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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016

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as well as attract new workers to an industry
facing a growing employee shortage."
In Illinois and Iowa, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is launching the
second of two major studies to strengthen
the area's manufacturing and defense companies. It aims to help form a strategy to diversify their markets, anticipate disruptive
technologies and focus on digital readiness.
I know two examples are not a "trend," but
believe me that these are just the tip of the
exciting developments that are happening.
Tell us about what is happening in your area.

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C ONTENTS

T ECHNOLOGY

N EWS

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The year is coming to an end, and while it's in
one's nature to look back and review, can we
skip that and just look forward? (Just thinking about reviewing the worldwide events of
2016 puts my head in a bit of a spin, and it's
no time to get dizzy.) There are so many advancements and new innovations in manufacturing that it's much more exciting to look
ahead at what else is to come.
There is so much in the news about groups
and companies across the country that are
dedicated to advancing the state of the industry, in addition to their own operations. The
University of Buffalo (UB) in New York, for
example, is working with Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation
Institute to develop a "101" series of massive
open online courses about digital manufacturing and design.
"As manufacturers evolve to remain productive and competitive, they are increasingly adopting new technologies that require
elevated technical skills," says Liesl Folks,
PhD, dean of UB's School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences. "There is a glaring need to
rapidly foster a workforce adept in the tools
that underpin the 'digital thread' concept,

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