New Pressures for Automotive Efficiency Equals Needs for Better Leak Testing

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Welcome back to the show! Today our guest is Thomas Parker, Sales Manager for the Automotive Market with Inficon. Thomas walks The thomas parker Manufacturing Revival team through some of the regulatory pressures that the automotive market is facing and what that means when it comes to high pressure systems and leak testing.

INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software that enhance productivity and quality in sophisticated industrial vacuum processes

Show notes and highlights:

  • Higher pressure in fuel injecters to get better gas mileage demands more sophisticated leak detection
  • New automotive A/C systems have higher risk of combustion or pressure blast due to new refrigerants
  • Value delivered by Inficon goes way beyond leak detection technology and includes high end manufacturing consulitng

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Tom Peters of Symbol: The Skills Gap Problem Remains an Epidemic

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Glad to welcome Thomas Peters back to the show!  Thomas Peters serves as the Director of Symbol Training Institute, a post secondary career and technical hands-on training facility in the Chicagoland area. Mr. Peters leads Symbol’s initiative to combat the skilled labor shortage by providing superior hands-on training and job placement. His passion for workforce development is evident from his proven track record with manufacturing companies who hire Symbol graduates. Tom’s endless persistence has helped place hundreds of students into high paying, high demand jobs despite it being during the worst economic recession in years. In 2013, through Tom’s efforts, Symbol was designated a Manufacturing Sector Center for all of Cook County by the Chicago Cook Partnership.

 

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S SHOW:

  • Tom gives us a State of the Union in the training industry.
  • We last spoke to Tom in November of 2012, and we asked if the skills gap is still a major problem.
  • The workforce is greying – what impact is that having on the workforce as a whole?
  • Is the manufacturing industry becoming more mainstream?

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National Robotics League: Impacting Manufacturing, National defense, and the Future of the U.S. Economy

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On today’s show we speak with two individuals who have their hands all over one our favorite topics. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steven Tamasi and Maureen Carruthers and gaining an inside view of the National Robotics League (NRL).

TamasiSteven Tamasi is CEO of Boston Centerless, located in Woburn, MA. He is a second generation entrepreneur with a passion for business who understands the power of operational excellence. Managing a culture shift to lean manufacturing has resulted in a World Class Manufacturing operation and led to winning the 2006 Northeast Shingo Prize Silver Medal.

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Maureen Carruthers brings over 10 years nonprofit experience to her role as Program Director of the National Robotics League (NRL), a program of the National Tooling and MachiningAssociation(NTMA). As a relative newcomer to the manufacturing industry, Maureen’s “outsider” perspective helps her shape the messaging and programing of the NRL to attract students and parents who might not otherwise consider manufacturing a viable career option.

 

Key discussion topics from today’s show:

  • What is the National Robotics League, and why is it necessary?
  • How is the NRL organized?
  • Why is the work of the NRL important to the future of manufacturing, and the economy, and America’s defense?
  • Why the focus on STEM matters.
  • How can schools and local manufacturers get involved?

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ChampionNOW: Building Manufacturing’s Future

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Iverson Welcome back to Manufacturing Revival Radio! We are very excited to get 2014 rolling and are proud to kick it off with a fantastic organization that is working diligently to champion American Manufacturing. Joining for today’s episode is Terry Iverson, Founder of ChampionNOW.

ChampionNOW is part of a grassroots effort to raise funds for the Edge Factor production “Metal & Flesh“. Edge Factor has previously released a pilot episode and two films that have served to inspired the next generation toward manufacturing careers.

      SHOW NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn what “Champion” as an acronym stands for.
  • Discover the content and educational events developed by ChampionNOW.
  • We discuss whether STEM education is being overplayed, and we proudly voice our opinions that it is essential to growing manufacturing.
  • What can Manufacturers be doing to drive interest in Manufacturing from America’s youth?
  • Don’t miss EdgeFactor‘s great videos on cutting edge manufacturing!

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Michael Kerwin: The Future of Training may be Vocational Education

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On today’s episode we speak with Michael Kerwin, President of NTMA Training Centers of Southern California, who provides a look into the important role that vocational education will play in the future of training America’s workforce. michael kerwin

Since 1968, the NTMA Training Centers of Southern California have trained more than 10,000 men and women for a career in the machining, tooling and manufacturing industry!   They offer a well-developed curriculum that combines classroom instruction and computer lab experience with real world shop floor experience on state-of-the-art equipment.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Understand the critical role that vocational education will play in training and retraining a skilled manufacturing-based workforce.
  • Learn the “NTMA way” for preparing students for a successful career.
  • Discover how the manufacturing industry can better leverage the potential of vocational education, in conjunction with tutoring and apprenticeships.
  • Learn more about NTMA!

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SWPA BotsIQ: They’re Building Robots, We’re Building a Workforce

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Today’s episode features Sarah Brooks and Bill Padnos, Program Coordinator with SWPA BOTS IQ and Executive Director of SWPA BOTS IQ, respectively. During today’s discussion both Sarah and Bill tell us all about the SWPA BotsIQ program and the role it plays in encouraging America’s youth into STEM focused education.

SWPA BotsIQ is an educational robotics competition for high school age students. It provides these students with a unique, hands-on experience that allows them to discover the possibilities of a career in the manufacturing sector, and other science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Stealth learning, teamwork, project management – teaching manufacturing basics!
  • The critical involvement of industry partners, and what THEY get out of the program
  • Hands on learning to bridge the skills gap.
  • The future of education?

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Dr. Ben Wang: Live from the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference

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BenwangThis special edition of Manufacturing Revival Radio was recorded live on September 17th, 2013 at the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joining us for this episode is Dr. Ben Wang, Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute

Next Generation Manufacturing provides a forum to educate and connect manufacturers with state-wide resources to strengthen the viability of American manufacturers. NGM’s programming encourages growth through competitive innovation and the building of relationships amongst manufacturers across all verticals.

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Chris Downing: Live from the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference

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downingThis special edition of Manufacturing Revival Radio was recorded live on September 17th, 2013 at the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joining us for this episode is Chris Downing, Associate Vice President – Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Tech

Next Generation Manufacturing provides a forum to educate and connect manufacturers with state-wide resources to strengthen the viability of American manufacturers. NGM’s programming encourages growth through competitive innovation and the building of relationships amongst manufacturers across all verticals.

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Mike Cobb: The time to act is now

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Manufacturing across the United States is in the beginning of a growing resurgence. For today’s episode we are joined by Mike Cobb, CEO of the  InnovaNet Group, who fills in the details on why right now is the best time for manufacturers to begin preparing for the future.

As experts in innovation, the InnovaNet Group is committed to creating sustainable value and results for clients through outstanding business growth, technical development and operations improvement. Their seasoned team of highly-engaged thought leaders applies a hands-on, collaborative approach to client’s needs. Whether seeking to grow revenues, improve operations, solve technology problems or develop new products, they work to deliver tailored solutions and measurable results.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Learn why the timing of this resurgence is so critical and the factors that will play a role in ensuring that it flourishes.
  • There is the political gamesmanship of “Made in the USA” versus the reality that reshoring and production within our own borders is actually a good business decision. How to tell the difference…
  • What role does technology play in equalizing labor cost in a global economy?
  • Is “retraining the workforce” really going to help solve the current skilled labor gap?
  • Find out more at the InnovaNet Group’s Resource Center!

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Richard Kopleman: Live from the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference

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This special edition of Manufacturing Revival Radio was recorded live on September 17th, 2013 at the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 12.37.18 PMJoining us is Richard Kopleman,  Chairman of the Next Generation Manufacturing and Partner with Habif, Arogeti & Wynne.

Next Generation Manufacturing provides a forum to educate and connect manufacturers with state-wide resources to strengthen the viability of American manufacturers. NGM’s programming encourages growth through competitive innovation and the building of relationships amongst manufacturers across all verticals.

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