But, for some, there appears to be different classifications of manufacturing. I hear them talk about regular Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing. Then, in what seems to be a completely separate category, Aerospace, UAS(V), 3D printing and Composites.
Typically, on this blog, I'm sharing my opinions or industry insights. Today, I have only questions. Three specific questions that I'm hoping you can help me with. Here goes:
1. What is Manufacturing?
This is what Wikipedia has to say:
Manufacturing is the production of merchandise for use or sale using labor and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale. Such finished goods may be used for manufacturing other, more complex products, such as aircraft, household appliances or automobiles, or sold to wholesalers, who in turn sell them to retailers, who then sell them to end users – the "consumers".
Regionally, Honda makes cars and Crown Equipment makes fork trucks. In Dayton, Mikesell's makes potato chips. Mar-Chele makes pretzels in Brookville and in Arcanum, Ohio the All American Clothing Company makes blue jeans, shirts and more. Are these all manufacturers? Do those in food and clothing manufacturing have the same issues, like a lack of workforce, that those of us in the metals side of manufacturing have?
2. What is Advanced Manufacturing?
Is it different that just plain old manufacturing? Is there really a difference or is it just marketing? Is a heat treating company as "advanced" as a laser cutting or 3D printing company? Is the whole industry advanced or does it differ by company and process?
3. Are Aerospace, UAS(V) and Composite Materials operations part of the Manufacturing industry?
If so, why are they often listed separately? Don’t companies working in this space still qualify as manufacturing companies?
Anyway, these are some things that I have been wondering about lately. Hopefully you can help me out with them! I'm looking forward to your responses.
Steve Staub is a Dayton, Ohio native and a supporter of all types of manufacturing. He is the President of Staub Manufacturing Solutions, the co-founder of MADEinDAYTONblog.com and serves on the board of Ohio Robotics, a non-profit student workforce development organization.