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Apprenticeship Program Offers More Career Pathways, Helps Close the Skills Gap

Program meets demand for “learn while you earn” and a clear path to career advancement important to Generation Z Tina Berger August 26, 2020 Qualitydigest.com A manufacturing apprenticeship pilot program in Florida is taking a hybrid approach that replaces the traditional […]

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Why a Food Safety Culture Is Good Business for Food Manufacturers

August 11, 2020 By: Dileep Thatte There were more than 300 food recalls and 17 multistate foodborne investigations in the United States in 2019. (ref: Food Safety magazine) The recall process in the food industry averages more than $10 million in associated costs, according to Food […]

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5 Leadership Essentials for Lean Success

AUG 05, 2020 The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) defines people-centric leadership (PCL)as a culture in which every day, everyone goes home feeling fulfilled by pursuing excellence and everybody flourishes. All too often, PCL is missing from lean, causing many […]

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How to Cross the Threshold into Manufacturing Automation

From: Industryweek.com AUG 05, 2020 Investing in manufacturing automation doesn’t have to be a full system installation with lights out production or even a fixed-base piece of equipment. Low-cost options like machine vision systems or part feeders can introduce automation […]

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How Automation and AI May Help Level the Playing Field for Women in Manufacturing

July 30, 2020 By: Nicole Ausherman Women make up about 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce despite filling 47 percent of the positions in the overall workforce, according to the Manufacturing Institute. While there have been periods of growth and decline, the dynamic […]

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High-Mix/Low-Volume Manufacturers Are a Sweet Spot for Collaborative Robots

July 23, 2020 By: Andrew Peterson Collaborative robots are increasingly attractive to manufacturers who require flexible solutions for their growing product mix but may not have the scale of work or capital resources needed to justify larger investments in automation systems. […]

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Protecting Your Business From Cybersecurity Threats During COVID-19

Working from home means that all manufacturers need to revisit and heighten their cybersecurity protocols to account for remote working conditions. Not doing so could leave you vulnerable to forms of cyberattack that are already emerging in response to the changing landscape of how we work. Use these practical suggestions from the MEP National Network to combat emerging cyberthreats and secure your business going forward.

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Defense Suppliers: Self-Attestation, the False Claims Act, and You*

Posted by Jacob Horne If you are part of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, you likely have various Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) disclosures that you must attest to during the course of doing business. As a critical […]

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Cybercrime: It’s Worse Than We Thought

June 30, 2020 By: Douglas S. Thomas The cyber world is relatively new, and unlike other types of assets, cyber assets are potentially accessible to criminals in far-off locations. This distance provides the criminal with significant protections from getting caught; thus, […]

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My Stay-at-Home Lab Shows How Face Coverings Can Slow the Spread of Disease

June 11, 2020 By: Matthew E. Staymates Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face coverings in public settings. Since COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, […]

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