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M.E.R.T. What is this?  Medical Emergency Response Team  Hello I am Dari, an EMT at the Volvo Truck Plant in Dublin VA, a facilitator on the assembly line.  When it comes to safety I quickly along with my Team respond to any emergency calls.  We have several active members and do monthly training/meetings on 2nd shift.  We all work together to get the job done which we volunteer during our regular shift either it be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even the 4th shift crew to help those that are in need on the factory floor to office staff. We strive to build up and maintain a great M.E.R.T. here at the Volvo Truck Plant in the New River Valley. Dari Newman
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MY MANUFACTURING STORY BY TAMARA SOMERVILLE, CEO OF POSI LOCK PULLER, INC.   Most people within the world of manufacturing and maintenance have heard of a bearing puller – and those that have not can probably guess what it would be used for.   As the name suggests, a puller is a tool used to remove failed bearings, gears, and pulleys from equipment by allowing the user to pull on them with enough force. It achieves this with jaws that attach to the bearing, gear, or pulley, and a central screw that presses against the bearing shaft – providing force in two directions to make the job quicker and easier.   Pullers come in two types: manual ...
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Happy International Women’s Day!   We have lofty goals for the year ahead following the cultural phenomenon that was the “Year of the Woman” in 2018.  Here at the Manufacturing Institute, we plan on making just as much (if not more) progress this year in attracting, retaining, and promoting women in manufacturing through our initiatives.     Women today account for less than a third of manufacturers, despite representing about half of all workers.  However, women in previous generations showed the country what they could do through manufacturing and it’s on us to inspire girls in the next generation to dream of what they can do through ...
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Ecolab and the Manufacturing Institute hosted a great STEP Forward event last month in Minneapolis with a discussion on multi-generational workforce on their agenda.  With the increasing number of millennials in the workplace, coupled with a high representation of late-retiring baby boomers, managers can't ignore the perceived opposing agendas of these workers without risking decreased productivity and profits.  “Boomers come from a generation where much of their early years were spent fighting for a cause or a movement. This need to fight for something is deeply ingrained in their DNA.  Millennials crave the opportunity to be a part of something.  They are ...
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I am pleased to have recently teamed up with President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and STEP Ahead Alum, Susan Elkington, on an Op Ed that appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader. In it, we discuss how manufacturers across Kentucky and across America are tackling the workforce crisis. We also highlight the kinds of impactful approaches we all want to see more of  – for instance, those that cut across sectors and promote lifelong learning—so we can solve this problem comprehensively and put even more Americans on paths to fulfilling and rewarding careers.   Check out the full article here: https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article220455685.html
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Hear from A&D manufacturing expert,  Michael Edelen , as he walks through the impact of convergence on traditional manufacturing. Siloed manufacturing functions of the past can now be transformed into seamlessly connected processes that not only lower costs, but ensure operational excellence across the value chain. https://blogs.sap.com/2018/08/30/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-manufacturings-journey-to-the-intelligent-enterprise
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A Widespread Problem As a freshman at the University Notre Dame, I was not completely confident in my selection of mechanical engineering as my intended major when school began. Though I had taken high level math and science classes in high school, I was worried about my ability to keep pace with the students who had extensive experience in robotics and computer programming. However, I found engineering to be an exciting field which I look forward to pursuing throughout my undergraduate years; however, the same cannot be said for a number of my classmates. Throughout the year, I noticed some of my class sizes shrinking as my peers began leaving the engineering ...
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Manufacturing Day is fast approaching. On October 5 and throughout the month of October, hundreds of factories, technical schools, and business organizations around the country will host events to show thousands  of students, parents, and educators just how exciting modern manufacturing can be. Too many of the talented individuals who would make the most of manufacturing careers are younger Americans who simply have the wrong perceptions about what those careers entail. But, as the events of MFG Day underline, gone are the days of the assembly line and the manufacturing plants their grandparents might remember. The students who become the American manufacturers ...
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This week as you celebrate with family and friends, take a moment to appreciate the manufacturers past, present and future who make America strong. The hot dogs and grills at your barbecue, the baseball bats at the game and flag proudly displayed on your front porch are all tangible examples of how manufacturing impacts your everyday life. However, while most Americans agree that manufacturing is important for our country overall, many still don’t understand what manufacturing in America actually looks like. According to our research, more than 80% of Americans believe that manufacturing is vital to economic prosperity and 75% believe the U.S. should invest ...
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Continuing our mission to empower women in manufacturing one region at a time, The Manufacturing Institute hosted another one of our STEP Forward events on yesterday in Southeast Pennsylvania in collaboration with Arconic Foundation. Overall, the event aimed to discuss the attraction, advancement, and retention of women in science, technology, engineering, and production (STEP) careers. Both male and female manufacturing leaders were invited to attend in order to facilitate a holistic conversation. Invitations were extended with the goal of directly inspiring manufacturers to recognize the importance of women in manufacturing and to promote the STEP initiative ...
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Earlier today, @Serena Wong and I flew to St. Louis to team up with Eaton Corporation, a global leader in the electrical and industrial power industries, to host another installment of our STEP Forward series. STEP Forward is a part of the Institute’s national initiative: STEP Ahead, which recognizes the potential of the female workforce to bridge the serious skills gap that currently afflicts manufacturing. The Institute’s STEP Forward events provide manufacturers in local communities the opportunity to learn best practices on attracting and retaining women in the industry. It also gives women the opportunity to connect with others in science, technology, ...
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​Colleagues, I am so excited to be participating in a panel discussion during the "Women in Automotive" conference in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, April 24th.   I will be joined by four other amazing women leaders in the industry.   For those of you in attendance, come support the panel discussion at 12:45. We will be discussing overcoming obstacles and finding your way in automotive manufacturing.  Can't Wait! #belongatBASF #WiMAutomotive #EmbracingEvolution ​
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STEP Forward: Charlotte

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Today I am in Charlotte, NC leading our largest STEP Forward event to date, with almost 200 women in manufacturing for a two-day event.  Sponsored by Ingersoll Rand, STEP Forward: Charlotte has been packed with leadership development sessions, networking, and roundtable discussions. If you haven’t heard yet, The Manufacturing Institute launched STEP Forward to promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry and offer companies a unique opportunity to strengthen their diversity strategies and develop new concepts for advancing and retaining female talent. STEP Forward: Charlotte convened women from all levels of the manufacturing workforce, from the ...
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