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Should college be a means to self-sufficiency?

Is being "educated" a goal in itself, or should college actually lead to a family-sustaining career?
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Jobs found won't be those lost

Jobs that will become available as the economy recovers will not be the same jobs that were lost when the economy declined.
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An historic opportunity for CPGs

Recent federal grants in excess of half a billion dollars have gone out to schools and community colleges across the United States in support of technology programs for manufacturing.
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More on additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a disruptive, game changing technology, much as was the personal computer in an era of big IBM mainframes and Digital Equipment Corporation mini-computers.
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Workforce issues drop to number two concern for manufacturers

For the last several years, when manufacturers gather to discuss issues of concern, the dwindling skilled workforce has repeatedly been at the top of the list. The workforce issues haven't yet been solved, but recent evidence suggests that the Affordable Care Act is now the top concern, not only among manufacturers, but other businesses as well.
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A new paradigm on industrial robots?

Keith Campbell's first look at new technology from two companies, Universal Robotics and Rethink Robotics. These companies are taking a completely different approach to robotics, offering units that are inexpensive, flexible, adaptable, and easily retrained. Will they work in packaging?
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Social media and manufacturing

As I think about the future of packaging operations and manufacturing in general, I think that the introduction of social media to the factory floor could be the most significant stimulus for change over the next decade.
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Security - The next frontier

Shop floor data security was a topic at The Automation Conference held last month with security expert Eric Byres of Tofino Security sharing his experiences and the results of government studies on the topic.
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Manufacturing is crucial

Many speakers today at the Automation Conference have called attention to the importance of manufacturing for our economy, our defense and our overall well being.
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Moore's Law and Packaging

How does a law that is generally related to the rate of increase of affordable computing power relate to your packaging operations? In preparing an article for the April issue of Packaging World on a new breed of linear servo motors, I recognized that this is at least the second time that Moore's law has been behind a shift in packaging machine design.

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