Manufacturing News Roundup – January 2015

ohman_blog_imgWhat’s In This Month’s Roundup?

Does it surprise you that current perceptions of manufacturing are both good and bad?  Interested in achieving perfect order in your supply chain?  Did you know that safety pays?  This month’s roundup highlights these topics and more.

Workforce Development

A recent Made in Ohio article offers an interesting look at both the positive and negative perceptions of manufacturing and manufacturing careers today.   In addition, Public Perceptions: The Good and the Bad about Manufacturing presents Akron’s One and Done program as an innovative way to help change those perceptions and recruit the next generation of skilled labor.

Supply Chain

Perfect order is a powerful measure of business performance and can have a significant impact on your bottom line.  Supply Chain Edge discusses what perfect order is, the financial impact, ten factors that lead to successful collaboration and more in their article Collaboration Is the Foundation of the Perfect Order.


Reclaiming “Innovation” for Small- and Mid-sized Manufacturers is an interesting look what innovation is and why it is so important for small and mid-sized manufacturers to embrace it.  According to the article, lean, exporting, green, marketing, and quality management systems are key areas to consider becoming more innovative.  Read the Manufacturing Innovation Blog for the more information.


An accident in the workplace can be devastating for both the employee and employer.  Safety Pays for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Businesses is an informative article that discusses the financial toll of an unsafe workplace and an OSHA on-site consultation program that can help reduce workplace accidents.  Success stories from companies who have completed the program are included in the article as well.  The OSHA program is free to all small and medium-sized business in the U.S.

Operational Excellence

Implementing Your Manufacturing Operational Excellence Plan is the third post in a series on Operational Excellence.  It is an insightful look at the best way to use human and capital resources.    The article points out some interesting statistics on how people, process, and technology can impact operational excellence.

The author, Mark Davidson, states “By deploying the right tools and incenting the right people to do the right actions, the right rewards can be achieved – possibly making the difference between your being a market leader or a laggard.”  Check out the full article on the Manufacturing Transformation blog.

Upcoming Industry Events:

PMTS – Precision Machining Technology Show   April 21-23, 2015

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

The Precision Machining Technology Show addresses product technology, process innovation and business development in the precision machined parts industry. Founded in 2001, the biennial event includes an exhibit hall, machining demonstrations, show floor knowledge centers and classroom style technical sessions.

Registration:  Online registration available.  Please click here for full details.

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