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

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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 into effect by Governor Jerry Brown on  April 4, 2016, California will become the first state in the nation to require manufacturers and other employers to increase the minimum hourly wage for employees to $15 by 2022.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Minimum Wage Laws

Promoting Training to Revitalize California Manufacturing Jobs

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 2, 2017 10:07:20 AM

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 calls for new skillsets and mindsets. The training of new employees and retraining of current ones are inevitable challenges for manufacturers that wish to capitalize on the growth opportunities and advanced technologies that advanced manufacturing has to offer.

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Topics: Manufacturers in Training, Manufacturing Extension Partnership

4 Smart Energy Ideas for Manufacturers in California

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 26, 2017 11:58:04 AM

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 to have increased by 4.7%, according to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) released in October 2017.

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Topics: Energy Management, Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Tips

The New Industrial Revolution: Advanced Robotic Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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. Because manufacturing is a major driving force in a nation’s economic prosperity, it is especially important that small and medium-sized manufacturers pay close attention as these innovative technologies prepare to take center stage.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial Revolution, Advanced Robotic Manufacturing

The Insider's Guide to Smart Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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 global market for smart manufacturing is expected to grow from $159 billion in 2015 to $392 billion by 2020 at a compounded annual growth rate of 19.8%.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

5 Manufacturing Apps You Can Start Using Today to Cut Costs

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 9, 2017 10:42:29 AM

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, policy makers need new approaches and improved capabilities to save on costs while meeting the changing needs of a new consuming class.

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Topics: Mobile Apps, Manufacturing Apps, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions

How Mobile Apps Can Create a Competitive Advantage in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 5, 2017 12:32:14 PM

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 effort to gain traction against other manufacturers, many are turning to innovative manufacturing apps that allow them to have complete and real-time visibility not only on the shop floor, warehouses, and administrative offices but also across the supply chain.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Mobile Apps

The Future of Energy Management in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 29, 2017 12:01:38 PM

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 insignificant, but uncontrolled and further increases can pose additional challenges to energy management in manufacturing.

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Topics: Energy Management, Energy Management in Manufacturing

Community Colleges: Training the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 27, 2017 1:35:29 PM

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, due to the worsening skills gap that is taking place throughout the country.

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Topics: Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturers in Training

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

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 22, 2017 10:03:18 AM

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. However, despite its media coverage, many on the front lines of manufacturing aren’t quite sure what SMART Manufacturing entails or why it’s even relevant to their organization.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

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