Manufacturing and Globalization: Opportunities and Pain Points 

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For decades now, one of the most important buzz words in American manufacturing has been globalization. Because the dawn of widescreen globalization brought about many drastic changes in the last half of the 20th century, many American manufacturers feel uneasy … Continued

Manufacturing Regulations 

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Between state, federal, and local law, most manufacturing companies are governed by dozens–if not hundreds–of regulations regarding everything from manufacturing process to working conditions. Though the vast majority of small and medium-sized business owners do make an honest, good-faith effort … Continued

Master Production Scheduling (MPS) 

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Master production scheduling is one of the most vital functions that each and every manufacturing company must perform. In the old days, such work was managed painstakingly through the manual collection, analysis, and implementation of information using paperwork and physical … Continued

5 Challenges Facing the Auto Manufacturing Industry 

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Automobile manufacturing is an iconic form of American manufacturing that has been an integral part of the economy ever since the invention and popularization of the automobile itself. Today, the automobile industry remains highly important–and the small and medium-sized auto … Continued

Robotics are Changing the Manufacturing Industry for Small Businesses 

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Robotics are changing manufacturing–primarily because robots are now smarter than ever. Robots are now routinely equipped with smart sensing technology, they boast impressive dexterity, they can utilize memory, and they can even be trained to perform new tasks or to … Continued

Robotics and the Growing Importance of Education in Manufacturing 

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The past ten years have been a decade of change for the manufacturing industry. That decade has seen enormous growth within the developing world, it has seen an enormous fluctuation in local markets due to the Great Recession and the … Continued

3 Common Challenges in Inventory Management

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Inventory management represents one of the most important–and, oftentimes, most challenging–administrative aspects of manufacturing. Inefficiencies, and inaccuracies in inventory management can be quite costly and time-consuming to set right, which underscores the importance of ensuring that everything runs smoothly. In … Continued

3 Financial Pain Points in the Manufacturing Industry 

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Managing finances in the manufacturing industry can easily be one of the most complex and time-consuming aspects of running a small to medium sized manufacturing company. This includes, of course, the big financial picture: ensuring that the company is efficient, … Continued

Tool and Die Manufacturing 

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Tool and die manufacturing primarily involves the creation of tools used in other manufacturing processes. These are generally used as components of larger machines. For example, the cutting edges of blades and tips used for cutting and shaping materials, molds … Continued