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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

How Good Job Descriptions Help Manufacturers Attract Skilled Employees

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 23, 2018 10:24:37 AM

 

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 want to be sure they are interviewing the right candidates for the right job, and not wasting valuable time interviewing under- or over-qualified individuals. One way to ensure each party gets what they want is to craft a well-thought-out and detailed job description.  

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Topics: MFG DAY, Workplace Diversity, Diversity Training, job descriptions, recruiting, manufacturing careers, employee retirement, Millennials, digital transformation, Employee Training, motivating employees, Manufacturing Solutiions, Maufacturing, Manufacturers in Training, employee tribal knowledge, networking, Future of Manufacturing

Social Media for Manufacturers: Twitter

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 5, 2018 1:32:48 PM

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 swift backlash that causes a public apology at best and career suicide at worst. Knowing the destructive powers of the little blue bird, why do so many people continue to engage with it? Numbers.

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Topics: Social Media, networking, Manufacturing Tips

The Impact of Manufacturing Day—and How to Get Involved

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 26, 2018 12:17:35 PM

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 States population is expected to be aged 60 or older, meaning many manufacturing workers will be leaving the factory floor. This makes attracting the next generation of workers critical to ensuring the industry remains vibrant. With this thought in mind, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute developed National Manufacturing Day.

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Topics: MFG DAY, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturers in Training, apprenticeship programs, networking, Employee Training, manufacturing careers