There is no reason that the vast majority of new manufacturing jobs have gone to men, but they have. Why has women’s representation in manufacturing dropped for two decades?
PMPA President Darlene Miller testified before the Senate Joint Economic Committee recently on the topic of Women in Manufacturing. As a shop owner, STEP Women in Manufacturing honoree, and member of the president’s Job Council, Darlene has some real-world insight into the issue.
Here are her four steps to encourage women to seek manufacturing careers:
1. It is absolutely essential that businesses engage with local community colleges to ensure relevant skills sets are being taught.
2. Equipment needs to be current, not old and outdated. We have high-tech $400,000-$500,000 equipment per machine.
3. We really need really excellent math and problem solving skills; we need to tell the schools what those are.
4. We need to get into middle schools to engage female students at a younger age in potential careers.
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In 1963, Okuma introduced its first CNC: The OSP. OSP stands for Okuma sampling path, which emphasized the innovation of creating a digital representation of a machine tool’s cutting path.
Today, the descendants of that first CNC represent the continuous development of the company’s commitment to mechatronics, the blending of mechanical and electrical systems into a seamless communication between the machine tool and its control.
From December 10-12, the newest OSP generation, the P300, and the machines it runs will be on display at Okuma America’s Technology Showcase event held at the company’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Click here for full details and to register for the show.
Autodesk has announced its intention to acquire Delcam, a supplier of advanced software for the manufacturing industry. The companies offer complementary ranges of software, with Autodesk’s programs for design, engineering and entertainment able to be combined with Delcam strengths in manufacturing.
Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Delcam has more than 30 offices worldwide and approximately 700 employees. The company’s range of design, manufacturing and inspection software provides automated CAD/CAM solutions for a variety of industries, ranging from automotive and aerospace to footwear and sports equipment.
On completion of the acquisition, Delcam will become a subsidiary of Autodesk. It will maintain its focus on accelerating the growth of its market share in the manufacturing sector, with the added strength that will come from being part of a larger organization. Delcam’s North American customers will continue to be supported by the sales and support staff, experienced engineers and developers located in the Windsor, Ontario, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Fort Washington, Pa., offices.
Commenting on the planned acquisition, Carl Bass, president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, said, “We are taking an important step on our path towards delivering a better manufacturing experience. Together Autodesk and Delcam will help further the development and implementation of technology for digital manufacturing.”
Clive Martell, chief executive officer of Delcam, added, “I am very excited by the opportunities from combining Delcam with Autodesk to create a compelling platform from which to service both companies’ manufacturing clients. The added strength and status that we will gain from being part of the Autodesk Group will benefit our customers, our staff and our sales channel.”
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