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By: The MEP National Network

Automation has been a hard sell for many small- and medium-sized manufacturers. Often it is difficult to justify a new piece of automation equipment unless it is for a specific project, you have the technical expertise to support it, or you are confident on the payback time for the ROI. That is why your automation initiative should start with lean manufacturing.

Automation is your goal for a future state; there are many ways to get there. Lean manufacturing can be a powerful tool to get started on your automation journey when you address pain points with simple automation in mind.

In this guide you will learn: 
• Why you should start with your biggest operational pain points to help build a vision for the future state
• How traditional manufacturing engineering still solves a lot of issues as a prelude to automation
• How a lean approach helped a manufacturer convert from batch production to single-piece flow
• How Value Stream Mapping provides a roadmap for automation

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By: The MEP National Network

Employees matter. They are difficult to find and hard to replace, especially in today’s labor market. Besides figuring out why someone leaves unexpectedly, it’s important to consider the other side of the equation—what about your company makes people stay.

As part of the annual NIST MEP survey, we ask clients from the 51 MEP Centers to identify the top three challenges their companies will face over the next three years. We use a predetermined list of challenges, which allows us to track responses over time. We’ve asked this question for over a decade and thousands of clients have taken the time to give us their thoughts.

Not surprisingly, manufacturers continue to report that employee recruitment and retention are their greatest challenges. In fact, these concerns have heightened during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent workforce disruptions. The market forces driving these challenges are not likely to improve soon. Based on a Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte study, the National Association of Manufacturers estimates that manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

Blame it on Moore’s law. We live in a digital Pangaea, a world of borderless data driven by technology, and the speed and density with which data can be transmitted and handled. It’s a world in which data-driven decisions cause daily fluctuations in markets and supply chains. Data come at us so fast that there is almost no way business leaders can keep abreast of changing supply chains and customer preferences, not to mention react to them.

Operating any kind of manufacturing today requires agility and the means to turn the flood of largely meaningless ones and zeros into something useful. The old ways of treating data as nothing more than digital paper won’t cut it in the “new normal.” We need to reimagine how we view quality.

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By: Ryan E. Day

It’s no secret that manufacturing companies operate in an inherently unstable environment. Every operational weakness poses a risk to efficiency, quality, and ultimately, to profitability. All too often, it takes a crisis—like Covid-19 shutdowns—to reveal operational weaknesses that have been hampering an organization for a long time.

The nature of the problem

It is not just a manufacturing company’s production facility that faces operational challenges, either. The entire organization must address a host of risks and challenges; shifting consumer and market trends necessitate improving agility and responsiveness; dynamic and global competition force innovation not only in product development, but also service and delivery; evolving sales channels, including online outlets, challenge established profit margins. And these challenges are not going away any time soon.

The real problem, however, lies not with the challenges themselves but with a company’s reluctance to see the operational weakness that makes it susceptible to a particular risk in the first place.

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Let’s get this out of the way right up front: You have the best product in your sector of the industry. You know it, your people know it—heck, even your competitors know it in the bottom of their competitive hearts. But do the thousands upon thousands of potential customers across the world know it? If not, how do you communicate that value to them in a flash?

Welcome to the power of a well-thought-out and elegantly executed media marketing strategy. If there’s one maxim you need to keep in mind constantly, it’s the words we all mutter to ourselves whenever we land somewhere online: “Why do I care about this?” You have fewer than five seconds to show your prospects why they should care. 

Notice we said “show” and not “tell.” Showing them starts with a great landing page, which must be visual, enticing, and most of all, simple. If looks like it’s too much work, too complicated, then prospects will bounce. 

What makes a great landing page? A few simple elements:



Be simple

Be complicated

Use few words

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