On the morning of July 1st, the San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC) hosted a North County Manufacturing Executive Roundtable at the City of Vista Civic Center. Over 100 professionals were welcomed by County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Lee Morrison of Bank of America. Bank of America and The Eastridge Group of Staffing Companies sponsored the Roundtable.
In an interview prior to the event, KPBS Morning Edition anchor Deb Welsh spoke to Carl Morgan, CEO of the San Diego North Economic Development Council. Morgan said. “Manufacturing is alive and well in San Diego’s North County.” He said the manufacturing executive roundtable would discuss why companies chose to locate and stay in the region. Ms. Morgan asked him what North County’s six key industry clusters are, and he responded that “the sports and active lifestyle, clean technology, biotechnology and medical and informational technology “are doing very, very well” besides the craft and brew industry...Read More....
The survey will follow-up on the Forum’s 2012 survey and report with Supply Chain Digest, “U.S Re-shoring: A Turning Point”, which had 340 participants and revealed many interesting findings. Data showed, for instance, that, among U.S. manufacturing companies, there was a significant disparity between the companies that were “considering” re-shoring — meaning to bring manufacturing activities back to the United States — and those that are "definitively" planning on re-shoring. This disparity was independent of company size. ..Read More....
By Mike Verespej, SPI Correspondent Plastics manufacturers will showcase what they do and how their companies contribute to the U.S. economy on the third annual Manufacturing Day, Oct. 3. “Manufacturers make a lot of stuff in the U.S,” said Michael Araten, president and CEO of K’NEX Brands and The Rodon Group, based in Hatfield, Pa. “With Manufacturing Day, (companies) will be able to showcase nationwide what we do so that people get the scale of what we are manufacturing here in the U.S. It is an opportunity for companies to open their facilities to the public and showcase 21st century manufacturing and whet their interests in choosing manufacturing for a career.” The day—a grassroots effort designed to improve the public perception of manufacturing in America and help manufacturers attract the skilled workers they need for tomorrow—is expected to have well more than 1,200 companies participating—up from 800 last year and 200 in the 2011, according to Manufacturing Day 2014, a group o
In conjunction with President Obama at the first ever White House Maker Faire, we are officially launching The Grommet Wholesale Platform. Our goal since we founded the company back in the insanely challenging year of 2008 has remained exactly the same--to level the playing field so the best products can win. Our executive careers at big companies like Keds and Stride Rite told us that the business of product launch was massive--but also very broken. So we set out to build a place where inspired (but often new-to-the-rodeo) product creators had a chance to succeed, and where their stories could be shared with a caring, supportive community. Since our classic startup beginnings, working out of a single room, we’ve been able to build a product launch platform that’s powerfully catapulted over 2,000 Makers and their products. This is meaningful work--but it’s not enough. So we’re charging out again to revolutionize another part of the traditional retail model: wholesale. It’s overdue for a 21st century makeover and we’re launching a new b2b e-commerce site to do it.Welcome to The Grommet Wholesale. Our platform provides a critical missing resource to build sustainable Maker businesses by creating a more convenient, organized, and curated online platform where Retailers can source the newest and most imaginative products for their stores. Here's a look at the welcome to retailers on our site.Forming a massive sea change in product creation, fifty-seven percent of adult Americans identify themselves as Makers. Their product development is entirely technology driven and they are seizing unprecedented access to rapid prototyping, crowdfunding, hacker spaces, and small run manufacturing resources to form a vibrant, new American industrial renaissance called The Maker Movement. This means that more worthy products than ever are hitting our pipeline each day and we need to prepare them for scale. The business of wholesale is a traditional one. Purchase orders are still written by hand or transferred via email attachments. Product sourcing often occurs through catalogs, trade shows and sales reps appointments. These avenues are, and will remain, valuable. Yet wholesale needs to catch up with today’s digital world, streamlining the process for both Makers and Retailers. Our furthering of the Maker Movement is even being recognized by President Obama himself as The White House is holding its first ever Maker Faire today. We’ll be there with big smiles on our faces, to embrace their support and basking in the moment. We have been working in this space before it even had a name. It’s deeply gratifying to have the Commander in Chief of the nation recognize our central role in enabling the Maker Movement.
Through 25 years of working with small and mid-size U.S. manufacturers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers across the country have seen that these companies often need help finding technologies and timely business opportunities, as well as making potential customers aware of their capabilities. To help meet those needs, NIST is offering up to $2.5 million in grants to MEP centers for pilot business and technology matching systems...Read More....
The Manufacturing Workforce Development Playbook offers strategies and programs that have been successfully employed by industry, education and government to collaboratively solve the challenges of preparing workers for 21st century careers in manufacturing.
Edited by manufacturing workforce authority Keith Campbell, with contributions from over 20 experts, this resource brings together relevant data, case studies and expert insights about educating and training operators, technicians and technologists for America’s manufacturing renaissance.
Whether you are an employer, educator, workforce professional, or supplier to industry, this 200-page resource is one you'll want to own.
This comprehensive report brings together under one cover insights from the thought leaders in industry and academia. It also provides examples of tested and proven programs to address the skills gap and skills shortage in today's manufacturing sector. This is a FREE download that needs to be shared with others in our industry as well as guidance, teachers and other educational administrators partners.
Among many things, Dragon Innovation‘s CEO, Scott N. Miller, is passionate about teaching. In 2010, Scott was invited to be an adjunct professor at Olin College of Engineering where he taught the Design for Manufacturing course. We’re excited to now offer this course … Continue reading →
An Airbus research and technology leader was quoted in this article describing what he sees as low-hanging fruit in the supply chain—that is, opportunities to get greater output from existing CNC machines. One opportunity he sees is increasing metal removal rate in milling by selecting spindle speeds with an understanding of the machine’s and the overall system’s tendencies to chatter. The practice has been known for decades, and Dr. Scott Smith of BlueSwarf explained in a recent Webinar just how to obtain this productivity gain...Read More....
To help spread the joy and excitement surrounding Manufacturing Day. Companies that participated in 2013 or plan to participate in 2014 are eligible to submit an entry to the contest. One submission per company location...Read More....
7/10/14 In the early days of the commercialization of micro manufacturing technologies, there was a lot of discussion about what constituted “micro” manufacturing. There was (and indeed still is) a recognized continuum from small to precision, micro, and then nano scale components and features. In general, it is safe to say that with every week that passes, we are able to manufacture — at volume — parts that only recently seemed impossible, and increasingly we are beginning to discuss parts and features in terms of nanometers instead of microns. We are forever moving down the size continuum, and today’s “micro” parts were yesterday’s pipe dreams.
Real “nano” manufacturing is actually unlike what we all understand as conventional manufacturing, and actually involves the self-assembly of parts and components at the molecular scale, this being a discipline still very much in its infancy, and involving manipulation and interaction of chemicals, building materials atom by atom...Read More....
Even if you can't make it out to any of these factories, there are a number of local manufacturers offering factory tours on this coming Manufacturing Day. And with those tours, you won't be seeing some distantly-made product--you'll be seeing things made right here in our backyard!
These plant tour videos are really great to show to high school students, guidance and teachers. For more info on Manufacturing and STEM Ed join us on Pinterest at http://bit.ly/1640Tbl
We developed this eBook with designers, engineers and purchasing specialists in mind. It is written to provide a basic understanding of plastic injection molding presses, processes and costs. Our goal is to make our customers more knowledgeable about what goes into making a plastic part...Read More....
Outstanding 43 page Injection Molding Technology resource for manufacturers, educators and students.
Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we share this blog series in which we can continue telling the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.The inspiration that led to this Maker's "aha-moment" came out of necessity, but her products are anything but ordinary. Sativa Turner, Founder of Whooz? first shared her story with us last spring with a launch on The Grommet and cords have never looked boring since. We're catching up with Sativa in this edition of Meet the Maker, read on for more! What Maker tool can you not live without?X-acto knife. Whenever I get excited about a new idea, the first thing I want to do is mock it up as quick as I can. 90% of the time this entails me cutting something up with my X-acto.
Calling all Makers, Tinkerers, Hackers, DIYers & Hobbyists - The Grommet is a super place to promote your products, services and talents.
The Microfactory brings the worldwide Local Motors community together and allows for the creation and production of new vehicles based on local needs. Leveraging the Co-Creation platform produces innovative designs from community members in over 130 countries. The Microfactory brings those designs to life.
Engineered nano materials (ENM) are being used more and more in a variety of commercial products. Because of their unique properties and applications, ENM offer the promise of immense technological and economic benefits to industry and consumers. However, there is also concern that some of these properties may be harmful to humans.While this testing of individual applications of ENM is possible, it is currently expensive and time-consuming and acts as a barrier to innovation. An effective test is required for these properties in order to ensure ENM are safe to use. The FP7-funded research project, NANOSOLUTIONS aims to address this problem by classifying the safety potential of a variety of ENMs...Read More....
Surveys reveal data on reshoring trend The Entrada Group conducted a single blind study and found “Re-shoring getting more attention by the day.” Some of the conclusions they found:
62% of respondents rank the United States and Mexico ahead of China now as top “low-cost” manufacturing locations
Offshore cost savings are not always realized — companies that expanded to a “low-cost manufacturing location” achieved their goals to a large extent only half of the time, with half of them realizing just moderate savings or worse.
Today we are joining with the White House and calling on all makers to stand up and be counted. If you’re passionate about making and love to design, hack, create, build, tinker or engineer, we want to hear from you! Join the Day of Making