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The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8 in June 2019. Courtesy: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation
Workforce Development June 20, 2019

Equipment leasing confidence slides, according to report

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's June Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8, which is down several points compared to May and double digits compared to the same period in 2018.

By Chris Vavra
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $344.6 million in April 2019, the lowest April reading since 2016 when orders totaled $293.2 million. April 2019 orders declined 16.5% from March 2019 and were down 17.6% from April 2018. Courtesy: Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Workforce Development June 10, 2019

Manufacturing technology orders fall to lowest level since 2016

Manufacturing technology orders fell to under $300 million in April 2019, which is a sharp decline compared to the previous month and April 2018.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Workforce Development June 1, 2019

Specify performance, manage risk

The June issue of AppliedAutomation discusses specifying performance and the importance of alarm management and process safety.

By Jack Smith
The modern supply chain is a mix of traditional storage and retrieval and modern plant strategies to manage inventories. Courtesy: The Raymond Corporation
Workforce Development May 13, 2019

The need for speed

In an accelerating supply chain, effective management of costs, people and data is becoming more crucial.

By Bob Vavra
Workforce Development April 11, 2019

How wide is your door?

Manufacturers need to search far and wide to get people for the positions they are having trouble filling.

By Bob Vavra
Sweden, the 2019 Hannover Messe Partner Country, put on a cool and innovative cultural display during the Opening Ceremonies March 31. Courtesy: Hannover Messe
Workforce Development April 1, 2019

Hannover Messe 2019, Day 1: Innovation challenged by human concerns

Supply chain leaders won’t link with digitalization; AI has human workers nervous.

By Bob Vavra
Adrian Lloyd, research director for industrial automation for Interact Analytics. Courtesy: Interact Analytics
Workforce Development March 7, 2019

Brexit outcome has implications beyond Europe

Analyst sees looming issues for manufacturing beyond EU-Great Britain dispute.

By CFE Media
Average manufacturing salaries by region were up in 2018 compared to 2017, which has helped bolster general worker confidence in spite of uncertainties in the industry. Courtesy: CFE Media
Workforce Development February 18, 2019

2018 Salary Survey: Juggling priorities in challenging times

Manufacturing opens 2019 juggling the challenges and opportunities facing the industry from global trade issues to an aging workforce to a changing plant floor.

By Bob Vavra
Engineering and project management are by far the two biggest skills needed for a successful manufacturing career. Courtesy: CFE Media
Workforce Development February 18, 2019

2018 Salary Survey: Skilled worker shortage, challenges

Plant engineers are working long hours and are getting older as their role changes with the advent of robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). See highlights from the survey and links for additional information.

By Bob Vavra
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Workforce Development February 13, 2019

The human factor of IoT in safety

Technology can be part of the ‘culture’ in plants

By Susie Cumberland