Feb. 8, 2011

Product development survey says...

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How do small and mid-size manufacturing companies operate today? And do these firms anticipate growth over the next five years? Last December more than 200 small to mid-size manufacturing firms (thank you!) participated in the Arena Product Development Survey. The respondents represent a range of industries—high-tech electronics, medical device...

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In late 2005, the North American robotics industry was a promising gateway to a more technologically advanced, more sophisticated manufacturing sector. At the time, manufacturers had impressively shipped 15,791 robots for close to $1 billion in the first nine months of that year. An article in Managing Automation...

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The goal of most manufacturing organizations is the same: build great products in a repeatable way. That requires good manufacturing processes — which obviously takes more than just having the appropriate gauges, fixtures and training in place. In a recent blog post,...

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December can only mean one thing: holiday gift shopping. In the effort of constructing my own wish-list, I’ve spent the past few days browsing through a variety of unofficial guides denoting this year’s “must-have” gadgets and gifts. I am amazed at how incredibly sophisticated toys have become, but am...

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The revitalization of U.S. manufacturing is a top concern for the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which is proposing a “comprehensive national strategy” to help jumpstart U.S. economic growth. Dubbed the Manufacturing Mandate, this strategy has six principles: Provide incentives and funding for innovation and research in new...

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High hopes for 2011!

Dec. 9, 2010

According to the results of the second annual ASQ Manufacturing Outlook Survey, 1,200 manufacturing personnel from the United States and Canada are optimistic about the economic prospects for the industry and their organizations in the new year. 68% of respondents predict revenue growth in 2011, compared to 64.7%...

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The economic downturn disrupted the supply of electronic components, leaving a supply chain with fewer players, each of whom has diminished capacity. This is putting serious strain on the manufacturers trying to build and launch new products quickly. My post this summer about the limited availability of tantalum...

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