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Is Your Digital Presence Winning Business - Or Turning Customers Away?

7/16/2021 - BY: PAULA MONTGOMERY
Manufacturing is the largest e-commerce industry sector, with e-commerce shipments making up 67.3% of all manufacturing shipments. This reliance on online research and buying has only increased in recent months, with the global pandemic and President Biden’s new Executive Order to strengthen national supply chains both contributing to a more competitive market online. So, how can you ensure your company’s online presence is making a strong enough impact to end up on customers’ shortlists?


Industry 4.0 - Coming to a City Near You!

7/9/2021 - BY: KARA KUCINSKI
As the state starts to reopen for in-person events, The Center is hitting the road to bring Industry 4.0 technologies to manufacturers across Michigan. To learn more about how these innovations can help your company stay efficient, competitive and prosperous, find an Industry 4.0 event near you.


Happy Fourth of July!

7/2/2021 - THE CENTER
Wish you a happy & safe Fourth of July weekend!


Manufacturing Execution Systems: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

6/25/2021 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
As we continue on the path to a data-driven culture, it is imperative for manufacturers to have systems in place equipped to collect and analyze facility-specific data. Implementing a Manufacturing Execution System is a way to connect your current operations to your output and performance levels, leading to a more efficient and productive manufacturing facility.


Microfactories: The Future of Manufacturing or Just a Fad?

6/18/2021 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
Recently, manufacturers have been tasked with managing new challenges related to supply chains and talent shortages in addition to dealing with long-standing problems like optimizing efficiency and profitability. For some, an answer to these challenges can be found in microfactories.


How Lean Can Attract & Retain Younger Members of the Workforce

6/11/2021 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
Understanding how all generations learn and thrive is vital to optimizing the efficiency of a team. Lean can be the answer to keeping new hires engaged and excited about their work.


Work Hard, Play Hard at The Center's Upcoming Project Management Summer Camp

6/4/2021 - BY: KAREN GOIKE & RICH WOLIN
This summer, The Center will host its first-ever Summer Camp training for Applied Project Management. Held in Traverse City, this training will give participants the opportunity to complete an accelerated project management program while experiencing the beauty of northern Michigan in the summer. Learn more about the benefits and details of the training, as well as the supplementary activities, in this brief Q&A.


Have a Beautiful Memorial Day Weekend

5/28/2021 - THE CENTER
This Memorial Day weekend, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center would like you to take a moment to remember, honor the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate the extraordinary service, commitment and courage of our nation’s heroes.


Entering the World of Designed Experimentation

5/21/2021 - BY: ANTHONY WELSH
What comes to mind when you hear "The Scientific Method"? I'd like to offer a simple definition: The method we use to find things out. In other words, it’s how we increase our knowledge about a given system. In any situation, if you've truly increased your knowledge sufficiently, you should be able to describe the problem and solution using numbers. Think about your last completed project...


The Center Takes Health & Safety to a New Level with Innovative Investments

5/14/2021 - BY: BARBARA SHONIBIN
It is difficult to feel ‘safe’ nowadays. Any time we leave the house, we can never really be sure of how clean and safe public spaces are, even if they claim to have practices in place. But when I am at The Center, I feel more secure knowing they prioritize safety and will continue investing in the best, most advanced disinfection methods to ensure we all feel safe.


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