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Resources Available to Help Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand

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 eight 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

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

 

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: Supply Chain, logistics

Why Smart Manufacturing Is About More Than Just Technology

Posted by Shekhar Chandrashekhar, SMART Manufacturing Practice Lead

What is smart manufacturing? Essentially, smart manufacturing is the practice of making information about manufacturing processes available when and where it is needed, in the form it is needed, so that smart decisions can be made about the course of critical business operations.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions, Internet of Things, IoT, digital transformation, Future of Manufacturing, sensors

MFG Day 2018: 3 Ways to Get Involved

Posted by Steven Brand

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

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires

Posted by Steven Brand

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

Six Industries Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

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

The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

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

How Virtual Reality is Changing the Manufacturing Game

Posted by Steven Brand

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

How Good Job Descriptions Help Manufacturers Attract Skilled Employees

Posted by Steven Brand

 

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