How Will Auto Manufacturing Change in The Next Decade?

It’s no secret that the auto manufacturing sector has a turbulent history (as many people living in small town American manufacturing cities can attest!). However, as we have covered in the past, American manufacturing still has many bright days ahead … Continued

Resolve to Deliver On-Time in 2017 

Any experienced business owner in the manufacturing industry will tell you: on-time delivery is one of the most important elements of fostering high customer satisfaction. Moreover, virtually any business owner anywhere will tell you that customer satisfaction is one of … Continued

An ERP Implementation Q&A 

ERP Implementation   For many small and medium-sized manufacturing shops, the need for modern ERP software is quite clear: Unfortunately, the downside of ERP Implementation is also quite tangible. Business owners know that any change in operations–as profitable a move … Continued

Manufacturing and Globalization: Opportunities and Pain Points 

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

Job Shop Scheduling Software 

One of the biggest logistical challenges facing job shop manufacturers is scheduling. Because job shops handle customized orders, no two jobs are ever exactly the same. This means that the materials needed for each and every job will be slightly … Continued

Machine Shop Manufacturing

Machine shop manufacturing is an umbrella term that covers many different manufacturers of many different products. There are, however, two basic characteristics that all machine shops share:   Machine Shop Manufacturing is Subtractive Manufacturing. It refers to the process of … Continued

What Do Industry Leaders Look for in Warehousing and Distribution Software?

In today’s high-tech world, there are software solutions for virtually every issue imaginable. As the famous slogan goes: ”there’s an app for that!” The challenge, (as anyone who’s ever downloaded a crummy app from the play store knows) is finding … Continued

State of Louisiana’s Manufacturing Data – Fat Tuesday

What better day than #FatTuesday to take a look at the State of Louisiana’s Manufacturing Data? The State of Louisiana’s Manufacturing Data continues to grow. Louisiana’s export economy in 2014 reached $45.94 billion dollars in manufactured goods with 84.5% coming from … Continued

What is Manufacturing Overhead?

In every manufacturing enterprise there are three basic costs that must be immediately considered as an owner assigns a value to a product.  First, there are the direct material costs. This refers to the cost of the “raw materials” that … Continued