Help Impact the Future of Manufacturing: Introducing the 2020 Ohio Manufacturing Survey

Thursday, 14 November, 2019

News

As an Ohio manufacturer, you face a number of challenges and opportunities every year.    To support your company’s growth and success, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP) and...
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4 Essential Leadership Tips for Manufacturing Operations Managers

Thursday, 7 November, 2019

Engagement & Operations

If your entire manufacturing organization was a machine, then operations managers are the grease that keeps it running smoothly. With a strong business mind, the operations manager is responsible for...
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3 Manufacturing Quality Control Best Practices

Thursday, 31 October, 2019

Quality Management

How many products does your manufacturing organization produce every day? 100? 1,000? If a machine is causing a defect, its output won’t be up to the necessary standards. Left unchecked, this has a...
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5 Ways Manufacturers Can Take Their Marketing Collateral to the Next Level

Thursday, 24 October, 2019

Marketing & Sales

Manufacturers are no stranger to sales success from word-of-mouth referrals and growing existing customers. While these tactics are timeless, more manufacturers are reaping the benefits of modern...
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Your Top Questions About MAGNET, Answered

Thursday, 17 October, 2019

News

For more than 30 years, MAGNET: The  Manufacturing Growth and Advocacy Network has helped Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing businesses grow. Our team of highly qualified consultants and industry experts...
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4 Steps to De-Risk New Machine Design and Development Execution Projects

Thursday, 10 October, 2019

Machine Design & Development

For some manufacturers, there comes a time when a new machine is needed and off-the-shelf machinery may not meet their needs. Either the machine is no longer reaching optimum output or it's incapable...
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3 Lessons Learned from Manufacturing Executives at the Future Factories Symposium

Thursday, 3 October, 2019

News

On Thursday, September 26, local manufacturing executives gathered at the 8th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium, Future Factories: A Symposium on Manufacturing Talent, Tech, and Tactics....
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What the Department of Defense’s New Cybersecurity Clause Means for Northeast Ohio Manufacturers

Thursday, 26 September, 2019

Cybersecurity

Due to the highly connected nature of manufacturing supply chains, vulnerability to cyber breaches is more common than in other industries.  That’s why the government is cracking down on...
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4 Common Manufacturing Processes that Could Benefit From An Operational Excellence Program

Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Today, small- to medium-sized manufacturers feel the pressure to produce more at a lower cost. While this competitive nature leads to innovative products and services, it also weeds out the...
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5 Reasons Outdated Manufacturing Equipment Equals Higher Maintenance Costs

Thursday, 12 September, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Many manufacturers overlook the lifespan of their machinery. While well-built machines may run for decades, they may not be performing at today’s high machinery or technology standards. Outdated,...
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Are We Operating Effectively? 4 Metrics to Track Operational Efficiency

Thursday, 5 September, 2019

Engagement & Operations

No matter your manufacturing goals, every company should have a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that are used for measurement, benchmarking, and tracking success. Determining the right...
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Why Manufacturers Should Invest in Industry 4.0 Technology for Process Improvement

Thursday, 29 August, 2019

Process Innovation

With the rapid introduction of Industry 4.0 tools and technologies, manufacturers are under pressure to boost the productivity and profitability of their operations. Industry 4.0 isn’t just about...
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How Manufacturers Can Adopt a Balanced Approach to Growth With an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)

Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Strategy

As the leader of a small- to medium-sized manufacturing business, you likely feel pressured to be in 20 places at once, especially during growth phases. Manufacturing leaders are notorious for this,...
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How a Northeast Ohio Manufacturer Built the World’s Largest Production-Based Additive Machine

Thursday, 15 August, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Take a guess: Where does the world’s largest additive machine reside? A large city like Boston? A huge tech hub like Silicon Valley? You may be surprised to learn that the correct answer is right in...
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3 Ways for Manufacturers to Improve Supply Chain Cybersecurity

Thursday, 8 August, 2019

Cybersecurity

According to our 2019 State of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Report, cybersecurity is a growing concern for manufacturers—and for good reason. Supply chain attacks increased 78% between 2017 and 2018....
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3 Transferable Skills Small Manufacturing Business Owners Gain From On-The-Floor Experience

Thursday, 1 August, 2019

Small Business

Are you the forthcoming owner of your family’s manufacturing business? If so, you’re not alone. Most small- to medium-sized manufacturing businesses are family owned and operated, known for...
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7 Signs It’s Time to Consider Automation for Improved Manufacturing Performance

Thursday, 25 July, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Today, many manufacturing tasks have the ability to be automated, leaving valuable employees to spend their time on something more fulfilling. According to our 2019 State of Northeast Ohio...
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3 Tips to Optimize Manufacturing Production Capacity and Delivery

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

Engagement & Operations

For manufacturers, high capacity and timely delivery are the difference between meeting quotas and missing deadlines. If demand outpaces delivery, you will not be able to sufficiently supply...
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Is a Custom Manufacturing Machine Right for Your Company? 6 Questions to Ask

Thursday, 11 July, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Many manufacturers don’t consider new machines until existing assets break, slowing production. However, a broken machine is not the only reason to consider upgrading. Outdated machines may require...
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Introducing The Manufacturer’s Guide to Custom Machine Design and Development [Free Download]

Friday, 28 June, 2019

Machine Design & Development

Do you need a custom machine to develop a new product or part, but don’t know where to start? If so, you’re not alone. The complex process of developing a custom machine often falls on the...
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Manufacturers: Avoid These 3 Frequent Failures of a Product Launch

Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Marketing & Sales

Did you know 70% of all new product launches fail? While manufacturers may feel a sense of urgency to introduce a new product or service to market, testing thoroughly before launch can mean the...
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How to Conduct a Successful Ideation Process

Thursday, 13 June, 2019

Process Innovation

You have a company that’s experienced some success, but you need more. You want to excel in innovation, but lack the necessary resources or have trouble determining a starting point. Sound familiar?...
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5 Lessons You Can Learn from Startup Marketing

Thursday, 6 June, 2019

Startups

Marketing is hard. Whether you’re an established company or a nimble startup, it’s easy to get bogged down by all the marketing trends, tools, and tactics you could add to your business plan. ...
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How Additive Manufacturing Leads to More Efficient Product Development

Thursday, 30 May, 2019

Product Design & Development, Technology

The manufacturing product development process can be complex, especially without expert guidance. It requires a number of phases, a great deal of research, and hands-on problem solving and iteration.
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3 Tips on Workforce Development from Talan Products Inc.

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Workforce development has been important to Talan Products Inc. since it formed as a garage shop 32 years ago. Talan’s methods are paying dividends. The company’s turnover rate is half the industry...
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3 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Quality Management System (QMS) for Your Manufacturing Business

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

Quality Management

Does your manufacturing business have an effective quality management system (QMS)? If not, it may be time to consider the benefits of improving your QMS to formalize processes and procedures. For...
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3 Tips to Maintain a Safe and Clean Manufacturing Facility that Maximizes Productivity

Thursday, 9 May, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Safety is essential to every industry, but it’s especially important in the manufacturing industry, where potentially dangerous machinery is used to perform daily tasks.  When facilities experience...
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The Key to Product Development and Design: Early and Constant Customer Feedback

Thursday, 2 May, 2019

Product Design & Development

Product design requires many phases. It’s the process of identifying market potential by clearly defining a problem and offering a solution.  But, at its core, it revolves around the customer’s...
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The Basics of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for Manufacturers

Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Technology

According to our 2019 State of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Report, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies are top of mind for most Northeast Ohio manufacturers. However, of survey...
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Communication Disconnect: How to Break Down Information Silos Between Departments

Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Engagement & Operations

In manufacturing, it’s common to look up to the enterprise-size leaders of the industry for business inspiration. But as a small- or medium-sized manufacturer, size can be your advantage. It can...
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Manufacturing’s 9-Step Process for a Successful Product Development and Launch

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

Product Design & Development

Maybe you’ve heard: new product launches are often unsuccessful. Some studies state failure rates near 95%. Successfully establishing a new product or product innovation takes meticulous planning,...
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3 Types of Cyber Attacks Your Manufacturing Business Needs to Anticipate

Thursday, 4 April, 2019

Cybersecurity

Did you know that manufacturing is one of the most susceptible industries to cyber attacks?  While manufacturers agree this is an area of concern, most have been slow to adopt any sort of...
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How Products and Services Fit Into a Successful Manufacturing Strategic Plan

Thursday, 28 March, 2019

Marketing & Sales

This post is part of a series on creating a manufacturing business strategic plan, which reflects your goals and guides the strategic direction of your company. This is the second post in the series.
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Why a Thorough Market Analysis is Crucial to a Successful Strategic Plan

Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Strategy

This post is part of a series on creating a manufacturing business plan, which reflects your goals and guides the strategic direction of your company. This is the first post in the series. Your...
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3 Strategies to Create a Manufacturing Culture that Attracts and Retains Top Talent

Thursday, 14 March, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Did you know that company culture (or lack thereof) is the fourth most commonly cited reason employees leave their jobs for another opportunity?  When we talk about workplace culture, we’re referring...
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10 Steps to Develop an Effective Marketing Plan Before You Launch Your New Product or Service

Thursday, 7 March, 2019

Marketing & Sales

We can all agree that for a business to be successful, it needs customers. But to attract, retain, and grow your customer base, you need show them how your product or service provides real value they...
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How the Four Pillars of Innovation Reduce Product Development Risk

Thursday, 28 February, 2019

Process Innovation

Product innovation is the motor of a thriving manufacturing business. Without it, businesses and products get stuck in the past, unable to compete with competitors.  But developing new products and...
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3 Technology Trends Transforming Manufacturing

Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Technology

The widespread adoption of technology is transforming manufacturing operations. Nearly 49% of manufacturers nationwide are using Industry 4.0 innovations, like automation and IIoT (Industrial...
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Introducing MAGNET’s 2019 State of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Report [Free Download]

Thursday, 14 February, 2019

News

At MAGNET, our goal is to help manufacturers grow, thrive, and compete in Northeast Ohio to fuel our economy and workforce. Whether it’s by improving operations, launching new products, developing...
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Manufacturers: 6 Key Questions to Assess Your Employee Engagement

Thursday, 7 February, 2019

Engagement & Operations

How engaged are your employees? Take a closer look, since manufacturing workers are the least engaged of all major occupations, according to the Gallup State of the American Workforce report. Only...
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How to Effectively Market Your Manufacturing Business on LinkedIn

Thursday, 31 January, 2019

Marketing & Sales

Since its inception in 2003, LinkedIn has racked up more than 562 million users worldwide. Among those users, 61 million are senior-level influencers, while another 40 million are their companies’...
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Combating Confirmation Bias: How to Create Success for Your Manufacturing Startup

Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Startups, Product Design & Development

Northeast Ohio manufacturers, ranging from startups to well-established companies, are confident—and with good reason. They account for 14% of all employment, more than 275,000 total jobs, and 40% of...
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3 Steps to Help Build and Retain Engaged Employees

Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Engagement & Operations

Hiring new talent can be challenging for any business owner, but retaining qualified, engaged, and productive talent can be even more difficult—especially in manufacturing. In fact, U.S....
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The Importance of Tapping Into Your Supply Chain for Manufacturing Growth

Thursday, 10 January, 2019

Growth

While manufacturers contributed more than $49 billion to Ohio's economy in recent years, some important players in the industry struggle to maintain that kind of relative success. Namely, small and...
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Top Takeaways Learned from Manufacturing Executives at the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018

News

Local manufacturing experts across Northeast Ohio gathered on Friday, September 28 at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) for the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium, hosted by...
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Join us at the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium [Event Details]

Thursday, 20 September, 2018

News

Ready to leverage emerging technologies to grow your business? Join us on Friday, September 28 at the 7th Annual Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Symposium for a day of valuable content by manufacturers ...
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Manufacturing Startup Competition Drives Growth, Fosters Connections

Monday, 17 September, 2018

Startups

The recent winners of MAGNET’s pitch competition, MSPIRE, will benefit from support to help them grow. Other applications noted that just going through the process was valuable. Here’s how your...
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Grand Opening of "Rubber City" MAGNET Akron Location [Event Recap]

Friday, 14 September, 2018

News

On August 8, 2018, MAGNET opened its doors to a new location at 9 North Main Street in Akron, Ohio. “We help local manufacturers grow and compete globally, and increasing our presence in Summit...
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Coffee is STILL for Closers: 3 Things Needed to Close Any Sale

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018

Marketing & Sales

The secret to closing any sale is to reduce uncertainty in the buyer and replace it with confidence in YOU, your PRODUCT/SERVICE, and your COMPANY. Step 1 – Confidence in YOU Someone buying from you...
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Continuous Improvement Part 1: A Culture of Change and Results

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Process Innovation

I often wonder: Why does Continuous Improvement work in some organizations and not in others? I think the difference must be the organization’s culture and acceptance to change. Management is crucial...
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Continuous Improvement Part 2: It Starts with the Customer

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Process Innovation

For Continuous Improvement to be effective and sustainable, it requires a systems approach involving the entire organization. Management should guide the organization in four fundamental areas to...
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Make sure you Qualify before you Diversify

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Quality Management

As your company prepares to diversify into an adjacent market of its current business—or, as it prepares to adapt existing products or services to enter a brand new market—be sure to take a long,...
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What is a Minimum Viable Product and How Do I Create One?

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Startups, Product Design & Development

How a minimum viable product will launch your product-based startup. There’s plenty of conversation in the startup world around minimum viable product (MVP). How do you define minimum viable...
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MAGNET Leverages the Power of the Region

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

News

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...
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Critical Components to Your Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018

Engagement & Operations

Finding quality talent is challenging…retaining quality talent is equally challenging It goes without saying, that many manufacturers are challenged with attracting and retaining the ‘quality’ talent...
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Are You a Leader That Listens? Or a Leader That Hears?

Monday, 25 June, 2018

Engagement & Operations

Leaders often ask their employees for input when making decisions big and small, and listen with great sincerity and intent. If workers are given the opportunity to provide input, they figure,...
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Manufacturing is Facing a New Reality

Friday, 2 February, 2018

Technology

How Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Can Help Keep Our Engineers Safe and Our Manufacturing Strong Recall how difficult it was to put together complex LEGO creations when you were a child or...
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SWOT and ISO9001:2015 – The Connection

Wednesday, 3 January, 2018

Quality Management

Don’t underestimate the value of a good SWOT analysis. In fact, a good SWOT analysis will assist you in transitioning to ISO9001:2015 The four parts of the SWOT analysis: Strengths - What are the...
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Top 10 Sited Safety and Health Violations

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Engagement & Operations

One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes.  The order may change but the top cited standards typically don’t change. Top 10 Sited Safety and Health Violations: 501 - Fall...
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Why Does a Well-Defined Job Description Matter?

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017

Engagement & Operations

"A well-defined job description is important for increasing individual and organizational effectiveness." Have you ever seen a job description that read something like this? How likely do you think...
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How Thought Leadership Drives Business for Manufacturers

Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Strategy

Competitiveness can be a positive thing. It inspires companies of all sizes to innovate and improve over time, and the constant push to do better can lead to some creative, outstanding results....
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