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Social Media for Manufacturers: Facebook

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 29, 2018 11:25:49 AM

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 succeed. It’s no secret that television and radio commercials aren’t as effective as they once were, and print advertising is going the way of the dinosaur. Instead, today’s consumers are seeking out information and doing their shopping online.

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Topics: Social Media, networking, Marketing, Sales and Marketing, Marketing Mix

MFG DAY 2018: A Win for California and the Country

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 14, 2018 10:38:04 AM

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 2,800 events held across the country. In the Golden State, which boasts the nation’s largest manufacturing sector, it was all hands on deck in celebration of MFG DAY; over 250 sites registered as event hosts and an additional 330+ manufacturers and support organizations, including schools, stakeholders, and other organizations, participated in or sponsored events throughout the month of October.

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Topics: MFG DAY, recruiting, networking, Made in California, Future of Manufacturing

Resources Available to Help Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 7, 2018 9:52:54 AM

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 medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in order to help them get off the ground or aid in expansion efforts. Here are seven organizations that can help your business flourish in today’s competitive manufacturing environment.

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Topics: Manufacturing Resources, Government Support, Government Funding

The Importance of a Good Logistics Strategy in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 15, 2018 1:19:50 PM

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 management. Why? Because logistics is a component of supply chain management (SCM). While SCM is focused on the “big picture,” logistics is only concerned with the storage and flow of goods inside and outside the organization, from point of procurement to point of consumption.

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Topics: Supply Chain, logistics

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

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 19, 2018 11:32:24 AM

 

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 the same, and often use them interchangeably. Complicating matters further, what is considered supply chain management (SCM) in the U.S. is known as logistics management in Europe. However, while the words share commonalities, they are very different concepts meaning very different things.

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Topics: logistics, Supply Chain

MFG Day 2018: 3 Ways to Get Involved

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 6, 2018 6:10:43 AM

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 showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians, and the media.  The annual event also helps to dispel misconceptions about modern manufacturing in order to aid in the recruitment of the next generation of talent.

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Topics: MFG DAY, Future of Manufacturing, manufacturing careers, Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturing, recruiting, networking, employee retirement, Workforce Development

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 24, 2018 12:26:48 PM

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 production quotas and keeping customers happy. When an employee leaves, it’s then critical that SMMs are able to attract skilled workers and onboard them quickly and adequately to minimize production disruptions and ensure a smooth integration that will lead to higher employee retention (after all, the less often you have to do this, the better!).

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Topics: Future of Manufacturing, Human Resources, job descriptions, Workplace Diversity, Diversity Training, manufacturing careers, tribal knowledge, employee performance review, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions

Six Industries Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 21, 2018 10:42:18 AM

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 which the technology is impacting their business.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Future of Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing, Aerospace Products and Parts, Medical, Automotive, Energy

The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 15, 2018 9:30:56 AM

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 dynamics. Today, integration of local computing power and the Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed ordinary sensors into smart sensors, enabling them to carry out complex calculations on measured data locally within a sensor module.

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Topics: sensors, Future of Manufacturing, Internet of Things, IoT, digital transformation, Manufacturing Technology, Technology, Manufacturing Information Systems, Manufacturing Solutiions, Innovation, Smart Manufacturing

How Virtual Reality is Changing the Manufacturing Game

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 3, 2018 10:21:51 AM

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 the technology is currently being employed mainly by large manufacturers, like additive manufacturing and the cobots before it, growing acceptance of the technology is likely to cause prices to drop, allowing small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to take advantage of its powers as well.

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Topics: Future of Manufacturing, digital transformation, virtual reality, Smart Manufacturing, Safety in Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing