While manufacturing remains a core component of the U.S. economy, the pace of manufacturing is rapidly changing and challenging the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). Technology continues to advance rapidly, regulations are becoming more stringent, and consumers demanding “faster, better, and cheaper” products. This session will focus on best practices developed, tested and implemented that specifically help small- and medium-sized manufacturers identify and prepare for the innovative technology and processes necessary to stay competitive in the global market. The speakers will share a best practice system specifically developed to meet the individual SMM where they are today and progress them down the path to increasing their competitiveness in an orderly, risk-managed and achievable way. The presenters will outline a holistic and integrated model that contains unique assessments, hands-on workshops and on-the-shop-floor manufacturing technology planning and adoption projects.
• Recognize the challenges specifically facing small- and medium-sized manufacturers when it comes to implementation of new technology.
• Gain insights about how smaller manufacturers can build a culture of innovation.
• Discover how automation and new technologies can help small manufacturers retain talented workforce.
Mike Garman, Senior Engineer, EWI