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Why Smart Manufacturing Is About More Than Just Technology

Posted by Shekhar Chandrashekhar, SMART Manufacturing Practice Lead on Sep 13, 2018 10:21:29 AM

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, digital transformation, Future of Manufacturing, sensors, Internet of Things, IoT, Manufacturing Solutiions

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 24, 2018 12:26:48 PM

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

The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 15, 2018 9:30:56 AM

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

How Good Job Descriptions Help Manufacturers Attract Skilled Employees

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 23, 2018 10:24:37 AM

 

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

How a Good Networking Strategy Can Grow Your Business

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 29, 2018 9:26:38 AM

Hate professional networking? You’re not alone. Unless you’re the eternal extrovert, some people find the networking experience intimidating and phony; from the elevator pitches to the “Hi my name is” stickers, it can be a bit of a drag. But did you ever stop to think, perhaps that’s because you’re going about it the wrong way?

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Topics: networking, Manufacturing Solutiions

5 Ways California Manufacturers Can Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 14, 2018 12:08:00 PM

As Californians, we know that it’s not a matter of if, but when the next natural disaster will strike. Losses from the recent Northern California wildfires damaged or destroyed over 700 businesses; others are still reeling from the Montecito mudslides. And the 2017 Mexico City earthquake continues to have experts speculating on Southern California’s “big one,” with expected damage of such an event estimated to reach upwards of $300 billion.

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Topics: Disaster Planning, Manufacturing Solutiions

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 Solutiions, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Tips

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

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: Manufacturing Tips, Consulting, Manufacturing Solutiions

5 Manufacturing Apps You Can Start Using Today to Cut Costs

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 9, 2017 10:42:29 AM

Manufacturing’s role is changing and evolving in ways that make the traditional methods of creating products and services outdated. As manufacturing enters a dynamic new era, policy makers need new approaches and improved capabilities to save on costs while meeting the changing needs of a new consuming class.

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Topics: Manufacturing Apps, Maufacturing, Mobile Apps, Manufacturing Solutiions