Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the NPE 2015 tradeshow in Florida. With booths and displays covering one million square feet and more than 64,000 attendees throughout the event, the show was great. While being on your feet all day and then entertaining at night makes for a long week, it was still awesome to see all the different companies firsthand.
There were so many amazing processes on display at NPE, from a 3D printed car to a bottle cap injection machine that was pushing out product faster than the human eye could comprehend. The IQMS booth was impressive as well and the traffic was great, keeping us busy and demonstrating that manufacturing is getting stronger.
The last few trade shows I have attended this year have been nothing but positive and all have had a common theme toward growth, NPE being no exception. The trending growth has been slow and steady versus a huge upward spike, which everyone I have spoken to has enjoyed since a quick rise usually is followed by a quick dramatic drop.
Most manufacturers indicated that they are working on a few key items to keep this growth moving in the right direction. One that I find important is the education of our young concerning manufacturing. People are worried about skilled labor as well as innovation to sustain growth, which typically only comes from new “blood” pushing the envelope and understanding manufacturing. The recent push by manufacturers has been to get involved and sustain that growth for years to come.
Many of our customers participate with local schools to further their manufacturing education at an early age. Not only does this help the student, but also the future of these companies, as they don’t have to spend money and time on training because they can hire an educated student who will hit the ground running.
At NPE, I attended the Society of Plastics Industry FLiP (Future Leaders in Plastics) event with a couple of colleagues. It was great to see some of our customers answering questions to up and coming college students who are their future workforce. I personally plan on continuing to help on this path and hope to help my customers with their growth not only in our software but with our community.
What are you doing to help with the future of manufacturing? Please share with me below if there are other organizations IQMS can get involved with to help our community of manufacturers.
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