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5 Steps Manufacturers Can Take to Combat Cyber Attacks

10/4/2019 - It’s not far-fetched to claim that the current cybersecurity landscape is rather tumultuous, and that’s true in every industry from retail to finance. Cyber attacks are on the rise, especially in the manufacturing sector. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a cybersecurity framework that includes a series of guidelines and best practices for dealing with potential cybersecurity threats. More importantly, it is accessible to all organizations, including small to medium-sized manufacturers. Read the full article from www.industryweek.com. 

Manufacturing Day tours give students a glimpse

10/3/2019 - Students looking for a future career may know the least about one of the biggest industries in the state. Northwestern Michigan’s Manufacturing Day — a state initiative that began in 2012 — attempts to educate a large group of junior high students on the first Friday in October. “We’re making a connection with students and employers in our region,” added Betsy Williams, business development/training specialist with the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. 

Automation Alley Announces Breakout Sessions for its Industry 4.0 Conference, Integr8

10/2/2019 - The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) is partnering with Automation Alley for a segment of Integr8 breakout sessions called the Smart Technology Zone that are specifically tailored to help the supply chain better understand Industry 4.0. Breakout sessions include: Automation, Lean Technologies, Business Intelligence and Digital Design and Manufacturing.

The Center Sponsors Automation Alley’s Global Industry 4.0 Conference Integr8, Nov. 6 in Detroit

9/17/2019 - Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center as one of its sponsors for its global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8. Heading into its third year, the Nov. 6 event will move to Detroit’s TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center) to accommodate an anticipated 1,000 attendees and an expanded Smart Technology Expo. Read the full article from www.prweb.com. 

The Center Gets $1.07M Grant for Cybersecurity Protections

8/12/2019 - The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded this week a $1.07 million grant to Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth Township to help defense contractors develop cybersecurity protections in the supply chain. Read the full article from crainsdetroit.com.

Small Groups Can Cause Big Change

8/12/2019 - Small groups can be a big way to help any size company grow. A duo from Britten showed ways that Continuous Improvement (CI) teams can change companies from within at the three-day Michigan Lean Consortium annual conference, which concluded Friday in Traverse City. Read the full article from www.record-eagle.com.

Facing the Talent Shortage Head-On With Apprenticeships

8/11/2019 - Having skilled, competent employees is key to any organization's success. This is no longer easy for manufacturers to come by, however, as a massive talent shortage has emerged in the industry in recent years, leaving many jobs unfilled and tasks undone. It is expected that this talent gap will result in millions of positions remaining vacant in the years to come, a number that will only continue to grow if nothing is done to counteract this trend. Read the full article from crainsdetroit.com.

It Was a Rockin’ Day at The Center

8/2/2019 - At the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth, one Friday each month is designated as sports jersey day, as staff proudly display the colors and logo of their favorite team. This month some team members changed it up, opting for favorite rock band/concert t-shirt instead. See the photo from www.corpmagazine.com!


7/18/2019 - If you’re part of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, you may have heard about the requirements for Covered Defense Information (CDI). In short, manufacturers or any other entities with DoD contracts must comply with cybersecurity stipulations that dictate how they handle certain types of content — i.e., CDI. Read the full article from www.industrytoday.com. 

How tech is changing Michigan’s manufacturing future

7/12/2019 - A majority of Americans see manufacturing as vital to the country's economy, but much fewer are confident about its future. That's according to a new survey from the Brookings Institute. Mike Coast, President of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, is on the forefront of this change in our state. Listen to the full conversation on www.michiganradio.org. 

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