4 California Inventors to Celebrate During National Inventors' Month

Posted by Ellen McKewen on May 11, 2016 8:48:03 AM

The United Inventors Association of the USA, the Academy of Applied Science and Inventor’s Digest magazine declared the month of May to be National Inventors month in 1998 giving recognition to our nation’s creative innovators.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Innovation

5 Lean Strategies for Your Sales & Marketing Teams

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Mar 4, 2015 11:55:46 AM

The business philosophy of lean manufacturing is all about optimizing a company’s workflow in order to maximize productivity. In the same way losing weight is all about exercising and cutting calorie intake, lean manufacturing focuses on reducing waste and  innovating the way your team works.

Now, since the lean system is geared more towards hardcore production, it’s important to note that the system truly has no bounds. It can be applied to both your sales and marketing efforts.

The only “catch” lies in how your company is structured and your team’s willingness to be empowered. A well-established, top-down leadership is crucial to rearrange the work patten to which your team is accustomed. Having a manager that is well-respected, energetic and eager to apply a lean approach to business is the perfect combination that will make employees less apprehensive and more interested.

In the spirit of lean production, these managers can facilitate brainstorming sessions that can lead to game-changing suggestions and solutions. The more open a discussion becomes, the wider the window of opportunity grows.

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Topics: Kaizen, Innovation, Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Business Management

Three Key Manufacturing Trends in a Pivotal Year

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Feb 14, 2014 12:44:00 PM

Originally written by Karen Lellock for NIST-MEP's Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Innovation, Growth

2013 Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Dec 11, 2013 4:24:00 PM

By Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager--Medical Manager, Innovation Watch, MicroManufacturing, Medical Manufacturing Innovations SME

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Topics: Manufacturing, Innovation

What's in Your Garage? [100K Garages]

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Jun 25, 2013 8:44:00 AM

Written by: Stacey Wagner and originally published on NIST's Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

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Topics: Innovation

Growing Sales through Innovation

Posted by Carrie Pittman on May 16, 2013 9:30:00 AM

Growth in the manufacturing sector will happen, especially for California manufacturers who prepare to grow, practice continuous improvement throughout the organization and most important, embrace innovation.

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Topics: Innovation, Growth

The Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2012

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Jan 8, 2013 10:05:00 AM

This article, originally posted on NIST MEP's Manuafacturing Innovation Blog and written by Roger Kilmer, discusses the most notable manufacturing themes of 2012. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Reshoring, Innovation, Exporting

"Little Bets" Leads to Innovation

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Nov 13, 2012 1:42:00 PM

This article, originally posted on NIST MEP's Manufacturing Innovation Blog and written by , highlights the topic of Innovation

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Topics: Innovation

QSC Audio Products: Growth Through Strategic Innovation

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Sep 25, 2012 2:45:00 PM

Innovation is increasingly important for California’s manufacturers whose main goal is to create profitable growth. When a manufacturer’s products or services are unique and meaningful, opportunities for profitability increase as well.

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Topics: Innovation, Growth

Manufacturing Day is October 5th - 5 Reasons You Should Participate

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Sep 18, 2012 7:00:00 AM

To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, a group of public and private organizations announced the launch of Manufacturing Day for October 5, 2012.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Innovation

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