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Toyota Kata: A Lean Strategy for Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

June 12, 2019 By: Brian Lagas “Why are our changeovers taking so long?” If you’ve asked this question on the shop floor, more than likely you were met with blank stares by your employees. Open-ended questions like this are overwhelming, […]

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Improving the Quality of Life through Smart Cities and Internet of Things Innovation

June 11, 2019 By: Sokwoo Rhee How It All Started Six years ago, I joined the U.S. federal government as a Presidential Innovation Fellow. The White House established the program to bring in top innovators from the private sector who could […]

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The Plastic That Washes Up on Hawaii’s Beaches Affects Me. Personally.

June 05, 2019 By: Jennifer Lynch On the occasional weekend when I find myself avoiding house chores or lacking a social event, I wear out my 3-year-old daughter at Kualoa Regional Park, only 15 minutes from our home on the […]

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The Small Manufacturer’s Value Proposition: The Secret Marketing Ingredient to Outshine Larger Competitors

May 31, 2019 By: Jennifer Rosa It takes more than a flashy website and clever promotional emails to compete in the manufacturing marketing arena. Chances are, your larger competitors are pitching similar products and services to the same client base. […]

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4 Steps CEOs can Take to Engage and Retain Millennial Talent

By: Bridgette McCormick Jan 3, 2019 Strategy House With fewer graduates choosing trade careers and the age gap in the workforce widening, the manufacturing industry has collectively been struggling to attract, engage and retain new talent. The industry-wide workforce shortage […]

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The Periodic Table: It’s More than Just Chemistry and Physics

May 28, 2019 By: Ben P. Stein This is the International Year of the Periodic Table, and while I’ve been (accurately) accused of being a physics fanboy, I’m here to tell you that this famous chart isn’t just about physics, chemistry […]

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Fastener Company Overcomes Production Issues through Lean Manufacturing

May 14, 2019 By: West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP) Since their inception in 1959, Level 1 Fasteners, Inc. has continued to produce the highest quality fasteners for the US Navy and its subcontractors.  Level 1 Fasteners, Inc. began in the […]

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Smaller Manufacturers Get Lean with Artificial Intelligence

March 06, 2019 By: Doug Devereaux Artificial intelligence is widely acknowledged as a crucial aspect of what is broadly referred to as Industry 4.0. While no one knows yet how artificial intelligence will be incorporated into the next phase of […]

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How Manufacturers Value and Use Industry Credentials to Source Skilled Talent

May 03, 2019 By: Mary Ann Pacelli Manufacturers may have a new ally to help them more effectively use industry credentials to qualify and hire skilled workers, in the form of a valuable report entitled Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness […]

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Quality Management Improvement Leads to New Business

April 19, 2019 By: Manufacturing-Works Allen Inspection Services, located in Mills, Wyoming, is a family-owned metal service center with 16 employees. This fully mobile company provides metal tubular services and sales including hardbanding, hardband removal, straightening, and tubular inspection, as […]

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