Can Manufacturing Robotics Increase Employee Safety?

Utilizing robots in manufacturing facilities has been a much-debated topic of increasing importance over the last decade. As robotics continue to be incorporated in the ...

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Top 5 Uses for Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense Industries

Additive manufacturing can be used in countless industries and applications, ranging from making small-scale prototypes to producing refined rocket engines. If you’re still on the ...

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How to Implement a Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeships have a proven track record of producing strong results for both employers and workers. Apprenticeship programs offer access to hundreds of occupations, in ...

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How to Navigate the Top Manufacturing Challenges Facing Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Managing and growing a small or medium-sized manufacturing organization involves multiple factors that don’t always come easily or work out smoothly. These common challenges range ...

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Celebrating Manufacturing Month CA 2021

Manufacturing Day offers small and medium-sized manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities to both students and the general public. In California, ...

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The Best Manufacturing Grants and Funding Opportunities in California to Support Your Growth Goals

Did you know that California is #1 in manufacturing output, business, and employment in the US? By setting a standard of excellence in the country, there are organizations and ...

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The Importance of Workers’ Compensation & Risk Management Programs for Manufacturers

Controlling workers’ compensation costs begins at the top; manufacturers are wise to treat workers’ compensation costs as a controllable expense that is managed with prevention, ...

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Quality Foundations Every Manufacturer Should Know

Whether you’re a seasoned manufacturer or looking to start your own organization, there are certain quality foundations that you should know. Such foundations are essential for ...

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The Importance of Manufacturing Virtual Trade Shows and Events

The manufacturing industry had to go digital in more ways than one due to the pandemic; this rapid shift to virtual life demonstrated the importance of virtual manufacturing trade ...

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The Benefits of Adopting a Continuous Improvement Approach

Imagine a workplace where productivity was constantly optimized, innovation was always pursued, and new opportunities were frequently discovered! This method of constant ...

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Top 10 Methods for Reducing Labor Costs

Labor costs are often one of the largest line items on your company balance sheet. Therefore, a successful cost reduction strategy must adequately balance resourcing and cost ...

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Practical Tips for Maintaining HR Compliance & Workforce Engagement

As the saying goes, your employees are your most valuable assets. As such, your manufacturing business needs to properly support them across all phases of their tenure with your ...

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How to Use ISO 9004 to Improve Your Manufacturing Operation

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and ...

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How to Survive & Thrive in a Virtual Selling World

The year 2020 disrupted almost every aspect of “normal” life - including how consumers and businesses engage with each other. With global stay-at-home orders, the internet and ...

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Evolve Your Supply Chain Management to Be More Strategic

The pandemic sent numerous shock waves through the world of small and medium- sized manufacturers (SMMs), and perhaps the most lasting have been disruptions and changes in the ...

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Top Challenges and Solutions for Furniture Manufacturers

Furniture manufacturers in California and abroad need to be aware of emerging trends that are shaping a new furniture industry landscape in order to take advantage of these ...

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Optimizing Manufacturing Operations on Your Shop Floor

A typical manufacturing process involves numerous moving pieces that each play an important role in your organization’s overall success. Understanding each of these components ...

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Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Root Causes and Corrective Action Processes (RCCA)

If your manufacturing company develops a problem along the way with one of your processes, how do you resolve it? While the shortcut option is to simply patch up the symptoms of ...

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How Outsourced Recruitment Services Can Benefit Your Manufacturing Business

As the U.S currently enjoys the most manufacturing job growth in the last 30 years, it’s more important than ever to identify the right candidates for your manufacturing jobs. ...

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10 Emerging Aerospace Technology Trends You'll Want to Know About

The global space economy, which is estimated to surpass revenues of over $1 trillion by 2040, includes a range of activities involved in the researching, exploring, and ...

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5 Benefits of Being ISO 9001 Certified

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and ...

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Content Marketing: What Is It & Why Is It Important For Your Manufacturing Business?

Current world views, including the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid digitalization, have altered traditional business practices - including marketing. Consumer behavior has changed, ...

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Tips for Effective Succession Planning in the Manufacturing Industry

It’s essential to the success of your manufacturing organization that you plan for the future, both near and far out. One key aspect of this growth and continuous operation of ...

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Your Go-To-Guide to Identifying if Additive Manufacturing is Right for You

Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has gone from a futuristic novelty to a widely available technology. Even though additive manufacturing has been around since ...

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Why Should Your Manufacturing Business Leverage Content Marketing?

Although getting started on a methodical approach to content marketing is a process, the results when done well can lead to a new high-quality lead pipeline that fills itself. By ...

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Your Roadmap to Becoming a Premium Manufacturing Supplier

Owning and operating a top-quality manufacturing business comes with a multitude of challenges. To help outline points of improvement and give your business a roadmap to success, ...

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Metal Additive Manufacturing: What You Need to Know

Additive manufacturing has transformed the manufacturing industry since its commercial inception in the late 20th century. As additive processes continue to take the industry by ...

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ISO 9000 VS. 9001: What's the Difference?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) informs thousands of industry leaders around the world about global standards for manufacturing processes, safety ...

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What Does Being ISO Certified Mean And Why Does it Matter?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) informs thousands of industry leaders around the world about global standards for manufacturing processes, safety ...

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Top 8 Industries Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, has evolved rapidly in recent years. As new industries have begun to embrace the technology, they are discovering the many ways in ...

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The Biggest Myths About Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing: Solved

Advanced robotics technology has come a long way from when the first robotics hit factory floors in the early 1960s. Today’s robots are more intelligent and versatile, and able to ...

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Ready or Not, Robotics in Manufacturing Is On the Rise

As industrial robots become faster, smarter, and cheaper, more and more companies are beginning to integrate this technology in conjunction with their workforce. This doesn’t mean ...

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How To Foster Business Growth Acceleration During COVID-19

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have permeated throughout nearly every sector in the global economy, leaving few industries unscathed. Manufacturing was hit hard since the ...

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The Importance of Traceability and Material Flow in Food and Beverage Supply Chains

Among the many lessons that manufacturers have learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a resilient supply chain has proven to be one of the most important. This has ...

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Six Sigma Principles and Tools

Welcome to the third installment of our series on Lean and Six Sigma. As we saw in the first post, "What Are Lean & Six Sigma Methodologies?", Lean and Six Sigma are ...

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

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 ...

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Lean Principles and Tools

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 ...

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2020 Made in California Gift Giving Guide

'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 ...

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Future Manufacturing Trends To Look Out For In 2021

The year 2020 has been an eventful one for every industry, especially the manufacturing sector. Progress with smart technology and other technological advancements have helped to ...

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What Are Lean & Six Sigma Methodologies?

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Are the Days of the Standard Industrial Robot Numbered?

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 ...

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Latest Developments In Industrial Robotics: CoBots

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 ...

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Manufacturing Automation and the COVID-19 Recession

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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) ...

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 1: Practice Makes Perfect with On-the-Job Training

Even before COVID-19, manufacturers were facing challenges on several fronts relative to hiring and retaining a high-performing workforce. In addition to the easily observed ...

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Working Collaboratively to Gain Compliance: How 2 Key Cybersecurity Assumptions Are Impacting DoD Suppliers

It is estimated that there are around 300,000 companies in the Defense Industrial Base (“DIB”) across the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Roughly 99% of the DIB is ...

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Surviving and Driving Through the Crisis

How can employers protect their employees and workplaces while battling COVID-19? In order for manufacturers to develop a safety plan for their facilities, they must consider the ...

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Defense Suppliers: Self-Attestation, the False Claims Act, and You*

If you are part of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, you likely have various Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) disclosures that you must attest ...

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How to Stimulate Manufacturing Growth After COVID-19

It seems like no part of the economy has been left untouched by COVID-19. Both essential and non-essential industries have felt the impact of the novel coronavirus and its ...

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Start With the (Cybersecurity) End in Mind

Cybersecurity is a complex topic no matter what industry vertical it is applied to. In order to reduce that complexity, it helps to frame cybersecurity in the context of the ...

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How Workplace Safety in Manufacturing is Changing Amid COVID-19

Workplace safety is at the top of everyone's mind right now. Manufacturing facilities have opened up (if they shut down at all) and companies need to make sure they are in full ...

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Teleworking Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Company

For many small and medium-sized manufacturers the great teleworking experiment brought on by COVID-19 has been a painful one. The sudden shift to telework poses numerous ...

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How Star Wars Inspired the Future of Robotics in Manufacturing

In a galaxy far, far away… Well, how far exactly? The technological advancements in the Star Wars universe may seem to be the stuff of fantasy. While Death Stars, droid armies, ...

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Top Money Saving Advantages of 3D Printing

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Machine Vision Promises Nearly Flawless Quality Control

Robots are capable of incredible feats well beyond human abilities: Guinness World Records recognizes the Fanuc Corporation’s M-2000iA/2300 Super Heavy Payload Robot as the ...

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Food Manufacturing: How To Keep California Leading the Way

California is a food manufacturing powerhouse. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the Golden State has the highest number of food ...

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CES 2020 Roundup: A Focus on Robotics and AI

Photo Credit CES® A proving ground for established companies and startups, innovators and entrepreneurs, the annual four-day Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was decked-out ...

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Anti-Harassment Training Deadline for Manufacturers Extended to 2021

* NOTE: This blog has been updated to reflect new laws going into effect in 2021. The Golden State began leading the way in workplace anti-harassment training in 2004, ...

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30 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2020

Conferences are a great way for you and your team to network with others, demo exciting new technologies, learn about topics that interest you, and gain valuable insights from ...

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Six Ways to Grow Your Manufacturing Business [ebook]

Manufacturers in California account for nearly 11% of the total output in the state, employing almost 8% of the workforce. California is also the top exporting state in the ...

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Our Top 5 Manufacturing Blogs of 2019—Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

As the year draws to a close, we always like to take a look back on the events and people that made a difference in manufacturing throughout the past 12 months. We celebrate ...

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Exporting? Federal Assistance is Available for California Manufacturers

Last year, the United States exported $2.5 trillion—yes, trillion—dollars worth of goods and services to foreign countries. Our nation is the third-largest exporter in the world, ...

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Why It’s Important for Manufacturers to Keep Up with Technology

Technology is evolving at an astonishing pace, changing the way we live and the way we do business. Of course, it’s not just Silicon Valley tech companies that need to keep up ...

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Industry 4.0: Providing a Better Customer Experience

Industry 4.0, sometimes called the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Smart Manufacturing has blurred the lines between the physical and the digital worlds. It’s comprised of ...

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It’s National Manufacturing Day—and the Start of California Manufacturing Month!

Today, October 4th is Manufacturing Day, or MFG Day! That means manufacturers across California and the country will be opening their doors to students, educators, elected ...

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What Are Makerspaces and How Do They Benefit Manufacturers?

If you remember the woodworking, metalworking, and auto shop classes that used to be taught in high school, you already have an idea of what a makerspace is. Makerspaces, ...

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6 Ways to Improve Product Quality in Food Manufacturing

The food industry is evolving rapidly, with consumers demanding quality, authenticity, and transparency from food manufacturers. And they’re not just demanding it, they’re “voting ...

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Benefits of Machine Vision Technology for Food Manufacturers

The government and other organizations have put food manufacturers under a microscope in an effort to ensure they’re following food safety standards and complying with ...

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Now: Are You Ready? [eBook]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is still in its early stages, but it has already begun to change the way we live and work. Its impact on society is going to be enormous, with ...

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Want To Grow Your Manufacturing Business? Listen To Your Customers!

Whether you’re a B2B or B2C manufacturer, your customers are the lifeblood of your business. While many small and medium-sized manufacturers often look inward for ways to improve ...

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The Benefits of Joining a Peer Council Group for California Manufacturers

Today’s small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) face many challenges—and many opportunities. And while there are a wealth of resources out there, sometimes it can still seem ...

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How Investing in Employees Pays Off

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) have begun to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, investing in new technologies such as advanced robotics, smart manufacturing, ...

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Benefits of Keeping Your Manufacturing Business in California

Manufacturing plays a key role within California, which is one of the most powerful economies in the world, leading a variety of industries, including technology, international ...

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Why Manufacturers Can’t Find Employees and How Manufacturing Day Helps For Recruitment

Manufacturing Day®, an initiative designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, arrives October 4, 2019. The annual MFG Day (which can be held anytime during the ...

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Manufacturing Day Arrives October 4: How to Host or Participate in an Event

Manufacturers across the country are preparing for Manufacturing Day® 2019, or MFG Day. Arriving October 4 this year, MFG Day is designed to inspire and recruit the next ...

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Additive Manufacturing’s Impact on Manufacturing: How 3D Printing is Changing the Modern Plant

Over the last decade, Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) has garnered many headlines—from the hype of consumer 3D printing to the substance of its impact on the ...

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How the SBDC is Helping California Manufacturers Grow

Every year, billions of dollars are made available to small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) courtesy of government organizations. These initiatives aim to help SMMs get off ...

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Blockchain: What It Is and How It Can Help Manufacturers

How do you know if your election vote is really counted? How do you know the person you’re chatting with online really is who they say they are? And how do you know if a product ...

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Social Media for Manufacturers: The Ultimate Guide [eBook]

It may seem hard to believe, but in terms of technology, social media is still just a baby. Connecting with others via online social sites gained momentum less than 20 years ago ...

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Social Media for Manufacturers: YouTube

When manufacturers think of social media, LinkedIn and Facebook are probably the first two that come to mind. As a video platform, they may feel YouTube is better suited to funny ...

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10 Manufacturing Blogs and Podcasts to Follow

Want to stay in the know when it comes to the manufacturing world? A wealth of information is just a mobile device away. There are countless manufacturing blogs to subscribe to ...

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Social Media for Manufacturers: LinkedIn

  There are nearly 600 million users on LinkedIn, with two new users joining every second. This makes the social media giant one of the best ways to promote your company and ...

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Celebrating Women in Manufacturing

In honor of International Women’s Day, CMTC celebrates women in manufacturing! There’s a common misconception that the manufacturing industry is almost universally male-dominated. ...

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10 Effective Cost-Saving Tips for Manufacturers

When it comes to cost-saving techniques, many manufacturers instinctively look toward making cuts; this could mean anything from laying off employees to pulling back on new ...

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Social Media for Manufacturers: Instagram

Just when you’ve gotten used to Facebook and Twitter, along comes another social media site. You might be tempted to roll your eyes and think, not another one! But instead, think ...

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Get the Updated Guide to Human Resources [eBook]

In today’s workplace, the importance of human resources cannot be stressed enough. While advancements in manufacturing technology may be stealing headlines, issues involving ...

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Should I Hire a Consultant? Advantages and Considerations

The thought of hiring a consultant doesn’t always appeal to manufacturing leaders. It’s easy to think, why should I hire an outsider to come in and tell me how to run my business? ...

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How Modern-Day Apprenticeships Can Help Manufacturers Succeed

By now, you’ve probably heard the troubling statistics. IndustryWeek reports that nearly 25% of manufacturing employees are age 55 or older, and many will soon be leaving to enjoy ...

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Top 5 Topics of 2018—Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

As the year draws to a close, we always like to take a look back on the events and people that made a difference in manufacturing throughout the past 12 months. We celebrate ...

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Today's Top 6 Manufacturing Topics

The manufacturing industry has been making rapid advancements in recent years, paving the way for cutting-edge technologies. With each new innovation, manufacturing gets more ...

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Social Media for Manufacturers: Facebook

Is your company “liked”? The question may sound silly, but the reality is that companies making themselves available online and through social media are the ones most likely to ...

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MFG DAY 2018: A Win for California and the Country

The seventh annual Manufacturing Day was a resounding success in California! MFG DAY continues to draw more and more participants each year, and 2018 was no exception, with nearly ...

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Resources Available to Help Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Help is out there, you just need to know where to look. Each year, billions in funding for research and development and workforce initiatives is available for small and ...

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The Importance of a Good Logistics Strategy in Manufacturing

In 2005, the Council of Logistics Management changed its name to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals to add differentiation between logistics and supply chain ...

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Supply Chain Management and Logistics: What's the Difference?

  Are supply chain management and logistics the 21st century’s answer to George Gershwin’s famous lyrics “to-mayto, to-mah-to”? Today, many manufacturers treat the words as one in ...

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Why Smart Manufacturing Is About More Than Just Technology

What is smart manufacturing? Essentially, smart manufacturing is the practice of making information about manufacturing processes available when and where it is needed, in the ...

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MFG Day 2018: 3 Ways to Get Involved

It’s just one month away! Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) the chance to ...

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5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires

Losing workers from the factory floor is never easy, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) where the output of every employee can be critical to maintaining ...

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The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing

Sensors have played a role in manufacturing for years, but until recently they have been largely constrained by issues such as system noise, signal attenuation, and response ...

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How Virtual Reality is Changing the Manufacturing Game

It’s no longer just for gaming! Virtual Reality (VR), sometimes referred to as Augmented Reality (AR), is shaking things up across all industries, including manufacturing. While ...

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How Good Job Descriptions Help Manufacturers Attract Skilled Employees

  When seeking out a new job, potential employees want to understand what will be expected of them and how they will be evaluated if brought onboard; on the other hand, employers ...

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Social Media for Manufacturers: Twitter

The tweet. These days, it seems that when you hear about Twitter it’s usually because a celebrity, politician, or even virtual nobody has posted an online faux-pas, resulting in a ...

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The Impact of Manufacturing Day—and How to Get Involved

Dark, dirty, dangerous. Unfortunately, this outdated perception of manufacturing persists to this day, and it can keep away new talent. By 2025, nearly 25 percent of the United ...

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The Drive Toward Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

While manufacturers have traditionally been hesitant to invest in their operations due to cost, a recent National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) survey of more than 500 ...

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Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: 8 Ways to Prevent Attacks

Many consider 2017 the "worst year ever” for data breaches and cyberattacks, largely due to the rise in ransomware. And IT experts predict it’s only going to get worse. According ...

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Why Manufacturers Should Stop Ignoring Social Media

Social media. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying its power. Today, nearly 210 million Americans engage in social media communities, from Facebook to LinkedIn, Twitter to ...

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How the Internet of Things is Transforming Manufacturing

From creating the first machine tools during the Industrial Revolution to welcoming robots onto factory floors in the early 1960’s, manufacturers can be quick to adopt new ...

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5 Ways California Manufacturers Can Embrace Diversity

The changing face of the American worker has manufacturers considering the importance of diversity. Today, California is the most diverse state within the contiguous United States ...

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ExporTech Helps Manufacturers Boost Sales by Entering Global Markets

Exporting is big business in California—$171.9 billion last year alone. The Golden State currently exports to nearly 230 foreign markets, with our neighbors Mexico and Canada ...

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How to Optimize Your Supply Chain—and Your Business

Supply chain management has long been used to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and increase customer satisfaction. Today, many companies even believe that a lot of competition ...

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Safety First: 5 Manufacturing Hazards and 3 Solutions

Manufacturers are continuously working to improve safety within their facilities, and their efforts are paying off.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of ...

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How a Good Networking Strategy Can Grow Your Business

Hate professional networking? You’re not alone. Unless you’re the eternal extrovert, some people find the networking experience intimidating and phony; from the elevator pitches ...

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California Aims to Put an End to Workplace Harassment

California not only leads the country in manufacturing, it’s also setting the standard for workplace harassment avoidance and prevention training. The Golden State is one of just ...

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5 Ways California Manufacturers Can Prepare for a Natural Disaster

As Californians, we know that it’s not a matter of if, but when the next natural disaster will strike. Losses from the recent Northern California wildfires damaged or destroyed ...

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How to Make Manufacturing Day a Year-Round Event

It’ll be here before you know it—Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5, 2018. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers in ...

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Tax Reform Has Manufacturers Investing in Their Future

 In an increasingly competitive marketplace, most manufacturers understand the importance of investing in their business. But, investing means spending money, something many ...

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Capturing Employee Tribal Knowledge—Before It’s Too Late

By 2025, nearly 25 percent of the United States population is expected to be 60 years of age or older. With this demographic preparing to exit the workforce and enter retirement, ...

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How to Give Effective Employee Reviews—and Motivate Without Money

The employee performance review. It’s an opportunity to congratulate workers on a job well done and celebrate their wins. It’s also a chance to provide constructive criticism and ...

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Why California Manufacturers Need to Adopt a Continuous Improvement Process to Survive

California’s manufacturing industry has traditionally been vibrant, with the state having the largest manufacturing output in the U.S. It is host to giant firms such as Apple, ...

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Setting the Stage for a Robust 2018 for California Manufacturers 

Bolstered by manufacturing wins in 2017, many California manufacturers are welcoming the new year as a chance to further improve their fortune while fostering growth that benefits ...

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Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2018 - Emerging Technologies

For manufacturers throughout California and across the country, the new year brings new challenges—and a wealth of new opportunities. But to take advantage of these opportunities, ...

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Our Top Manufacturing Stories of 2017

2017 had its share of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. But for many manufacturers, it was another banner year. In California, the manufacturing sector continues to ...

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The Keys to Exporting Successfully as a Manufacturer in CA

The United States is the second largest exporter in the world, with exports reaching $1.42 trillion in 2016 and California contributing $163.6 billion in that same year. With ...

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3 Ways to Improve Your Cash Flow

Generally, the color red has positive undertones and is often associated with energy, passion or action; however, when it comes to the financial aspects of an organization, red is ...

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3 Steps to Lower Supply Chain Costs for Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers

The global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry grew by 2.4% and generated about $674 billion in 2016, according to a Deloitte 2017 study. California alone was responsible for ...

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An Integrated Approach for Growers, Food Manufacturers in Northern California

California is a leader in U.S. domestic agriculture. According to the 2015-2016 California Agricultural Statistics Review, the state bested Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, and Minnesota in ...

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How Factory Automation Can Help Beverage Manufacturing Enjoy Sweet Success

Today’s beverage manufacturers face many challenges: striving to meet the rapidly-changing demands of consumers and retailers, government regulations, efficiency, and expansion. ...

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Minimum Wage Laws for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers [Effective January]

California is home to nearly 7 million hourly workers, nearly one-third of which earn minimum wage. With the resulting implementation of Senate Bill No. 3 (SB3), which was signed ...

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Promoting Training to Revitalize California Manufacturing Jobs

The California manufacturing sector is showing signs for a huge revival—a fourth industrial revolution, if you will. Rapid technological changes are creating a fresh dynamic that ...

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4 Smart Energy Ideas for Manufacturers in California

Although manufacturing has long been considered an energy-intensive industry, this trend has begun to change. Between 2010-2014, U.S. manufacturing energy consumption is estimated ...

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The New Industrial Revolution: Advanced Robotic Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry in the U.S. is ripe for a new industrial revolution, and artificial intelligence and robotic automation are set to play a key role in that change. ...

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The Insider's Guide to Smart Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Smart manufacturing trends in 2017 indicate that a radical transformation in the manufacturing sector is taking place. In a report by global market research firm BCC Research, the ...

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5 Manufacturing Apps You Can Start Using Today to Cut Costs

Manufacturing’s role is changing and evolving in ways that make the traditional methods of creating products and services outdated. As manufacturing enters a dynamic new era, ...

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How Mobile Apps Can Create a Competitive Advantage in Manufacturing

Having a substantial competitive advantage in manufacturing is a goal that’s not easy to achieve, especially among thousands of aggressive rivals in the same industry. In an ...

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The Future of Energy Management in Manufacturing

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that the energy consumption of the U.S. manufacturing sector increased by 3.7% from 2010 to 2014. The increase seems ...

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Community Colleges: Training the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Training skilled workers is critical to strengthening the U.S. manufacturing sector, especially at a time when about 2 million manufacturing jobs are projected to remain unfilled, ...

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Don’t Get Left Behind, SMART Manufacturing is the Future for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

What exactly is Smart Manufacturing? Over the past several years, the topic of SMART Manufacturing has been a conversation among industry experts, strategists and thought leaders. ...

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4 Must-Know Aerospace Supply Chain Management Issues

A Deloitte 2017 study on the global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry reveals that the industry grew by 2.4% and generated about $674 billion in 2016. While the growth was ...

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13 Manufacturing Apps for Your iPhone, iPad, Android

Back by popular demand! We published this blog on manufacturing apps just a little over a year ago.  Since it has proven to be one of our most popular blogs of all time, we ...

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Are You Losing Money by not Implementing SMART Manufacturing?

We live in an era of smartphones, smart homes, smart watches, smart refrigerators, robots, self-driving cars, and the list goes on and on. Smart Manufacturing (SM) is a concept ...

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How to Create a Change Management Process That Actually Works

Change is a cycle in itself, and organizations go through various cycles throughout their lifetime. Whether it's automating processes, introducing specialized equipment, ...

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The 4 Quality Management Issues on Every Manufacturer's Mind

Quality management in manufacturing significantly contributes to a manufacturer's brand and bottom line. However, persistent challenges to quality management continue to trouble ...

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Manufacturing Day 2017: Educating the Next Generation of Workers

This year’s Manufacturing Day is designed to celebrate and inspire future manufacturers by opening doors and minds. In the past, stereotyping manufacturing as a "dirty job" has ...

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How to Hire the Right ISO Consultant

Manufacturing continues to be the dominant driver of the California economy. It's no surprise that many manufacturers are scrambling to achieve quality management system (QMS) ...

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8 Essential Manufacturing Safety Tips

The Bureau of Statistics reported that 2.9 million workers were injured or became ill in 2015 while on the job. The reported figure represents an approximate rate of 3 cases per ...

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5 Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Manufacturers Safe in 2017

No industry is immune to cyber attacks. According to the 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, the manufacturing sector was the second highest industry that experienced ...

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How to Overcome Common HR Challenges in Manufacturing

The evolution from manual methods to advanced techniques (i.e. the creation of goods and services) has become a complex process, giving rise to a host of HR challenges in ...

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5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that history is often made within our lifetime. Lean manufacturing is a movement established by Toyota Production Systems and is centered on ...

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8 ISO 9001 Basics You Need to Know

  ISO 9001 is one of the most popular quality management system standards in the international stage. Before you embark on a journey to adopt it, however, you need to have an ...

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Is Your Manufacturing Plant Ready for Supercharged Growth?

As the U.S. and the global economy bounces back, manufacturing continues to be on the rise. Therefore, companies are looking to open new facilities, domestically and ...

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Actionable Advice for Reducing Operating Expenses in Manufacturing

Much has changed in recent years with regards to manufacturing intelligence. While manufacturing issues have become more complicated in nature, new technologies have emerged to ...

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Minimizing Risk of Food Safety Problems in the Processing Industry

The modern consumer demands that food products be free from harmful contaminants that could lead to illness. Growers, shippers, retailers, wholesalers, and restaurants are all ...

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4 Consumer Trends Impacting the Food and Beverage Supply Chain

Evolving consumer shopping and eating habits continuously transform the food and beverage supply chain. Consumers are ditching the fatty and salty foods of the past and are now in ...

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Get Involved in Manufacturing Day and Help Change Common Misperceptions

When you think about Manufacturing Day, you may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t have the time to host an event. What I manufacture isn’t that interesting. Is it really that big ...

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How to Improve Product Quality and Consistency in Food Manufacturing

The best managers are always seeking cost-saving opportunities within their manufacturing operations. Of all of those opportunities, there is no better cost to mitigate than that ...

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Issues Facing Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers in 2017

While the outlook is largely positive for the manufacturing industry in 2017, this doesn’t mean that there will be zero challenges. With growth comes competition, and ...

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8 Practical and Effective Manufacturing Leadership Tips

A fancy title and office with a window will not make you a strong leader. Being a great leader is no easy task as you must inspire, motivate and be effective while becoming a ...

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5 Tactics for Increasing Throughput in Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Companies

As a small or medium-sized manufacturer, you always have to work to your full potential to stay competitive. There are quotas to meet and deliveries to be made to satisfy existing ...

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8 Manufacturing Workforce Development Tips to Help Your Business Grow

Over the past several decades, major shifts in the manufacturing environment have occurred that have proven beneficial for domestic manufacturers. Industry statistics show that ...

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

  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 ...

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The State of California’s Aerospace Industry in 2017

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 ...

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5 Major Benefits of Additive Manufacturing You Should Consider

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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, ...

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

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 ...

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

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

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What Has Changed in the Latest Revision of AS9100?

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 ...

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5 Actionable Steps to Help Small Manufacturers Improve Shipping and Distribution

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

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

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 ...

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Are Manufacturers Overlooking the Importance of Logistics?

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

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5 Unexpected Costs You Can Reduce with New Technology

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

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What to Consider When Implementing Change on the Shop Floor

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 ...

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7 Metrics to Help Your Management Team Make Better Decisions

Productivity metrics allow management to understand precisely what’s happening throughout a manufacturing operation. What areas need improvement and who should be rewarded for ...

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Employee Initiative Is Most Likely Your Company's Biggest Asset

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 ...

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How to Determine If a New Technology Is Worth the Investment

The latest and greatest new technology is something that many of us are prone to want – not just for the workplace, but for the personal aspects of our lives.

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How to Effectively Identify Waste Factors in Your Manufacturing Process

Today’s manufacturing industry is helmed by a prevalent principle: reduce waste.

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Is Overproduction Driving Your Labor Costs Out of Control?

In today’s manufacturing environment, we know that getting the product to the customer in a timely manner while keeping the cost of production and delivery as inexpensive as ...

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Checklist: How to Prepare for an ISO Quality Audit

In thinking about how to prepare for an ISO quality audit, some people may have a kneejerk negative response. If “audit” makes you nervous, then focus on “quality,” because the ...

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Are You an Energy Efficient Manufacturer?

Small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMM) face a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing energy use. Expertise in energy-efficient operations may not exist in your ...

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7 Important Standards for Your ISO 9001:2015 Journey

The ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) – a worldwide federation of national standards bodies – recently updated its latest edition of ISO 9001, for quality ...

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Brand Equity: How to Add Lasting Value to Your Company

A brand is more than just a product, logo, website, or tagline. A brand is all of these taken together to create an intangible effect amongst stakeholders (customers, prospects, ...

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Cybersecurity: What Is It and Why You Should Care

As manufacturing companies are becoming increasingly interconnected, the risks to their production systems, confidential data and supply chain are growing exponentially larger. ...

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Shift Your Business from Providing Reactive to Proactive Customer Service

For many manufacturing businesses, the default approach in providing customer service is to respond to problems as they arise. While this reactive method may satisfy the customer ...

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How to Understand the Process Approach to Management in Less than 5 Minutes

The process approach is a keystone feature of ISO 9001 – a globally recognized quality standard that benefits employees, managers, companies and, ultimately, the consumer. In the ...

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Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) is the Next Big Thing in Manufacturing: An Entirely New Platform for Electronics

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) is an innovative process that combines elements of the electronics industry with that of the high-precision printing industry.

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What Does It Take To Sustain A Successful Six Sigma Program?

The implementation of a Six Sigma program in your manufacturing company can be the game-changer in your business. But what does it cost to make it a sustainable success?

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5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools [Infographic]

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that history is often made within our lifetime. Lean manufacturing is a movement established by Toyota Production Systems and is centered on ...

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Why You Should Worry About Your Employees Work-Life Balance

In good economic times and in bad economic times, your employees are your most valuable resource. You always want to receive 100% from your workers, but it is also important to ...

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6 Areas of Improvement Every Consultant Analyzes

Before delving into the five areas experts target for manufacturing quality improvement, it may help to understand where manufacturing in the United States finds itself. It turns ...

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How Exporting Can Help Manufacturers Increase Sales and Innovation

If you’re a small to mid-size manufacturer, you’re always looking for ways to identify new customers and increase sales. One, often overlooked, avenue is the export market. You ...

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Lessons in Manufacturing Growth from 5 Industry Leaders

The manufacturing industry is a powerful economic force – both nationally and globally. What can five leaders in the industry teach the rest of us about growth? The following ...

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The Importance of an HACCP Plan for Food Manufacturers

HACCP is a food safety management system whose acronym stands for, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). It is an internationally recognized system for reducing the ...

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6 Productivity Tips for Today’s Manufacturing CEO

When you’re the CEO in the manufacturing industry, you’re constantly short on time and have a completely full to-do list. If you’re working on a start-up or pioneering in a new ...

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How Manufacturing Leaders Can Evolve Corporate Culture

Just how important is it to evolve company culture in today’s business environment? – It encompasses the top concerns corporate leaders face in retaining talent today, according ...

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A Handful of Manufacturing Sales Training Tips That Actually Work

When looking at reliable percentages for manufacturing sales training, it can be difficult to determine the legit ones from the made-up others. Success rates for salespeople, ...

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How to Increase Employee Productivity on the Shop Floor

Low productivity can be an insidious problem. For line workers, performing repetitive tasks day-to-day, everyday, year after year, can sometimes have a lulling effect. After all, ...

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The Manufacturer's Guide to Reducing Production Waste

Every year, U.S companies generate over 7 billion tons of solid industrial waste. In light of rising disposal costs, regulatory pressures, and changing consumer preferences, ...

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My Perspective on 30 Years of ISO Quality

Eliot Dratch CMTC's Senior Quality Consultant, Guest Blogger By far, the ISO 9001 quality system standard has had more impact in the world of quality improvement than any ANSI, ...

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