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SigmaNEST User Conference to Focus on Cobotics

Friday, February 16, 2018
SigmaTEK Systems, Cincinnati, OH, has announced that registration for its annual SigmaNEST user conference now open. The SigmaTEK Academy and Conference (STAC), May 8-9, at the Sharonville Convention Center will explore the collaboration of fabricators and robots and its effect on manufacturing. Content also will include IoT, advanced user training and shop-floor automation best practices.

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West Virginia Steps Up for Women Manufacturers

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An introductory course for women interested in careers in manufacturing, offered in Huntington W.VA for two years, has come to Bridgeport, W.VA. The Step Up for Women course, the result of a partnering effort involving the Robert C. Byrd and West Virginia Women Work, provides a path to manufacturing jobs as part of a 10-week course.

"We know that there's a need in the manufacturing industry for skilled workers, and women are underrepresented in the industry,” says Mike Friel, public information specialist, adding that only 29 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are held by women. Friel says women who complete the course, which is free, often find a job or an apprenticeship by the time their course work is done.

“We have geared our program to benefit women who are low-income. Our program is for making women self-sufficient. That is our main goal,” says Lakiesha Hines, program coordinator.

Source: WBOY-TV

Industry Movers & Shakers

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Aida-America, Dayton, OH, metal-stamping press manufacturer, has announced the hiring of Mason Round as project manager, joining the company’s degreed-engineer project-management team. The company’s project managers serve as points of contact for all customer needs throughout the life of each project.

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