Finish your week with the Finishpass weekly roundup.
Each week, we select a handful of great articles covering advanced manufacturing and the people that make it possible.
Communication’s Essential Role in Innovation and Service Productivity (Manufacturing.Net)
Do you constantly feel like you’re the last one at the plant to hear about, well, everything? That is a common problem. Manufacturing.net dives into the importance of communication for service teams. They remind us that innovation and communication go hand-in-hand. The article outlines the ways that manufacturing companies can communicate more effectively. Unsurprisingly, traditional desktop search or email inhibit productivity, while live direct communication using mobile apps is best for teams.
Europe’s Airbus delivered the “Powerhouse” that will be used in NASA’s new Orion Spaceship. The spacecraft is heading to NASA’s Kennedy space center in Florida before a three-week mission orbiting the moon in 2020. This is great news for the industry. Future production of Orion and the European module could result in billions of dollars of new orders for suppliers.
New data released by MNI (Manufacturers’ News, Inc.) show that Connecticut has added more new manufacturing jobs over the last 12 months than it has in decades. This is great news. In fact, Connecticut added 3,153 manufacturing jobs between June 2017 and June 2018. This is the state’s 3rd-straight year of gains. Defense spending has driven orders for transportation equipment which is creating demand for these jobs. However, the tight labor market is still making it tough for manufacturing companies to find talent in the area.
Foxconn Considers Bringing Chinese Workers to Wisconsin as U.S. Labor Market Tightens (The Wall Street Journal)
Connecticut isn’t the only state facing a shortage of manufacturing workers. The state of Wisconsin reached a record low unemployment rate this year of 3.0%. Wisconsin’s jobless rate is significantly below the national average at 3.7%. The Wall Street Journal reports that Foxconn is considering bringing in personnel from China to fill these roles. Foxconn says it cannot find enough engineers and skilled applicants to staff their new facility in southern Wisconsin.
The Art of Manufacturing Podcast (MAKE IT IN LA)
California is still a manufacturing powerhouse, and Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the country. Every Thursday, MAKE IT IN LA’s “The Art of Manufacturing” podcast gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how people actually make stuff in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is home to a diverse group of companies, including: space, special effects, food and fashion. The podcast wrapped up season 3 in September and season 4 will premier in a few months. You can use the downtime to catchup up on great episodes from Season 3.