Students receiving ARM's certified robot training
Cybersecurity, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Jobs, Materials, Photonics, Robotics, Semi-Conductor, Smart Manufacturing, Workforce

“Nose presses” is not an official metric of workforce recruiting success for the Penn State Digital Foundry on 5th Avenue in New Kensington, PA, but it is hugely symbolic in the quest to expand the manufacturing talent pipeline in underserved communities, according to Sherri McCleary, the Executive Director of the foundry.

A nose presser is a...

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Automation, Biopharmaceutical, Competition Resources, Facilities, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Process, Smart Manufacturing

It’s a challenge for any company to efficiently invest in research and development (R&D) for advanced manufacturing applications. Costs are high and success is not a given. Joining industry peers in R&D to reduce risk also presents a dilemma: How do you help drive your company and the industry forward with technological innovation without...

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Manufacturing Jobs, Materials, Metals, Workforce

“Remember Goldilocks—not too fast, not too slow, just right. You ready?” That’s Dr. Bob Voigt, a Materials Science and Engineering professor at Penn State University, coaching me on my first casting experience.

I’m wearing a reflective silver suit from head to toe, high-temperature gloves, and a face shield. Minutes before, I’d been scooping sand...

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Artificial Intelligence, Circular Economy, Composites, Digital Manufacturing, Energy, Flexible Hybrid Electronics, Re-manufacturing, Recycling, Smart Manufacturing, Sustainability, Sustainable Manufacturing
Reimagining Industrial Energy Use With Digital Technology

Today, manufacturing accounts for 25 percent of U.S. energy consumption and carbon emissions, and the industrial sector as a whole is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the nation, at 30 percent. Changing how industry produces materials and products is...