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Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. James Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although the impressive efficacy gains made by light-emitting diodes (LED) products over the last few years fall well short of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) ultimate targets, they’ve already surpassed the limits of conventional lighting in nearly all applications—which might prompt some…

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From the Manufacturing Economy to the Data Economy

From the Manufacturing Economy to the Data Economy

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Adrian Harris, Secretary General, Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association For many years, the word “manufacturing” was absent from the vocabulary of the European economy. We had the green economy and services (as if these could thrive without a manufacturing base) and the information and communications technology (ICT) industry,…

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Transforming the Future

Transforming the Future

This piece was originally published as the president’s column in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA Google Vice President Vint Cerf once quipped, “I used to tell jokes about internet-enabled light bulbs. I can’t tell jokes about them anymore—there already is an internet-connected light bulb.” Mr. Cerf is not only one of the…

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Let’s Not Forget Technicians in STEM

Let’s Not Forget Technicians in STEM

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Bob Clark, Assistant Professor, HVACR, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois The demand for skilled workforce jobs is growing at a fast pace as workers are being displaced by technology and retirements loom on the horizon. Technicians are in high demand in every industry, yet education does little…

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Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) In February, H.R. 4583, an act to promote a twenty-first-century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed the House with overwhelming support. This jobs bill, which I sponsored, directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize training underrepresented groups such as minorities, women, veterans, and…

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Apprenticeship Booms in Electroindustry

Apprenticeship Booms in Electroindustry

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Chrissy L. Skudera, Director, Curriculum Writing, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Apprenticeship began thousands of years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. The Babylonian code of law, the Code of Hammurabi, required that an artisan treat his apprentice like a son. Apprenticeship also played an essential role in the construction and…

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Workforce Development Gets Green Light

Workforce Development Gets Green Light

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA The NEMA Board of Governors approved a strategic initiative to address a growing gap in available, qualified workers in the electrical manufacturing sector. While this review will not be a comprehensive, one-size-fits-all approach, it will identify efficient, targeted ways in which NEMA can increase the availability of…

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MFG Day 2015: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Manufacturers Today

MFG Day 2015: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Manufacturers Today

When you think of a manufacturing environment, do unskilled workers in dark warehouses come to mind, or do you picture highly educated individuals working on exciting new technologies for devices and tools we use every day? The former image, inaccurate and outdated yet persistent, creates a bad rep for manufacturing careers, but a grassroots movement is working to change this…

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Might Seem Crazy…

Might Seem Crazy…

World Trade Week (May 19-24) should be a time to sit at the kitchen table and contemplate the importance of international trade for your company, your industry and you. It should also be a time to educate others about what you find out. For example, Where does that key component for your product come from (and what happens if it…

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Voices on Trade

Voices on Trade

President Obama's point man on trade, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (@MikeFroman), met recently with the NEMA Board of Governors. Why? I venture a guess that it's because they care about trade and access to international markets. If I'm right, it turns out they are in good company.    Recent polling commissioned by the Business Roundtable (BRT) found that 82 percent of Americans support…

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