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Can’t Miss Topics at AeroDef 2017

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This March 6th- 9th is one of the most important events in aerospace and defense manufacturing. AeroDef takes place in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  This city just so happens to be the epicenter of some of the top OEMs in the country for the aerospace and defense industry, including industry leaders like Lockheed Martin with their Aeronautics Fort Worth facility. With all its promising conferences and tours, here is a list of the “must see” topics at this year’s AeroDef.

Composites

Composites are becoming cheaper to make, more efficient to produce, and constantly increasing in quality. Whether you’re just starting to apply composite production in your manufacturing process, or looking for new approaches towards in automated picking, AeroDef has the conference for you. Each of the four days has a composite-based conference depending on your interest and schedule. Check the schedule out here.

Cyber Security Systems

As information technology in the workplace becomes more and more digitized and organized within internal and external company systems, there is, of course, a concern for security and threat identification within the production process. These security challenges can be quite complex, so AeroDef has plenty of conferences on the subject for you to protect your network.

Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

Additive manufacturing is one of the most significant innovations of the manufacturing industry and much more so in the aerospace and defense industry. 3-D printing has brought with it a plethora of ideas and novel approaches to aeronautics and companies are taking advantage of these innovations. There will plenty of discussion on the subject, including one by Lockheed Martin on March 7th. Be sure to check out all you can!

Triumph Tours

One of the most exciting aspects of AeroDef is the tours. A few goliaths of the industry will be opening their doors, including Triumph Aerostructures on March 6th from 12:30- 4:00 pm. This is a chance to check out how the large global manufacturers approach the manufacturing process and apply innovative and new technologies. You shouldn’t miss it!

If this year’s AeroDef is as promising as other years, you’ll reap the benefits by attending these specific conferences that are taking place throughout the 4-day summit. There will certainly be a plethora of exhibits to check out while you’re waiting for that next conference to start. So, check out the floor plans beforehand and see what you’d be interested. Organize your time and strategize which events you’d like to attend by checking out all the details on Aerodefevent.com.

This article brought to you by The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company. CDMC can provide a deburring solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom deburring applications. Our no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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Solving the Skills Gap by Putting Veterans to Work

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While manufacturers are hyper aware of the US skills gap mentioned in previous posts, it’s not something the public is familiar with. More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. And while there are plenty of millennials in need of jobs, the manufacturing industry relies on the type of loyalty and devotion to a company that is necessary to withstand extensive skills and safety training. Unfortunately, current working culture influences the majority to jump companies in search of advancement. In some industries, this is without much consequence; our industry is an exception.

As a country, however, we are extremely loyal. We understand the value of American manufacturing, treasuring the knowledge that our products are made at home. To mend glaring contradiction between American values needs and workforce culture, it is clear the industry must attract quality candidates with the existing or transferable skills necessary to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

The self-evident solution to the problem is to unleash the power of our most loyal and underutilized workforce demographic: Our military Veterans. Each month, thousands of servicemen and women transition to civilian life who demonstrate both technical aptitude and exceptional work ethic.

Technical Skills

As arguably the strongest military in the world, who is more acquainted with advanced technical machinery than the United States armed forces? Our service members’ skills are easily transferred as they are taught how to operate and maintain state-of-the-art equipment. Not to mention, they understand the consequences of failed machines.

Trusted Reliability

Veterans know how to accomplish tasks on-time despite any mounting pressure or stress. They have a proven track record of coming to work every day and persisting through tedious tasks. When faced with adversity, they search for guidance and resources rather than giving up. They are willing to work hard for great rewards. This results in learning complicated skills and concepts faster than the average new employee.

Respect for Procedure

Manufacturing, much like the military, is heavily grounded in procedure–and for a good reason. Both can potentially be dangerous if certain precautions are not taken. While we can teach technical skills to almost anyone, it is much harder to teach respect for procedure and protocols. Veterans are meticulous about health and safety standards making them an ideal employee in manufacturing.

Leadership and Teamwork

The military trains our soldiers in both how to take directions and give them. They are taught to lead by example and help one another. Moreover, they have the experience of working in diverse teams with people of different religions, ethnicity, and social classes. This ensures fewer team-related issues and a more productive workforce.

Right now, the people who have served our country with dedication and loyalty are searching for jobs at an even greater rate than we are searching for employees to fill the gaps. It seems there is not a better match. Often Veterans struggle to reintegrate sometimes having never written a resume or interviewed with an employer while serving in the military. This makes finding a good job difficult. Nevertheless, they have years of transferable experience and incredible skills. In the manufacturing industry, we should place a premium on their experience and take notice of the high value they bring to the table.

The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company can provide a deburring solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom deburring applications. Our no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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Improving the Skills Gap with a Community Approach

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Depending on whom you ask, accountability can have positive and negative connotations. If you’re someone with a glass-half-full mentality, the act of being accountable means you’re generally looking for ways to be responsible and proactive in doing what you say you will do. Conversely, accountability can also feel negative. In this space, fingers get pointed when things go wrong. Inevitably, things will go wrong, so in the space of accountability, there’s the choice of acknowledging the mistake or pointing fingers of blame.

Over the last couple of decades, the collective WE have fallen into a blame game when it comes to education and the resulting skills gap. Those in the manufacturing industry are all too familiar with the issues presented when future generations don’t have the necessary skills to fill the jobs now or in the future. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just the manufacturing industry that’s experiencing the hard realities of the skills gap. The same issues of an under-skilled workforce also challenge the engineering and the construction industries.

Changing Norms

A number of groups continue to look for reasons why the skills gap continues to grow. One reason is the dramatic increase in the number of high school dropouts. While this element has always been an issue, it’s becoming more of a concern because the skills needed for success in the workforce continue to change dramatically as a result of the emphasis on new technologies. This might seem counter-intuitive considering the mindset that younger generations are more tech-savvy. While this could be accurate in some cases, it fails to take into consideration the lack of skills if the student attends a school without the benefit of new technologies or if the student comes from a socio-economic background where there aren’t the funds for technological devices or internet access in the home.

Growing Divide

This wrinkle of access to technology, those who have or don’t have, is a growing concern. If students don’t have access to technology and they attend a school without a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) where does that leave the student when it comes to finding a job in the future? Knowing there’s little point in placing blame, many communities are taking education of the younger generation into new directions designed to benefit the collective community. In some communities, this includes offering free technology training at the local library and offering apprenticeships designed to train on-the-job for the specific skills desired by an employer.

Small Inputs, Big Returns

On the surface, it could be easy to say these initiatives might only impact a small number of individuals but at the same time if those individuals teach others the skills they’ve learned, the impact could grow exponentially. Many Ohio manufacturers, particularly the small- to medium-sized manufacturers, understand innovation and looking for customer inputs are increasingly important for manufacturers that want to remain relevant in the new manufacturing economy.

The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) provides a strong example for other manufacturers in the industry. Located in northeast Ohio, CDMC is dedicated to providing deburring solutions for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom deburring applications. CDMC’s no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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