Many in the manufacturing community seem to be talking about digital transformation lately, and why they need to transform how they do business, but what really is digital transformation, and why should you even care about it?
What we find remarkable about the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it introduces possibilities that were once unimaginable. Organizations that assemble all the pieces of the IoT puzzle the right way can significantly improve efficiency, lower costs, increase customer satisfaction, and even leap over the competition.
Students in the manufacturing pathways at Max S. Hayes High School are eager for exposure and real-world experience. For over five years, Manufacturing Works’ has served as a workforce bridge between high school students and manufacturing companies to act as an internship liaison. Internships can be a win-win workforce recruitment strategy that companies have been seeking by providing a short-term work experience that could potentially lead to long term employment.
Fully Promoted, Manufacturing Works Member Since 2017
Cristina Bertero, owner of Manufacturing Works Member Fully Promoted, was recently featured in the American Express Magazine sharing her thoughts on Supply Chain and Finance. As her husband, Fernando, put it in his announcement, " As always Cristina is our shining star!"
Since 1990, Manufacturing Works (originally as WIRE-Net) has recognized leaders in our manufacturing community.
In 2000, to honor our expanding mission, WIRE-Net established our Mission Builder Award to recognize industrial companies that exemplify our mission.
This year, keeping the focus on the three pillars of excellence outlined in our 2020 Vision, our award winners were chosen for their success in workforce development, industrial technology, and leadership succession.
Setting up a digital manufacturing environment is achievable for manufacturers of all sizes. While it can be overwhelming to think about how to initially set this up, the value gained for companies in the long run far out weighs the initial set up costs. Just as major league baseball managers are using new analytical means to measure the true value of players, manufacturers are increasingly relying on data to drive their decisions. We encourage leaders to take the first step and start small as they begin using data to optimize their operations. Curious what data you can capture and what it can do for you?
If you believe cyber criminals exclusively target technology or larger companies because of their rich transactional and confidential data, you would be mistaken. Small to mid-size manufacturers have troves of critical IP and confidential data making them just as valuable and vulnerable to cyberattacks. But Manufactures share a big difference, they also have large parts of their operations run by robotics and automation using new technologies like RPA and IoT. Because these technologies are newer, they have big opportunities for cyber criminals to exploit and breach. Manufacturers also have a much smaller or non-existent cybersecurity budget to combat this growing threat.
According to Ideastream, at the end of 2018 about 6.6. million Americans were unemployed and companies had almost as many job openings. In many cases, the people looking for work simply weren’t qualified for the positions that companies needed to fill. One solution to address the labor shortage and the skills gap are apprenticeship programs.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase workplace violence? If you’re like most people, you picture a physical altercation between employees of the same organization. In reality, workplace violence encompasses any physical or verbal abuse – including harassment, intimidation, humiliation, bullying (incl. cyberbullying), threats, etc. – between employees, customers, vendors, associates & others taking place on-or-off the premises!
In 1935, Walter “Wally” Grossman realized after graduating from school that finding employment in the midst of the Great Depression was not going to be easy. He then began developing and manufacturing heat and thermal protective apparel for foundry workers, steel pipe manufacturers and welders in his father’s basement in Cleveland, Ohio. It wasn’t long before Wally’s business took off and his father, George, quit his job and began working alongside his son. Together, they started a successful family business despite severe economic conditions.