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Uncovering the Benefits of Robots in Manufacturing [Part 2 of 2]

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Aug 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM

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 that robots are replacing humans, though. While it is true that some of the more undesirable jobs are being filled by machines, this trend has several more positive outcomes for the manufacturing industry:

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Topics: robots, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology

Three Must-See TED Talks on 3D Printing

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Aug 4, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a term used to describe several different processes of synthesizing objects. These objects can be almost any shape or size and can be created from almost any material. So what does this mean for the manufacturing industry?

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

The Benefits of Adopting a Continuous Improvement Approach

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Aug 1, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Imagine a workplace where productivity was constantly optimized, innovation was always pursued, and new opportunities were frequently discovered! A continuous improvement approach can assist manufacturers to operate on a higher level.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement

Creating a Marketing Strategy for Sustainable Growth

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jul 28, 2016 6:30:00 AM

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, it’s imperative for manufacturers to have a strong marketing strategy in place. A well-structured marketing strategy sets the foundation for manufacturers to:

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Topics: Marketing, Growth

An Overview of Robotics in Manufacturing [Part 1 of 2]

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jul 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM

The word “robot” comes from the Czech word “robotnik”, meaning “to slave.” Factories started using these machines in the early 1960’s to handle some of the more dangerous or mundane tasks that humans didn’t want to do. However, they did more than fill unwanted factory jobs; they completed the work with unprecedented speed and precision. Today, robots perform all kinds of tasks and can be classified according to different criteria such as:

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Topics: robotics, Manufacturing

How to Set Up and Maximize the Benefits of Google Analytics

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jun 1, 2016 11:30:00 AM

If you put the time, effort and money into developing a website, you’re going to want to make sure everything operates as it should. The simplest and most financially conservative, or free, method of tracking your website performance is through Google Analytics.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing

4 California Inventors to Celebrate During National Inventors' Month

Posted by Ellen McKewen on May 11, 2016 8:48:03 AM

The United Inventors Association of the USA, the Academy of Applied Science and Inventor’s Digest magazine declared the month of May to be National Inventors month in 1998 giving recognition to our nation’s creative innovators.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Innovation

What's Your Sales and Marketing Action Plan? (Part 6 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on May 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Growth, action plan

Tactics for Optimal Growth (Part 5 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on May 4, 2016 9:16:35 AM

How well have you been able to focus on identifying the best marketing tactics to foster growth in your company? Over the past four parts of this sales and marketing series, you learned how to:

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Topics: Growth

Challenges and Trends Facing Food and Beverage Manufacturers in 2016

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Apr 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In the United States alone, the food manufacturing industry is made up of approximately 21,000 companies and generates a revenue of about $760 billion. One of the five fiscally largest food manufacturers in the United States is California which is a leader in raw milk production and tomato processing. California also holds the title for the largest producer of almonds worldwide and leads the way in the production of fruits, nuts and vegetables, with a total of over 76,000 farms throughout the state. 

In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that California has approximately 3,700 food manufacturers employing over 147,000 people (excluding agricultural food production). 

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Topics: Made in CA, Food Manufacturing