Mar 18, 2019 6:54 pm

Different Skills Needed For Many Manufacturing Jobs

By |2019-03-11T19:12:51-04:00Mar 18, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

A forecast from The World Economic Forum states globally, 75 million manufacturing-related job losses are expected by 2022, but there will be 133 million new jobs available to those with proper skills. 54% of employees at large companies need significant re-training and up-skilling for these jobs. Urgent challenges for businesses and policymakers include providing reskilling opportunities, enabling remote work and building safety nets to protect at-risk workers and communities. Read [...]

Feb 22, 2019 9:59 am

​Why iPhones Won’t Be Made in U.S.A.

By |2019-02-21T21:06:32-05:00Feb 22, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

​High volume low margin production goes to low cost countries. Equipment and skills available in US transition to higher margin value-added production. Even if manufacturers want to move production back to the US, investment in automation and appropriate talent is needed - and that's not necessarily quick to pull off. Dr. Susan Helper, an econ prof at Case Western, says that ​Apple can make more products in the US by [...]

Jan 8, 2019 9:42 am

Sheet Metal Industry Newsletter from EQS and 4M – Nov/Dec 2018

By |2019-01-06T16:05:46-05:00Jan 8, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Every few months, we at EQS and 4M send out a newsletter covering info related to the sheet metal forming industries. Topics in a recent newsletter included material selection strategies at automakers, friction stir welding, servo presses, Tesla build quality, and laser blanking. If you want to get on the distribution list, please sign up on the EQS website. Here's a reprint of that newsletter from the 4th quarter of [...]

Dec 8, 2018 3:48 pm

Sensors and Industry 4.0 Come to Sheet Metal Forming

By |2018-12-08T15:48:33-05:00Dec 8, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Nice article about the use of sensors in stamping and relation to Industry 4.0.  If you don't think you can justify sensors, my recommendation is to track coil-by-coil performance [bad AND good] to see effect of metal props. You might find that success is a function of more than just YTE or hardness. Sensors like tonnage monitors will help focus corrective actions. -Danny Schaeffler, and  ​

Dec 5, 2018 9:46 pm

​Center for Automotive Research Report: ​​Impact of Overseas Tooling Sourcing

By |2019-01-06T16:22:11-05:00Dec 5, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

​​Abhay (Abe) Vadhavkar of CAR writes about the impact of sourcing tools overseas on the US tool & die sector.​  The report​​ ​states that new tooling sourced in Low Cost Countries such as China and Taiwan may cost 20 percent lower than US sourced tooling, with similar time-to-completion, even with shipping. ​ Among other things, the report highlights ​the​ advanced age of US tool & die workers and potential for US-based shops to become [...]

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