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Collaborative RoboticsMarch 22, 2017
In early 2016, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) published ISO Technical Specification (TS) 15066, which outlines safety requirements for collaborative robots. The American National...
INFOGRAPHIC: Facts About ManufacturingFebruary 24, 2017
Every day manufacturing touches some aspect of our lives. Whether it’s contributing $2.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, providing 12.3 million jobs across the country or serving as a major source of U.S. research and development (R&D)...
Tier One Corporate TrendsMarch 6, 2017
Recently, I read the annual PriceCoopersWaterhouse CEO survey of leading multinational companies. It includes two short videos with manufacturing CEOs offering insights into their challenges. Four themes resonated with me...
Virtual Vertical IntegrationFebruary 17, 2017
The industrial revolution created giant corporations and an onslaught of innovation and patents. Ford, DuPont, Dow Chemical, and others, all grew exponentially beginning in the late 19th century and through the 20th century...
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. Visit www.nist.gov/mep to learn more and to contact your local MEP center.
"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. Visit www.nist.gov/mep for more information about NIST MEP and www.mfgday.com to learn how to participate in Manufacturing Day and about careers in manufacturing.
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. Learn more about the MEP NationalNetwork.