Three Ways to Solve Your Skilled Labor Shortage

Skilled Labor ShortageDoes your manufacturing company have a skilled labor shortage? You’re not alone if you do. Demand for manufactured products is high, but the unemployment rate is low. Time isn’t on your side either. Today, 30% of the skilled workers in manufacturing are older than age 55. These Baby Boomers aren’t ready to retire yet, but they won’t stay on your factory floor forever.

Meanwhile, many of today’s students are choosing college or university instead of the skilled trades. Maybe it’s because they think that manufacturing jobs are dangerous, dirty, or boring. Maybe it’s because they’d rather sit at a computer in an air-conditioned office than stand on a concrete floor next to a machine. Some may remember how family members lost jobs to plants closings or down-sizing.

What’s the solution to your skilled labor shortage then? Do you need to wait for new programs to provide workers? Will automation eventually solve your problems instead? These solutions may sound promising, but you can’t keep waiting if you want to keep your customers happy today. You need a solution now. The good news is that you can get it from your supply chain if you know where to look.

Let’s consider your options. Continue reading Three Ways to Solve Your Skilled Labor Shortage

Industry 4.0 for the Real World

Industry 4.0Industry 4.0 is a catchphrase and buzzword that you can no longer afford to ignore. This fourth phase of the Industrial Revolution isn’t just about the increased digitization of manufacturing. It’s not just about advances in automation either. Industry 4.0 could change how your company competes and whether or not you’ll continue to win. Industry 4.0 isn’t just about technology. It’s about profitability. Continue reading Industry 4.0 for the Real World

How Elasto Proxy Supports the Mobile Equipment Industry

Mobile Equipment
Elasto Proxy Supports Mobile Equipment

Elasto Proxy creates specialty seals and custom insulation for manufacturers of mobile equipment. Learn about our custom fabrication capabilities, and how we can help you.

Manufacturers of mobile equipment need custom seals and specialty insulation that can withstand demanding environments. On-road vehicles such as graders, pavers, cranes, and excavators are subject to hot and cold temperatures, driving rain, and blinding snowstorms. Off-road vehicles such as tractors, combines, fellers, and skidders also face wind, water, mud, and snow. Steep grades and rocky terrain can challenge other types of agricultural and forestry equipment, too. Continue reading How Elasto Proxy Supports the Mobile Equipment Industry

October is Manufacturing Month in Canada

Manufacturing Month
Manufacturing Month

Clyde Sharpe
President of International Sales for Elasto Proxy

Did you participate in Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4th? Don’t worry if you missed it. There’s still time to celebrate. What began as a day-long event to end misperceptions about manufacturing is now a month-long attempt to emphasize the importance of industry. Manufacturing Month

Three Myths about Manufacturing

Not everyone is in the mood for a holiday, however. According to critics, manufacturing pollutes the environment and burdens workers with low-skilled, repetitive jobs. In short, the naysayers claim that manufacturing is dirty, polluting, and boring! What critics miss, however, are firsthand accounts of how manufacturing supports green energy and rewards highly-skilled employees with meaningful work.

In honor of Manufacturing Month, Elasto Proxy is dispelling misperceptions about manufacturing by “opening its doors” with this blog entry. We’re not alone in this effort, of course, as scores of companies participated in the second annual Manufacturing Day earlier this month. By raising awareness and debunking three common myths, however, our Canadian company is proudly doing its part.

Myth 1: Manufacturing is Dirty

If you could take a tour of Elasto Proxy’s production facility in Boisbriand, Quebec, you’d see that custom fabrication doesn’t have to be a dirty business. As Andrew Yang, our sales representative from China, wrote when he visited, “Although I’d expected to find a rubber shop with plenty of dust, there weren’t even any dark spots on the floor. I could have eaten the beans that I dropped there.”

The way that manufacturers maintain their shops isn’t just a matter of cleanliness. Companies that are committed to quality understand that attention to detail extends to all aspects of the operation. That’s why so many manufacturers seek ISO 90001:2008 certification, a goal Elasto Proxy achieved in 1991, and remain committed to continuous improvement.

Myth 2: Manufacturing is Polluting

Manufacturing’s critics paint a picture of sooty, gritty smokestack industries that spread pollution by land, water, and air. Although many manufacturers still burn fossil fuels, some companies are exploring alternative sources of energy. Stricter pollution controls and a strong commitment to local communities also disprove the “manufacturing is polluting” myth.

Green power projects require manufactured components, and some production processes reuse natural resources. As a customer fabricator of sealing solutions for windmills, wind turbines, photovoltaic (PV) panels, and hydroelectric turbines, Elasto Proxy supports green power projects. Moreover, our water jet cutting equipment reuses water resources while making rapid, cost-effective cuts.

Myth 3:  Manufacturing is Boring

When critics describe manufacturing, they complain that the work is low-skilled and repetitive. In short, they say manufacturing is boring! At Elasto Proxy, however, highly-skilled workers hand-craft seals for a wide variety of industries. Some artists work with paint, pottery, or stone. Ours work with rubber and plastic to provide our partners with the benefits of the art of sealing.

October is Manufacturing Month in Canada, at least here at Elasto Proxy. What are you doing to dispel myths about manufacturing? Will you help us to raise awareness about how manufacturing strengthens supply chains, communities, economies, and individuals? I hope you’ll comment on this blog entry, or connect with me on LinkedIn.