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How Can Food Manufacturers Prepare For a Second COVID-19 Demand Surge?

Posted by Gregg Profozich

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted most industries in the U.S., with food manufacturing being one of the hardest hit sectors. Besides shortages in raw materials, supply chain disruptions, and lockdown restrictions, panic stockpiling by consumers resulted in a rapid shift in demand, further compounding the challenges facing food manufacturers. Many in the food industry were caught off guard by increased consumer demand and, as the U.S. went into national lockdown in March 2020, the following months saw many grocery shelves frequently bare.

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Topics: Food Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Supply Chain, covid-19

Lean Principles and Tools

Posted by Gregg Profozich

Welcome to the second installment of our series on Lean and Six Sigma. As we saw in the first post, Lean and Six Sigma are complimentary continuous improvement methodologies that reduce the overall waste and variability in production processes respectively. While these two methodologies use different approaches and tools to drive improvements in productivity and profitability, they have in common that they can be employed to improve every facet of your business. 

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing Tools

2020 Made in California Gift Giving Guide

Posted by Gregg Profozich

'Tis the season! Of course, along with all the merriment, there are some challenges. One of the most difficult of these challenges is answering the question: How do I find the perfect gift for everyone on my list?

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Topics: Made in CA, Made in California

What Are Lean & Six Sigma Methodologies?

Posted by Gregg Profozich

CMTC is publishing a series of blogs on Lean and Six Sigma over the coming weeks. Today’s publication, "What Are Lean & Six Sigma Methodologies?" is the first of three installments.  Future installments will cover "Lean Principles and Tools" and "Six Sigma Principles and Tools."   

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing Tools

Small To Medium-Sized Manufacturers: Can I Benefit From Automation In My Business?

Posted by Craig Tomita

Industrial robots have been in existence and commercially available for over 65 years.  Factory automation, a more all-encompassing term, has been in existence in one form or another for considerably longer than that. Humans have continually come up with solutions to  solve a wide variety of manufacturing problems in order to make the job of  making things more efficient, safer, and cost effective. The creativity of man to do this never ceases to amaze. The available technology continues to improve in many respects but  particularly in terms of capabilities and ease of use. 

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Topics: How to Grow Your Manufacturing Business, Automated Factory Systems

Are the Days of the Standard Industrial Robot Numbered?

Posted by Craig Tomita

Absolutely not. Industrial robots do what they are designed to do extremely well. High speed, high repeatability, heavy payloads, and more. There are many reasons why industrial robots are here to stay. True they are dangerous which is why they are behind guarding to protect workers from injury. But, it is also important to note that most small and medium-sized manufacturers don’t have applications that require all of the capabilities that industrial robots have to offer:  large quantities of the same product, high speed, and heavy payloads. In fact, with limited available floor space, many small and medium-sized manufacturers probably couldn’t accommodate a standard industrial robot in the first place. But a CoBot is more an extension of their human workers. CoBots are not a replacement for standard industrial robots, but an exciting new subset of industrial robots that is augmentative and a door-opener for the small and medium-sized manufacturer.

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Topics: Advanced Robotic Manufacturing, Robotics in Manufacturing

Latest Developments In Industrial Robotics: CoBots

Posted by Craig Tomita

One of the most significant developments of potential interest to small and medium-sized manufacturers in the area of industrial robots is the introduction about 10 years or so ago of a subset of industrial robots called collaborative robots or “CoBots”. 

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Topics: Robotics in Manufacuring, Automated Factory Systems

Manufacturing Automation and the COVID-19 Recession

Posted by Gregg Profozich

The COVID-19 crisis has affected every industry, and manufacturing is no exception. As social distancing and mandated closures have sent the economy reeling, manufacturers have had to adapt to disruptions in supply chains, inventory shortages, and limited availability of employees. 

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Topics: Future of Manufacturing, Automated Factory Systems

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 3: Scientific Thinking Enables Innovation and Teamwork

Posted by Rachel Miller

Toyota Kata--a structured approach for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement--had its beginnings in manufacturing. The word Toyota refers to the Japanese carmaker’s renowned production system methods and tools. A Kata is a routine practiced so its pattern becomes a habit that over time gives workers new skills.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 2: Helping Supervisors Solve Workplace People Problems

Posted by Rachel Miller

The pressure on today’s workforce is considerable. COVID-19 has introduced new challenges. There are new rules about social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) gear. Workers may be dealing with changes to equipment and floor plan layouts to ensure a safe workplace. All of this means new responsibilities and heightened expectations of supervisors in the manufacturing setting.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry