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What's behind the Great Resignation?

The reasons people quit jobs are complex, but it is probably not a coincidence that the Great Resignation has followed on the tail of the pandemic. We speak with Mary Elizabeth Elkordy, founder and president of Elkordy Global Strategies.

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By: Emily Newton

Risks are inherent in the construction industry, and they come in various types. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that more than one in three deaths happen in this sector because of falls. The data also show that companies with fewer than 20 workers had more than three-quarters of the overall fall-related fatalities.

Additionally, NIOSH data concluded that struck-by incidents cause 15.4 percent of fatalities, and electrocution accounts for 7.2 percent of construction worker fatalities. Finally, fatalities stemming from getting caught in or between something accounted for 5.4 percent of cases based on the most recent data available.

Due to these threats and others, risk management is a constant concern in the construction industry. Even the most well-trained people with years of experience can accidentally hurt themselves or others because the nature of the work has inherent dangers.

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(Schreiner ProTech: Blauvelt, NY) -- Schreiner ProTech, a Germany-based global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative functional labels with value-added benefits for the automotive and engineering-based industries, has developed a color laser film version of its paint masked label components marking solution. The next-generation marking solution allows companies who manufacturer, repair, or maintain engineering components to apply nameplates to products prior to painting and, afterwards, incorporate additional, customizable markings via laser printing.

In mechanical engineering applications, many permanently marked components require a protective coating that can stand up to the rigors of initial production and subsequent maintenance and repair. Such labels are frequently subjected to adverse ambient conditions in all phases of a component’s life cycle, making add-ons like paint masking valuable to ensure long-term marking legibility.

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By: Tim Mouw

Color accounts for 60 percent of acceptance or rejection in consumer products. Maintaining accurate and consistent color is critical. If a color starts to drift, this leads to rework, wasted materials, and added costs.

To avoid color drift over time, consider the following.

1. Are you using digital color standards?

To produce accurate color, everyone across the manufacturing process and supply chain must use the same color standard. Based on spectral data, digital color standards remove subjectivity from color communication and ensure that everyone, from design to production, has real-time access to approved standards. This helps eliminate errors that occur when physical standards become old, faded, dirty, or damaged. Digital standards integrate with formulation and quality control software to help manufacturers quickly verify color accuracy throughout the production process. They also make it easier to identify and eliminate drift before it becomes a problem.

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(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- Exact Metrology: A Division of In-Place Machining Company and a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, recently reverse engineered an impact driver body.

Reverse engineering involves digitally deconstructing products to extract design information from them. Thus, users can determine how a part was designed so that it can be recreated. Although the process tends to imply that 3D scanning will be used solely for product design, it can be used to address many other engineering functions. These include product design and manufacturing, facilities maintenance and plant engineering, architectural and civil engineering and custom manufacturing.

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(NIST: Gaithersburg, MD) -- The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2022 award cycle.

The Examiner Application is now available online and will be open until 6 p.m. Eastern on January 10, 2022.

Baldrige examiners are part of an elite group of more than 400 professionals from around the United States. These experts give their time generously and enthusiastically to the Baldrige Program by utilizing the Baldrige Excellence Framework to evaluate organizations that are applying for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and to provide carefully crafted feedback to help these organizations improve.

The program accepts award applications from manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofit organizations; therefore, coverage and balance within these sectors are important factors in selecting examiners. Learn more about the qualifications and sector needs for the 2022 Board.

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(Configit: Copehhagen) -- Configit, the global leader in configuration life-cycle management (CLM), has introduced enhanced versions of its Configit Ace and Configit Quote solutions to make CLM integration easier, faster, and more efficient for manufacturers worldwide.

One of the biggest barriers to digital transformation for manufacturing organizations is cross-functional collaboration. Powered by the company’s patented Virtual Tabulation technology, Configit’s Configuration Life-Cycle Management (CLM) solution bridges traditional silos among manufacturing design, selling, and servicing functions. This enables cross-functional collaboration for manufacturing organizations by providing access to the same, reliable data and insights. Building on this, Configit is rolling out new functionality within its product portfolio.

Enhancements to Configit Quote, an enterprise configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solution, include:

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The other day I heartily congratulated a friend on her job promotion. She replied, “What if they made a mistake? What if I’m not really qualified, and it’s the Peter Principle in effect—that I’ve risen to the level of my incompetence?”

“You’re totally qualified,” I responded, “They wouldn’t have given you the job if you didn’t deserve it.”

She then said, “But I feel like a fraud.”

My friend was suffering from imposter syndrome. I understood how she felt, so I said, “I get it. I’ve been there. In my first year of speaking professionally, I was hired to present the keynote speech for a national association. It was extremely exciting, and exactly what I wanted, but the night before I was to go on stage, feelings of doubt emerged. And, like you, I felt like a fraud. Worse, I started to feel panicky.

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By: Nate Burke

With the rise of online shopping continuing to increase, thanks to the convenience and comfort of shopping from home, it's important for e-commerce businesses to look to their returns policy to ensure they’re not only catering to the tech-savvy, modern consumer, but also the environmentally conscious.

And with research suggesting that 84 percent of consumers are likely to buy from, and 86 percent likely to return to, a brand with a free returns process, there’s a clear shift in demand from the modern consumer, whose patience for brands with poor returns processes is rapidly fading.

The struggles of returns for e-commerce businesses

Brands right now are doing everything they can to cater to the concerns of consumers in turbulent times, such as increasing their returns windows. However, this can create logistical and financial difficulties, particularly given ever-rising return rates. Some estimates place these at 20 percent for e-commerce businesses.

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(ThermHex: Chicago) -- Leading industry players ThermHex and Fraunhofer will open their doors for experts in the field of composite sandwich materials to discuss and explore the latest developments and applications in the construction and use of sandwich materials. Europe’s composite sandwich-material industry will also have the opportunity to get a firsthand view of their state-of-the-art facilities and production techniques.

Organised by ThermHex and Fraunhofer IMWS, the Composite-Sandwich Conference will be held in Halle (Saale), Germany, February 2–3, 2022. Although the topic of lightweight construction is widely discussed in many congresses and conferences, there are only a few conferences worldwide focusing on sandwich construction and sandwich core materials.

The conference will provide the opportunity for engineers and scientists from across the composites sector to explore new fields of application of sandwich materials and network with some of the leading minds in the sector. It will bring together experts from across the composites industry.