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A blog posted by Matthew Croson emphasises the global remit of AGMA. ‘30% of the membership is made up of global companies’.
Indeed, our very own Managing Director, Gordon New, has long held key roles in the organisation and now sits on the board of the AGMA Foundation.
This global reach makes sense on a number of fronts, not just membership gains.
Leading on from last week’s blog about tech trends in manufacturing – let’s take a step closer to home and look at the seismic changes that will occur in gear manufacturing.
This includes gears capable of operating in the hostile environments of outer space.
Manufacturing Business Technology magazine picks 3 tech trends of 2018 likely to make a big impact on manufacturing.
As it says, the world of manufacturing tends to lead consumer markets when it comes to innovation, so we can take it as a key indicator of things set to shape our world beyond the workplace.
Centennials, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X….Baby Boomers….There has never been a time when generations are so defined and categorised. However, if we are to address the key industry issue of recruitment and retention we must adopt a more inclusive culture where each generation recognises what the other can bring to the table.
That’s the view of Warren Pearce, Chief Executive of The Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC).
It was in response to the last annual report on the ‘Regional Median Investment Attractiveness Score 2016 -17 for the mining industry.
It ranks countries and regions for their relative investment attractiveness for mining operations.
Traditionally, Australia has held top spot – but not any more.
So, what’s happened?
Recently in Gear Talk we have posted the annual survey from Gear Technology magazine, ‘State of the Gear Industry in 2018’. The one real negative, amongst the mostly positive sentiment, was the difficulty in recruiting and attracting labour to manufacturing.
That’s why this article in New Equipment Digest is a timely follow up as it outlines some initiatives we can take to promote careers in manufacturing, particularly amongst younger age groups.
Gear Technology’s ‘State of the Gear Industry’ survey is becoming an anticipated annual bell weather of the sentiment and challenges faced by the industry.
This year, records high levels of optimism from the Reader Survey but it is balanced by many of the challenges.
In the most demanding applications, PVD coatings can help extend the life of gears by increasing surface hardness and durability.
Even though gears are made of hardened steel or metal alloys they can still fail and have a shorter life cycle in many applications. These include subjecting the gear to high loads, metal-to-metal contact, extreme temperatures, high-speeds or if contaminants are present. So what are the recommended options to extend life under such conditions?
Kevlar was discovered by an unsung heroine in 1965, who was working to find fibres stronger and lighter than steel.
Today, working on a ‘nano’ scale is the pathway to developing new materials with even greater capabilities and applications.
‘Gearheads’ get their own channel delivered by Gear Technology magazine. Gear Technology TV is a must watch for anyone in or around the gear industry. It is being rapidly populated by a whole array of features and faces that many of you will recognise. As well as educational and gear-related videos there’s ‘Ask the Expert Live’ recorded at Gear Expo.
Have a look at this blog posted by Wenzel, they manufacture our gear measuring machine.
The blog shines the spotlight on the way gears work largely unnoticed in a multitude of applications that make the modern world function.
Manufacturers’ Monthly reported last month that the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is calling for a ‘massive transformation’ of Australia’s workforce.
A transformation that will see a workforce develop the requisite skills to compete and offer value in the rapidly changing technical advances taking place on the factory floor. But how can we meet these ‘mission critical’ objectives?
An interesting idea was presented in AGMA’s blog pages posted by Leah Lewis. Her subject was about industry sponsorship, an often overlooked possibility on the marketing menu but one that can yield long-term benefits.
Ronson Gears would like to wish all our customers, industry colleagues and staff a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.
We will be closing on Friday 22nd December with Sales returning from 8th January and Production on the 15th January.
For those that don’t live in the Australian state of Victoria, there has been a wholesale closure of the once thriving automotive industry here. Not only are the manufacturers and employees impacted but also the number of supply chain companies that had once serviced them. The people, skills and expertise could be lost to the detriment of both local communities and the wider economy.
Kenneth Carter in Gear Solutions reports on how a manufacturing software solution that has improved the machining process for cutting tool and part manufacturers is now aiming to bring its expertise to gear manufacturing.
Third wave Systems uses physics-based modelling to problem-solve and optimise the manufacturing process.
The Managing Director of Ronson Gears, Gordon New, also sits on the Board of Trustees of the AGMA Foundation. (Third one up on the right in the picture above). The Foundation was founded and funded by AGMA members to develop initiatives that help the industry prepare for a rapidly changing future.
Ronson Gears couldn’t agree more with Adam Gimpert’s recent post in AGMA’s new blog forum. The subject is the strategy of capital investment. We concur that it is better to invest for the future and buy capital equipment that offers the latest capabilities rather than lower tech, dated but clearly cheaper alternatives in the interests of short-term gain.
Below is an article by Kylene Zenk in Manufacturing Business Technology about the rising challenge faced by manufacturers in employing enough suitable talent. The article originates in the US but the same holds true for every single economy in the developed world.
CEO’s now ranked the employment of suitable talent above cost-competitiveness and workforce productivity in their ability to achieve their strategic goals.
This shift in emphasis reflects the pressures of demographics on manufacturing.