Christine Schmitz

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Adjusting Your Manufacturing Management Style by Generation

Challenges: Workforce, Read

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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Small Business, Big Potential

Challenges: Leadership, Growth, Workforce, Read

I learned two shocking new things about our industry this week. The first came from our MakingChips featured manufacturing news article from Industry Week which focused on newly released data by SCORE, mentors to America’s small business.

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4 Myths of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Challenges: Community, Growth, Workforce, Read

As you know, times they are a’changing for all of us here in the metalworking nation. Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution, or “4IR” as it is being called.

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Does a Piece of Paper Really Prove Anything?

Challenges: Workforce, Read

My youngest child is graduating high school on Sunday and it got me wondering how much a high school diploma is actually worth these days? There are wildly differing reports and, like most things, it seems to depend on a number of factors such as

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How Many Avocados Does it Take to Pass a Trade Agreement?

Challenges: Process, Workforce, Read

According to this week’s MakingChips news story, lawmakers will soon be voting on the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), pronounced “oooze meck ahh” according to Jason, or simply called “the new NAFTA” by most news outlets. The trouble is, when

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Another Day, Another Apocalypse

Challenges: Leadership, Community, Process, Read

It seems to me that following manufacturing news too closely is a bit like taking Nick’s mom up on her decade’s long offer of, “If you need a reason to cry, I’ll give you one.” It’s important to know what’s going on, but it’s also necessary to

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