Manufacture Smarter Blog

High-Performing Supply Chains and Tips for Improvement

6/3/2016 --> From point-of-origin raw materials to finished goods delivery, Supply Chain Management (SCM) controls the entire production process. It ensures the efficient management, movement and storage of raw materials and work-in-progress/finished products. While proper supply chain management can have amazing results, poor management can be devastating to the viability of your business. The Impact of Poor SCM Just imagine how much your business relies on successful supply chain management.


The Benefits of Hiring Veterans in Manufacturing

1/22/2016 According to Deloitte Manufacturing Institute’s report, The Skills Gap in U.S.Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond, manufacturers for years have reported a sizeable gap between the talent they need to keep growing their businesses and the talent they can actually find. Successful manufacturing companies need a growing labor pool to meet increasing market demands. Manufacturers meeting these needs have found a great benefit through recruiting veterans. Men and women enlist in the armed services for many reasons – a patriotic commitment to the United States, carrying on a family tradition, and more.


Get Ahead Of The Curve: Five Key Areas To Focus On In 2016

1/8/2016 Staying ahead of the curve allows you to anticipate what is going to happen before it actually does. You may watch the marketplace, assess emerging trends, and evaluate both potential challenges and growth opportunities. Give your business and organization a head start in 2016 by focusing on the following five key areas: Develop a Talent Pipeline Why not create an apprenticeship program grooming the next generation of manufacturing employees? Partner with a local school specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to build interest and awareness in manufacturing.


R&D: Sparking Innovation to Improve and Create Products

11/6/2015 Companies can achieve significant results from innovation driven by solid research and development (R&D). From the proof of concepts to the actual commercialization of ideas, the R&D process can spark new innovations, lead to new efficiencies and develop your workforce. It also helps organizations enhance or create products and diversify offerings. Tax Credits for R&D A significant R&D-related benefit for manufacturers is the ability to apply for tax credits.


Industry Update: Four Hot Trends in U.S. Manufacturing

4/17/2015 With the first quarter of 2015 under our belt, several aspects of the manufacturing industry have gained momentum. These trends are expected to continue and rapidly impact 21st century manufacturing around the globe. Industry Growth for the U.S. & Michigan It is a critical time for American, specifically Michigan, manufacturers. With a feeling of cautious optimism, manufacturers are experiencing upticks and improvements in business, yet they are still working harder to set a stronger foundation for growth.


Are you in a “Toxic Relationship” with your Current Supply Chain?

3/20/2015 At some point in our lives, many of us have been in what’s called a “toxic relationship”. Like most relationships, toxic relationships typically start off pretty well with an infatuation period and a person who makes you very happy. However, as time goes by, the “butterflies in the stomach” feeling is slowly replaced with bickering. After every fight and wrongdoing, the other person promises to change for the better…but it doesn’t happen. With little improvement to be seen, you’re unsure of why you remain with this person, other than the fact that you dread starting the whole dating process all over again.


How Obtaining ISO Certification Helps When Exporting

2/20/2015 Did you know that 95% of the world’s customers live outside the U.S.? If your company isn’t exporting – you’re missing out on a lot of potential business. Exporting is a great way for smaller manufacturers to increase sales, diversify their customer base and embrace new innovations and product developments. Before You Start, Obtain ISO Just like you do domestically, you’re going to have competition when you try to expand overseas. This shouldn’t deter Michigan’s manufacturers from exporting, but you should be prepared.


Why Lean Six Sigma and Employee Engagement Initiatives Improve Your Company Culture

2/6/2015 A productive business is one that is able to manufacture quality products effectively and at low cost…correct?  In reality, a productive business is also one that’s able to manufacture quality products effectively while improving overall employee morale. Unhappy employees can be just as damaging to a business’ bottom-line as bad products or processes. In addition to hurt productivity, poor employee morale can ultimately lead to turnover. The time and resources used to recruit and train new team members can be better invested elsewhere.