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Technology Redifines Craft And Its Value - Get Used To It

Craft is the execution of strategies that turn ideas - designs, inventions and innovation - into reality. But technology is and has always redefined the value of craft. And those changes are at the heart of frustration for many manufacturers today.

Consider the process for manufacturing like this:

craft Customer Gives Simple Tips For Success

Recently, I got to pay a visit to Eric in central Ohio. Eric owns a successful machine shop and manufacturing plant that is into many different, interesting industries and business channels. He has a remarkable product line for capital equipment MRO, operates as a high-functioning custom parts manufacturer for the aerospace/aeronautics and defense industries and is embracing social media and Web-based marketing in ways most small and midsized manufacturers only dream about.

Hey, Manufacturers - It's Called 'Social' Media For A Reason

Social Media for manufacturers can be tricky. Many are trying it out with the "Broccoli Mentality" - "I don't really like it, but I'm eating it because I've heard it's good for me."

But Social Media - whether it's Twitter, or Facebook, your own Web site/Blog, other Blogs, Forums - only work if you accept that you have to be social. Gone are the days of trumpeting a message to the masses and watching the lemmings come shuffling in the door. Conversations are important, and they lead to deeper exchanges. Just like relationships.

2 Studies Show Optimism, Employment Up In Manufacturing

There are 2 recent studies that suggest that manufacturing in the U.S. and around the globe is making notable improvement. The surveys - one measuring global employment outlook among manufacturers & the other measuring manufacturing business indicators in the U.S. - suggest overall optimism, but with a few caveats.

4 Rules For Inventors & Entrepreneurs Sourcing Their Products

inventorInventors and first-time entrepreneurs face many challenges. Along with the excitement of discovery and creation, there are many pitfalls that can cause an idea - no matter how impressive or valuable - to fall flat on its face before it ever gets to market.

Indian Creek Fabricators - A Report From The Field

I paid a visit recently to the main offices and plant of Indian Creek Fabricators in Tipp City, Ohio.

Ohio, Kentucky Manufacturers Cite More Work, Less Competition, Skepticism

WelcomeOhioI just returned from a trip to the Midwest, visiting Supplier customers. These small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are still standing, and reaping some rewards in the form of more work and (somewhat) improved business conditions.

Sharp Tool & Die - A Report From The Field

SharpI had a conversation today with an acquaintance from one of the (if not THE) coolest manufacturing areas in the U.S. - Meadville, Pennsylvania. Alex is the daddy-o at Sharp Tool & Die there.

Machine Shop Grows Using Tenacity, Innovation and

This month's issue of Modern Machine Shop features an article titled "Startup Takes 21st Century Approach To Business." It features Maryland Machine and its founder, Brent Long.