What do manufacturers expect from automation suppliers?

The key attributes automation suppliers should possess are to be flexible and responsive (76%) and to offer the best technical and sales support possible (71%). That was the finding of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2017, published by Hennik Research. Interestingly, little more than third (38%) of respondents thought it important that their supplier was a specialist or that it was even a recognised brand (9%). Similarly, issues such as stable pricing (31%), low overall cost of ownership (31%) and the global experience of the supplier (31%) were all less significant than the ability of the supplier to demonstrate great support and flexibility. This underscores the concern among manufacturers about (more…)

Apple announces US manufacturing investment

Posted on 4 May 2017 by Michael Cruickshank ‘The Manufacturer’ US electronics manufacturer Apple has today announced a new fund to invest in manufacturing in the United States. Announced by the company’s CEO Tim Cook, the fund will invest $1bn dollars in local manufacturing initiatives. As well, Cook said that the first company which they would invest some of this money into had already been chosen, though the company itself has not been named. He went on to say that Apple wanted to help set a new trend for companies returning manufacturing back to the US. “…we can be the ripple in the pond. Because if we can create (more…)

Hope is the Word for 2017

  Hope is in the air for business owners again. After 8 long years of regulation, taxation, segregation, and decimation of our rights, opportunities, morals, and values the current administration is on the way out. As the election results were finalized I could feel hope in my spirit again and my soul leaped for joy that the time of leaderless non-direction was about to come to an end. As leadership author John Maxwell, has said, “Everything rises and falls on Leadership” and in my 60 years on the planet I have never lived through such a bleak period where leadership and political skill was this lacking in the leaders (more…)

Who Pays for Minimum Wage Mandates

Minimum Wage Hike Graphic   Who pays for Minimum Wage Mandates? The answer to that is: (Wait for it! Wait for it…) The tax payers of course! Ultimately all of society does, but it hurts the lower economic segment of our society the most. As Ronald Reagan quipped many years ago, the ten most frightening words are, “Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help!” Most all “solutions” implemented by our government for dealing with problems in our society turn out to be band aids to some other mess it has already created. So it is with minimum wage mandates. In the national election last month 4 (more…)

Article: The Future of Manufacturing is Distributed

See original article: The Future of Manufacturing Smarter, more opinionated, and involved consumers  are driving the American economy.  Time is precious to them and experience is everything, which is causing brands to shuffle in response to their needs. Rapid advances in the manufacturing sector are making it possible to build out an on-demand distributed manufacturing platform that will allow for a more effective and iterative product development life cycle.  Paul Milgrom and John Roberts  forecast that increased technology adoption will lead to cheaper, faster, and more accessible manufacturing in turn driving the potential for increased product line diversity and turnaround. This is best seen in the proliferation of car models over the years. Read (more…)