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Explore articles below on some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in the manufacturing industry today.

Challenges

What is keeping YOU up at night?

Photography vs 3D Renderings for Product Images

Challenges: Technology, Read

You’ve seen high-quality photography, as well as breathtaking 3D renders, but how do you know which is the best to use for showing off your product? In this, we’ll take a look at what both product photography and 3D renderings bring to the table,

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3 Steps to Master Social Media Engagement

Challenges: Growth, Read

Does your marketing strategy include social media?  Establishing a social media presence for your business is not just about being consistent with your content, getting “likes”, or tracking how many times your content is seen. The most successful

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No Such Thing as Downtime

Challenges: Leadership, Read

Ideally, business is booming for you right now. Your machines are going a mile a minute, your employees are laser-focused, and your clients are beaming from the glow of their satisfaction.

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How to Get Started Shooting Videos in Your Shop

Have you wanted to create video content for your manufacturing business, but didn’t know where to start? The world of video production is vast, and many of the professional solutions can be expensive. If you’re looking to take the reins and produce

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Some Answers about the CARES Act

Challenges: Read

Mike Payne, President & Owner of Hill Manufacturing & Fabrication, breaks down everything you need to know about the CARES act.

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Adjusting Your Manufacturing Management Style by Generation

Challenges: Workforce, Read, Featured

We’ve talked a lot about the issue of Baby Boomers retiring and handing the industry over to the next generation. We’ve also talked a lot about trying to attract more Millennials and Post-Millennials to a career in manufacturing. However, statistics

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“American Factory” Offers a Face and a Name to Manufacturers on Both Sides of the Globe

Challenges: Leadership, Workforce, Read

“In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America”. - Netflix  

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What Every Manufacturer Needs to Know about Higher Education

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

As the US job market becomes more competitive, parents, students, and even society as a whole seems increasingly hesitant to spend money on a degree they fear won’t help them get a good job. 

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Industrial Vending is the Perfect Conversation Starter for New Investors

Challenges: Technology, Read

 

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Is Your Manufacturing Business Cyber-Secure?

Challenges: Technology, Read

We have spent a lot of time talking about interconnectivity, data gathering, assessment, and analytics over the past month, however there is another side to digital progress we can’t overlook. As manufacturing operations increasingly become

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Uprising in a Time of Revolution: Is History Speaking to Metalworking Leaders?

Challenges: Leadership, Workforce, Read

Ever hear of the Luddites?

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Modern Manufacturing Analytics: The Perks and Pitfalls

Challenges: Process, Technology, Read

I, Machine, take you, Data, to be my wedded partner, ‘til death do us part. 

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Manufacturing and Unemployment: Something Doesn’t Add Up

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

Math has never been my strong suit, but lately, even I am starting to think something isn’t adding up when it comes to manufacturing employment data.

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Fact or Fiction? Can These Robot Movies Be More Real Than We Thought?

Challenges: Workforce, Technology, Read

This week’s MakingChips manufacturing news story, The Great Robot Takeover: Fact or Fiction, provided a surprisingly comprehensive look at the past, present, and future of incorporating robots into manufacturing processes as well as the emotional

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Where Can Manufacturers Find Value In The Stock Market?

In this week’s MakingChips podcast, the guys were discussing an article by Barron’s encouraging us all to stop worrying about recession since the stock market is hitting new highs. The conversation was going back and forth, considering new facts and

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