Setting up a digital manufacturing environment is achievable for manufacturers of all sizes. While it can be overwhelming to think about how to initially set this up, the value gained for companies in the long run far out weighs the initial set up costs. Just as major league baseball managers are using new analytical means to measure the true value of players, manufacturers are increasingly relying on data to drive their decisions. We encourage leaders to take the first step and start small as they begin using data to optimize their operations. Curious what data you can capture and what it can do for you?
WIRE-Net kicked off its second Apprenticeship Consortium this month, speaking with leaders from 3 metalworking companies (in addition to 4 others already committed to the CNC Machining Consortium). As part of WIRE-Net’s “apprenticeship accelerator” initiative we’ve developed a 21st century approach to company sponsored training to encourage wide adaptation and adoption by manufacturers.
This is a smart practice for six reasons...
In 2015, WIRE-Net re-posted a blog by Gary Weldon from the popular MADEinOHIO.us blog. Gary's words inspired us to act to help our member companies and their employees.
"You see, an apprenticeship is more than just a training program – something able to transfer key skills to a new generation – it is a career pathway. It takes the ambiguous 'Just show up and work hard and someday you'll be successful' mindset and gives it specificity. It gives those who are willing to work hard a clear view of what's achievable and outlines the steps of how they can get there.
It also does something else. Something very powerful. It communicates that a career in manufacturing is something worth investing time and money in. It shows a young apprentice that their company is optimistic about the future and is committed to developing the people who will be essential to its success."