Steven Brand

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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

4 Must-Know Aerospace Supply Chain Management Issues

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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 modest, the study forecasts that 2017 revenues are likely to grow due to lower fuel costs, stronger passenger travel demand – especially in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions – and a stable global GDP. This is an opportune time for aerospace supply chain stakeholders to brace for an anticipated expansion in their sector.

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Topics: Aerospace Products and Parts, Aerospace and Defense

How to Create a Change Management Process That Actually Works

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Change is a cycle in itself, and organizations go through various cycles throughout their lifetime. Whether it's automating processes, introducing specialized equipment, streamlining redundant tasks and people who perform them, or simply relocating a physical plant, changes are inevitable. 

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Topics: Change Management, Business Management, Project Management

The 4 Quality Management Issues on Every Manufacturer's Mind

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 23, 2017 12:55:19 PM

Quality management in manufacturing significantly contributes to a manufacturer's brand and bottom line. However, persistent challenges to quality management continue to trouble small and medium-sized manufacturing companies alike. The issues, of course, vary depending on the existing management culture of the company.

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Topics: Quality Managment System, Quality Standards, Quality Manufacturing Services

How to Hire the Right ISO Consultant

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 13, 2017 11:15:00 AM

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) certifications at both the national and international levels. ISO certification is a coveted accomplishment, but the certification process can be a daunting journey without the guidance of an experienced ISO consultant.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Made in California, Quality Managment System, Manufacturing Tips

8 Essential Manufacturing Safety Tips

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM

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 100 employees, a slight improvement from the previous year's 3.2 figure. While this is good news, employers have a ways to go in order to ensure the safety of their people.  

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Topics: Manufacturing Safety Tips, Manufacturing Tips, Safety in Manufacturing

5 Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Manufacturers Safe in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 6, 2017 10:15:00 AM

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 cyber attacks in 2016. The recent WannaCry ransomware attack is just one revelatory example of rising cyber crimes and the increasing velocity, magnitude, and scope with which hackers carry out their craft.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology

How to Overcome Common HR Challenges in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 4, 2017 10:45:00 AM

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 manufacturing.

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Topics: Made in California, Human Resources, HR Challenges, apprenticeship programs

5 Benefits of Being ISO 9001 Certified

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 28, 2017 11:28:11 AM

ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality, Quality Managment System

5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 26, 2017 9:36:41 AM

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 clarifying what brings value by reducing waste. Lean is centered around increasing customer value and implementing key processes in order to continuously drive satisfaction and reduce waste simultaneously.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing Tools

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