Robotics Competition to Improve Building Envelope for Energy Efficiency

With over $5 million in prizes, the overarching goal of American-Made Challenge E-ROBOT is to catalyze the development of minimally invasive, low-cost and holistic building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer and more accessible for workers.

Successful competitors will provide solutions that provide significant advancements in robot technologies that will advance the energy efficiency retrofit industry and develop building envelope retrofit technologies. Learn more about the E-Robot competition.

CMTC February 2021 Webinars

CMTC is offering the following webinars in February:

Feb. 16 – 10:30 AM CMTC Strategies for Infectious Disease Prevention

Feb. 17 – 10:30 AM CMTC How Conformal Cooling Technology Can Improve Injection Molding Productivity

Feb. 18 — 10 AM CMTC Pivoting to New Products

Feb. 23 — 11 AM CMTC Quality 502: Planning Operations Excellence on Your Shop Floor

RuffStuff Hosts Podcast With Keith Granno, Selway Tools

RuffStuff Specialties is an off road vehicle parts production business based in Loomis. The company manufacturers do-it-yourself fabricator parts for vehicles such as suspension components, steering kits, brake kits, differential covers and various other weld on components. As part of their podcast series, Keith Granno from Selway Tools was recently a guest with RuffStuff leaders, Garrett Kittredge, CEO, Zack Love-Fredrickson, President and Mallory Kittredge, CFO.

Selway sells CNC manufacturing tools, including Haas and many others. With support from Sierra College STEM grants, many Placer and Nevada County schools were able to establish CNC labs with support and tools purchased from Selway. Granno has worked with educators throughout the Sacramento region.

Listen to the podcast for tips on purchasing new tools, selecting equipment, recommendations for entrepreneurs setting up machine shops and advice on what works and what doesn’t. Additionally, they discuss how the field has changed and the potential for students who choose manufacturing careers. Enjoy listening to the fun, fast moving conversation that will give you insights on this exciting industry. RuffStuff Podcast #18 Chatting with Keith from Selway

During the podcast, Granno recognized the impact of Carol Pepper-Kittredge, who retired from Sierra College, in supporting schools in the Sacramento region in developing machining programs to prepare students for emerging jobs in advanced manufacturing. From 2007-2014, Sierra College, with SB70 funds, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and Strong Workforce investment, was significant in re-starting the regional workforce in CNC machining. Granno, with Selway’s network of experts, helped educators select appropriate tools as well as with programming and tooling.

Manufacturing has been making a come back in the United States over the past four years. With access to sophisticated machines and advanced software, employers are seeking skilled workers. In the Sacramento region, colleges and high schools have ramped up machining teaching programs to prepare those employees, with help from Keith Granno at Selway. Additionally, as machining is becoming more automated, the rapid growth is creating a need for experts in robotics.

Thanks to RuffStuff Specialties for allowing us to share this podcast. RuffStuff has been a long-time supporter of manufacturing education.

CMTC Upcoming January 2021 Webinars for Manufacturers

10 Steps to Developing the Right Succession or Transition Plan for You
January 12th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Prepare for an eventual transition or succession, whether it is to a family member, management, or a third-party buyer.

Strategies for Infectious Disease Prevention
January 20th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Learn about the measures employers should take now to protect their manufacturing workforce in the future.

Quality 501: Roadmap to Becoming a Premium Supplier
January 26th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Discover the key points that large customers typically demand from their lower-tier suppliers before advancing their status to “Premium Supplier.”

Run Autodesk® Fusion 360® on a Chromebook

Educators are encoruaged to join this webinar to learn how to create and verify an Autodesk Education account, and how to install Autodesk software. Note that every educator and student (13 or older) who wants to run Autodesk software on a personal computer will need to go through this process.

The webinar also cover how to run Autodesk® Fusion 360® on a Chromebook with an Autodesk Education account.

Who: Educators, School IT Administrators, and Autodesk Student Ambassadors who need to get students access to Autodesk education software.
When:

Over 60 Attend Virtual Event Featuring CNC Entrepreneur

Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak, was the featured speaker for Sierra College’s Global Entrepreneurship Week mentor night on November 17. Over 60 attended, watching the mill in action, meeting his staff, touring his facility and asking many questions of the team based in Taiwan. Campbell was a student who benefited from mentoring and resources to set up operations in Taiwan to manufacture the CNC hybrid mill-turn center he invented. At Sierra College, the Affiliate Mentor Program (AMP) is a team of local experts who mentor budding entrepreneurs by commenting on start-up pitches and providing access to resources at no charge.

Manufacturing Cares Offers Free 90 Hours of Training and Internship

Manufacturing Cares, a collaboration between The Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center, SVMI, Sacramento COVID Relief Workforce Recovery Program and the CARES Act, is providing training for those considering the manufacturing field. The free program includes:
90 hours of intensive training
Five instructional weeks
A paid internship working in the manufacturing industry

Participants will learn OSHA-10 safety practices, forklift operation and gain an introduction to advanced manufacturing. The goal is to produce program graduates equipped with skills for entry-level work in manufacturing. They are also seeking employers interested in offering internships. Learn more at the Manufacturing Cares website.

Students Inspired by Virtual “Breakfast with a Manufacturer”

After the positive response to virtual manufacturing tours on National Manufacturing Day, we are now offering monthly “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” online events. The first offering on November 19 featured Cal Reynolds, President of Snowline Engineering, in Cameron Park. Pete Delosa’s Introduction to Design Engineering class at Golden Sierra Junior-Senior High School in Garden Valley participated.

The monthly presentation is co-sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and the California Community Colleges North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative to increase high school students’ awareness of manufacturing careers. Reynolds spent about 25 minutes speaking about his career path in manufacturing, followed by 15 minutes answering students’ questions.

Students appreciated how forthright he was in saying that he hadn’t been a good student in high school. He indicated that if it weren’t for a ROP teacher who took an interest in him and his mechanical abilities, he probably wouldn’t have graduated on time.

Reynolds recalled that the ROP teacher helped get him a job in a machine shop where he began by deburring parts. Over time, he learned to make the parts while operating manual manufacturing machines. It wasn’t until years later, at the age of 39, that Reynolds got his Mechanical Engineering degree from Sacramento State University.

About 20 years ago, Reynolds had the opportunity to buy Snowline Engineering and now is the President of the company. With more than 45 employees, Snowline Engineering manufactures parts for companies such as Space X, Siemens and Honeywell.

When asked what classes he suggested students take while in school, Reynolds encouraged those interested in a manufacturing careers to focus on math and physical science classes. Additionally, he strongly recommended that all students take any class related to technology, since he anticipates that many future careers will require employees to be actively engaged in some form of digital technology.

Shop Talk – Creative Solutions to Arranging High School Internships

During the November 2020 Shop Talk, Derek Lee with PilotCity described how they’ve been successful in setting up internships for high school students in San Leandro and other Bay Area cities. Students build hands-on projects in the classroom to address real problems faced by businesses and submit prototypes to the companies for consideration. Students are awarded internships to execute the project for the businesses.

Join Shop Talk: The next Edu2Mfg Shop Talk will be on Tuesday, January 12 at 3:30 PM. Instructors will discuss how to host an effective advisory meeting online and share best practices to engage employers during the remote sessions. To join these Shop Talk calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.
Watch Shop Talk: Previous recorded Shop Talk calls are available on the Edu2Mfg website.
Resources: See List of Shop Talk Resources on the website.

CMTC Food and Beverage & Smart Manufacturing Webinars

Improving Food & Beverage Inspection with Automated Machine Vision

December 8 at 10:30 – 11:30 AM PT

Find out how machine vision can help Food & Beverage manufacturers gain real, measurable metrics.

Register now 

Smart Manufacturing Playbook: The First Steps for Implementation

December 17 a 10:30 – 11:30 AM PT

Learn how to implement smart manufacturing with just enough technology to yield results.

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