It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About Manufacturing Day 2017!

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Apr 18, 2017 2:10:00 PM

 

Manufacturing Day occurs every year on the first Friday in October – this year it’s Friday, October 6th.  Although that may seem like a long way off, it’s amazing how time can fly by and all of a sudden you find yourself scrambling trying to figure out how you want to participate.  We see it happen every year with companies who contact us a month or two before the event date asking us for advice on how they can get involved.  And, believe me, it happens to us too!  As the statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center for California, part of CMTC’s mission is to promote Manufacturing Day. But, just like you, we get busy with other pressing business and then we look at the calendar and say, “Wow, Manufacturing Day isn’t that far off!”  So we can definitely empathize with you on how hard it is to add one more project to your “to do” list.  However, we also know how important Manufacturing Day is.

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The State of California’s Aerospace Industry in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Apr 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The aerospace industry in California has played a large role in the region’s economy for over a half century. With recent changes in the economy and a new administration in the White House, this is a good time to review the outlook for this vital industry.

Overall, things are looking good for California’s aerospace industry in 2017. Here are a few trends that point toward positive growth for small and mid-sized manufacturers in the near future:

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Topics: Aerospace and Defense

5 Major Benefits of Additive Manufacturing You Should Consider

Posted by Steven Brand on Apr 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Since the introduction of 3D printing in the 1980s, the benefits of producing small amounts of complex parts have been well understood to manufacturers. With new technology coming out and so many companies turning toward additive manufacturing in recent years, more and more advantages are being revealed on a regular basis.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing

6 Emerging Aerospace Technologies You’ll Want to Know About

Posted by Steven Brand on Apr 6, 2017 10:43:26 AM

Over the past few years, the aerospace industry has seen countless innovations coming to fruition with many more on the horizon.

Here are six emerging aerospace technologies you’ll want to know about:

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Topics: Aerospace and Defense

How Has Digitization Impacted Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturers Over the Last Decade?

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When we talk about digitization in manufacturing, we are referring to the use of digital tools and technologies to create sustainable growth for manufacturers of all sizes. For example, tools such as mobile applications, video conferencing and instant messaging allow for easier communication while other digital technologies like robotics and data storage give small and medium-sized manufacturers the ability to compete in the global marketplace.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Smart Manufacturing

DDoS Attacks: What Small Manufacturers Need to Know to Stay Safe

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 30, 2017 3:00:04 PM

This past October, a major DDoS attack occurred which put many popular websites such as Netflix, PayPal and Reddit out of service. A Distributed Denial of Service attack, or DDoS, occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. Such an attack is often the result of multiple compromised systems (for example, a botnet) flooding the targeted system with traffic.

These attacks aren’t limited to major websites, either. Anybody can be a target.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

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

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