Updated List of Free or Inexpensive Online Tools and Resources for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Mar 20, 2017 4:31:03 PM

Back by popular demand! We published this blog just a little over a year ago.  It has proven to be one of our most popular blogs of all time!  So, we decided to update it, expand it, and republish it.  

We know that if you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer, it can be a real challenge wearing all of the different hats you need to wear to run your business.  No doubt, if you had the budget, you would probably hire additional people or purchase new systems or software to free up some of your time so you could focus on strategy and ways to grow your business.  Well, here's the good news.

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Topics: Manufacturing

The Benefits of Exporting for Small Manufacturers and How to Get Started

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 15, 2017 2:41:33 PM

Sometimes, our vision of how a business is supposed to work changes by necessity.

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Topics: Exporting

What Has Changed in the Latest Revision of AS9100?

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 1, 2017 9:08:14 AM

AS9100, the internationally adopted Quality Management System (QMS) for the aerospace industry, has been updated. These changes are intended to reflect the needs of an evolving marketplace and stay aligned with ISO 9001, which was updated in 2015. All organizations that are currently certified will need to transition to the new AS9100 rev d by September, 2018.

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Topics: Aerospace and Defense

5 Actionable Steps to Help Small Manufacturers Improve Shipping and Distribution

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 24, 2017 11:39:01 AM

Small manufacturers feature a different set of considerations from their larger counterparts. These are small businesses that are privately owned and operated, typically featuring a small number of employees.

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Topics: Supply Chain

5 Steps Manufacturers Can Take to Improve the Efficiency of Their Workforce

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 22, 2017 8:45:00 AM

According to the most recent report from the Institute for Supply Management, the manufacturing sector is doing quite well, along with the general U.S. economy.

The industry’s health indicator, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), rose to a healthy 54.7 percent in December – an increase of 1.5 percent in November. More importantly, for the 91st consecutive month, the overall economy grew, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing

Are Manufacturers Overlooking the Importance of Logistics?

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 14, 2017 2:29:30 PM

Do you have any employees in your manufacturing operation that have been in the military?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing

5 Unexpected Costs You Can Reduce with New Technology

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 6, 2017 9:15:00 AM

As new technology goes, so goes the trajectory of how we work.

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Topics: Business Management, Manufacturing Technology

What to Consider When Implementing Change on the Shop Floor

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Answering the question of what kind of changes your manufacturing operation could best benefit by is a bit like asking to know the future.

That’s because the best answer to the question would take into account a number of future factors, including:

  1. What could happen in your target market
  2. What’s going on in your industry
  3. How your manufacturing business best works to achieve net profit
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Topics: Change Management, Business Management

7 Metrics to Help Your Management Team Make Better Decisions

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 1, 2017 8:23:51 AM

Productivity metrics allow management to understand precisely what’s happening throughout a manufacturing operation.

What areas need improvement and who should be rewarded for exceeding standards can be determined with the right metrics, which allow managers to intelligently guide their team forward.

What should be measured in manufacturing? Here are seven general areas with associated key performance indicators …

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Topics: Business Management

Employee Initiative Is Most Likely Your Company's Biggest Asset

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 27, 2017 10:30:28 AM

In business, it’s often said that your biggest asset is your people.

But how do employees factor into manufacturing?

In the manufacturing arena, your employees may very well be more valuable than ever. Technology and automation may have phased out some people-filled roles, but those that remain have more responsibilities than ever.

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Topics: Business Management, Human Resources

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