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It only takes two minutes — two minutes from the moment you start talking to Hans Keller and the plant tour begins — to realize there is something very different about the Aesculap division of B. Braun, one of the leading manufacturers of medical technology and pharmaceutical products worldwide. Every employee is greeted with a smile. Every question posed is answered in detail. Every process and machine are thoroughly explained.

Prototype- and Toolshop Manager Hans Keller started his career with Aesculap in 1972, and the company’s R&D, prototyping, tool- and moldmaking department hasn’t stopped growing since the dedicated thoroughbred engineer took it over in 1995. The toolshop produces prototypes, models, injection molds, forging and forming tools, complex progressive dies as well as measuring and test equipment, and jigs and fixtures for series production.

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Taking place alongside Amerimold, June 13, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois, the AM Workshop is uniquely situated in the heart of injection molding and moldmaking. Presented by Additive Manufacturing Media, Plastics Technology and MoldMaking Technology, this 3D printing workshop will present practical applications of 3D technologies related to plastics processing. Topics include production at scale, digital modeling, design considerations, 3D printing vs injection molding and medical applications. 

The full agenda is available here.  Registration is now open.

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We talk a lot about automation. Automation involving pallet changers, tool changers, work cells, and robots. But what does automation have to do with apprenticeships? As it turns out, plenty.

I’ve spoken to enough of you to understand the struggles you experience with not only finding skilled workers but efficiently onboarding and training each one (like still using handwritten hour logs). And if you have several at one time, things can get more cumbersome. So, when a press release for a solution developed by two college students who claim it dramatically eases the onboarding process and management of apprentices, I had to follow up.

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In this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast I joined Tony Demakis for a conversation with our very own Michael Guckes, Chief Economist of Gardner Intelligence. If you don’t know Michael, he provides analysis of moldmaking and plastics marketplace data every month for the MMT brand through our Gardner Business Index: Moldmaking and Industry Reports.  

Michael’s belief in continuous education is a main driver for him. During our conversation he explained the importance of storytelling through visuals and how Gardner Intelligence honors innovation through awards programs that help to grow and better the industry. 

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MoldMaking Technology gave the industry a taste of one small mold manufacturer’s unique approach to solving the skills gap with a feature article and video, now come to Amerimold to meet the 2014 Leadtime Leader Award Winner and Westminster Tool's Director of Talent Development, Kylee Carbone, who helped develop this successful strategy and take a deeper dive into how it all works.

Westminster Tool’s talent development system has allowed them to create a backlog of new candidates, during a nationwide workforce shortage. The Westminster Tool process attracts the right people during the hiring process, and gives employees the tools to improve proficiency of self and develop their careers within the organization. The shop is attracting, growing and retaining a team with an average age of under 35 while improving its business performance. Westminster Tool has transformed its workforce from a group of inexperienced enthusiastic employees to a high-performing team. Since embarking on the journey of developing talent, the company has seen a 60-percent increase in throughput per person. This seminar will provide actionable insights for attendees to adapt or improve upon their talent development approach and will focus on the following: becoming an employer of choice, developing a strong foundation and retaining talent.

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