June 4th 2021
June 5 is World Environment Day, a day that encourages worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Did you know there’s a Florida manufacturer who is coming up with innovative ways to help cities, counties, colleges, and other entities confronting wastewater treatment issues on a daily basis?
May 28th 2021
Manufacturing has been a major industry for Florida since its inception, and now is home to more than 20,000 manufacturing companies. Companies here create all kinds of vital materials, fromelectric lines and life-saving medical equipment to the fuel that powers machines, among countlessother integral elements that keep our society moving forward. Considering how importantmanufacturing is to the strength of Florida’s economy, it’s no surprise that Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have made it their priority as well.
However, we are now facing a massive shortage of skilled employees to keep our economic machinery surging forward. The bottom line is, a severe lack of quali?ed candidates exists to ?ll all the manufacturing jobs needed, a reality that is not good for the industry or for Florida’s economy. It’s a nationwide issue, as the skills gap is leaving an estimated 2.4 million positions un?lled between 2018 and 2028, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion on the U.S.
February 16th 2021
2020 will forever be remembered as a year of profound challenges for America, and the entire world. The manufacturing community adapted, pivoted, and responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. During this challenging time, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) remained steadfast to inspire the next generation’s pursuit of manufacturing careers.
“Florida’s manufacturing sector is at the heart of our state’s dynamic and robust economy,” said Henry Mack, Chancellor of Florida’s Department of Education’s (DOE) Division of Career and Adult Education. “Florida’s educational institutions are also integrated into the sector. From STEM programs in our elementary schools to our colleges and technical colleges, Florida’s learning resources are the catalyst to careers in manufacturing.”
January 19th 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us more aware of the items we purchase on a regular basis and how they get to store shelves and to our doors. Anyone else still waiting two to three weeks longer for orders of sanitizing wipes and paper towels? Now, if we as consumers have experienced these longer wait times and find ourselves (still) refreshing the delivery notifications on our latest online purchases, imagine what’s going on behind the scenes!
Manufacturing leaders have told us this pandemic has really made them think about risk. Nearly all of the manufacturers we have spoken to mentioned that their immediate focus was on the risk to the health of their workers and their businesses. But beyond that, the spread of the novel coronavirus and the unprecedented Great Lockdown of the U.S. and world economies have shined a bright light on the weak links in their operations. They see risk in their supply chains, their workforces, their standard practices and in pulling back from innovation. Mitigating those risks, they say, comes in the form of local partnerships, long-term agreements, internalizing some outsourced supply, and automation.
November 19th 2020
Digital manufacturing is not a new concept but is continuing to evolve. From robotics, additive manufacturing and augmented reality to big data, simulation and cybersecurity, technologies can be found in manufacturing facilities across the country. While already in existence, the use of these technologies among small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) can vary. Some SMMs have already implemented digital manufacturing, while others plan to implement and there are still some that don’t yet see the value of, or intend to, add digital manufacturing technology to their factory floor.