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Over the last century, manufacturing has undergone many changes. And, now, the manufacturing industry is experiencing another revolution. Featuring conversations from the field, Shifting Gears highlights manufacturers, consultants, and industry experts from the modern world of manufacturing. Join us each season as we share the latest news, trends, technology, and expert insights to help manufacturers thrive in today’s economy.

Shifting Gears Season Three Trailer

DURATION - 2:13

Season Three of Shifting Gears deep-dives into advanced manufacturing technologies: automation, robotics, and additive. The season concludes with a special episode in celebration of Manufacturing Day 2021. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s four topics.


Episode 1

Robotics & the Small Manufacturer Part 1: The Evolution of Robotics Technologies

DURATION - 49:12

Episode 1 features Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta, Smith International Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at USC; and Craig Schlenoff, Group Leader of the Cognition and Collaboration Systems Group and Program Manager of the Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing Program at NIST. SK and Craig discuss the evolution and impact of robotics technologies, how to develop a roadmap for implementation, and their predictions for the future of robotics.

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Episode 2

Robotics & the Small Manufacturer Part 2: How Robotics Can Increase Employee Safety & Productivity

DURATION - 40:28

Episode 2 features Mario Persicone, Director of Operations at PNM Company and Owner of Pro Laser Graphics. Mario discusses the applications of robotics and automation and how they can boost productivity and make a workplace safer.

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Episode 3

Is Additive Manufacturing the Right Addition to Your Operation?

DURATION - 55:52

Episode 3 features Dr. Richard M. Seugling, Manufacturing Engineering Section Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Jay Dinsmore, Founder and CEO of Dinsmore Inc.; and, Matt Sand, Co-Founder and President of 3DEO. Richard, Jay, and Matt define additive manufacturing and discuss how to determine if this technology is right for your company, what to consider before taking the additive journey, and what they see for the future of additive.

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Episode 4

Celebrating Manufacturing Day 2021

DURATION - 51:54

Episode 4 features James Sly, President & CEO of the East County Economic Development Council; Pierre Coeurdeuil, Advising & Education Director for SFMade; and Ricardo Vasquez, Economic Policy Manager for the LA Mayor’s Office. James, Pierre, and Ricardo discuss how their organizations first got involved with MFG Day, the eye-opening experiences they’ve had at local manufacturers’ facilities during MFG Day, and the steps and benefits to hosting a MFG Day event.

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Shifting Gears Season Two Trailer

DURATION - 2:51

Season Two of Shifting Gears deep-dives into apprenticeship programs, inbound marketing, the economic outlook in the wake of the pandemic, smart manufacturing, eCommerce, and women in manufacturing. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s six topics.


Episode 1

A Closer Look at Apprenticeships

DURATION - 40:17

Episode 1 features Matthew McKenney, President & CEO of the Institute for American Apprenticeships (IAA), and Mace Gjerman, the Technical Training Manager for Peterson Caterpillar. Matthew and Mace discuss the organizational impacts of starting an apprenticeship program as well as resources for those looking to adopt and the benefits of implementation.

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Episode 2

What Is Inbound Marketing?

DURATION - 43:49

Episode 2 features Hannah Going, Director of Marketing at Accel-RF Instruments Corporation, and Alex Meade, VP of Sales & Marketing at Beacons Point. Hannah and Alex discuss what inbound marketing is, the steps to getting started, ways to get company buy-in, and how to get the most value out of it.

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Episode 3

Economic Outlook in the Wake of the Pandemic

DURATION - 27:42

Episode 3 features Christopher Thornberg, Ph.D., Founding Partner at Beacon Economics LLC. Christopher explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected different parts of the economy and offers his predictions about what the economy will look like as we return to “normalcy.”

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Episode 4

The Evolution of Smart Manufacturing

DURATION - 51:20

Episode 4 features Dr. Jim Davis, Vice Provost of IT at the Office of Advanced Research Computing at UCLA. Jim defines smart manufacturing, explains how it’s evolved over the past two decades, and provides some unique examples of how smart manufacturing is being used today.

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Episode 5

Is eCommerce Easy Money?

DURATION - 56:13

Episode 5 features Rob Lightner, Co-Founder of East Brother Beer Company; Linh Judin, Owner of Itsy Bitty; and Derric Haynie, Chief Ecommerce Technologist at Ecommercetech.io. Rob, Linh, and Derric discuss the recent boom in eCommerce, their individual journeys with it, and advice for leveraging one’s online presence to sell better.

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Episode 6

Women in Manufacturing

DURATION - 39:50

Episode 6 features Natalia Sephton, President & CEO of M&R Engineering; Sarah Myers, Founder & CEO of HMP - Hemp Made Products; and Lisa Anderson, Founder & President of LMA Consulting Group Inc.. Natalia, Sarah, and Lisa discuss their experiences as women in manufacturing—how they got started, their professional accomplishments, and the current state of opportunities for women in the industry.

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Introducing CMTC’s Shifting Gears

DURATION - 2:49

In the world of manufacturing, change is the only constant. How are small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to keep up with new technologies, regulations, and other important shifts, let alone, leverage them to become leaders in their industries? Shifting Gears, a new podcast from CMTC, features leaders from the modern world of manufacturing — from SMMs to consultants to industry experts. Each quarter, we go deep into topics pertinent to operating a manufacturing firm, and the industry as a whole.


Episode 1

A Whole New World: How Manufacturers are Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic

DURATION - 43:47

Episode 1 features three small and medium-sized California manufacturers who have had to pivot their businesses in significant ways in order to overcome the challenges presented by the pandemic. They discuss their experiences dealing with the health crisis as it evolved, how CMTC helped them through it, and their plans for 2021.

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Episode 2

Developing a Comprehensive Workplace Safety Plan in 2021

DURATION - 36:20

Episode 2 features Eliot Dratch, Senior Quality Consultant for CMTC, and focuses on workplace safety. What was once perceived as a mundane, fairly innocuous topic, is now perhaps one of the most critical aspects of your business. Eliot discusses how to create a safety culture to help mitigate workplace safety risks.

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Episode 3

Virtual Selling is Virtually Here to Stay

DURATION - 46:09 

Episode 3 features Gary Fly, President of The Brooks Group, and covers the rise of virtual selling. Gary discusses the pandemic’s effects on traditional sales techniques, and some tactical ways manufacturers can use this shifting environment to connect with prospects and customers on an even deeper level.

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Episode 4

Seeing Red? How to Maintain Cash Flow During Uncertain Times

DURATION - 32:00

Episode 4 features Mike Daniel, the Regional Director of the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network, and deep-dives into the ways manufacturers can get smarter about cash flow, risk, and receivables in 2021. In addition, Mike discusses some creative ways manufacturing companies have pivoted to optimize cash flow during the pandemic.

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Episode 5

Upskilling Your Manufacturing Workforce with Apprenticeships

DURATION - 34:14

Episode 5 features Jose Anaya, Dean of the Community Advancement Division and Business Training Center at El Camino College; and, Tiffany Miller, Dean of Apprenticeships at West Los Angeles College. Together, they discuss the practical steps of setting up apprenticeship programs, enabling manufacturers to find, train and keep highly-skilled workers.

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Episode 6

Supply Chain Opportunities: Reshoring, Restructuring, and Nearshoring

DURATION - 30:53

Episode 6 features Harry Moser, Founder of the Reshoring Initiative, and focuses on reshoring. Harry discusses how companies are re-thinking their supply chain strategies in light of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to mitigate risks and position themselves so that they’re ready for future challenges.

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