Quick Refresher|Parts Sourcing

Are you responsible for sourcing parts? Here are three refresher tips from Manufacturing News and Resources to make you look good in the eyes of your boss and keep your company competitive.   1. Perform A (High-Level) Sourcing Analysis 2. Think About Near-Sourcing to Possibly Offset Parts Costs 3. Build an Effective (And Repeatable) RFQ Process… Read More »

Ever wish your CNC machine could do more?

Maybe it can!   “Whenever Mr. Wentzel has had an idea—whenever there is something he wished his CNC could do—he says he likely can make it happen by asking Okuma distributor Gosiger Automation to develop an app.”  New CNC apps can save valuable time and help avoid costly mistakes.  What’s more, many are free and developed… Read More »

Work Smarter, Not Harder – Work-Life Balance

Is time management affecting your work-life balance?   If you’re like most, you like to have control of your time.  When you do, studies show you are happier, more productive, and less stressed.  Not feeling like you’ve achieved that elusive work-life balance? According to the New York Times, your attachment style may be to blame. … Read More »

Need skilled robots?

As manufacturing plants have become more automated, they are requiring people with more technical skills. Projections are that by 2025 as many as 2 million manufacturing jobs will be unfilled. With demand expected to go up faster than in other industries, manufacturers will need to get creative to fill jobs. ‘“Are robots the answer for… Read More »

(Not So) Patiently Awaiting a Critical Shipment?

The BiTAS Tracking Data Framework Profile may have a solution. The what now?  The Blockchain in Transport Alliance’s new standard for tracking shipments. Read more from Material Handling & Logistics about how Blockchain can help with tracking and visibility in the global supply chain. Blockchain Standard Approved to Create Supply Chain Efficiency Get Help, Not… Read More »

How the Food Packaging Industry is Improving Ecological and Economic Efficiency

When Change is Great For most, the 9 million tons of plastic flowing into our oceans is plenty to inspire change. But wait, there’s more!  Sustainable packaging can actually cut your costs and increase your sales. More on improving customer relationships and optimizing production can be found in this ThomasNet article “The Latest Trend That’s… Read More »

Prepare to be Assessed on Past Behavior

Are you ready for a behavioral interview? Maybe you’ve already experienced one and fumbled your answers. A question like “Tell me about a time when you solved a customer problem without help”, can be a stumbling block if you aren’t prepared. Indeed offers a short video and in-depth tips to help. How to Prepare for… Read More »

Triple Bottom-Line Approach to Manufacturing

The triple bottom line – or people, planet and profit – is so much better than just profit alone. Forbes contributor Kate Harrison offers three ways to use sustainable design.  Why?  Because your customers feel more positively about you when you care about the impact you have on our planet. Read more about improving your… Read More »