Posted By: Michael S. on December 19, 2016 in Manufacturer Focus
Since this time last year, I have been looking forward to attending the 112th annual Midwest Food Processors Association conference. I’ve always found the show to be an incredible learning experience and a great way to see new happenings in the industry—this year was no exception.
Posted By: Michael S. on December 12, 2016 in Manufacturer Focus
Have you heard about these collaborative robots?! You might have seen them at 2016 IMTS or read about them in an industry magazine. Perhaps you believe in cutting edge technology or you can’t find enough employees or you think your current staff is better utilized on the more challenging and skilled tasks then the repetitive and monotonous jobs robots are designed for.
Posted By: Michael S. on November 15, 2016 in Manufacturer Focus
In today’s manufacturing world, we are experiencing a huge shortage of skilled workers who can repair PLCs, program robots, or operate complex machines like fife axis CNC machines. More and more companies are reverting back to apprenticeship programs and using them as a “feeder system” to create a skilled and knowledgeable workforce.
Posted By: Michael S. on October 20, 2016 in Manufacturer Focus
During my three decades across many manufacturing industries and a wide variety of management positions, I have seen some really great strategic plans and initiatives succeed—but I have also seen some fail. Let’s start with the why. Oftentimes, it isn’t that they were poorly planned strategic plans, but rather how the plans were rolled out or communicated to employees.

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