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October 2014 Tech Bytes

Industry News

Making Innovation

The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise.

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Robotic Assembly: Shrinking Footprint, Expanding Market

SUVs, ovens, surgical devices and hard drives … What do they have in common? Assembly robots are building them right now. From the largest vehicles to the smallest electronics, robotic assembly is increasingly being used to manufacture the world’s goods.The latest statistics released by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) show record-breaking sales for the first half of 2014. Assembly orders were up 96 percent in the second quarter from the same period last year.

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ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand 

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Skilled Worker Shortage Has Financial Impact on Manufacturers

A current lack of skilled and highly skilled manufacturing workers has measurable financial impacts on U.S. manufacturers, according to a new study from Accenture and the Manufacturing Institute.

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How to educate Americans for jobs? Ask the Germans, employers urge

Two years. That’s how long it takes William Lamkin’s fast-growing electrical contracting company to teach new hires with four-year university degrees the tricks of the trade. These college grads “have learned the book stuff, but they don’t have real-world experience,” said Lamkin, vice president of Industrial Electric. “They don’t know how to work with other people, or subcontractors — how to actually do business.”

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GBC Programs

New Online Bachelor of Science Degree offered by George Brown College and Neumann University

George Brown College Center for Continuous Learning is pleased to announce the launch of a new online Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree program in association with Neumann University, in Aston, Pennsylvania. Students who have completed the Electronics Technician Diploma and the PLC or PLC Technician II Certificate program through George Brown College, can transfer directly into the fourth year of studies at Neumann University to complete a 4 year Bachelor of Science Degree.

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Student success story

Name: Cory Jubenville

Program: Electromechanical Technician

Corey JubenvilleFor Corey Jubenville, completing the Electromechanical Technician Certificate program was the first step in his transition to a new career. Because of his love for working with machinery and ‘a natural aptitude’ Corey would like to work as an Engineer and felt, ‘the Electromechanical program would be a perfect introduction to Engineering.’

‘The simulation software was great for online learning and a perfect instructional tool.’ Corey also appreciated the prompt response to his questions by the Tutorial & Technical Advisors in the Support Center.

Corey is now planning to continue his studies and pursue an Electronics Diploma and then a Bachelor’s degree.