Archive for October, 2011

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/28/2011)

Here are three things you should know more about.  The Society for Manufactruing Engineers; a great organization which always seems to be pushing our collective envelope in hopes to find a better way of doing things.  The Professor George Schneider Jr. Manufacturing Technology Education Faculty Award; bestowed annually the the SME to honor a particular […]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/14/2011)

More evidence that this country’s problem is not a loss of jobs; it’s a decline in practical skills and an across-the-board de-emphasis on learning and development: in Northern Kentucky, one new advanced trade school is having trouble keeping up with demand for qualified graduates. And speaking of jobs and the Great American Skill Gap, try this one […]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/7/2011)

There’s one New York-based market analyst I’ve heard of who uses the volume of cloth napkins used each month by restaurants in and around Manhattan as an economic barometer of the business climate, figuring that cloth napkins translate into expense account lunches and dinners.  Others analysts track the financial performance of premium overnight shippers like […]