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10 Manufacturing Blogs and Podcasts to Follow

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 26, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Want to stay in the know when it comes to the manufacturing world? A wealth of information is just a mobile device away. There are countless manufacturing blogs to subscribe to and, while it was difficult, we narrowed it down to five. If you’re less of a reader and prefer listening to a podcast while you hit the gym or commute to work, we’ve provided five of our favorite podcasts too.

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Topics: Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturing Resources

Social Media for Manufacturers: LinkedIn

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 19, 2019 11:13:49 AM


There are nearly 600 million users on LinkedIn, with two new users joining every second. This makes the social media giant one of the best ways to promote your company and products. While being on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all help your business connect with others, LinkedIn is truly the place for manufacturers to thrive. It can give you the ability to tap into existing connections, make new ones, and get noticed (it’s also the top-rated social network for lead generation).

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Topics: Social Media, networking, recruiting

Celebrating Women in Manufacturing

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Mar 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In honor of International Women’s Day, CMTC celebrates women in manufacturing!

There’s a common misconception that the manufacturing industry is almost universally male-dominated. In many people’s minds, the industry is old fashioned, hanging on to dated gender biases and excluding women from managerial roles that are key to climbing the industry ladder, such as production supervisors and operations managers.

But the fact is, manufacturers are more forward-thinking than ever before, and women now make up nearly one-third of the manufacturing industry workforce in the United States.

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Topics: Workplace Diversity, Women in Manufacturing

10 Effective Cost-Saving Tips for Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 20, 2019 10:07:29 AM

When it comes to cost-saving techniques, many manufacturers instinctively look toward making cuts; this could mean anything from laying off employees to pulling back on new technology. However, these methods can bring down morale and quash innovation, which allows competitors to get ahead.

Good news: there are other ways to save money that won’t hurt business—and can actually help it thrive.

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Topics: Manufacturing Solutiions, Manufacturing Resources

Social Media for Manufacturers: Instagram

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 15, 2019 9:55:12 AM

Just when you’ve gotten used to Facebook and Twitter, along comes another social media site. You might be tempted to roll your eyes and think, not another one! But instead, think of it as another opportunity to promote your business to a broad audience, boost your sales, and recruit new talent. The best part of social media? It can significantly reduce the costs involved with traditional advertising.

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Topics: Social Media, networking

16 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2019

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 7, 2019 9:05:00 AM

 Conferences are a great way for you and your team to network with others, demo exciting new technologies, learn about topics that interest you, and gain valuable insights from industry experts. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of events happening in 2019! Here are 16 conferences happening in California and around the country that you can attend.

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Topics: networking, Manufacturing Resources, manufacturing conferences

Get the Updated Guide to Human Resources [eBook]

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 29, 2019 10:18:31 AM

In today’s workplace, the importance of human resources cannot be stressed enough. While advancements in manufacturing technology may be stealing headlines, issues involving HR—recruitment, harassment, diversity training, and more—also need to also be top of mind. Consider this:

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Topics: Human Resources, Manufacturing Resources, HR

Should I Hire a Consultant? Advantages and Considerations

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 23, 2019 9:05:00 AM

The thought of hiring a consultant doesn’t always appeal to manufacturing leaders. It’s easy to think, why should I hire an outsider to come in and tell me how to run my business? But, unless your business consistently hits its goals, maintains perfect quality control, has secure sources of raw materials, regularly finds ways to reduce costs, and maintains a satisfied customer base, an outsider may be exactly what you need. A good consultant doesn’t come in and tell you how to run your business, but rather works with your team to improve your business. That’s not to say there may not be some drawbacks. So, here’s a closer look at what a consultant does, the advantages, and additional considerations.

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Topics: Consulting, Hiring, Manufacturing Solutiions

How Modern-Day Apprenticeships Can Help Manufacturers Succeed

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 2, 2019 9:30:00 AM

By now, you’ve probably heard the troubling statistics. IndustryWeek reports that nearly 25% of manufacturing employees are age 55 or older, and many will soon be leaving to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Unfortunately, there’s no influx of new talent waiting to take their places.

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Topics: Human Resources, Mentoring, apprenticeship programs, tribal knowledge, Employee Training

Top 5 Topics of 2018—Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 21, 2018 10:20:00 AM

As the year draws to a close, we always like to take a look back on the events and people that made a difference in manufacturing throughout the past 12 months. We celebrate successes (Manufacturing Day 2018 was the biggest yet) and look at ways to overcome challenges, whether it’s maintaining growth or competing more effectively overseas. We also like to take a look at what interested you, our readers, the most on our blog.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Human Resources, robotics, tribal knowledge, Workplace Harassment, job descriptions, virtual reality, sensors, Manufacturing Resources