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New Partnership Offers Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Courses to Manufacturers

11/24/2021 - BY: JAMIE HEADLEY
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is partnering with CADIA to offer several courses to manufacturers focused on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


The New “Space” Race

11/19/2021 - BY: JEFF SCHULTZ
Growing up in the era of NASA’s Apollo space program, I was fascinated with space exploration and had my sights set on becoming an astronaut. When the creative side of my brain overtook the analytic side, astronaut as a profession ceased. But my interest in outer space remained. 


Friday Fast Take: What is GD&T?

11/12/2021 - THE CENTER
GD&T, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, is an international language used on business documents and drawings to accurately communicate what is going on in the picture without the use of words.


Is Your Business Poised to Grow As a Medical Device Supplier?

10/29/2021 - BY: BOB JENKINS
When deciding whether to diversify into the medical device industry, there are many things to consider. Is my company, and the goods it produces, set up to easily pivot into medical devices? Could the transition be attained relatively quickly? How much work will this entail? 


Process Ownership? Yes!

10/22/2021 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
For many in management, implementing a set of arcane requirements such as ISO 9001:2015 or its cousins, AS9100D or even IATF 16949, can seem like a daunting task! For starters, the title includes the word “Quality” and that’s a department, right? Aren’t they the people responsible?


Mastering Designed Experimentation

10/15/2021 - BY: ANTHONY WELSH
If you've already begun your journey as an experimenter, have you found yourself asking, "What comes next?" In this follow-up to the previous blog, Entering the World of Designed Experimentation, we will continue the conversation and build a case for additional learning and practice in these experimental methods to hone your skills.


How to Maintain Cybersecurity with Industry 4.0 Implementations

10/8/2021 - THE CENTER
As companies look to implement Industry 4.0 technologies in their facilities, information security must be a main consideration to ensure their business stays protected. When planning technology investments, this checklist will help mitigate as much of this risk to information security as possible.


Manufacturing Day 2021 Utilizes New Strategies to Inspire Future Manufacturers

10/1/2021 - THE CENTER
Today, the first Friday of October, our nation celebrates Manufacturing Day to promote manufacturing careers, fight misconceptions of the industry, and, ultimately, help local communities and future generations thrive. Like last year, Manufacturing Day 2021 looks a little different than previous years. 


Supply Chain Strategies for Building Resilience: Taking the Risk Out of Risky Business

9/24/2021 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
As the world continues to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chains everywhere are facing raw material shortages, long lead times, higher material and transportation costs, labor shortages, and volatile pricing. With these factors now hurting both businesses and consumers alike, it’s more important than ever to gain a deep understanding of the current state of supply chains along with the best solutions to each challenge.


Tax Break Opportunity for Cobot Implementations

9/17/2021 - BY: MICHAEL MCGRAY
In recent years, collaborative robots – or cobots – have gained much attention and interest for the many benefits they provide to manufacturers of all size and type. Now, manufacturers who implement cobots may be eligible for a significant federal tax deduction to help stretch their equipment budgets while improving production. 


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