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As manufacturers begin implementing more digital manufacturing solutions, the role of IT is becoming more important. Software programs such as ERP and machine monitoring affect all aspects of a manufacturer, from the front office to the shop floor to the IT department. Ryan Lanham has seen the expansion of IT’s duties in manufacturing firsthand—he has worked in the IT department at Dynomax, a manufacturer in Wheeling, Illinois, for more than 10 years. When the company recently implemented an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cloud platform solution with MES functionality and machine monitoring from Forcam, his IT team was instrumental in ensuring the system’s success.

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Technical Education Teachers Deserve Recognition

Most of my time in the last four years has been dedicated to my mission to secure the American dream for the next generation of industrial talent. Industry is still that place where one can start out sweeping the floor, and end up running the company, or stop anywhere on the journey and have a noble, family-supporting, rewarding career. That doesn’t happen in most fields, but it does every day in manufacturing. 

This American dream, however, is at risk. We no longer do an adequate job of inspiring young people toward careers in advanced manufacturing. Far too few students are exposed to opportunities in manufacturing while in middle school and high school. Along with many others, I am working to change this.

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A Fond Farewell Heading into Retirement

Writers don't retire. I will always be a writer.

— Andy Rooney

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As the pride of the Badger state, Mercury Marine is locally known simply as “Merc.” The 81-year-old roots of this American icon give it a rich history, making it the pride of the community and a favorite of the boating public. Meanwhile, its success makes Merc the envy of its competitors. Mercury Marine is a world leading manufacturer of all types of marine propulsion systems—a $2.6 billion division of Brunswick Corp. that employs more than 5,200 people in multiple locations around the world.

More than 80 years of innovative boat engine development has left the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, location an extremely well-known repository of engineering prowess and production excellence. Today’s sprawling campus alongside Interstate 41 features more than 2.5 million square feet of space that contains all manner of engineering and manufacturing disciplines along with the approximately 3,300 individuals that make it all happen.

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Do you have a co-worker under the age of 40 who goes above and beyond his or her job description to improve a work environment or the precision machined parts industry at large? Do you know a colleague who is outstanding at his or her job who you think deserves recognition in the industry? If so, please nominate him or her for Production Machining’s 2020 Emerging Leader Awards.

Over the past two years, PM has had the privilege of awarding many young, talented professionals in the precision machining industry through our Emerging Leaders program. We have introduced these leaders/potential leaders to our readers in our annual Emerging Leader edition of the magazine in print and online, as well as through our weekly blog spotlights for each winner.

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