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The Michigan Advanced Technician Training program (MAT²®) is an innovative and industry-defined approach to education. Manufacturing and technology companies are experiencing a shortage of employees with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to operate and maintain new systems-based equipment and technologies. MAT²’s educational model was developed in conjunction with global technology leaders that combines theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce by: allowing companies to "grow their own" employees and ensure a future pipeline of qualified talent; directly involving employers in the development and execution of a hands-on, competency-based education and training program, creating highly skilled, capable, and readily employable graduates; offering an economically feasible option to training, ultimately reducing recruitment, retention and training costs; establishing Michigan as an education innovator and global competitor; and, creating a nationally accredited program, in which students receive an associate degree, along with other accreditations where applicable. Listen to learn about this unique program, its participants and how others can get involved to bring this to their area.
New, innovative ways of teaching the hard and soft skills of manufacturing at the high school level are necessary to help fill our skilled workforce gap. Developing a program that functions as a student-run manufacturing business is one such method. It involves students managing real customers, making real products, meeting real deadlines, facing real day-to-day manufacturing challenges, while making real money in the process. Students are responsible for meeting with customers, ordering material and tooling, quoting, manufacturing, invoicing, shipping, maintenance, marketing, and all other aspects of running a business. The company also brings in money that can be used to support the program and pay students profit sharing. This method allows students to make an informed decision about their career paths. You will learn from Cardinal Manufacturing founder and instructor Craig Ceigleski, as well as from the leader of a replica program in Hurley, Wisconsin, how to help establish and support this type of teaching in your local district to fill the skills gap within your own shops.
Collaboration and personnel development can be used to improve toolmaking operations while helping to fill the skills gap, and Westminster Tool is one such example. Early on in the development of its internal training program, Westminster recognized that 20 percent of the skills that its employees utilize everyday are specific to Westminster. The other 80 percent are necessary for all manufacturing fields. With that in mind Westminster collaborated with other local manufacturers and academia to offset the cost of developing and training employees on general manufacturing practices. The company then focused on creating the resources necessary to develop and train on the other 20 percent of skills specific to the organization. They quickly realized that this approach also needed to include soft skills training, such as communication. Learn how this baseline of soft skills as well as collaboration with local manufacturers and academia has allowed the company to be a technical organization capable of training its next generation of skilled employees.
Recruiting the next generation of skilled manufacturers is the most important and the most difficult step in filling the skills gap. Recruiting is the most important step because programs will be created at the high school and community college levels if there is sufficient demand. It is the most difficult step because the educational system and population have been immersed in decades of misinformation about manufacturing’s value and career opportunities as well as the offshoring trend and push toward the necessity of a four-year degree. This webinar will provide clear evidence that manufacturing is returning to the U.S. and that the skilled manufacturing “professions” are a better choice for most of our youth and for our society. It will also present tools for making the required changes in perception within your community. The Reshoring Initiative documents the reshoring trend (what, where, why, how much, etc.) and provides tools for comparing the economics of offshoring to reshoring. Approximately 140,000 manufacturing jobs have been reshored by about 250 OEMs and thousands of their suppliers since the manufacturing employment low of January, 2010. Reshoring needs recruiting to provide the required quantity and quality of skilled workforce. Recruiting needs reshoring to demonstrate the wisdom of choosing a manufacturing career. You can help accelerate both trends.
High Efficiency Roughing or HER is arguably one of the most talked about and exciting technologies (and machining techniques) to hit the machining world in the last decade. However, as vendors rush to define terms like high speed machining (HSM) and high efficiency machining (HEM), business owners and CNC programmers are left struggling to make sense of it all. This webinar is designed to educate attendees about high efficiency roughing and how this powerful machining strategy can reduce cycle time and help mold makers increase profits.
In 2012, taken as a whole, the current 28 member states of the European Union received more than $7.6 billion in exports from the U.S. plastics industry. Although the difficulty of market entry and the level of competition can be high in the EU28, some member states are definitely more attractive than others. In this quarterly webinar series, you will learn about export markets specifically attractive to U.S. mold manufacturers, and how to size up these market opportunities comparatively. Each webinar will focus on a geographic region or grouping of top export markets. Participate in all four webinars and you will have an excellent strategic vision of what foreign markets you should explore to grow your sales beyond the domestic U.S. market including: • Trade policy updates • Top export growth markets • Exporting basics and developing an exporting strategy • Costs associated with exporting • And much more!
Copper alloys offer many advantages over steel when used in molds, including improved plastic cooling rates and less warpage of the molded parts. Companies that use either copper beryllium or beryllium-free copper alloys can improve their productivity and molding quality when they recognize the inherent differences between steel and these alloys. This webinar will focus on the most common mistakes that lead to failure in the application of copper alloys in mold tooling. Primary topics: • How to avoid the most common mistakes that lead to failure in copper alloys in mold tooling • How to improve productivity and molding quality with copper beryllium and beryllium-free copper alloys
Mold-makers strive to design and build the most efficient, durable mold tools to enable their customers to produce quality parts in a cost effective manner. As part of that effort does the choice of mold steel play an important role or will any steel do the job? What determines the quality of steel as it applies to mold-making? What differences are there in the grades of steel used for plastic molds? How can the choice of a mold steel provide improved productivity for the molder? These and other questions from the attendees will be addressed in this webinar. Main Topics: • What makes a good mold steel? • Mold steel selection. • Mold steels for increased productivity. • Special topics from attendees
Much attention is given the so-called BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. In 2012, China and Brazil were among the top ten export markets for the U.S, plastics industry with $4.8 billion and more than $2 billion in total exports. While China has remained the third largest export market destination for some time, Brazil took over the fifth place spot from Japan during 2011. After 18 years, Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization is predicted to result in a doubling of U.S. total exports there. In India the plastics industry is poised to benefit from increasing per capita income, rising consumerism and modernization. Estimates are the demand for polymers will jump to 16.5 million tons by 2016-17 from 11 million tons during 2012-13, resulting in consumption rising by 10.8% compound annual growth rate. In addition, India is expected to be among top 10 packaging consumers in the world by 2016 with demand set to reach $20.8 billion. In this quarterly webinar series, you will learn about export markets specifically attractive to U.S. mold manufacturers, and how to size up these market opportunities comparatively. Each webinar will focus on a geographic region or grouping of top export markets. Participate in all four webinars and you will have an excellent strategic vision of what foreign markets you should explore to grow your sales beyond the domestic U.S. market including: • Trade policy updates • Top export growth markets • Exporting basics and developing an exporting strategy • Costs associated with exporting • And much more!
Although cycle time, mold thermal management and related warpage issues are critical factors in the success of an injection molded part, many times cooling system design is left for the end of the mold design process and placed where there is room. This webinar will highlight different methods of evaluating mold cooling with digital prototypes to reduce the risk of molding defects and achieve an optimal mold design and injection molding process. Specific examples will be presented on the topics of cycle time reduction, Design of Experiments (DOE), multiple cycle temperature stabilization, rapid heating and cooling, conformal cooling and hot runner temperature cycle to cycle variation. Takeaways (what the registrant will learn): • Learn how other companies are using simulation to efficiently optimize mold cooling • Analyze multiple effective heat extraction strategies before cutting steel • Evaluate alternative technologies, such as conformal cooling, before investment
Given the trade agreements in place, the economic growth rates and vibrant middle classes, the incentive packages available for the attraction of foreign direct investment, and the increasing demand for better quality products, Latin and South America represent a lot of opportunity for the U.S. plastics industry. Of the top twenty export markets for the U.S. plastics industry in 2012, five of these were from within this geographic area -- Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Peru. In this quarterly webinar series, you will learn about export markets specifically attractive to U.S. mold manufacturers, and how to size up these market opportunities comparatively. Each webinar will focus on a geographic region or grouping of top export markets. Participate in all four webinars and you will have an excellent strategic vision of what foreign markets you should explore to grow your sales beyond the domestic U.S. market including: • Trade policy updates • Top export growth markets • Exporting basics and developing an exporting strategy • Costs associated with exporting • And much more!