Corporate Culture: Perks That Work

Many companies have perks as part of their corporate culture. Are perks effective for employee morale? In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Kelley Plats from North American Coating Laboratories in Ohio hosted a discussion about perks that work in a corporate environment.

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Proper Packaging Purchasing Protocols For Today’s Climate

Packaging materials and equipment are often taken for granted but can be mission-critical items for busy manufacturing and distribution operations. What are some of the important considerations to think about when purchasing packaging materials and equipment?

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Business Valuation Fundamentals

Determining the value of a business can be complicated. There are many way to value a business. It depends upon type of business as well as many other factors. Specifically how is business value determined? In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Damon Pistulka, a business valuation expert from Exit Your Way in Washington led a valuable discussion about business valuation fundamentals.

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Entrepreneurial Thinking

Entrepreneurial thinking is thinking outside-the-box to bring improvements or solve problems. It is the ability to recognize opportunities and discover the best way to capitalize on them.

People who think in an entrepreneurial way see things differently. This is not always inherent. In fact, many who think in this way have developed their skills over time.

In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Erin Courtenay from Earthling Interactive in Wisconsin led a discussion about entrepreneurial thinking in manufacturing.

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Can Wearable Technology Improve Efficiency?

Wearable technology has exploded over the past few years.

From fitness trackers to smartwatches, we’ve seen the rise of new wearable electronic devices that allow us to do amazing things in our life and the workplace.

Wearable applications, however, aren’t just limited to health applications anymore.

Manufacturers are now using these devices to make their operations more efficient. This means that manufacturers can get a lot more information from their factories without having to send someone down every time something goes awry.

In this article, we are going to look out how wearable technology is revolutionizing the workplace, examples and its benefits.

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Tips for Navigating a Manufacturing Rebrand

Rebranding is complicated. Because manufacturing has many layers, with longer lead times and larger inventories to manage, there are a lot more things to consider when planning and executing a rebrand.

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Improve Training Using the Job Instruction Framework

Job instruction training (JI) is a lean principle born out of the need for training and upskilling new industry workers, including women, during the Second World War. This framework was adopted by many firms to meet the demands of both United States citizens and the US Military.

The job instruction method is still used today to bring workers up to speed in a new position or to train on a new skill. This framework will help you and your team develop a system and procedure for on-the-job training. While the purpose of this training is mainly for frontline workers, the same ideas transpire to any position in the company.

In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Chase Bodor from Plastic Plus Technologies in California led a discussion about this very topic.

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Recession Proofing Your Business

It's critical for business owners and managers to prepare their organizations to survive, and possibly even thrive, through a recession. What steps can be taken to prepare a business to maintain operational integrity during a recession?

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Big Data in Manufacturing: The Digital Evolution Yields Information

The digital revolution has brought many benefits, from better customer experiences to streamlined industrial processes.

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Maintenance and Reliability

Being able to maintain equipment is an important part of an operational strategy. Some might argue it is the most important part. In a manufacturing environment, being able to maintain equipment so that it functions reliably is the key to smooth and profitable operations. How can management create a strong maintenance and reliability strategy for their operation? In a recent chat for USA Manufacturing Hour on Twitter, host Neil Hussey from Denco Lubrication Ltd in the UK led a discussion about this very topic.

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