By The Numbers

4 points from U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics about machinery manufacturing: 1) High productivity growth is expected to cause employment to decline, but many openings will result from the need to replace workers who retire. 2) Production workers, who account for over half of all jobs in the industry, increasingly need training beyond high school.


4 points from U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics about machinery manufacturing: 1) High productivity growth is expected to cause employment to decline, but many openings will result from the need to replace workers who retire. 2) Production workers, who account for over half of all jobs in the industry, increasingly need training beyond high school. 3) Machinery manufacturing has some of the most highly skilled—and highly paid—production jobs in manufacturing. 4) Job prospects should be good for high school graduates with strong communication, basic math, and problem solving skills who can be trained for highly skilled production jobs.

500 million unit mark in shipments of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. PSoC programmable system-on-chip. Commercial-scale PSoC shipments began in 2002. PSoC devices combine programmable analog and digital blocks with memory and a micro-controller, adding flexibility and saving time.

21st Century Coalition is a group of nearly 50 diverse corporations including 3M, Caterpillar Inc., Eli Lilly, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson. The coalition seeks to ensure that the "patent system fairly rewards those who contribute to our society through the invention and development of new and useful products and processes."

40th anniversary of the moon walk in 1969 was the namesake of the 2009 FIRST Robotics theme, "Lunacy." See coverage at by searching on first lunacy.

3 broad areas of involvement for the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) are pattern recognition, computer vision, and image processing.

6 safety standards heavily influence safety for machines builders and for electronic control system and drives manufacturers.

7 emerging technologies could result in automated guided vehicles that never stop to recharge, more nimble robotics, smarter trending for better pattern recognition to detect cancer as it forms (and could advance predictive controls), says IEEE. Read more at

>$300,000 of donated embedded hardware and design/simulation software goes into the 3-year EcoCAR challenge competition, giving engineering students the opportunity to design and build advanced vehicles with next-generation automotive technologies while gaining hands-on experience with the latest automotive engineering tools.

2 millionth article in IEEE Xplore, an electrical engineering, communications and computer science database, is "Intelligent Packet Dropping for Optimal Energy-Delay Tradeoffs in Wireless Downlinks." It appears in the March issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. IEEE is 125 years old; oldest articles are from 1913.

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Pipe fabrication and IIoT; 2017 Product of the Year finalists
The future of electrical safety; Four keys to RPM success; Picking the right weld fume option
A new approach to the Skills Gap; Community colleges may hold the key for manufacturing; 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
VFDs improving motion control applications; Powering automation and IIoT wirelessly; Connecting the dots
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me