interest. The statistics on the latter point...  (more)
Have You Written Your #Congressperson Today?
It’s hard to believe that August Recess is almost over, especially if you live in Washington. It’s not that I haven’t missed the impassioned debate over the country’s most pressing issues or watching the legislative process unfold; it’s just that...  (more)
Have You Written Your #Congressperson Today?
It’s hard to believe that August Recess is almost over, especially if you live in Washington. It’s not that I haven’t missed the impassioned debate over the country’s most pressing issues or watching the legislative process unfold; it’s just that...   (more)
#MFG #Global: Central & Eastern Europe – Manufacturing is Hot in August!
Hubert Sawicki, Consultant -­ C & E Europe (CEE)reports: Reducing August business operations to a bare minimum and dispersing for vacations originated in Mediterranean countries; but the tradition has become contagious and is now totally pan?European. The Central European emerging economies...   (more)
#MFG #Global: Central & Eastern Europe – Manufacturing is Hot in August!
Hubert Sawicki, Consultant -­ C & E Europe (CEE)reports: Reducing August business operations to a bare minimum and dispersing for vacations originated in Mediterranean countries; but the tradition has become contagious and is now totally pan?European. The Central European emerging economies...  (more)
#MFG Global: #China – Building a Lasting Partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce
Harry Xiao, General Manager, Shanghai Technology Center (STC) reports: The AMT China team has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) on many aspects over the years. DoC even introduced us to two companies that are now STC...  (more)
#MFG Global: #China – Building a Lasting Partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce
Harry Xiao, General Manager, Shanghai Technology Center (STC) reports: The AMT China team has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) on many aspects over the years. DoC even introduced us to two companies that are now STC...   (more)
#MFG Global: #Brazil – São Paulo #Technology Center Activity Heats Up
Achilles Arbex, General Manager, AMT Brazil – São Paulo Technology Center (SPTC) reports: Our São Paulo Technology Center has been quite active with members over the last weeks. Luiz, our SPTC service technician, is engaged in a week long MASS service...   (more)
#MFG Global: #Brazil – São Paulo #Technology Center Activity Heats Up
Achilles Arbex, General Manager, AMT Brazil – São Paulo Technology Center (SPTC) reports: Our São Paulo Technology Center has been quite active with members over the last weeks. Luiz, our SPTC service technician, is engaged in a week long MASS service...  (more)
Senate Committee Approves Extension of Investment Incentives
Kudos to the Senate Finance Committee for setting the wheels in motion on tax extenders! Led by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate tax writers overwhelmingly approved an extension of the dozens of tax provisions that...  (more)