Category Archives: Deburring Machines

Improving the Skills Gap with a Community Approach

manufacturing community

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.

Continue reading »

Ohio Continues to Innovate Manufacturing Excellence

ohio manufacturing

Visitors to the state looking to scout the region for potential manufacturing locations have a new reason to visit the state. Located in Northeast Ohio, Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center is considered to be a “playground” for research in the region. The Innovation Center offers researchers the ability to test new ideas in five simulated environments.

Emphasizing the discovery that comes from play, the Innovation Center calls each environment a sandbox. Within each sandbox, innovators have the ability to shift the temperature and humidity levels, creating environments with the ability to move from freezing cold to blazing hot and humidity ranges of 20 to 90 percent. Rather than waiting for the perfect temperature or humidity level to occur naturally, scientists can find solutions now by perfecting their own environment.

Collaboration Centric

The Innovation Center opened in April of this year on the University of Dayton campus and is garnering notice from innovators in and outside the state. In addition to research projects, the Innovation Center hosts internships for University of Dayton students and collaborates with healthcare organizations, manufacturers and others in the academic arena. Although the endeavor is still relatively new to the state, those working at the Center find the collaborations with unique parties continue to prompt the discovery of new problems that players can work toward solving.

State Funded Initiative

The choice of where to locate the Helix Innovation Center came courtesy of financial backing from the Ohio Third Frontier, an initiative working to transform the state’s economy through the growth of early-stage technology companies and startups. This is another example of how the state is looking to collaborate with other entities to create a manufacturing hub of distinction. By drawing new collaborators to the state through a number of initiatives, the state is seeing an influx of visitors who are just beginning to see all Ohio has to offer as a manufacturing place of excellence.

This article brought to you by the deburring experts at The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company. We can provide deburring solutions 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.

Continue reading »

National Manufacturing Day Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

national manufacturing day

Five years ago marked the beginning of what is now celebrated every Oct. 7 as National Manufacturing Day. Considered an Administrative initiative, President Obama created the Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing in an effort to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector.

From such initiatives came the introduction of National Manufacturing Day, designed to place a consistent focus on the need for continued growth of the technologies and skills used in the manufacturing industry. This year’s celebration included factory tours, career-exploration panels, and hand-on demonstrations at more than 2,639 sites in the United States and Canada.

Renewing Commitment

Each year, the National Manufacturing Day events serve as a celebration for the successes of the last five years as well as a way to introduce the manufacturing sector to a new generation of students and workers. These efforts were further highlighted in a new report from the National Economic Council demonstrating the Administration’s desire to improve the industry’s competitiveness. Since the introduction of National Manufacturing Day, the Administration estimates the addition of 800,000 new jobs since the Great Recession.

Using a multi-prong approach, the Administration continues to emphasize innovations through next-generation technologies, becoming more cost-competitive for production, attracting investment through improved manufacturing skills, supply chains and communities, opening access to markets and promoting U.S. investment.

Progress Report

Grants to strengthen supply chains by the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Initiatives for technical training for veterans from the Department of Veteran Affairs

Introduction of next-generation technologies from NASA

Commitments to create manufacturing-oriented online courses from MIT

Introduction of 18 new Grand Challenge Scholars Programs from colleges and universities across the

U.S.

Offering 30 new manufacturing apprenticeships from the Manufacturing Association of Central New York

A Local Approach

This year, Ohio hosted 179 Manufacturing Day events in the state. These included events with state representatives, manufacturing facility tours and introductions to the growing number of apprenticeships available in manufacturing. Following the tours, many students returned to their schools to take part in panel discussions with guidance counselors, administrators and teachers to discuss what the students saw on the tours and brainstorm ways the students could incorporate manufacturing in their future career path.

About CDMC

We can provide 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.

Continue reading »