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Four More Marketing Action Items for ManufacturersMay 23, 2017
Are you frustrated with the number of leads in your pipeline? Are you unsatisfied with the lack of brand awareness for your organization? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you have opportunities...
Making “The Technology” for ExoskeletonsApril 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...
7 Tips to Reduce Energy CostsMay 17, 2017
Energy costs can be significant expenses for manufacturers of all shapes and sizes. Your processes may require vast amounts of energy to keep production moving—heating, cooling, lighting...
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...
This is the story of how an idea turned into a product that changed the motorcycle industry, launched a company in Idaho, and positioned a mechanical engineer intern to become the President and CEO. With the assistance of TechHelp, the MEP Center in Idaho, Rekluse founder Al Youngwerth was able to turn an idea into a prototype and then take it to production. This partnership developed a next generation manufacturer that brings good jobs and makes an impact.
Meramec Instrument Transformer Co. needed to diversify and develop more products to sell with a goal of becoming the leader in the industry. With the help of their local economic development director, they were connected with Missouri Enterprise, the Missouri MEP Center. One project led to the complete transformation of the company with sales growth of 300% and a workforce that doubled in size. With manufacturing as the heart of a lot of small towns, NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership program (MEP) works with U.S. manufacturers to develop new products, identify new customers and reduce costs.
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.