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How to Make Manufacturing Day a Year-Round Event

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 7, 2018 11:42:45 AM

It’ll be here before you know it—Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5, 2018. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers in California and across the country an opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians, and the media. The goal?

To spread the word about the importance of manufacturing, the benefits it brings to our country, and career opportunities within the industry.

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Tax Reform Has Manufacturers Investing in Their Future

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 2, 2018 12:15:52 PM

 In an increasingly competitive marketplace, most manufacturers understand the importance of investing in their business. But, investing means spending money, something many manufacturers can be hesitant to do. This is a dangerous trap to fall into, however, as the long-term benefits of investing can far exceed the short-term hit on the balance sheet.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Employee Training, Tax Reform, Manufacturing Information Systems

Capturing Employee Tribal Knowledge—Before It’s Too Late

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 14, 2018 12:57:55 PM

By 2025, nearly 25 percent of the United States population is expected to be 60 years of age or older. With this demographic preparing to exit the workforce and enter retirement, what can be done to retain their knowledge and pass it down to the next generation of employees? After all, a good portion of the knowledge that our “employee elders” possess is not written down or stored within a computer—it’s stored in their head. And this is especially true within the manufacturing sector.

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Topics: employee retirement, tribal knowledge in manufacturing, employee tribal knowledge, tribal knowledge

The 3 Biggest Myths About Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 13, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Robotics has come a long way from when they first hit factory floors in the early 1960s. Today’s robots are more intelligent and versatile, and able to go to work with little to no human intervention. And, like anything that’s not fully understood, the rapid advancement and adoption of robotics has produced everything from the fear of "they’re taking over!" to the fear of "we're missing out and we can’t afford them."

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Topics: robotics, Robotics in Manufacuring, Advanced Robotic Manufacturing

How to Give Effective Employee Reviews—and Motivate Without Money

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 6, 2018 9:37:12 AM

The employee performance review. It’s an opportunity to congratulate workers on a job well done and celebrate their wins. It’s also a chance to provide constructive criticism and discuss ways to improve performance. But what makes for an effective employee performance review?

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Topics: Human Resources, employee performance review, motivating employees

Why California Manufacturers Need to Adopt a Continuous Improvement Process to Survive

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM

California’s manufacturing industry has traditionally been vibrant, with the state having the largest manufacturing output in the U.S. It is host to giant firms such as Apple, McKesson, Chevron, Alphabet, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco Systems, but it is also home to tens of thousands of small and medium-sized manufacturing companies.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Made in California, Manufacturing Tips, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions

Setting the Stage for a Robust 2018 for California Manufacturers 

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 23, 2018 11:11:04 AM

Bolstered by manufacturing wins in 2017, many California manufacturers are welcoming the new year as a chance to further improve their fortune while fostering growth that benefits both American manufacturers and consumers. But before we look forward, it’s important to reflect upon some of 2017’s significant manufacturing developments.

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Topics: Made in California, Manufacturing Solutiions

Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2018 - Emerging Technologies

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 18, 2018 11:31:25 AM


For manufacturers throughout California and across the country, the new year brings new challenges—and a wealth of new opportunities. But to take advantage of these opportunities, manufacturers of all sizes need to be aware of emerging trends—and willing to adapt to them.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology

Our Top Manufacturing Stories of 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM

2017 had its share of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. But for many manufacturers, it was another banner year. In California, the manufacturing sector continues to drive the economy. Manufacturing now accounts for nearly 11.5 percent of The Golden State’s total output, while employing 7.8 percent of its workforce according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

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Topics: Consulting, Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturing Solutiions

The Keys to Exporting Successfully as a Manufacturer in CA

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The United States is the second largest exporter in the world, with exports reaching $1.42 trillion in 2016 and California contributing $163.6 billion in that same year. With California’s strategic Pacific Coast location, dynamic economy, and a throng of creative and diversified talents, exporting manufacturers could see a momentum for renewed economic growth.

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