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Five Signs Your Systems are Holding Your Manufacturing Company Back

Posted by Ryan Anderson, Fenetech Inc. on Jan 17, 2019 12:19:28 PM

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They say all publicity is good publicity. The same is not true of systems for operating a manufacturing business.

What worked when your company was small can be costing you in obvious and less obvious ways now that you have more orders and people; your products are more complicated and lead times and margins have shrunk.

How can you tell your business has outgrown whatever traditional small business accounting or home-grown spreadsheet system you’ve been using? How can you tell when it is time to rein in the chaos and replace it with informed control?

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Common Accessorial Fees Explained

Posted by PartnerShip on Dec 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Additional services required outside of the standard shipping and receiving procedures result in additional fees called “accessorial fees” to cover the extra costs incurred by the LTL carrier. These fees make up just one part of your freight costs, but can be a challenge to account for since they are often applied after the shipment has been delivered. We’ve compiled a list of common accessorial charges with a brief description of each, so you can learn how to plan for them and avoid them when possible.

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Topics: PartnerShip LLC

GM Plant Closings, Layoffs Could Affect Cleveland Companies in Many Sectors

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Dec 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The recent announcement by GM of layoffs and the potential closing of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant is doubly unfortunate – affecting thousands of families and their communities but also affecting the entire state of Ohio and the US due to the multiplier effect of the auto jobs directly affected.

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Topics: General Motors, Layoffs, Lordstown, Automotive, Supply Chain

Business Model Disruption vs Solving Problems On Your Shop Floor

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Nov 15, 2018 2:52:14 PM

Several of the most valuable companies in the world in disparate markets share something in common:

  • Uber: Largest taxi company owns no cars.
  • Air BnB: Largest accommodations firm owns no real estate
  • Ali Baba: Largest online retailer owns no inventory

Now think about electric vehicles (EV) vs internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV):

  • Tesla: about 150 moving parts
  • ICEV: about 10,000 moving parts

How will the coming revolution in EVs affect NE Ohio’s network of automotive suppliers?

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Topics: IIoT, Team NEO, Industry 4.0, IIoT Roadmap

What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Apprenticeships (by the numbers)

Posted by Brianna Schultz on Nov 15, 2018 1:58:49 PM

Every time I tell someone what I do for a living, the first response I usually get is, “That’s wonderful! Because, you know, college isn’t for everybody.” While I understand the sentiment, I always cringe a little for two reasons: 1. If they are parents, they usually aren’t talking about their own kids; and 2. Post-secondary education is REQUIRED for 80% of all manufacturing jobs and 100% of the apprenticeships that I run. Is it always a traditional 4-year degree? Typically not, but apprenticeships are a wonderful way to advance your career and earn a debt-free education.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Pre-Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship Consortium, Apprenticeships

This November Celebrate MFG: 2018 Nuts & Bolts Fundraising Bash

Posted by Manufacturing Works on Oct 18, 2018 4:54:31 PM

Manufacturing Works is continuing its 30th anniversary with its 2018 Nuts & Bolts Fundraising Bash on Thursday, November 8, 2018. It will take place in the Cibreo Italian Kitchen’s Cibreo Privato located on 1501 E. 14th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. The event will last from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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Topics: Fundraiser, Nuts & Bolts Bash

#MFGDay18 Exposes Students to Local Manufacturing Opportunities

Posted by Manufacturing Works on Oct 17, 2018 12:39:30 PM

Manufacturing Month is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. To match up with Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 5th this year, the state of Ohio celebrates Manufacturing Month the entire month of October.

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Topics: Youth Programs, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing Events, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Max S. Hayes High School

IoT in a Job Shop. Really?

Posted by Ed Weston on Oct 17, 2018 11:40:30 AM

“If the machines are cutting, there’s a chance to make money.”  But how much are the machines in a job shop actually running?  How much uptime are you actually getting?  And how do you learn how to measure what you thought your capacity was compared to your actual capacity?

According to Andy McCartney, President of Willoughby’s Bowden Manufacturing, these are problems that have bugged him for 19 ½ years since he took over the company.  But, as he explained in recent Lunch n Learn, an investment a year ago in a new digital technology is providing him data that’s making a difference for his business.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Bowden Manufacturing, Cleveland Foundation, Manufacturing Events, Industry 4.0, MUT Technology, Andrew McCartney, Technology, Sensors

October is Manufacturing Month!

Posted by Kristen Haning on Oct 1, 2018 12:16:52 PM

Manufacturing Month is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. To match up with Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 5th this year, the state of Ohio celebrates Manufacturing Month the entire month of October.

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Topics: MFG Day, Manufacturing Month, Felber PR & Marketing, Nuts & Bolts Bash, Manufacturing Events, Cleveland Manufacturing, Fundraising, #MFGDay18, Max S. Hayes High School, Alliance Industrial Solutions, Tooling U, Competency Based Training, Culture, Recruiting and Retention, Workforce Development, Workforce

Increase Customer Engagement By Doing These 3 Things To Your Website

Posted by Simplex-IT on Sep 21, 2018 12:19:08 PM

The average web user’s attention span gets shorter every day. People don’t want to spend hours sifting through a website to find the information they need; they want it as soon as the page loads. To keep up with the times businesses have drastically changed how they develop their websites.

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Topics: Website Design, Website Performance, Simplex-IT, Digital Marketing, Online Brand Strategy

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