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The Math of Manufacturing – How Total Cost of Ownership Impacts Reshoring Decisions

on 4/18/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
It’s not often that the supply chain enters the mainstream conversation. However, between product shortages and inflation making daily headlines, consumers and other non-manufacturing folks are all wondering, “What’s going on?” and “Why does everything have to be made overseas?” For nearly 50 years, the answer to the second question was simple: price. Many American companies assume that offshore manufacturing is the cheapest way to make products and boost profits along the way. But that assumption is rightfully being challenged due to rising overseas labor costs, ongoing supply chain issues, and other factors.
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10 Questions to Assess Your Manufacturing Sustainability

on 1/31/22 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Sustainability
Did you know that according to the EPA, American manufacturing accounts for nearly 23% of global carbon emissions? That is just one of the many statistics demonstrating the need for sustainable manufacturing practices.
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Case Study: How Tapecon Assessed and Reduced Chemical Footprint

on 12/21/21 12:00 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Quality
In 2021, through a program called the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) run by Clean Production Action (CPA) and funded by a Source Reduction Assistance Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant, Tapecon assessed the chemical footprint of their industrial cleaning products. Tapecon's printing process requires cleaning products to maintain the printing equipment. These products were analyzed by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
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How Prototyping Improves Product Development and Manufacturing

on 11/15/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing New Product Introduction
Seeing is believing. That’s why a prototype can be a powerful – and often imperative – tool when creating a new product. You likely already appreciate how producing an early model can help speed up and refine the development process. But did you know that prototyping can also enhance the manufacturability of your product and streamline the transition to full-scale production?
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Work Cell Manufacturing: How it Works and the Benefits

on 9/20/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
We’re all looking to work smarter, not harder. In our industry, a popular way to do that is by embracing lean manufacturing. This concept seeks ways to eliminate waste, optimize processes, accelerate production, reduce costs, and quickly deliver products to market. There are many strategies to lean manufacturing, but one that is increasing in popularity is work cell manufacturing. What does this entail, and is it right for your company? Read on to find out.
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Making a Difference – How Manufacturing Careers Enhance Lives

on 6/14/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Careers
Contrary to popular belief, there is no “regular” or “normal” job. Not everyone is interested in working in an office 9-5 or using a computer all day. Instead, there is a wide range of career paths and experiences for you to consider based on your skills and interests. If you’re looking to start a career that allows you to make something authentic and gives you a sense of purpose, consider entering the manufacturing field.
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An Introduction to Manufacturing Readiness Levels

on 3/29/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing
If you were embarking on a long road trip, would you rely on GPS or just “wing it” when planning your route? Of course, it’s always better to have a plan. The same can be said in manufacturing. In our industry, the trusty map is called the Manufacturing Readiness Levels assessment.
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6 Ways to Start a Manufacturing Career in Printing

on 3/15/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Careers
The New Year is all about a fresh start and exciting opportunities. If one of your resolutions is to begin a new career, we encourage you to consider the manufacturing and industrial printing industries. Why? For starters, according to a report from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 2.4 million unfilled jobs are expected to be available by 2028. That skills gap means there are promising opportunities for those entering the field in the next few years. There are many other reasons why now’s a great time to start a career in manufacturing.
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Choosing the Best Sterilization Method for Your Product

on 3/1/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Printing Printed Indicators
We all know that cleanliness is next to godliness, but it’s also imperative to many products, especially medical devices, electronics, and industrial equipment. After a product is manufactured, shipped, store, and handled, there’s no telling how many germs or contaminations are on the surface. That’s where sterilization comes in.
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