Rockford Robotics Moves in with SJTI
Superior Joining welcomes Rockford Robotics to their new home sharing 12k square feet in the new 54k sq ft Superior Joining building!
(Dec 4th 2015)
(Eighty one percent of students surveyed are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding)
WASHINGTON, December 2, 2015: Manufacturing Day 2015, including all events scheduled throughout the year, has far exceeded expectations of scale and impact, reaching more than 400,000 participants and improving the public's perception of manufacturing. Teachers, students, parents/influencers, and employers shared their perspective on Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY ®) using the new Deloitte perception survey developed in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute.
The survey was distributed to more than 2,500 manufacturing hosts across the United States to gather national data from teachers, students and parents on how MFG DAY events truly make a difference in local communities. The survey found after attending Manufacturing Day events, eighty one percent of student respondents are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding and seventy-one percent are more likely to tell friends, family, parents or colleagues about manufacturing.
"The co-producers of Manufacturing Day could not be more pleased with the results of the 2015 celebration," said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), one of the co-producing organizations. "Our goal, when we created Manufacturing Day just three years ago, was to bring manufacturing into the mainstream. We wanted to showcase this important sector of the American economy and introduce young people to the career options and exciting work environments manufacturing offers."
Educators responses to the survey also illustrated the positive impact Manufacturing Day has on public perception. Ninety percent indicated they are more likely to encourage students to pursue a career in manufacturing and ninety one percent found the activities/tours to be interesting and engaging. "By capturing the impact of a national Manufacturing Day, we can see how it has made a difference in changing the image of the industry," Institute Executive Director Jennifer McNelly said, "Every day we aspire to make this industry better than it was yesterday, and the results of the Manufacturing Day survey illustrate how we are improving the image of the industry through Manufacturing Day, and positioning the industry as a rewarding career path for future generations."
"This survey further demonstrates the changing perception of manufacturing across the country, particularly among young people, and we have events like Manufacturing Day to thank in large part for this positive trend," said National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons. "We appreciate the continued efforts of thousands of manufacturers from across the country to educate students, parents and their communities about the many career opportunities through our industry."
Manufacturers responding to the survey also expressed positive feedback regarding their participation in Manufacturing Day. Ninety four percent found there was value in participating in the event and eighty eight percent are more likely to continue engaging with high schools or colleges in their area. An infographic summarizing the results of the 2015 survey can be found here. To see the interactive dashboard that provides the ability to analyze results in more detail, follow this link. "It is powerful to see that our collective efforts are making a difference in educating the public about manufacturing and its rewarding careers and how we are helping manufacturers throughout the U.S. connect with the next generation workforce" said Carroll Thomas, director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
For MFG Day 2015, a total of 2,620 events were held across North America including all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Based on data collected from host company evaluations, more than 225,000 students and 55,000 parents, teachers and other attendees participated in these live events. Twelve virtual events helped even more people participate, with the Discovery Education and Alcoa online program reporting the largest participation of any single event, with more than 120,000 students. This brings the total number of participants in MFG Day 2015 activities to more than 400,000.
MFG DAY addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn't. By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
"As manufacturers opened their doors to the public on Manufacturing Day, they shared firsthand the opportunities available in today’s advanced manufacturing environment. By gathering research through the Manufacturing Day survey, the Manufacturing Day producers can measure the impact Manufacturing Day is having on perception, provide insight into building upon that momentum, and further efforts to improve public perception of manufacturing," said Craig Giffi, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and automotive industry leader.
MFG Day is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and help them coordinate to address their common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
Manufacturing Day 2015 was supported by more than 20 sponsoring companies and organizations. The sponsor list was headed by Platinum sponsor Shell Lubricants and Gold sponsors Alliance for American Manufacturing and SME. In addition, more than 170 organizations endorsed Manufacturing Day and served as the conduit through which information about the event was disseminated.
|Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.|
|Director of Marketing|
|National Institute of Standards & Technology|
|Director of Media Relations|
|National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute|
|Jennifer M. Drogus|
|Director, Media Relations|
|Industrial Strength Marketing|
|Integrated Marketing Director|
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti visits Superior Joining Technologies
We at SJTI would like to thank Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti for taking the time to stop by and visit us! We appreciate the recognition that we are making a difference in our state and our community!
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Edge Factor is proud to announce that The Edge Factor Show is now airing throughout the Rockford DMA on:
- WTVO Channel 17 (ABC) Sundays at 9AM CT
- WQRF FOX 39 Fridays at 11PM CT
- Rockford's My Network TV Mondays at 6:30PM CT.
This is a 52-week commitment, with episodes from seasons one and two. The Edge Factor Show tells stories of innovative manufacturing teams working together to design and build incredible products.
In each episode, Host Jeremy Bout meets the people who are using cutting edge technology to redefine what is possible, change lives and build our world. With a special focus on careers and technology, viewers will get an inside look at what happens behind closed doors in manufacturing shops across North America.
Special thanks to Superior Joining Technologies, Mastercam, Sandvik Coromant, the Gene Haas Foundation and many other partners for helping to make this series possible.
Dir. of Communications
Rockford team "Makes it Loud" through FIRST® Robotics
UTC Aerospace Systems, in conjunction with support from United Technologies, were recipients of the FIRST® Robotics Make it Loud award, at the July 25 regional FIRST® Rock River Off season Competition (R2OC), in Rockford, Illinois. The Award is given to the person/organization that has contributed the most in increasing the awareness of FIRST® to the general public. In making the announcement R2OC organizer Bob Trojan said the company's involvement goes well beyond financial support, although UTC has sponsored all three of the annual competitions at the highest, platinum, level. Trojan cited the Rockford site’s involvement as team mentors for five local teams, and welcoming the teams participation in company events such as Take your Child to Work Day and Lunch on the Lawn, where they can demonstrate their robots to local families. UTC was also recognized for funding Rockford-area team attendance at the World Championship, April 22-26, in St. Louis, MO, for internships for former FIRST® members, and for funding volunteer grants of employees who donate their time with the robotics teams. In accepting the award, Bob Guirl, director, Electric Systems business development, said he was proud to represent the UTC team that shares in the recognition. “It’s important that we help students understand the success they can achieve in STEM fields, including many intriguing careers right here in northern Illinois.” Guirl made additional remarks to open Saturday’s competition. Tim White, president Electric Systems, thanked the many employee-mentors from the Rockford site. “I appreciate the time and effort our employees devote to this effort, helping guide our region’s technical students, through robotics,” said White. "FIRST® Robotics teaches hands-on problem solving, teamwork and innovative thinking, which are all key skills to our work here at UTC Aerospace Systems." The competition pivoted on this year’s FIRST® Robotics seasonal called Recycle Rush, in which teams score points by stacking totes, capping those stacks with recycling containers and disposing of "litter", represented by foam pool noodles. Thirty two teams, from three states, competed. The winning alliance was the Team 2826 from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Team 2481 from Tremont, Illinois.
Superior Joining now D1.1 Certified
The AWS D1.1 code qualification is specifically for carbon and low-alloy metals. The minimum thickness addressed is 1/8 in. The maximum yield strength addressed is 100 KSI. This code, generally used for buildings and support structures, is useful for fabricating and erecting any welded structure.
Superior Joining in the Tube & Pipe Journal
See how Superior Joining was able to sidestep the GTAW and micro-GTAW processes with microscopic laser welding! GTAW is notorious for side arcs which would damage features of a part and microscopic laser welding was the key to produce a precise virtually perfect weld. Just another cutting edge process found at Superior Joining!
Superior Joining makes the frame for the Shell ECO Challenge Car!
Shell Jay Leno Commercial 2015 Jay's Garage. Shell TV Spot, 'Jay's Garage' Featuring Jay Leno. Jay Leno shows the Shell Eco-marathon car team around his museum-like garage. All of the cars get a laughable miles per gallon in comparison to their Eco-marathon car, which gets 1,359 miles per gallon.
Superior Joining - YWCA's 35 Years of Women Achievement
Watch this historic event as the YWCA celebrates 35 years of Women achievement. Speakers at the event were Kris Kieper (CEO of YWCA), Mary-Stuart Carruthers, LoRayne Logan (Owner Workplace Staffing), Caitlin Ludwig (Blackhawk Bank | 2004 Bright Future Scholar), and our very own Teresa Beach-Shelow!
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