Friday, November 9, 2012

Top Five Twitter Posts: A Machinist's Tattoo, Engineering School and Movember Mustaches

Wow, was this week not a rush or what? Elections, expectations and aftermath analysis ... it's all taking the nation, and Twitter, by storm. But we still kept an eye on manufacturing news. In this week's edition, we bring you some of the more notable examples here in our weekly Twitter post. Feel free to suggest stories for next week's installment, or just tweet us at @BWCnews!

Credit: Modern Machine Shop
1. Shop Owner's Tattoo Honors the Machinist Who Taught Him on Modern Machine Shop blog: We had to give this story pause because it's so touching. A young machine shop owner shared his story about how he grew up learning how to operate machinery and CNC equipment from his dad. Eventually, he grew up and started his own shop. But he didn't forget his roots — the younger machinist went under the needle to get a full sleeve tattoo in honor of his family's machine shop heritage. Like father, like son!

2. 50 of the Best Engineering Universities in the World on Engineering Daily: MIT, Stanford and Cambridge top this list originally compiled by U.S. News, which grades colleges and universities on a scale of 1 to 100. "These are the world's top universities for mechanical, aeronautical, and manufacturing engineering," U.S. News says. You can see the methodology they used to determine that here.

Credit: BWC
3. Celebrating Movember with Mo the Linear Guide Wheel on Pinterest: Curious about why you're seeing more men with mustaches lately? It's part of a global effort to raise awareness about men's health ... and a fun reason for gentlemen around the world to sport a new style. Check out the 'stache our mascot Mo's donning for the rest of the month. Lookin' good, Mo!

4. Engineering Equations on Did you know we have an online toolkit of equations to help engineers use our linear slides and rotary guides? This page lists unit conversion and engineering formulas, so feel free to make the most of them when spec'ing your next linear or rotary motion component! If you need assistance, don't hesitate to reach one of our application engineers at 888-580-8272.

5. Manufacturing Survey: Outlook Mixed, But Hiring a Bright Spot on Manufacturing Executive Blog: A study that polled nearly 60 manufacturing executives found that most of them had low expectations for U.S. manufacturing in the next year because of a declining demand for goods. But they held higher hopes for the global economy, the survey said. “What it really tells you is that there is a lot of uncertainty,” said Bobby Bono, PwC’s U.S. industrial manufacturing leader, of the PwC Barometer results. “But they seem to feel that they will navigate through it.” What's your outlook for manufacturing over the next 12 months?