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June 2015

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California’s Huge Commitment
to Connecting High Schools with Metal Fabricators

An AP report in a recent edition of the Los Angeles Sentinel documents California’s big bet on the value of connecting high-school curricula to the actual job needs of the state. Yes − students will be more prepared than ever to fulfill the actual inventory of well-paying job openings.

Programs on the drawing board, and receiving the initial $250 million from a 5-yr. fund bucket totaling $1.4 billion, fall into these categories: healthcare, agriculture, information technology and advanced manufacturing. Funding will go toward developing academic and technical coursework, as well as hands-on training and work experience.

Learn here of a $15 million award to one school district, three community colleges and three state universities to promote, among other industries, metal fabrication.

Tesla’s On Top of Friction-Stir Welding of Aluminum
With the help of SpaceX, Tesla Motors is all over the friction-stir welding process for joining aluminum. Used by SpaceX to fabricate aluminum tanks for its rockets, Tesla plants to employ the process on its Model S, which has an aluminum chassis and body.

Here’s a 3 min.-45 sec. video detailing how the welding process works in a robotic automation cell.

American-Manufactured? Don’t Be So Sure
Consumer Reports published this ditty subtitled, “Most Americans love the idea of buying a U.S.-made product instead of an import. But sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not.”

While the Federal Trade Commission sets and enforces the standards on “Made in USA” claims, labeling sometimes can be deceptive. And, not all manufacturers providing products made in America market them as such.

So, this article provides a list of products, from a dozen product categories, made in the United States from mostly U.S.-supplied parts.

Upcoming ERP Events
Key Events & Seminars for Fabricating professionals. Stay ahead of the curve! > Workshop on Weld Residual Stress and Distortion Prediction (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA) - August 10-11, 2015
> AMM's North American Automotive Metals Conference (Dearborn, MI) - September 2-3, 2015
> Westec (Los Angeles, CA) - September 15-17, 20153
> Sourcing Solutions (Cleveland, OH) - September 30-October 1
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