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Cover Story: Disruptive Opportunities

Cover Story: Disruptive Opportunities

September 7, 2017 No Comments

Transform to Stay Ahead of the Curve By Nancy Huddleston As technology continues to disrupt our world, how will that create opportunities for growth and expansion for precision manufacturers? Here is a futuristic look at how nanotechnology, battery storage, sensors, robotics, 3-D printing, and supply chain management are driving today’s emergent changes, and transforming tomorrow’s […]

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Cover Story: Shot In The Arm

Cover Story: Shot In The Arm

July 7, 2017 No Comments

Precision Manufacturers Boost Med-Tech Industry by Nancy Huddleston Precision manufacturers are providing a shot in the arm to the state’s med-tech business, as they contract with medical device manufacturers like Medtronic, 3M, Boston Scientific, and St. Jude to produce miniscule parts that provide the lifesaving links to make Minnesota’s Medical Alley an extraordinary powerhouse on […]

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Cover Story: Transformed by Fire

Cover Story: Transformed by Fire

May 9, 2017 No Comments

Metalcasting Industry Withstands Test of Time By Melissa DeBilzan At Smith Foundry in Minneapolis, sparks fly every time 2,000 pounds of molten iron is poured into a ladle and then into molds. The entire process is carefully timed and monitored. First, recycled steel scrap and virgin pig iron are dumped into an 8-ton electric induction […]

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Cover Story: Passing the Torch

Cover Story: Passing the Torch

March 8, 2017 No Comments

Growing the Family Business By Nancy Huddleston There’s no “how to” manual that provides step-by-step instructions to guide family business owners about passing the torch from one generation to the next. That said, although the transition is different for every manufacturer, the key to success is to have a plan. Ritch Sorenson, academic director of […]

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Cover Story: Inevitable Uncertainty

Cover Story: Inevitable Uncertainty

January 17, 2017 No Comments

Economic Outlook For 2017 by B Kyle As we pause to reflect on 2016 and look to what we can anticipate in 2017, what do we see and what do we know? 2017: INEVITABLE UNCERTAINTY It is worthwhile to pause for a moment to discuss the impact of the November 2016 Presidential election outcomes. Certainly, […]

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Cover Story: State Of The Industry

Cover Story: State Of The Industry

November 14, 2016 No Comments

How the state of manufacturing industry is impacted by energy By Todd VanWambeke As everyone in the industry knows, manufacturing is the lifeblood of the American economy. Manufacturers provide jobs for hard-working American families and help increase U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace. But 2016 has been a challenging year across the board, primarily driven […]

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Cover Story: Disruptive Forces

Cover Story: Disruptive Forces

September 12, 2016 No Comments

What Are The Next Game Changers? By Nancy Huddleston Point… click… buy… It’s an Amazon world that we live in with everything we desire at our fingertips. What’s more, Amazon isn’t just an e-commerce company where people order the latest and greatest gadgets, best sellers, or kitchenware. Amazon is in the robotics business, too, which […]

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Cover Story: Experience Innovation, Get Challenged, Be Prepared

Cover Story: Experience Innovation, Get Challenged, Be Prepared

July 6, 2016 No Comments

By Nancy Huddleston For Minnesota manufacturers, the bi-annual International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago from September 12-17 is the place to go to see what’s new in terms of technology and new products, to network with their colleagues, and to bring home ideas that they can put to work in their businesses. “This is […]

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Cover Story: Recruiting New Employees

Cover Story: Recruiting New Employees

May 5, 2016 No Comments

Adaptation is the Key to Changing Workforce Demands By Nancy Huddleston Statistically speaking, the odds are stacked against manufacturers when it comes to recruiting new employees: There’s a shortage of skilled workers. A significant portion of the workforce is starting to retire. There’s a negative image of the industry amongst the younger generation, the largest […]

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Cover Story: Press Brake Guarding and Safety Technology

Cover Story: Press Brake Guarding and Safety Technology

March 15, 2016 No Comments

By: Dayton Rogers Dayton Rogers of Minnesota is the first in the country to upgrade their press brake guarding with advanced Sentinel Plus technology. Dayton Rogers of Minnesota, LLC, a contract manufacturer since 1929, saw the unique opportunity to advance the guarding of our Amada HDS Press Brake machine. As Dayton Rogers advances, our offering […]

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E-clusive: Enhancing the Image of Manufacturing

By Nancy Huddleston Let’s face it – we’re humans and it’s in our nature to care about our looks...

E-clusive: It’s Time to Evangelize Manufacturing

By Nancy Huddleston It’s not every day that you hear someone say, “we need to evangelize manufacturing as a...