Focusing on Workers’ Skills Instead of Credentials
The reality is that through the ups and downs of the manufacturing business cycle, it has become increasingly difficult to fill good-paying jobs due to a lack of qualified candidates.
Automated inventory management for small manufacturers
Inventory management is an integral part of manufacturing year-round, but the bustle of the holidays can add to an already hectic workload. Bar codes are an essential tool to help manage inventory and workflow. The benefits of bar codes are many, such as reducing workload, sending alerts when production slows, or inventory is low, and processing workflow accurately.
Community Impact Stimulates the Manufacturing Multiplier Effect
Ever wonder whether or not having manufacturing within your local community is valuable? Significant research has been performed regarding the economic benefit of manufacturing, and it is the driver of a healthy, vibrant community. The impact of manufacturing is so significant on both local and regional economies that it has been given a name: The Manufacturing Multiplier Effect.
Outstanding Customer Service Makes or Breaks Small Manufacturers
Business-to-consumer (B2C) companies like Uber, Amazon, and Netflix have changed the way that consumers think about customer service. Other companies have taken the hint and prioritized customer service and convenience, from tech companies like Apple and Dell, luxury brands like Ritz-Carlton and Mercedes-Benz, customer relationship savants like American Express and GoPro, and everyone in between. This shift in B2C relationships has also impacted business-to-business (B2B) relationships, causing customers to expect more from their manufacturing suppliers.
Five Advantages of Working with Small Manufacturers
Getting the right prototypes, components, design, and fabrication are essential to keeping your business running smoothly. When quality work, attention to detail, quick turnaround, and distinctive design are top priorities, there’s no better partner than a local manufacturer. Smaller, local manufacturers give clients unique advantages that larger, regional, national or international corporations simply can’t.
How Local Manufacturers Can Lead the Future
New technology, changes in the labor market, and new trends often reach large manufacturing corporations first, however, big businesses also encounter big challenges when making changes. Implementation often requires full participation from every employee, sector, and region. With foresight and planning, smaller local manufacturers can act with more agility and implement new technology and use trends to their advantage on a smaller scale, faster.
ApprenticeshipUSA Expands From $90 to $200 Million
The skills gap affecting manufacturing businesses may see a solution in a new initiative. Working with advisor Ivanka Trump, private enterprises, industry associations, democrats and republicans, President Trump and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta outlined a plan to reorganize existing labor programs and make apprenticeships more accessible. The reorganization of the ApprenticeshipUSA program aims to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to create more jobs, such as the 2 million unfilled manufacturing jobs looming in the next decade, part of 6 million unfilled jobs across multiple industries.
How to Prevent Ransomware and Denial of Service Attacks
Last month, a cyberattack using the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm locked almost a quarter of a million systems across 150 countries. WannaCry affected Britain’s National Health Service, Spain’s telecommunications giant Telefonica, Japan’s Nissan, China’s PetroChina and FedEx in America, among thousands of other businesses. Though the cyberattack was halted by Microsoft’s speedy security patch and a blogger’s discovery of a kill switch, thousands of dollars were paid in just four days as businesses scrambled to get their data back.
Environmental Policies Benefit Manufacturers
Sustainable and environmentally-conscious operations secure longevity and safety for future generations, but these considerations also impact businesses’ finances, reputations, hiring practices, and many other aspects. Initiating or strengthening positive environmental policies not only helps the Earth, but it can also provide a number of benefits for manufacturers of all sizes.
The New Industrial Revolution—Robotics
Like sci-fi movie come true, today’s robots have the capabilities to take humans out of harm’s way and do the dangerous, dirty, repetitive tasks that humans simply shouldn’t have to—though they may also cause serious disruption in the jobs market. The first robots being widely used on the job show what we can expect from future robotics, what jobs may be affected, and how this technology can be utilized without causing upheaval in the jobs market.
ISO and IATF: Time is Now for New Certification
As of September 2015, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) revised the quality management standards outlined in ISO 9001:2009. These standards impact businesses of all sizes, in all industries, all over the world, and over 1 million businesses and organizations across over 170 countries are currently certified to ISO 9001. These changes accompany revisions to the ISO/TS 16949:2009, now the IATF 16949:2016, the international quality management standard for automotive parts and service suppliers. Bopp Busch is currently certified under ISO/TS 16949:2009 and is shifting processes and quality management tools to meet certification requirements of the new IATF 16949:2016, which also requires compliance with the new ISO 9001:2015.
What Do New OSHA Regulations Mean For Your Business?
A recent amendment to OSHA’s Regulations 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D regarding safety procedures to prevent trip, slip and fall accidents will require stricter safety requirements for most industries. The new rules went into effect January 17 this year, though certain provisions, such as the installation and inspection of certain equipment, will not be required until later. The new regulations are designed to unify existing OSHA regulations and put into place best practices currently used by many businesses.
The New Administration and Manufacturing
Each new administration brings its own laws, regulations, trade agreements and economic policies to office, each causing subsequent market reactions and fluctuations in every aspect of the economy. In manufacturing, international trade policy, private investment, unemployment rates and fiscal stimulus policies all play an important role in market variations and real positive or negative growth. Following the election of Donald Trump in November, markets reacted immediately and, though the effects of the new administration’s policies have yet to be seen, both positive and negative forecasts exist in manufacture, resulting from key economic indicators seen up to this point.
Three Trends to Plan for in 2017
The last year brought a number of surprises, but overall positive growth to the U.S. economy and the manufacturing sector. Looking forward, 2017 looks bright, with trends towards economic growth and new technology taking manufacturing to new horizons.
What’s Next for Domestic Manufacturing?
As U.S. elections neared, discussions heated up, with trade deals and strengthening domestic manufacturing headlining prominent discussions for both Democrats and Republicans. After a contentious battle for president, domestic manufacturing remains at the top of a list of concerns for both parties. While uncertainty remains, U.S. manufacturers can look towards a cautiously bright, if somewhat different, future for 2017. A future that includes an increase in domestic talent to fill new jobs, increased investment with new trade partners, and new products to replace previously off-shored production.
Manufacturing Day Celebrates New Workers
On October 7th manufacturing companies across the nation opened their doors to millions of students for Manufacturing Day, giving a new generation of workers a chance to explore opportunities in the field. With 2 million manufacturing jobs projected to go unfilled over the next decade, manufacturers are working to change the perception of new jobs, and show how important this industry is to each community, state, and to America. Demonstrations, events, and speeches held during Manufacturing Day show how companies are building enthusiasm among new workers, and how these practices can be adopted year-round to bridge the labor gap.
The Design Process for Success
Design for Use
After testing a prototype, ensuring it is safe, sturdy, user-friendly, and testing a list of other metrics, the mass-market design is only half over. While making sure a product is ready for use is essential to its success, designing a product that can be quickly and cost-effectively manufactured is essential to the businesses’ success. Before putting your design on the production line, an experienced manufacturing partner can help you optimize your design for production as well as for use. Knowing what you are designing for and prioritizing your production design objectives will help create a product that is both economically and functionally sound.
Advantages of Hand Assembly
While automation has replaced manual assembly in some industries, many businesses enjoy cost-savings, quality control, and convenience from hand assembly. Rolls Royce, for example, has relied on their human workforce to complete high-quality luxury cars since 1906—that’s 100 years of hand-made perfection. Other industries find similar benefits, like OEMs of many vital electronic components, electronic products, textile products, paper products, and many others. Despite noticeable trends in automation, handmade assembly remains the unspoken, yet essential bridge completing many finished products today. Manual assembly is also a strategic business advantage that many companies continue to utilize for a variety of reasons.