Bob Schmidt

Bob Schmidt
Senior Growth and Innovation Advisor Bob Schmidt has over 30 years of hands-on experience in diverse manufacturing environments. Since joining MAGNET two decades ago, he has been responsible for the management and delivery of various growth services for NEO manufacturers and fostered rewarding partnerships in Wayne, Ashland, and Richland counties. He was previously employed as an application engineer by Eaton, where he developed and tested new technology for high-performance automobile engines. Bob holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cleveland State University. Specialties: product development, process innovation, operations improvements

Recent Posts

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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