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Society- Driving Technical Innovation in Precision Machining

Posted June 25, 2013 12:00 AM by Milo

It is not just demographics of our workforce that drives our industry. It is also the demands of society that provides us with the opportunity to innovate.

I was on a panel at IMTS last year on workforce issues.

I shared the following information regarding our workforce demographics in 2020 according to BLS.

You can read my post here Skilled Workforce Demographics 2020

I was interested to see a presentation from Paul Horn GmbH. entitled Society- Driver of Technical Innovation at HORN Technology Days last week. Their approach was workforce agnostic- it was based on a look at the demands from society, rather than focus on how industry will supply that demand.

My economics professor would be so proud.

In 2008-2009 we learned that it is Demand, and not Supply, that drives the economy.

o how does Horn see societal demand driving innovation in the precision machining space?

7 Megatrends to Impact our Industry

  • Mobility
  • Population Growth
  • Globalization
  • Communication
  • Health
  • Aging Society
  • Urbanization

Changes in each of these areas requires technical innovation in Production Technology, Materials, Processes, Electronics, and Software, to make new technologies economically adoptable "Just in Time."

Pillars of technical innovation

Interestingly, Precision Machining "owns" all five of the "columns" in this model as we grow into our future state.

Which of these are your particular "sweet spot?" What is your plan to gain competence in the others?

Who would argue that we are not facing new challenges in production technology, materials, processes, or increased use of electronics and software to make tomorrow's more challenging parts?

We will revisit some of these megatrends in coming blogs.

Do you have a process for identifying "over the horizon" issues that will affect your shop?

Which megatrends are opportunities more so than challenges for your shop and team?

Thanks to PMPA Technical Member Horn USA for sharing the materials from Technology Days.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing this blog entry, which originally appeared here.

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06/25/2013 4:13 AM

'Workforce agnostic' ..... hmmm, nope, got me there...someone will have to explain that juxtaposition of words.

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06/26/2013 2:10 AM

Sorry.

Taking into "account" or "acguessing" of the coming effects of nano and printable products alone, I am flat unable to get in sync with the sense of the article.

It may be my fault.

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06/26/2013 10:09 AM

Sorry for the puzzlement Del;

Over here, we are all excited about the oncoming wave of workforce changes due to aging workforce , unskilled millennial youth, and other MAJOR and Undeniable Demographic issues.

At HORN, they weren't looking at those workforce issues AT ALL, they were just methodically studying the trends and megatrends and picking there spots for investment, all the while building their constant pipeline of talent through their company apprenticeship program and support of other initiatives in the greater community, as well as in other countries where they have a presence.

So what I was trying to get at was rather than say, "Yikes, look at what our workforce will be in 2020, how will we make what we need?" the Horn approach is ""these are the trends that will drive our business, what should we be doing now to assure our success in those markets?"

I think that We in the US are looking at the wrong issue.

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06/26/2013 10:13 AM

Yup company apprenticeship program... that what we need...
If only the beancounters could work that out.. they are incapable of seeing beyond the quick buck... same as the whole financial system which just churns money round rather than making sound investments for the future.
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06/26/2013 10:43 AM

Why oh Why did you mark this OFF topic?

Bad kitty. It is QUITE RELEVANT.

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