Where Manufacturing Matters

Getting Value from Manufacturing 4.0

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Jul 16, 2018 10:12:17 AM

When WIRE-Net began planning for 2020 and beyond and investigated the emerging technology trends that would affect the future of manufacturing, it didn’t take long to encounter the confusing terminology that’s used to describe these new technologies and their application.

Industry 4.0; Smart Manufacturing; Manufacturing 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things…etcetera. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, sometimes they distinguish between different things.

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Topics: Manufacturing 4.0, Technology, IIoT

Internships: A Win-Win Solution to Manufacturing Workforce Needs

Posted by Jessica Westropp on Jul 9, 2018 2:43:52 PM

WIRE-Net continues to hear about the critical workforce challenges that Northeast Ohio manufacturers are experiencing and the questions they have around how to be more innovative and effective with talent management. One of the ways that WIRE-Net is assisting to bridge this gap and meet manufacturers needs is by offering internship opportunities to high-schoolers at Max S. Hayes High School and Parma Senior High.

Since its inception in 2013, the WIRE-Net youth internship program has provided a steady and sustainable pipeline of permanent employees to participating companies and provided students with real-world experience to learn skills required for jobs and careers in the manufacturing industry.

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Topics: Youth Programs, Melin Tool, ArcelorMittal, Voss Industries, Internships, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Lozick Foundation, Parma City Schools, General Steel Company

Augmented Reality Is Changing Manufacturing for the Better

Posted by Jon Shoop on Jul 3, 2018 9:35:28 AM

Manufacturers are increasingly implementing augmented reality (AR) technology to improve their manufacturing processes. And for good reason—AR typically results in cost reductions, increased speed and fewer errors.

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Topics: Skoda Minotti, Manufacturing and Distribution Survey 2017, Processes, Augmented Reality, AR Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Technology

Using Summer to Teach Kids About Manufacturing Careers

Posted by Kristen Haning on Jun 25, 2018 3:37:56 PM

More Ohio kids than ever before are being exposed to manufacturing careers by attending summer camp, thanks to an initiative Senator Sherrod Brown started six years ago. WIRE-Net will again be taking part in this initiative, supporting the second manufacturing camp held in Cleveland since Brown started these camps in 2013. The Cleveland camp, one of more than 19 taking place in Ohio this summer, is an initiative of the city's chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, which works to connect male students of color with community leaders through mentoring relationships and educational events. 

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Topics: Workforce Development, Max S. Hayes High School, Youth Programs, Summer Camp

WIRE-Net Staff Members on the Move

Posted by WIRE-Net on Jun 14, 2018 10:51:57 AM

This month, WIRE-Net announced two deserving staff members were being promoted. Tom Birkel who has been working as part of the CIRI team for the last two years will move into the newly created Vice President, Manufacturing Services position, and Brianna Schultz, who has managed WIRE-Net’s youth programs since 2015, has accepted the Vice President, Workforce Development position, and will oversee both the youth and adult workforce programs.

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Topics: Workforce Development, 2020 Vision, Tom Birkel, WIRE-Net Staff, Mike Hoag, Brianna Schultz, Manufacturing Services

Meet Yasir Alhaimus-NOMAC Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice

Posted by WIRE-Net on Jun 12, 2018 9:16:52 AM

Yasir Alhaimus – NOMAC Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice (U.S. Cotton)

Yasir is 29 years old.  He currently resides in Cleveland with his brother and parents, but immigrated to the United States in 2015.  He had an extensive education prior to immigrating including a Bachelor Degree in Technology (Computer Science) from a university in New Delhi, India.  According to Yasir, when he arrived in the U.S., it was very difficult for him to obtain a job in his field.  Few employers would recognize his degree and he lacked any professional experience in his field on study.

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Topics: Tri-C, Training, Apprenticeship Consortium, US Cotton, Maintenance Mechanic

Should Business Transformation Be In Your Future?

Posted by Rebecca Morgan on May 31, 2018 8:50:00 AM

Why you must reinvent your business–and why you must start by transforming operations.

In the 1970’s, Japanese automakers began surprising their North American counterparts by bringing new cars to market much more quickly, and at a better price/performance ratio. With that slap in the face, documented in Jim Womak’s book The Machine that Changed the World, those car manufacturers became aware of continuous improvement and the Toyota Production System.

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Topics: Rebecca Morgan, Fulcrum Consulting, Operational Excellence, Manufacturing 4.0

4 Rules Manufacturers Should Remember

Posted by Rebecca Morgan on May 30, 2018 8:50:00 AM

To automate, or not to automate. To re-shore, near-shore, or off-shore. To insource, or to outsource.

Those are just a few of the strategic decisions that manufacturers face today. And each can have a major financial impact.

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Topics: Rebecca Morgan, Fulcrum Consulting, Operational Excellence

Reflections on Task Force Report on Apprenticeship Expansion

Posted by Michael Hoag on May 29, 2018 1:55:51 PM

On May 10th The President’s commissioned Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion presented a detailed list of recommendations for expanding apprenticeship in the U.S.  The report includes some important recommendations focused on industry-driven strategies.

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Topics: Training, Apprenticeship Consortium, Michael Hoag

Closing the Skills Gap by Rolling Up Sleeves and Getting to Work

Posted by Michael Hoag on May 23, 2018 8:18:10 AM

Through ongoing outreach and recent surveys, WIRE-Net’s ears are tuned to the constant and growing mantras of the manufacturing talent and skills gap dilemma.  Our survey released this spring reinforced this with 90% of respondents indicating that finding and developing talent is a concern and barrier to future growth.

Our work with companies to relaunch apprenticeships attacks this issue with a clear sense of purpose and focus. 

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Topics: Apprenticeships, Apprenticeship Consortium, Tremco

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