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Tella Tool Attended Power Plex 2016

The term “cloud” can mean different things to different people, but when it comes to business, “cloud” means streamlining and making things run easier and faster. The manufacturing cloud is simply a way for companies to host valuable information on the internet. At Tella Tool we recently installed a new ERP system from Plex which gives us a single platform for all our ERP operations on the cloud. This way of storing information is popular because there’s no limit to what you can store, it’s inexpensive, and you get to easily outsource security, maintenance, and support.

This past April, Plex Systems kicked off Power Plex, its largest annual manufacturing event for customers. The event brings together over 1,200 attendees and focused on bringing technology and manufacturing leaders together to learn, collaborate, and celebrate the employees and companies that create things. Attendees represented a wide range of industries, including: electric scooters, gourmet candy, aerospace composites, and more. Tella Tool and Manufacturing, was in the mix!

PowerPlex lasted four days and focused on people sharing their best practices and any new developments to bring manufacturing and technology together. This year there were educational tracks, which featured over 100 speakers and ended with 84 breakout sessions. The content of the tracks featured shop floor execution, supply chain management, platform and technology, business management, manufacturing management, and trends in the manufacturing industry. There was also a Plex Experience Lab and expos which allowed participants to get hands-on experience and see partner solutions.

Events like PowerPlex are an important way for manufacturers to see progress in action and bring together like-minded individuals and companies. It gives manufacturing professionals the chance to see what others are doing, how they are doing it, and the progress that is being made. Tella Tool and Manufacturing, being a leading custom job shop, is continually looking to expand their knowledge base and innovation in an effort to manufacture the highest quality products for their customers. Tella Tool believes there’s no better way to serve their customers than by staying at the forefront of the manufacturing industry.

Women in Manufacturing

Women represent just 27% of the manufacturing job force in the US. This exposes a source of underutilized talent that the manufacturing industry needs to tap into, especially when the country is crippled by the Skills Gap. Over the next few years the United States will need to fill 3.5 million production and manufacturing positions, and it is estimated that if the interest in these industries does not spike, 2 million of these posts will remain vacant.

Correlate that statistic with the fact that close to 58% of the bachelors and master’s degrees are earned by women, and the importance of bolstering the ranks of manufacturing with women becomes crystal clear. Research has shown that Fortune 500 companies that maintain good gender diversity enjoy a 35% higher return on equity than their peers.

Including more women in manufacturing is not only a social endeavor; it has tangible economic implications as well.

Organizations That Are Coming Forward to Help:

STEP (Science – Technology – Engineering – Production) Ahead is an effort by the Manufacturing Institute to find and reward women across all levels of management and floor work in manufacturing and production. By turning the spotlight on their success and achievements the aim is to create a lineup of luminaries young girls in schools and colleges can look up to and revise their opinion of a career in production.

Women in Manufacturing (WIM) is a national trade association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who are pursuing or have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. Through the collaboration, educational outreach and networking of this organization, leadership abilities and thinking are being cultivated that can transform the gender bias into an advantage and help to mold the minds and the hands that can revive US manufacturing again.

Tella Tool & Manufacturing, with membership in WIM, recognizes the critical importance of integrating women in the manufacturing industry and stands firmly in favor of maintaining gender diversity in its workforce to hold on to its place as the market leader of precision metal stampings and CNC machining. To learn more about our employment opportunities click here.