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    The Benefits and Disadvantages of Agile Manufacturing  by Carter Mathews

    The Benefits of Agile

    Agile manufacturing is effective due to the ability to focus on the satisfaction of customers. It can enhance an organization’s ability to change. The expectations and wishes of consumers can evolve quickly in today’s globalized world. Agile manufacturing is able to adjust to the trends that can quickly change in the marketplace. A traditional manufacturing approach cannot successfully do this in a quick manner. The length of trends is unpredictable. A new trend could appear in the time that it takes the traditional manufacturing process to shift to the previous trend it attempted to keep up with. The design of a modular product design will guarantee that the product is able to be tweaked and altered so that the final product will meet customer requirements without disrupting the manufacturing process as a whole. This ability will naturally improve customer satisfaction and keep them from other organizations that will fill their new requirements.

    The Disadvantages of Agile 

    Although we focus on the positives and benefits of agile manufacturing, there are some drawbacks to consider. If there is a large spike in demand to a new and popular product, it may be difficult to quickly respond since large inventory amounts are not included in this manufacturing system. For instance, the demand of a popular product in high demand could also experience a drastic drop. The result could leave an organization with unsold products. An organization could suffer in terms of financial cost and customer service. Since one of the main keys of agile manufacturing is knowledge culture, educating employees will be a significantly higher cost than it would be using a traditional manufacturing model. Your workforce will have to be highly skilled. New technology may need to be invested in when using a new modular product design. This can be difficult and of high cost. The increase in production downtime as well as maintenance, can be more complicated with the complexity of new technologies that may need to be invested in. The key to overcome these potential disadvantages is to have intensive management and planning required for the process to be smooth. This can be a difficult goal to achieve but it is possible with extensive and thorough research along with accurate planning that takes into consideration all the potential obstacles.

    For a more detailed analysis of the pros and cons of this manufacturing technique, check out Agile Manufacturing by Carter Mathews.

    Draw Out A Long-Term Plan With Agile Manufacturing by Carter Mathews

    In the previous post, we’d discussed the importance of Researching to understand if agile manufacturing would be suitable for your current business model, Appointing a Task Force to accomplish these goals and Examining the Relations of the Current Supply Base.

    At this point, your long-term plan for agile manufacturing should be established. The process of implementation will take time. Getting the manufacturing up to full speed will be a huge task. When you draw up the long-term plan with the team, it should include:

    • Benchmarks- Define what will be the signs of success in your business. Decide how the objectives can be measured.
    • Milestones- Decide when key objectives should be accomplished.
    • Contingencies- Create a backup plan for if/when things don’t go according to plan. Define how you can correct mistakes or change direction.

    By preparing for the eventual obstacles and issues that are bound to occur sometimes, you can ensure as much possible stability in unstable times. Outline the possible issues and obstacles that may occur beforehand. Create a plan for overcoming any unexpected situations.

    Never be afraid to “start-over.” Review what you’ve learned and re-examine your created action plans to ensure they still suit your business, as business needs constantly change. For a more detailed break-down, see how Carter Mathews approached the situation in Agile Manufacturing.

    Examine the Relations of the Current Suppliers by Carter Mathews

    In the previous post, we’d discussed the importance of Researching to understand if agile manufacturing would be suitable for your current business model and Appointing a Task Force to accomplish these goals.

    The key to agile manufacturing can sometimes be the partnerships that the organizations have. This is the reason why it is important to observe the partnerships that exist and to examine the possible options that you could hold in those relations. You should do this before the new approach is implemented. This is important for two reasons:

    • It will ensure that the stable partnerships will be strengthened in order to enhance agile manufacturing.
    • It enables the partnerships that don’t work for your benefit to be located so that those ties may be cut off. This will benefit the organization by eliminating unnecessary costs.

    It is important to evaluate the partnerships with your existing supplier in order to categorize your relationships into the two groups shown above. Agile manufacturing can be benefited by the relationships you can take advantage of. When you eliminate the ones that do not strengthen the capabilities of your organization, money but more importantly time will be regained. Be mindful of the partnerships with your suppliers you keep; especially those associated with your speed and responsiveness.

    In the following blog post, we’ll review the importance of Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.

    Appoint A Task Force Agile Manufacturing by Carter Mathews

    In the previous post, we’d discussed the importance of Researching to understand if agile manufacturing would be suitable for your current business model.

    It will take time in order to accurately create an agile manufacturing plan. It is important that you make clearly defined selections of the individuals that are in charge. This will smooth out the process and also ensure accountability. Your task force will be in charge of creating this plan. In order to allow a group of individuals to complete this plan, job responsibilities within the organization can be shifted in order to allow this to be possible. Anyone with any previous knowledge of agile manufacturing will be greatly beneficial. The group should be supported and provided with resources that are necessary in order for your team to be swift and successful. A board member should be a part of this team. The future of the business will be changed and shaped through this strategic shift. Regular updates should be provided by the task force during this process. The group should be provided with objectives that are clearly set in order for them to thoroughly understand what is to be achieved through implementation. A timetable for the process should be implemented.

    An important role that is played by the task force is the knowledge culture. By narrowing down the amount of individuals that are working on research, more focus can be applied to the ways of implementation. Every individual in the organization should be involved in the process whether they are on your narrowed elite team or not. The State of Agile Survey reported that one of the biggest barriers experienced in the adoption of agile manufacturing in organizations is the “general resistance to change”. It is the tendency to resist the change within an organization. By getting every individual involved, you can prepare the whole organization for the change. Whether this means putting them on your elite team, or simply getting them familiarized with the process and necessities for change, it will help everyone get on board.

    In the following blog post, we’ll review the importance of Examining the Relations of the Current Suppliers and Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.

    Agile Manufacturing Research by Carter Mathews

    We’ve discussed the difference between lean and agile, and even “leagile,” in What is Agile Manufacturing. Now we’ll show you how to put your plan into effect in this 4-part series.
    Research

    The first important step is to make sure that you have a solid and thorough understanding of what is accompanied with agile manufacturing. The three main points to include are:

    • The costs involved with agile manufacturing
    • The processes that are required with agile manufacturing
    • The tasks involved in the process that are concrete

    Depending on the type of business industry your organization is a part of, the cost to implement the manufacturing process can greatly vary. A good way to get a better sense of understanding is to investigate and examine other businesses. By finding organizations that are similar to yours in terms of product or are currently using agile manufacturing, you can accurately observe the system and improvements made by their example.

    Regarding your current business, make a list of pros and cons. Consider the benefits to be obtained along with the downsides that may occur when transforming the model of your current manufacturing system into the agile type. Advantages and disadvantages of agile manufacturing are further discussed in Benefits and Disadvantages of Agile Manufacturing.

    Consider that certain products are more compatible and sustainable with agile manufacturing compared to other types. Examine the type of products your business is currently manufacturing and ask yourself these questions:

    • Would the added touch of personalization be a benefit that would better this product?
    • Is there the potential for a market that would create the product as a modular product?
    • Is there a product that could be developed through the agile manufacturing model?
    • What type of advantages that are competitive could your business provide to a compatible product?

    In the following blog posts, we’ll review the importance of Appointing a Task Force, Examining the Relations of the Current Suppliers and Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.

    What Is The Condor?

    The Antonov An-124, better known by its NATO reporting name of the “Condor,‘ has a primary role as a transportation aircraft and was manufactured by Russian aircraft manufacturer Aviastar-SP. The Condor’s greatest asset is its size. It was the largest airplane in production until the Antonov An-225 was built and it flew for the first time in 1982 for testing but was introduced to the public in 1986.

    The Antonov An-124 is remotely similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, but has a significantly larger payload capability, being almost 25% larger. The Antonov An-124’s have been utilized in the transporting of locomotives, yachts, aircraft fuselages, and a variety of other oversized cargoes. The Antonov An-124 is able to “kneel” to allow easier front loading. Up to 150 tons of cargo can be carried in a military variant Antonov An-124 in addition to the safe transit up to 88 passengers in an upper deck behind the wing center section. The Antonov is unmatched in its ability to transport large cargo to distant locations.

    The original Antonov An-124 was built with a projected service life of approximately 7,500 flight hours with the possibility for extension. However, the majority of all military airframes have flown more than 15,000 flight hours.

    But all of the Antonov An-124 built after 2000 took on the modified name of Antonov An-124-100. Lockheed Martin contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport the Atlas V launch vehicles. Though two flights are required to transfer each launch vehicle, one for the Atlas V main booster stage and another for the Centaur upper stage, no other aircraft could take on such a massive payload. Space Systems Loral contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport satellites to the Arianespace spaceport. The modification seen in the An-124-100’s is an improved service life of 24,000 across the board. This modification came about in response to complaints by commercial users that certain airframes were serviceable for longer life cycles than others. With the An-124, those built before 2000, are being upgraded to this standard of the An-124-100 predecessor. Additional researching is being performed to extend its service life to 40,000 flight hours.

    Bell Helicopter Uses Six Sigma

    Textron is one of the world’s best-known multi-industry companies. Bell Helicopter is a division of Textron. Bell Helicopter is an American helicopter and tiltrotor manufacturer.  Bell Helicopter applies Textron Six Sigma processes and tools to ensure prompt, if not ahead-of-schedule deliveries. Bell Helicopter focus is on-time delivery but this is not to say that on-time delivery is the only measurement. Bell Helicopter products must also be of high quality, this is not an advantage this is a necessity. It is understandable why any aeronautical manufacturer must have a quality assurance division to assure that all of their products are being manufactured and delivered to be as safe as possible. So for any manufacturer, not just the Bell Helicopter company to adopt a quality improvement program such as Six Sigma, then the company must “remind” itself what they are in the business of. This being to produce safe products, to be more productive is a benefit of Six Sigma, but to produce the safest product shall still and always be the main idea of the manufacturer.

    In 2008, Bell Helicopter delivered ninth OH-58D aircraft to be modified under the current Kiowa Warrior Safety Enhancement Program contract ahead of schedule. The aircraft was designed and manufactured out of the need for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, locations that are climatically extreme and more susceptible to corrosion from sand. So how did Bell Helicopter cope with the demands of its business?

    Bell Helicopter was about to deliver their product two months in advance of the scheduled completion date because of its adaptation of the Textron Six Sigma process. Textron Six Sigma harps on the philosophy of customers coming first. With that said, every product will be customized to fit the customer’s every need. Textron Six Sigma itself is a data-driven process designed to eliminate waste, reduce variation and drive growth. (www.sixsig.info) And that is exactly what it has done within the Bell Helicopter manufacturing company. Textron Six Sigma is a set of tools and techniques that not only the Bell Helicopter manufacturers follow but also the entire Textron Corporation. Textron Six Sigma is one quality improvement program as revamped the Bell Helicopter business and will lead it into the future of aviation manufacturing.

    Hope For American Manufacturing

    image

    “Manufacturing is one of the foundations of what American society and our communities are. If we can keep jobs and revenues here in our communities, then it’s good for all of us. We will all have higher-paying jobs, and we will all have happier communities.” Said Scott Marland, director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center at The University of Utah.

    The United States lost 30 percent of its manufacturing jobs between 1998 and 2016, according to Federal Reserve data. Over the next ten years, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the lack of skills by today’s workers. According to a recent report, 80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)  – See more here

    The University of Utah, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced the opening of the new Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center on campus. The center is there to give services to manufacturing companies in the areas of technology, worker education, and searching for investors. This center is part of a national group of centers across the US and is managed by the US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    These centers are helping manufacturing companies on a global scale with services in growth, operational excellence, and new technologies like digital, nano, and additive manufacturing. Hope For American Manufacturing and Its Employees

    In 2015, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $81,289 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all nonfarm industries earned $63,830. Looking specifically at wages, the average manufacturing worker earned nearly $26.00 per hour, according to the latest figures, not including benefits. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics) – See more here 

    For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. Also, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. (Source: NAM calculations using IMPLAN) – See more here 

    We need to make America great again and bring back our manufacturing. Bring back our middle class. Bring back our dignity as a nation, and bring back Made In The USA. Keeping jobs and money here, in our communities is good for all of us. We need to train our future workers in these industries and with these new skills needed so that they can succeed in helping to build our nation and our manufacturing industry back up to the top.

    To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

    image

    Watching Star Trek as a kid (reruns of course!) was just amazing. All those cool gadgets they had made me want to be on the Star Ship Enterprise. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had those gadgets? Well, with Additive Manufacturing, we can start to see the future now.
    Additive Manufacturing is all the rage in the news lately. Even though this industry has been around for over 30 years, it is now becoming mainstream.  Additive Manufacturing is expected to grow to a $300 Billion business by 2030.
    “We have seen 3D printing begin to have a secure impact in design and manufacturing of a product. The biggest impact the 3D printing has is on prototyping of products and what we are seeing is in actual products that are used in real life,” says Greg Eden of Autodesk.

    Additive Manufacturing is having a huge impact on how manufacturers look at product design. This industry has grown over 26% in the last year alone. Medicine, dentistry, construction, automotive, and aerospace are all using this technology right now and its use will only become more widespread.

    The International Space Station even has a 3D Printer onboard to make parts that are needed for fast fixes to problems that pop up. Parts can be created that are stronger and more lightweight than ever before. For example, an aluminum part can be made with the strength of steel using this process.

    Design is limited by only the imagination with this technology, unlike conventional technology where you are stuck with particular challenges of the equipment being used.
    I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this growing industry. Yesterday’s science fiction is now today’s reality.

    The Benefits and Disadvantages of Agile Manufacturing  by Carter Mathews

    The Benefits of Agile

    Agile manufacturing is effective due to the ability to focus on the satisfaction of customers. It can enhance an organization’s ability to change. The expectations and wishes of consumers can evolve quickly in today’s globalized world. Agile manufacturing is able to adjust to the trends that can quickly change in the marketplace. A traditional manufacturing approach cannot successfully do this in a quick manner. The length of trends is unpredictable. A new trend could appear in the time that it takes the traditional manufacturing process to shift to the previous trend it attempted to keep up with. The design of a modular product design will guarantee that the product is able to be tweaked and altered so that the final product will meet customer requirements without disrupting the manufacturing process as a whole. This ability will naturally improve customer satisfaction and keep them from other organizations that will fill their new requirements.

    The Disadvantages of Agile 

    Although we focus on the positives and benefits of agile manufacturing, there are some drawbacks to consider. If there is a large spike in demand to a new and popular product, it may be difficult to quickly respond since large inventory amounts are not included in this manufacturing system. For instance, the demand of a popular product in high demand could also experience a drastic drop. The result could leave an organization with unsold products. An organization could suffer in terms of financial cost and customer service. Since one of the main keys of agile manufacturing is knowledge culture, educating employees will be a significantly higher cost than it would be using a traditional manufacturing model. Your workforce will have to be highly skilled. New technology may need to be invested in when using a new modular product design. This can be difficult and of high cost. The increase in production downtime as well as maintenance, can be more complicated with the complexity of new technologies that may need to be invested in. The key to overcome these potential disadvantages is to have intensive management and planning required for the process to be smooth. This can be a difficult goal to achieve but it is possible with extensive and thorough research along with accurate planning that takes into consideration all the potential obstacles.

    For a more detailed analysis of the pros and cons of this manufacturing technique, check out Agile Manufacturing by Carter Mathews.

    Draw Out A Long-Term Plan With Agile Manufacturing by Carter Mathews

    In the previous post, we’d discussed the importance of Researching to understand if agile manufacturing would be suitable for your current business model, Appointing a Task Force to accomplish these goals and Examining the Relations of the Current Supply Base.

    At this point, your long-term plan for agile manufacturing should be established. The process of implementation will take time. Getting the manufacturing up to full speed will be a huge task. When you draw up the long-term plan with the team, it should include:

    • Benchmarks- Define what will be the signs of success in your business. Decide how the objectives can be measured.
    • Milestones- Decide when key objectives should be accomplished.
    • Contingencies- Create a backup plan for if/when things don’t go according to plan. Define how you can correct mistakes or change direction.

    By preparing for the eventual obstacles and issues that are bound to occur sometimes, you can ensure as much possible stability in unstable times. Outline the possible issues and obstacles that may occur beforehand. Create a plan for overcoming any unexpected situations.

    Never be afraid to “start-over.” Review what you’ve learned and re-examine your created action plans to ensure they still suit your business, as business needs constantly change. For a more detailed break-down, see how Carter Mathews approached the situation in Agile Manufacturing.

    Examine the Relations of the Current Suppliers by Carter Mathews

    In the previous post, we’d discussed the importance of Researching to understand if agile manufacturing would be suitable for your current business model and Appointing a Task Force to accomplish these goals.

    The key to agile manufacturing can sometimes be the partnerships that the organizations have. This is the reason why it is important to observe the partnerships that exist and to examine the possible options that you could hold in those relations. You should do this before the new approach is implemented. This is important for two reasons:

    • It will ensure that the stable partnerships will be strengthened in order to enhance agile manufacturing.
    • It enables the partnerships that don’t work for your benefit to be located so that those ties may be cut off. This will benefit the organization by eliminating unnecessary costs.

    It is important to evaluate the partnerships with your existing supplier in order to categorize your relationships into the two groups shown above. Agile manufacturing can be benefited by the relationships you can take advantage of. When you eliminate the ones that do not strengthen the capabilities of your organization, money but more importantly time will be regained. Be mindful of the partnerships with your suppliers you keep; especially those associated with your speed and responsiveness.

    In the following blog post, we’ll review the importance of Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.

    Appoint A Task Force Agile Manufacturing by Carter Mathews

    In the previous post, we’d discussed the importance of Researching to understand if agile manufacturing would be suitable for your current business model.

    It will take time in order to accurately create an agile manufacturing plan. It is important that you make clearly defined selections of the individuals that are in charge. This will smooth out the process and also ensure accountability. Your task force will be in charge of creating this plan. In order to allow a group of individuals to complete this plan, job responsibilities within the organization can be shifted in order to allow this to be possible. Anyone with any previous knowledge of agile manufacturing will be greatly beneficial. The group should be supported and provided with resources that are necessary in order for your team to be swift and successful. A board member should be a part of this team. The future of the business will be changed and shaped through this strategic shift. Regular updates should be provided by the task force during this process. The group should be provided with objectives that are clearly set in order for them to thoroughly understand what is to be achieved through implementation. A timetable for the process should be implemented.

    An important role that is played by the task force is the knowledge culture. By narrowing down the amount of individuals that are working on research, more focus can be applied to the ways of implementation. Every individual in the organization should be involved in the process whether they are on your narrowed elite team or not. The State of Agile Survey reported that one of the biggest barriers experienced in the adoption of agile manufacturing in organizations is the “general resistance to change”. It is the tendency to resist the change within an organization. By getting every individual involved, you can prepare the whole organization for the change. Whether this means putting them on your elite team, or simply getting them familiarized with the process and necessities for change, it will help everyone get on board.

    In the following blog post, we’ll review the importance of Examining the Relations of the Current Suppliers and Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.

    Agile Manufacturing Research by Carter Mathews

    We’ve discussed the difference between lean and agile, and even “leagile,” in What is Agile Manufacturing. Now we’ll show you how to put your plan into effect in this 4-part series.
    Research

    The first important step is to make sure that you have a solid and thorough understanding of what is accompanied with agile manufacturing. The three main points to include are:

    • The costs involved with agile manufacturing
    • The processes that are required with agile manufacturing
    • The tasks involved in the process that are concrete

    Depending on the type of business industry your organization is a part of, the cost to implement the manufacturing process can greatly vary. A good way to get a better sense of understanding is to investigate and examine other businesses. By finding organizations that are similar to yours in terms of product or are currently using agile manufacturing, you can accurately observe the system and improvements made by their example.

    Regarding your current business, make a list of pros and cons. Consider the benefits to be obtained along with the downsides that may occur when transforming the model of your current manufacturing system into the agile type. Advantages and disadvantages of agile manufacturing are further discussed in Benefits and Disadvantages of Agile Manufacturing.

    Consider that certain products are more compatible and sustainable with agile manufacturing compared to other types. Examine the type of products your business is currently manufacturing and ask yourself these questions:

    • Would the added touch of personalization be a benefit that would better this product?
    • Is there the potential for a market that would create the product as a modular product?
    • Is there a product that could be developed through the agile manufacturing model?
    • What type of advantages that are competitive could your business provide to a compatible product?

    In the following blog posts, we’ll review the importance of Appointing a Task Force, Examining the Relations of the Current Suppliers and Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.

    What Is The Condor?

    The Antonov An-124, better known by its NATO reporting name of the “Condor,‘ has a primary role as a transportation aircraft and was manufactured by Russian aircraft manufacturer Aviastar-SP. The Condor’s greatest asset is its size. It was the largest airplane in production until the Antonov An-225 was built and it flew for the first time in 1982 for testing but was introduced to the public in 1986.

    The Antonov An-124 is remotely similar to the American Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, but has a significantly larger payload capability, being almost 25% larger. The Antonov An-124’s have been utilized in the transporting of locomotives, yachts, aircraft fuselages, and a variety of other oversized cargoes. The Antonov An-124 is able to “kneel” to allow easier front loading. Up to 150 tons of cargo can be carried in a military variant Antonov An-124 in addition to the safe transit up to 88 passengers in an upper deck behind the wing center section. The Antonov is unmatched in its ability to transport large cargo to distant locations.

    The original Antonov An-124 was built with a projected service life of approximately 7,500 flight hours with the possibility for extension. However, the majority of all military airframes have flown more than 15,000 flight hours.

    But all of the Antonov An-124 built after 2000 took on the modified name of Antonov An-124-100. Lockheed Martin contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport the Atlas V launch vehicles. Though two flights are required to transfer each launch vehicle, one for the Atlas V main booster stage and another for the Centaur upper stage, no other aircraft could take on such a massive payload. Space Systems Loral contracts the Antonov An-124-100 to transport satellites to the Arianespace spaceport. The modification seen in the An-124-100’s is an improved service life of 24,000 across the board. This modification came about in response to complaints by commercial users that certain airframes were serviceable for longer life cycles than others. With the An-124, those built before 2000, are being upgraded to this standard of the An-124-100 predecessor. Additional researching is being performed to extend its service life to 40,000 flight hours.

    Bell Helicopter Uses Six Sigma

    Textron is one of the world’s best-known multi-industry companies. Bell Helicopter is a division of Textron. Bell Helicopter is an American helicopter and tiltrotor manufacturer.  Bell Helicopter applies Textron Six Sigma processes and tools to ensure prompt, if not ahead-of-schedule deliveries. Bell Helicopter focus is on-time delivery but this is not to say that on-time delivery is the only measurement. Bell Helicopter products must also be of high quality, this is not an advantage this is a necessity. It is understandable why any aeronautical manufacturer must have a quality assurance division to assure that all of their products are being manufactured and delivered to be as safe as possible. So for any manufacturer, not just the Bell Helicopter company to adopt a quality improvement program such as Six Sigma, then the company must “remind” itself what they are in the business of. This being to produce safe products, to be more productive is a benefit of Six Sigma, but to produce the safest product shall still and always be the main idea of the manufacturer.

    In 2008, Bell Helicopter delivered ninth OH-58D aircraft to be modified under the current Kiowa Warrior Safety Enhancement Program contract ahead of schedule. The aircraft was designed and manufactured out of the need for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, locations that are climatically extreme and more susceptible to corrosion from sand. So how did Bell Helicopter cope with the demands of its business?

    Bell Helicopter was about to deliver their product two months in advance of the scheduled completion date because of its adaptation of the Textron Six Sigma process. Textron Six Sigma harps on the philosophy of customers coming first. With that said, every product will be customized to fit the customer’s every need. Textron Six Sigma itself is a data-driven process designed to eliminate waste, reduce variation and drive growth. (www.sixsig.info) And that is exactly what it has done within the Bell Helicopter manufacturing company. Textron Six Sigma is a set of tools and techniques that not only the Bell Helicopter manufacturers follow but also the entire Textron Corporation. Textron Six Sigma is one quality improvement program as revamped the Bell Helicopter business and will lead it into the future of aviation manufacturing.

    Hope For American Manufacturing

    image

    “Manufacturing is one of the foundations of what American society and our communities are. If we can keep jobs and revenues here in our communities, then it’s good for all of us. We will all have higher-paying jobs, and we will all have happier communities.” Said Scott Marland, director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center at The University of Utah.

    The United States lost 30 percent of its manufacturing jobs between 1998 and 2016, according to Federal Reserve data. Over the next ten years, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the lack of skills by today’s workers. According to a recent report, 80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)  – See more here

    The University of Utah, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced the opening of the new Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center on campus. The center is there to give services to manufacturing companies in the areas of technology, worker education, and searching for investors. This center is part of a national group of centers across the US and is managed by the US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    These centers are helping manufacturing companies on a global scale with services in growth, operational excellence, and new technologies like digital, nano, and additive manufacturing. Hope For American Manufacturing and Its Employees

    In 2015, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $81,289 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all nonfarm industries earned $63,830. Looking specifically at wages, the average manufacturing worker earned nearly $26.00 per hour, according to the latest figures, not including benefits. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics) – See more here 

    For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. Also, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. (Source: NAM calculations using IMPLAN) – See more here 

    We need to make America great again and bring back our manufacturing. Bring back our middle class. Bring back our dignity as a nation, and bring back Made In The USA. Keeping jobs and money here, in our communities is good for all of us. We need to train our future workers in these industries and with these new skills needed so that they can succeed in helping to build our nation and our manufacturing industry back up to the top.

    To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

    image

    Watching Star Trek as a kid (reruns of course!) was just amazing. All those cool gadgets they had made me want to be on the Star Ship Enterprise. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had those gadgets? Well, with Additive Manufacturing, we can start to see the future now.
    Additive Manufacturing is all the rage in the news lately. Even though this industry has been around for over 30 years, it is now becoming mainstream.  Additive Manufacturing is expected to grow to a $300 Billion business by 2030.
    “We have seen 3D printing begin to have a secure impact in design and manufacturing of a product. The biggest impact the 3D printing has is on prototyping of products and what we are seeing is in actual products that are used in real life,” says Greg Eden of Autodesk.

    Additive Manufacturing is having a huge impact on how manufacturers look at product design. This industry has grown over 26% in the last year alone. Medicine, dentistry, construction, automotive, and aerospace are all using this technology right now and its use will only become more widespread.

    The International Space Station even has a 3D Printer onboard to make parts that are needed for fast fixes to problems that pop up. Parts can be created that are stronger and more lightweight than ever before. For example, an aluminum part can be made with the strength of steel using this process.

    Design is limited by only the imagination with this technology, unlike conventional technology where you are stuck with particular challenges of the equipment being used.
    I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this growing industry. Yesterday’s science fiction is now today’s reality.