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Should I Hire a Consultant? Advantages and Considerations

Posted by Steven Brand

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

Our Top Manufacturing Stories of 2017

Posted by Steven Brand

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

Outlook for Manufacturing in California in 2015

Posted by Ellen McKewen

Jim Watson, President and CEO of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) was recently interviewed about what the manufacturing sector would look like in 2015  – in terms of technological advances, growth, employment, training, innovation, etc.The article was published by the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal.  

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Topics: Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Growth, Consulting

Continuous Improvement: Six Sigma and the DMAIC Process (Part 2)

Posted by Carrie Pittman

Written by: Jim Gilbert, Senior Consultant

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Consulting

Continuous Improvement: The 3 Key Elements of Six Sigma (Part 1)

Posted by Carrie Pittman

Written by: Jim Gilbert, CMTC Senior Consultant

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Consulting