How Will Auto Manufacturing Change in The Next Decade?

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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

An ERP Implementation Q&A 

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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

Tax Tips for Manufacturers 

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The end of the year is upon us. Although the holiday season offers a chance to relax and share with family and friends, it also brings with it a few unique responsibilities–especially for business owners and the self-employed. This is … Continued

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

Job Shop Scheduling Software 

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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

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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 is Manufacturing Overhead?

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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

35 Years of U.S. Manufacturing Data

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Nice graphical representation of the U.S. Manufacturing industry. The Total Manufacturing numbers for the U.S. have had a 127.10% gain since 1980, fantastic! Yes, the face of the U. S. manufacturing industry continues to change but the strength of U.S. … Continued

Is Advancing Technology a Double Edge Sword?

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      I came across an article this morning that indicated, according to reports published Thursday, computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) could cut as many as 30,000 jobs to compensate for dwindling demand for personal computers as more people are … Continued

A Great Article that offers a view into the Manufacturing Engineering Workforce

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I’ve been posting about manufacturing returning to the United States and the concern over whether the manufacturing industry will be able to handle the load due to a shortage of skilled workers. I read this article this morning that gives … Continued