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All New MFG Day!

A portion of this article was originally created by NIST MEP and is featured on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog  Manufacturing Day is Back Given the limitations with public gatherings and social distancing practices prompted by the current pandemic, it’s uncertain whether manufacturers will be hosting traditional on-site tours…

7 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges — and How to Overcome Them

This blog was originally posted on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog by NIST National Network. Read the original post here Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robots, 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT)…there’s a whole world of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation just waiting for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) who want to…

MATTR: A Timely Resource for Manufacturers

How can small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) gain insights into new technologies to incorporate into their businesses? Develop new applications of existing products? Resolve longstanding issues in production or resolve quality assurance issues in product evaluation? They need MATTR, the MEP-Assisted Technology and Technical Resource. MATTR,…

Preparing for a New Decade of U.S. Manufacturing

By: Nico Thomas Credit: iStock/B4LLS Each new year brings about a period of reflection, where one can think back on the path that the previous year took us on. The coming year represents an even larger opportunity for reflection as the world enters a new decade. Reflection provides…

The Manufacturing Landscape: Looking Back and Looking Forward

By: Ken Voytek Credit: iStock/zhudifeng I find that every so often it is good to step back and think about the current state of manufacturing in the broadest sense. We all see bits and pieces as part of our daily work with manufacturers across the country and from…

Toyota Kata: A Lean Strategy for Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

By: Brian Lagas “Why are our changeovers taking so long?” If you’ve asked this question on the shop floor, more than likely you were met with blank stares by your employees. Open-ended questions like this are overwhelming, so employees try to find quick answers that don’t…

NIST Machinery Maintenance Cost Study: Making the Business Case – We Need Your Help

By: Douglas Thomas Efficient machinery maintenance methods can mean the difference between a thriving profitable firm and one that loses money and sales (e.g., imagine a firm that has machines that are frequently down or one that has numerous product defects). As reported in NIST AMS 100-18, manufacturers have reported…

5 Manufacturing Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

This article was originally published on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog  by NIST MEP. Below is a partial article. Read the full article here. Steady industry growth was a trend for manufacturers in 2018. According to a recent Forbes report, U.S. manufacturing has rebounded since the Great Recession, with a gain of…

Understanding Manufacturer’s Challenges Entering the New Year

Over the last few months, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program has been commemorating our 30th anniversary. The Program has enjoyed taking a step back to look at our beginnings, the reasons the Program came to be, and how we can continue to deliver on our mission to strengthen and empower…