Archive: Oct 2011

Manufacturing Labor Is High-Skilled Labor

A recent Reuters piece helps emphasize a challenge facing the manufacturing industry, and and the economy as a whole: technological advances in manufacturing (and in the products being manufactured) in the US have increasingly meant that manufacturing labor no longer consists of menial tasks for day laborers. Instead, factory workers have to be highly trained…

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Reasons Automation May Not Edge out the Manual Workstation

Our last post focused on the growing trend in manufacturing towards higher-skilled, more technical labor in manufacturing. Today, we’re going to talk about a few things that we think aren’t changing any time soon. Automation has brought a faster pace and greater efficiency to many manufacturing plants. However, some of those plants haven’t faired well…

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A Closer Look at the Plant Swaging Operator Job

Forming plastic and metal is one of many essential jobs within a factory. The machines called forgers and swages use force to make bends, crimps, semi-complete cuts and other forms into the material. Having a swaging and a forge operator onsite can save a company in the cost of purchasing the parts from an outside…

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A Bright Spot for Manufacturing in September

The Wall Street Journal reports that manufacturing output was up slightly in September, but it goes on to note that: Industries used 77.4% of their capacity in September, up from 77.3% in August. Capacity utilization has barely budged during the recovery, climbing just 1% from the same time a year ago. In other words, there…

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