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NIMS Commits to Bolstering Competency-Based Internships

Friday, May 1, 2015
The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has announced a commitment to help equip the nation’s precision-manufacturing workforce with skills needed to advance in their careers. NIMS plans to work with employers, education providers, workforce-development organizations and other stakeholders to expand its Competency-Based Apprenticeship System in which students and workers earn skills, experience and credentials.
Through outreach to stakeholders, NIMS will provide a package of tools, resources and technical assistance to support stakeholder efforts to establish or expand their use of apprenticeships. It will develop and disseminate an apprenticeship blueprint to help companies expedite implementation of customized apprenticeships that meet their talent needs, and has set a goal to issue 1,000 industry-recognized credentials to individuals in apprenticeship programs.
The NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship helps companies recruit and advance skilled individuals; prepare the next generation of employees by providing a strong foundation of skills; ensures that workers have the right skills, meeting industry-wide and company-specific standards and requirements needed for long-term success; and builds a customized training program that leverages national industry-recognized credentials to make on-the-job training more efficient and advanced.
For more on the NIMS Competency-Based Apprenticeship System, visit

Software Cuts Die-Machining Time for South African Tool Builder

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
At its tool shop in Uitenhage, South Africa, MA Automotive Tool and Die has chosen Smirt DieNc and DieShop software modules from Smirtware, Inc., via Vero Software, for manufacturing of its stamping dies. The selection follows an evaluation test where the use of DieNc resulted in a 46-percent time savings in linear machining as compared to the operation’s standard process.
MA Automotive Tool and Die is part of MA, a company of Group CLN, an Italian concern active in the automotive industry. The group’s companies produce steel sheetmetal, stamped parts, automotive structural modules, wheels and mechanical components.
Smirt, available through Vero Software, is designed to support the manufacturie of stamping dies and molds. Included are 3D-based modules for visualization, machining, cost estimation, planning and scheduling. For more, visit

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Friday, April 24, 2015
ECi Software Solutions, Fort Worth, TX, announced that Grant Howe has been named chief technology officer. The company, online at, offers business and e-commerce products and services utilizing on-premise and cloud-based technologies.
Bystronic Inc., Elgin, IL, has appointed Chad Jackson regional sales manager for the Southern and Midwestern United States. Bystronic,, provides laser-cutting, waterjet-cutting and press-brake systems as well as system software and customer training and support.


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