Each week, we select a handful of great articles covering advanced manufacturing and the people that make it possible.
At Cluster, we believe in upskilling. In the fast paced world of modern manufacturing university and graduate programs cannot move at the speed of business. In today’s job market, with such a low unemployment rate, it is important for companies to focus on retention. For example, learning new things and staying on the bleeding edge of the industry is appealing to employees. Forbes breaks down all of these points and several more pros of upskilling in the workplace.
Modern manufacturers need to be nimble and efficient in order to succeed. For this reason, many companies are leaning towards AI adaptation to assess critical process and asset performance questions. Companies can implement machine learning in order to gather artificial intelligence. The IIoT market is still maturing so now is a good time for companies to begin implementing changes.
More on artificial intelligence - robots have become a great alternative for infrastructure inspection in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. These industries are stereotypically slow to adapt to new technologies. But, because inspecting a storage tank can be dangerous, time consuming, and expensive, the industries are beginning to automate by using robots. Furthermore, robots AI allows them to get smarter and faster as they are used.
Today, only six percent of employed women in Canada have a job in the manufacturing sector, compared with 13 percent of all men in Canada. Manufacturing jobs for women are not encouraged in schools or school programs. However, even people who didn’t study manufacturing in school might find a rewarding career in the industry. Because manufacturing is just as much about people and soft skills as it is about technology.
Ultimately automation will redefine and expand jobs in advanced manufacturing as well as other industries. The result will be jobs that are “new collar, not blue collar.” At Cluster we think it's possible to expand the middle class in America and “include everyone in [our] vision for the future.” Our CEO & Founder, Kim Taylor, was featured in PEOPLE Magazine’s article 25 Women Changing the World of 2018.
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