Blog posts by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET Presents Honda Suppliers With Best Practices

July 09, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET played a key role in the 13th annual Lean Network Conference in Columbus, Ohio, an event providing training and resources to suppliers of Honda Motor Company, many of whom are based in Northeast Ohio. At this event, hosted on May 20th and 21st, MAGNET representatives were proud to share their expertise with Honda suppliers in attendance. More than 60 people attended these sessions and learned from MAGNET’s experts about systems improvement and other vital topics. MAGNET offered three important sessions over the course of the conference. In the first session, Growth Advisors Michael O’Donnell and Mike Kaminski discussed value engineering (VE) and the process of weighing purpose, function, and cost. Attendees were guided through the six-step process of VE to find cost-effective solutions (See Diagram Above). In an example that demonstrated FAST (Function Analysis System Technique), MAGNET streamlined the design of a mousetrap by analyzing for areas of possible cost and efficiency improvement, resulting in strategies such as using scent on the mousetrap rather than bait to decrease cost (See Diagram Below). In the next presentation, Growth Advisors Bob Schmidt and Michael O’Donnell shared insights regarding quality and stability. They focused on extending quality tools from the factory floor

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Kick off Manufacturing Month with MAGNET and MPower!

July 09, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

The biggest event of the year for manufacturers is right around the corner! [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly, the ultimate gathering of Northeast Ohio manufacturers, will take place on September 30th at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. This event is presented jointly by MAGNET and Crain’s Cleveland, and will address the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today. [M]Power is a valuable resource to any company seeking to increase competitiveness in today’s manufacturing world. The event will explore topics including digital marketing strategy, workforce development, ideation strategy, and best practices. There will be speakers such as Ramzi Hermiz, President and CEO of Shiloh Industries, sharing valuable expertise and insight into the manufacturing industry. In addition, breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day, engaging participants in the topics dominating today’s manufacturing landscape. Beyond speakers and sessions, [M]Power is an invaluable networking opportunity. Meet established Northeast Ohio manufacturers and just-emerging entrepreneurs; reconnect with old business colleagues and meet new ones. [M]Power is the largest manufacturing gathering of the year- take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen and widen your business network. Join us on September 30th for a phenomenal day of speakers, networking, and breakout sessions! For registration and a detailed schedule, click

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MAGNET Leverages the Power of the Region

July 08, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET Leverages the Power of the Region from MAGNET: The Manufacturing and Advocacy Network Partner Organizations For 30 years, MAGNET has driven the growth of small- and medium- sized manufacturers in Northeast Ohio. Our partner organizations, which include the City of Cleveland, JumpStart, BioEnterprise, WIRE-Net, Team NEO, and Cuyahoga County, help us to best serve these manufacturers and provide expertise in a wide range of areas. For example, BioEnterprise grows healthcare companies and commercializes bioscience technologies, while JumpStart accelerates the success of entrepreneurs. With this powerful partner base, MAGNET can respond to specialized client needs. Federal and State Programs MAGNET often takes on the important role of intermediary. We partner with NASA Glenn, America Makes, LIFT, and Make it in America, and use these partnerships to make services available to local companies. For example, many manufacturers can directly benefit from NASA Glenn’s product development expertise but have no channel through which to access it. MAGNET facilitates local events and programs that feature NASA and bring their resources right to manufacturers. Through our intermediary role, we connect manufacturers to the tools they need to grow.  Private Philanthropy MAGNET uses both traditional fee-for-service and nontraditional performance based models of compensation. Since our

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MAGNET Receives Stark Community Foundation Grant

July 01, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET is excited to partner with Stark County to promote and strengthen the county’s manufacturing sector. As a grant recipient of the Stark Community Foundation, MAGNET is positioned to deepen its already substantial presence in Stark County. MAGNET currently provides services to Stark County based companies including Coastal Pet Products, Imperial Technologies, M. Conley Company, and Sancap Liner Technology, Inc. Additionally, MAGNET is a strong partner of Stark State, assisting with new initiatives, apprenticeships, internships, and workplace learning programs. With the Stark Community Foundation grant, MAGNET’s impact on the region will only increase. MAGNET will do a "deep dive" into the county, engaging manufacturers in discussion about how to best address their challenges. Our conversations with Stark County manufacturers will focus on small- to medium- sized manufacturers, our ideal client profile, in order to strengthen the wider economy. The grant will allow us to strengthen our program and workshop offerings, most notably our Growth Workshop, extending opportunities to more Stark County manufacturers. Additionally, the grant will allow us to establish greater access between Stark County and MAGNET’s large network of partners. These partners, ranging from Stark State to NASA Glenn, are a tremendous resource to manufacturers seeking to grow. MAGNET

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MAGNET CEO Ethan Karp Featured in Inside Business Magazine

June 30, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

Inside Business’ July/August 2015 magazine featured an article highlighting MAGNET’s new CEO, Ethan Karp, and his vision of MAGNET’s future. Karp, previously Vice President of Client Services, was promoted to President and CEO in May. In the article, he expresses his continued commitment to MAGNET’s mission to drive growth of small- and medium- sized Northeast Ohio manufacturers. In addition, he discusses the prospect of new initiatives and a continued widening of MAGNET’s regional impact. Karp draws attention to MAGNET’s significant regional and national partners, which range from local institutions such as Cuyahoga Community College to much larger programs such as NASA Glenn. MAGNET has spent time cultivating these essential partnerships to best serve the region. Karp explains that MAGNET hopes to build upon these partnerships to expand services and address current manufacturing challenges. One of the new programs in MAGNET’s pipeline is a high school feeder program designed to prepare students for manufacturing jobs, addressing the complex workforce needs of today’s manufacturing landscape. Another goal is to increase MAGNET’s partnership network and geographic reach. MAGNET’s services have a large, measurable impact upon clients. Some notable clients MAGNET has served recently include Cleveland Whiskey, OsteoSymbionics, Vitamix, and Biolectrics. These companies have

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MAGNET and ME3 Move Material Manufacturer Towards Saving Money

June 30, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET is proud to partner with The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)’s Materials + Economy + Energy + Environment (ME3) program to provide "lean and green" technical services to local manufacturers. Recently, these joint services gave extensive help to Momentive Performance Materials’ Willoughby location, a quartz and ceramic material manufacturing plant. MAGNET conducted an efficiency review at the Willoughby plant in early 2014 to reduce the plant’s energy consumption and maintenance costs. From this review, Momentive identified improvements in lighting efficiency and water consumption that could result in $50,000 in savings. Additionally, a waste stream mapping (WSM) exercise showed other potential savings of $50,000 by using the 4 R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) at the plant. As these money saving methods have been implemented, a case study titled "ME3 Spotlight: Momentive Performance Materials Inc." illustrates the glowing results in Momentive’s Willoughby and Newark, OH facilities. You can also read about the ME3 program’s impact upon 14 Ohio manufacturing facilities, saving a combined projected total of more than $800,000 in costs for local businesses. Though ME3 concluded this past April, MAGNET is available year-round to provide the same consultations that helped Momentive increase efficiency and savings. For more on MAGNET’s

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Master Manufacturing Marketing at the MAGNET//Fathom Workshop

June 30, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET is is dedicated to the growth of manufacturers in the Northeast Ohio region. Fathom Digital Marketing provides manufacturing marketing expertise, specializing in revenue growth. On July 16th, these two local manufacturing juggernauts will combine powers—to your benefit—in a digital marketing workshop focused on manufacturing marketing. Together, MAGNET and Fathom offer manufacturers the opportunity to access unbounded growth through digital marketing. The July 16th workshop, titled "How Modern Manufacturers are Leveraging Digital Marketing to Grow Their Businesses," aims to get manufacturers up to speed on digital marketing trends. Plus, Google will be there. That’s right- Google, the search engine giant that is largely responsible for making or breaking your digital presence, will be available to personally advise your manufacturing marketing. Google presenters at this workshop will be highlighting the digital trends that are most important for your company. They’ll cover the best ways to use Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising, which are hot topics for manufacturers. Google representatives will specifically cover when and how manufacturers should use these marketing tactics. The workshop itinerary is based on targeted manufacturing marketing data, to address the most pressing topics for manufacturers. In fact, each of the presentations and

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What can MAGNET do for my business?

June 25, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

In today’s competitive marketplace, growing manufacturers face a variety of challenges. The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) provides comprehensive services addressing these challenges. With expertise in everything from workforce development to growth and innovation, MAGNET is an invaluable resource to any manufacturer seeking to grow and thrive.    Engineering and Product Development MAGNET can help your company create and develop new products. Our experts use value engineering to simultaneously increase product value and decrease the cost of production, allowing you to better serve your customers. MAGNET’s engineers design your products for manufacturability and connect you with the right manufacturer to make your designs a reality. Additionally, our rapid prototyping services allow you to easily assess and improve upon product concepts, streamlining the development process.   Workforce MAGNET provides services to help manufacturers attract, develop, and retain qualified workers. We can assist you in cultivating an attractive workplace atmosphere that facilitates employee impact and engagement. We can also help you develop your current workforce, providing opportunities for your employees to grow their skills, as well as providing essential succession planning for your leadership.   Sales and Marketing To be successful, your company must have a meaningful and unique message. MAGNET

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Fail Fast, Fail Cheap: The Wonders of Additive Manufacturing

June 11, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

There’s been much talk about 3D printing lately, and rightly so: 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is changing the world’s approach to product development. Innovation in this field is growing and the benefits are inarguable. MAGNET engineer and additive manufacturing expert Dave Pierson often refers to the additive manufacturing process as rapid prototyping, meaning the ability to quickly produce product prototypes. Pierson points out that this is convenient for quickly preparing prototypes for investors. But, he continues, additive manufacturing offers so much more than that. Here are Pierson’s five favorite characteristics of additive manufacturing: 1. 100% Customizable The process of additive manufacturing is almost completely automated- all you have to do is enter the design into the computer, and it does the rest. You are then able to add to, subtract from, write on, color in, and otherwise fashion your prototype until it is to your satisfaction. The result is what Pierson terms the IFR (Ideal Final Result), or "your perfect solution." 2. Decreased Waste, Increased Savings The counterpart to additive manufacturing is subtractive manufacturing. Subtractive manufacturing is the process of creating a product by chipping away at a block of material. Additive manufacturing, on the other hand, is the

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Workforce: Another Game of Cause and Effect?

June 09, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

Workforce is, unarguably, the number one concern for manufacturers in Northeast Ohio. A strong workforce is essential for sustainability and growth; no workforce means no manufacturing, and no manufacturing means no economy. On a smaller scale, workforce is necessary for driving production, increasing sales, innovating, and growing individual companies. As such, workforce has huge impacts both on individual companies and on the overall economy. The fact that the majority of manufacturing companies are struggling in the area of workforce development is extremely significant. Perhaps your company struggles to find qualified applicants. Perhaps your company finds it challenging to retain competent employees. Regardless of your challenge, MAGNET seeks to help you address your workforce quandaries and ultimately grow your business. In order to find and retain competent workers you need to understand the changing landscape of today’s workforce. This requires identifying why fewer students are entering the manufacturing industry, and what your company can do to change that. Understanding what is deterring students from entering the industry is necessary in order to change the trend. Additionally, you must have a clear vision of your growth plan and recognize how the impact of the changing workforce landscape, if not approached strategically, will

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