As we enter into the summer months, parents around the nation are collectively wringing their hands, wondering what to do with their children over the coming months. Could this time off result in the loss of precious earned skills? Often many look to summer camps for children to learn a new skill such as building rockets or robots to keep the brain sharp during the lazy days of summer.
Sounds fun, right? The best part of all may be that the fun includes a critical level of learning that comes all the more easily because of the relaxed and fun nature of the work. Though often overlooked, it turns out that elements of creativity, storytelling and design have close links to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classwork that so many children profess to want nothing to do with. Continue Reading »
Ohio has long been known for its manufacturing roots, but the state’s growing applications for 3D/additive manufacturing are quickly becoming a natural extension of the state’s existing manufacturing base. The additive manufacturing process results from the addition of many ultrathin layers of plastic, steel or other materials, allowing concepts to move quickly from design and prototype to production.
Additive manufacturing offers the ability for one-off or short-run production and the process makes fast prototyping possible courtesy of a digital model. Using the build-up of accumulated layers as the building blocks for the 3D models, the manufacturing method continues to show its versatility with a range of applications for consumers and those in the medical, aerospace, automotive and industrial industries. One unique application in the medical industry is the use of MRI scans to create a skull patch for people who experience a head injury. The missing piece is able to be custom manufactured and as a result, surgery time can be reduced by up to 30 percent. Continue Reading »
At the end of April, the engineers and sales staff at Walsh Manufacturing had the opportunity to showcase its parts washing applications at the Precision Machine Technology Show (PMTS). The biennial event, co-presented by Production Machining and Modern Machine Shop, included more than 260 exhibitors and close to 5,000 attendees from around the world.
Held in Columbus, Ohio, the event brought together vendors, educators, students and manufacturing experts who shared their knowledge and experience with all those in attendance. The setting for the international show was especially significant in light of the recently published news from the Cleveland Plus Economic Review. Designed as an in-depth look at the industry, the review forecasted an increase in the state’s economy courtesy of the region’s growing manufacturing presence. Over the next decade, an additional 49,000 jobs are expected to be added within northeast Ohio. Continue Reading »
Do a quick search for manufacturing news and you’ll quickly see that collaborations and partnerships are professed to be the newest initiatives in manufacturing, particularly for small to midsized businesses. While few would doubt this to be true, it seems almost common sense to think that more can be accomplished when the initiative or project is built on a platform of collaboration.
For smaller manufacturers this can be particularly important, especially when first starting out. With more than fifty years in metal fabrication and machine design, Walsh Manufacturing, a family-owned company, knows first-hand just how important collaboration can be. One example can be found in our successful partnerships with a number of municipalities and construction companies. Continue Reading »
Much has been written about the skills gap facing various groups within the manufacturing industry. This is attributed to many things including fewer students taking science, technology, and engineering and math (STEM) classes from an early age, changing skill sets needed within the industry, and a lack of understanding concerning the possible breadth of manufacturing careers. For employers, these elements often add up to more time and money spent filling available positions.
As a result, there’s a desire to re-introduce manufacturing to a new generation. Designed as a multi-prong approach it includes renewed emphasis on STEM classwork as early as elementary school as well as demonstrating to students the varied career path available in manufacturing. This initiative also works to highlight some of the newest manufacturing methods such as 3-D printing that might not fall under the typical definition of manufacturing. Continue Reading »