Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

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Most organizations now know the importance of having an engaged workforce, largely due to the undeniable link between engagement and profitability. Workforce engagement can be described as a combination of commitment to the organization and its values and a willingness to help colleagues. Essentially, it is interpreted as the execution of...

Small Manufacturers Need Technology Too One advantage of my current role, which I did not get to experience while working full-time in manufacturing, is getting to take part in conferences for the new tools, technologies and techniques being used in the industry. As a result, I have witnessed many presentations from suppliers of Industry 4.0...

Years ago in my career, I was the president of a small custom fabricating/molding company. If you had asked me back then about my yearly plans and goals, I would have rattled off reason after reason for why that type of planning doesn’t work for a small company. In hindsight, what I once believed to be legitimate reasons for not using those...

Today’s beverage manufacturers face many challenges: striving to meet the rapidly-changing demands of consumers and retailers, government regulations, efficiency, and expansion. Many beverage manufacturing companies also struggle with issues like supplier-to-customer supply chain traceability, inventory accuracy, and compliance. These issues can...

Kaizens have been used in the manufacturing world for years. You’ve probably heard “Kaizen” mentioned around your facility a number of times- but what exactly is a Kaizen? And who can it benefit? At its most basic level, a Kaizen is a change for the good, coming from the Japanese “kai” meaning change and “zen” meaning good. The way manufacturers...

Manufacturers couldn’t exist without machinery, and keeping that machinery functioning and up-to-date is essential to productivity and success. While that sounds simple in theory, buying new machinery can be extremely pricey in reality. Fortunately, there is an alternative option that some manufacturers opt for: buying used machinery. Much like...

One of the first things that comes to mind when describing Quality Management Systems and “ISO 9000” is documentation, which often includes a Quality Manual. The background to Quality Management Systems started with big procurement organizations such as government agencies and Fortune 500 companies making Quality Systems a contractual requirement....

The California manufacturing sector is showing signs for a huge revival—a fourth industrial revolution, if you will. Rapid technological changes are creating a fresh dynamic that calls for new skillsets and mindsets. The training of new employees and retraining of current ones are inevitable challenges for manufacturers that wish to capitalize on...

U.S. manufacturing energy consumption is estimated to have increased by 4.7%, according to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) released in October 2017. However, manufacturing real gross output also increased by 9.6% during the same period of time, demonstrating that a shift toward less energy-intensive manufacturing may have...

It can often prove essential to be a proactive problem-solver in business. Even the smallest problem can snowball into an issue that is detrimental to the success of a company. As a result, many manufacturing facilities have found it more and more conducive to adopt a highly proactive approach towards managing their supply chain disruptions....