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December 28, 2017

Overseas Manufacturing: Guarding Against Risk

We've written a lot about protecting your facility and processes from cyberattack. As these incursions continue to escalate, in number and in scope, companies of all sizes must address the issue of cybersecurity.  

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November 23, 2017

Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

If you’ve looked around websites for contract manufacturers (CM) or manufacturers in general, you might have seen the phrase “engineered products.” Maybe you’ve even thought, “What’s an engineered product?” After all, isn’t everything that’s made an engineered product of some type?

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November 14, 2017

Manufacturing, Innovation and Artificial Intelligence: 3 TED Talks

Today we're sharing three TED talks presented earlier this year on the topics of manufacturing, innovation and artificial intelligence and how the fields can — and must — coexist. As fans of TED talks, we know that you might hear things that challenge your views one minute and affirm them the next. The best advice is to watch and listen with an...

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October 26, 2017

What You Should Know About Smart Technology in Manufacturing

Everything we know is being disrupted. The way we buy groceries or read the newspaper (what’s a newspaper?), the way we travel and communicate. Fueled by breakneck advances in technology, disruption has made its way into every industry, including manufacturing.

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October 24, 2017

Reduce Manufacturing Rework: Five Steps to Take

Rework happens. 

In fact, a 2013 study by the Lenox Institute of Technology of more than 100 industrial metal-cutting operations found that, “regardless of the percentage of machine uptime reported, respondents admitted that finished products don’t pass first inspection 20% of the time and require rework.”

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October 19, 2017

Manufacturing Location Considerations: Where to Make My Product?

Have you ever wished for an easy, all-in-one-place guide to the most cost-effective locations for specific manufacturing processes? Maybe you’re thinking, “No, but now that you mention it…” 😊

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October 17, 2017

Sustainable Supply Chain, Packaging + Workforce: A Content Round-up

It's been a while since we pulled together a roundup of interesting stories or videos. Here are six pieces of content — stories, infographic and video — that caught our attention, gave us something to think about or made us laugh. Enjoy!

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October 05, 2017

Manufacturing Day 2017: What's the Point?

(Manufacturing Day is observed on the first Friday in October)

It’s safe to say that manufacturing and the issues that surround it are even more important today than they were when Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) was inaugurated in 2012. The themes of jobs, workforce education, the skills gap, trade, taxes and infrastructure were regularly...

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August 31, 2017

Maintaining Quality Control When Manufacturing Overseas

Hindsight is 20/20. We’ve all heard that adage. But what if hindsight could become foresight? 

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August 15, 2017

Global Manufacturing Trends and Other Stories You May Have Missed

Have you ever heard the phrase "driveway moments"? The term was coined by NPR to describe those stories you can't leave. You pull into the driveway, put the car in park and just sit there until the story is over — it's that compelling. 

A few stories that I read the past few weeks fall into that category. If I was listening to the radio and got...

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