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 such as Manufacturing Day and the all-new Manufacturing Month, 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 in our blogs.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
With the growth of millennial consumers buying furniture, U.S. furniture manufacturers are moderately optimistic about the steady increase of new furniture sales in the coming years. The National Association of Realtors forecasts existing-home sales growth of 4% for the residential property market in 2018, which could, in turn, have a positive impact on the moderate furniture industry performance.Read More
California is home to nearly 7 million hourly workers, nearly one-third of which earn minimum wage. With the resulting implementation of Senate Bill No. 3 (SB3), which was signed into effect by Governor Jerry Brown on April 4, 2016, California will become the first state in the nation to require manufacturers and other employers to increase the minimum hourly wage for employees to $15 by 2022.Read More
Having a substantial competitive advantage in manufacturing is a goal that’s not easy to achieve, especially among thousands of aggressive rivals in the same industry. In an effort to gain traction against other manufacturers, many are turning to innovative manufacturing apps that allow them to have complete and real-time visibility not only on the shop floor, warehouses, and administrative offices but also across the supply chain.Read More
While the outlook is largely positive for the manufacturing industry in 2017, this doesn’t mean that there will be zero challenges. With growth comes competition, and manufacturers will need to adapt to these challenges if they want to become leaders and remain agile in the market place.Read More
Updated List of Free or Inexpensive Online Tools and Resources for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers
Back by popular demand! We published this blog just a little over a year ago. It has proven to be one of our most popular blogs of all time! So, we decided to update it, expand it, and republish it.
We know that if you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer, it can be a real challenge wearing all of the different hats you need to wear to run your business. No doubt, if you had the budget, you would probably hire additional people or purchase new systems or software to free up some of your time so you could focus on strategy and ways to grow your business. Well, here's the good news.
According to the most recent report from the Institute for Supply Management, the manufacturing sector is doing quite well, along with the general U.S. economy.
The industry’s health indicator, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), rose to a healthy 54.7 percent in December – an increase of 1.5 percent in November. More importantly, for the 91st consecutive month, the overall economy grew, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.Read More