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Making “The Technology” for Exoskeletons a RealityApril 21, 2017
Although it’s not really bionics, the research community and private sector are focusing on the related area of exoskeletons. Exoskeletons are passive or active robotics that can enable the wearer to move limbs or hold objects...
Supply Chain FoundationsApril 5, 2017
Consider this: 100 percent of domestic manufacturers in the United States procure some combination of materials, components, sub-assemblies, and/or assemblies from other companies—they buy stuff. And 100 percent of domestic...
Cybersecurity: Protecting Manufacturing Technology and InnovationApril 14, 2017
Recently a segment on my favorite morning news program stopped me in my tracks. The young and attractive hosts were demonstrating new appliances including a smart refrigerator...
Cybersecurity RequirementsMarch 28, 2017
Cybersecurity is paramount to our nation’s safety and our military’s viability. Having a sustainable plan in place to combat cyber threats also is critical to the survival of a small business because just one cyber-attack can...
The impact of manufacturing on America can be seen in the good jobs it provides, the strength of the economy, and the products built in communities around the nation that enable and enrich our everyday lives. We celebrate manufacturing's impact and the MEP centers across the country working alongside small and medium-sized manufacturers to make an impact on their people and operations.
"If you think it's the old Ford assembly line, you haven't been staying in touch with manufacturing. Manufacturing has a home for almost everyone..." Listen to the case that this manufacturing leader makes for innovation and manufacturing careers. Based on the Heroes of American Manufacturing video featuring Omega Plastics — a family-owned, tooling and injection molding manufacturer in Michigan and how they successfully handled the recession and innovated into new markets with the help of their local MEP.
MEP Center clients discuss the positive impacts of working with their local MEP Center, such as CMTC, MANTEC, and Impact Washington — from growing their revenue and finding new markets to making their company more competitive and innovative. These relationships are not only good for the manufacturer, but for their community as well.