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Cover Story: One and Done: Incremental Changes in Manufacturing Efficiency

Cover Story: One and Done: Incremental Changes in Manufacturing Efficiency

July 7, 2015 No Comments

by Melissa DeBilzan Every manufacturing business has a “battle plan” in place to combat low-cost wages overseas, comply with government regulations, cut waste, and stake their claim on quality. The secret weapon for many is their access to technology. “One and done” is the mantra being hummed by the latest machines, equipment, and software. The […]

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Cover Story: Health Care, Energy, and Environmental Issues

Cover Story: Health Care, Energy, and Environmental Issues

May 6, 2015 No Comments

Areas Ripe for Manufacturing Growth By Melissa DeBilzan Manufacturers that survived the recession are keenly aware of the need to continuously identify new and emerging trends, diversify their customer base, and expand into new markets. So which areas or industries have the potential for significant growth over the next 10-20 years? Ironically, the same issues […]

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Cover Story: Minnesota’s Economic Picture Painted with Optimism

Cover Story: Minnesota’s Economic Picture Painted with Optimism

March 17, 2015 No Comments

B Kyle Minnesota’s economic picture is indeed “painted with optimism,” according to Toby Madden and Rob Grunewald, economists for the Ninth District of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), in their most recent outlook released on January 6, 2015. This is the second of two articles in Precision Manufacturing about our economy, with this article focused […]

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Cover Story: 3 Keys to the Kingdom

Cover Story: 3 Keys to the Kingdom

December 30, 2014 No Comments

An Economic Outlook Manage these and you can face into the wind and guide your ship with some measure of certainty. Ignore them and you are in for a bumpy ride. Interest rates. Workforce. Globalization. As your attention to these three goes, so goes the growth potential of your company. In the eyes of most […]

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Cover Story: Manufacturing The Future

Cover Story: Manufacturing The Future

November 7, 2014 No Comments

It is an old saying—“nothing endures but change.” Old, maybe, yet quite appropriate for today’s topic: 3D printing and additive manufacturing. In a 2013 forward-looking report, research firm McKinsey Global Institute identifies 12 disruptive technologies that will impact the global economy significantly by 2025. One of those technologies is 3D printing.1 Remember, a disruptive technology […]

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Cover Story: Falling from the Cloud

Cover Story: Falling from the Cloud

September 3, 2014 No Comments

Is the sky the limit for this new way of doing business? by Melissa DeBilzan Farid Currimbhoy travels the world for Millerbernd Laser, based in Winsted, Minnesota, but he’s never far from the shop. That’s because the 85-person company operates and communicates almost entirely through the cloud, allowing him to access any program or file […]

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Cover Story: International Manufacturing Technology Show

Cover Story: International Manufacturing Technology Show

July 23, 2014 No Comments

by Luann Bartley In preparation for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) did an in-depth interview with Peter Eelman, vice president of exhibitions and communications, with The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). PM: What is the WOW factor at the IMTS 2014? Peter Eelman: The IMTS 2014 promises to “wow” visitors […]

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Cover Story: Aiming for Quality

Cover Story: Aiming for Quality

May 8, 2014 No Comments

by Melissa DeBilzan Aerospace and Defense Certifications Taking Off Minnesota is known for making medical devices, which demands rigorous quality standards. However, a number of manufacturers are targeting aerospace and defense for growth—and finding those certifications to be mission critical. Like many manufacturers, Northwest Swiss-Matic, LLC is ISO certified. But that isn’t enough to satisfy […]

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Cover Story: Secondary Training Initiatives in Minnesota

Cover Story: Secondary Training Initiatives in Minnesota

March 12, 2014 No Comments

by Luann Bartley There are many extraordinary manufacturing-related training initiatives currently taking place in Minnesota. These initiatives teach students the skills needed to pursue an exciting career in manufacturing, provide a great resource to communities, and support the overall economic development of our state.  This article takes you inside the world of two training initiatives […]

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Cover Story: The Affordable Care Act

Cover Story: The Affordable Care Act

January 20, 2014 No Comments

by Melissa DeBilzan What it’s Costing Manufacturers Skyrocketing health insurance  premiums have plagued manufacturers for years. Will the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health exchanges provide any relief? First, do no harm. That’s the golden rule in the medical field. But for many individuals and small businesses, the ACA is a big pill to swallow. […]

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Neel Kashkari’s Take on Economy is Worth a Listen

By B Kyle Earlier this week, I was listening to Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve, 9th District,...

E-clusives: Disrupting the 3D Printing World

Stratasys Unveils Two New Machines By Nancy Huddleston Stratasys Ltd. of Eden Prairie is planning to turn the 3D...