June 2023

Wishing You a Happy Independence Day!

6/30/2023 - BY: THE CENTER
The Center wishes you a happy Independence Day weekend! Enjoy time with loved ones out in the sun! 

Attracting a Younger Workforce with Industry 4.0

As we know, Industry 4.0 technologies are changing the way we manufacture goods and how we operate our businesses. For small to medium-sized manufacturers, it is essential to implement these technologies to stay competitive, optimize operations and attract new talent. Speaking of new talent, new tech in your facility is a great way to attract a younger population who is entering the workforce.

We Need a Manufacturing Movement to GD&T!

6/16/2023 - BY: BOB JENKINS
To strengthen designs and decrease failures, IATF 19649:2016 requires design engineers to be competent in Design for Manufacture (DFM) and Design for Assembly (DFA). This standard has greatly improved manufacturing with an increase in mistake-proofing features. Consistent third-party audits of the standard’s section 8.3 and questions about a designer’s background in DFM and DFA have continued to improve the process.

The Food Guy: Eating Around Michigan

6/9/2023 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
As The Center’s Food Business Development Manager, I’ve had the pleasure of touring this wonderful state. Work has taken me from coast to coast visiting destinations from Pinconning to Saint Joe’s and everywhere in between.

ISO 9001 Certification: Selecting a Conformity Assessment Body

6/2/2023 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Third-party certification of organizations was initiated a few years after ISO 9001 was first published in 1987. In those early days, ISO 9001, 9002 and 9003 were intended to be used to help ensure the quality of products being purchased. Note that ISO 9003 was discontinued.