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MEP Manufacturer's Guide

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By: The MEP National Network

Employees matter. They are difficult to find and hard to replace, especially in today’s labor market. Besides figuring out why someone leaves unexpectedly, it’s important to consider the other side of the equation—what about your company makes people stay.

As part of the annual NIST MEP survey, we ask clients from the 51 MEP Centers to identify the top three challenges their companies will face over the next three years. We use a predetermined list of challenges, which allows us to track responses over time. We’ve asked this question for over a decade and thousands of clients have taken the time to give us their thoughts.

Not surprisingly, manufacturers continue to report that employee recruitment and retention are their greatest challenges. In fact, these concerns have heightened during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent workforce disruptions. The market forces driving these challenges are not likely to improve soon. Based on a Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte study, the National Association of Manufacturers estimates that manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028.

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By: Sowmya Juttukonda

By 2035, artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to increase business productivity by up to 40 percent. It’s already a part of people’s daily lives and its use is only expected to increase to solve more critical problems that assail our world.

Businesses are looking at AI to achieve cost-effective customer success. Integrating AI into customer service is revolutionizing the ways customer problems are resolved. From managing never-ending support tickets to responding at the right time, AI is helping customer support representatives by giving them timely information at their fingertips. It’s helping business leaders customize experiences for users and create high-touch experiences for customers at every touchpoint.

Here are four ways that AI is benefiting customer support.

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By: Quality Digest

(RPI: Bath, UK) -- RPI UK, a world leader in precision rotation and angular positioning, will launch the TruMotion rotary table at Control 2022.

TruMotion verifies small or medium circular parts with a world-class accuracy more commonly seen in the standards laboratory.

Manufacturers in the high-precision and general machining industries will be able to check roundness to the required accuracy of any turned or ground parts.

TruMotion is operated manually and enables the inspection of circular components such as pinions and gears, gauges, bearings, aero engine components, and optical assemblies in a production environment.

It will be used to measure small and medium-sized round parts, with dimensions of up to Ø400 mm x 220 mm high and weighing up to 50 kg. TruMotion has a radially adjustable, articulated probe holder and an axial and radial bearing performance of less than 1 micron.

Peter Marchbank, MD of RPI, said: “Precision engineering companies, from global producers to small machining workshops, will now be able to easily verify and inspect small and medium-sized circular parts with the required accuracy. Come and see it for yourself at booth 7105, hall 7.”

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(Siemens Digital Industries Software: Plano, TX) -- Saildrone, a California-based company that designs, manufactures, and operates a fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), has adopted Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, including cloud-enabled Xcelerator as a Service solution, enabling it to innovate faster and more collaboratively across the entire organization without the burden of a traditional IT infrastructure.

Saildrone has adopted the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, including NX software for 3D product engineering and Teamcenter X for product lifecycle management (PLM), for product design, engineering, and manufacturing. The interoperability offered by Siemens Xcelerator enables Saildrone to easily integrate mechanical and electronic design information. In addition to helping manage product engineering complexity, Saildrone has used Teamcenter X to improve data and collaboration between disciplines. Teamcenter X leverages the cloud to provide accessible, flexible, and scalable access to the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio to help make digital transformation happen faster.

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By: Jonathan Gilpin

Regardless of how much we, as a society, are able to implement and use technologies in business, global supply chains will always be dependent on the ways in which people interact with one another.

Even local supply chains can be problematic, but it’s predominantly global ones that can pose challenges for buyers and suppliers looking to do business ethically and work with companies with a strong code of ethics. Some of the problems that can arise include poor working conditions, poor wages, forced labor, and other forms of modern slavery, gender discrimination, and failure to mitigate against climate change.

Why are ethical supply chains important?

Did you know that 83 percent of supply chain professionals say that ethics are extremely or very important to their organizations?

Ethical supply chain management is being fueled by consumer demand, profitability, and visibility. The concept of ethical sourcing has risen in popularity during the past four years. Terms relating to the topic generated an average of 6,530 average monthly Google searches in January 2022, compared with just 2,640 monthly searches worldwide in February 2018.

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(InfinityQS International: Fairfax, VA) -- InfinityQS International, the global authority on data-driven enterprise quality, has announced that Eric Weisbrod, vice president of product management, and Jason Chester, director of global channel programs, have been named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s 2022 Pros to Know award list. Additionally, Weisbrod has earned a spot on the 2022 Food Logistics’ Rockstars of the Supply Chain list for his contributions in the cold food and beverage space.

Each year, Supply & Demand Chain Executive reveals its Pros to Know list, which recognizes more than 200 executives that lead initiatives to help their organizations prepare for supply chain challenges and the ever-changing nature of today’s business world. The magazine’s sister publication, Food Logistics, presents the annual Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award, which recognizes influential individuals whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped the global cold food supply chain.

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

The future of work—of hybrid and fully remote workers—will require upskilling of employees for organizations that wish to succeed in the post-Covid world. Leaders who want to seize a competitive advantage in that future will need to benchmark their training initiatives for best practices on managing hybrid and remote workers. In this piece, I relate the best practices based both on external research and interviews I conducted with 61 leaders at 12 organizations I helped guide in developing and implementing their strategy for returning to the office and their post-pandemic mode of collaboration.

Upskilling employees through virtual training

Hybrid work is neither in-office nor fully remote work. You’ll want to train your hybrid workers on how to work effectively in a hybrid-first model. For those who remain remote, you’ll want to train them on how to collaborate successfully with their colleagues, upskilling both those working hybrid and fully remote schedules.

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(Mold-Masters: Georgetown, ON, Canada) -- Mold-Masters has enhanced the advanced plastic leak detection capabilities found on its TempMaster hot runner temperature controllers. Mold-Masters is the first in the industry to use thermal analysis to detect plastic leaks within the manifold pocket. This innovative manifold leak detection feature is certain to save molders repair costs and downtime. 

To enable this feature, thermocouples are installed on the manifold in various locations and are dedicated to monitoring and detecting manifold leaks. The size of the manifold will dictate how many detection thermocouples are necessary, and the position of each thermocouple will determine how quickly the leak is detected. During internal testing of this feature, leaks were detected quickly and reliably before any damage had occurred.