On the Record: Mark C. Tomlinson, Jay Timmons and more

May 30, 2012
What is the industry talking about this week?

When the industry speaks, we listen. On the Record, our latest feature, offers a collection of quotes from industry innovators, maintenance experts and more.

What is the industry talking about this week?

At the SME Annual Conference, manufacturing professionals have the chance to be part of something bigger – bigger than themselves, bigger than their companies – a resurgence of manufacturing as a driver of this nation’s economy.
  Mark C. Tomlinson, CEO and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Where manufacturing goes, innovation inevitably follows.
  Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Co.                         
Los Angeles Times  
The combination of IFS and Metrix will create a single entity that can handle complex on-site MRO and asset management tasks as well as distributed assets in the field. This move will also allow us to quickly develop our already advanced mobile solutions even further and faster than would otherwise be the case.
  Cindy Jaudon, IFS North America president and CEO
Plant Services
The shift toward smart manufacturing will transform the factory into a place in which people increase in importance and are actually interacting with the devices in much more strategic and informed ways.
  Jim Davis, vice provost of IT and chief technology officer at UCLA
Five percent of manufacturing jobs go unfilled every day because we can't find the skilled workforce.
  Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers
The Miami Herald