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Smart manufacturing technology is changing business processes (June 29th, 2018)

Thanks to smart manufacturing technology and AI-enabled business processes and systems, there is a better way, according to technology futurist and consultant Jack Shaw. The digital transformation to an AI-enabled business ecosystem is happening now...

A Manager’s Role in Employee Development (June 29th, 2018)

We should expect Managers/Supervisors to lead their employees to do WHAT you want done, WHEN you want it done, the WAY you want it done and because they WANT to do it. So what does the company need to provide to its Managers to get this done?...

The Zero Defects Problem in CyberSecurity (June 29th, 2018)

Zero Defects was a pretty popular management and quality system that, among other things, held that the performance standard for any process, system, or product is Zero Defects – NO problems. Notice I spoke about Zero Defects in the past tense...

Don’t Fight Regulation. Reprogram It (June 8th, 2018)

It’s significant when an entrepreneurial leader argues for more engagement with government — especially when it’s Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, one of the most influential people in the history of the computer and software industry...

Leading Through Change: Five Tips for Leaders (June 8th, 2018)

"Like Formula 1 motor racing – “Without the other teams pushing for excellence, we wouldn’t have the same rate of performance improvement.” The competition is healthy for us and healthy for the whole market." Relishing competition is important...

Cyber Security - Assessment - The First Step (June 8th, 2018)

Penetration testing, or ‘pentesting’ as it is often called, is just a term for the venerable old art of breaking and entering. In the world of cybersecurity, however, it is a legal and effective way for companies to see if their security measures work.

The Opportunity Cost of Not Innovating (May 10th, 2018)

Business history is unfortunately plagued with examples of companies that have paid a high price for not innovating. Such as AT&T missing the mobile phone and Kodak missing the digital camera...

Economic Impact of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program in 2017 (May 10th, 2018)

A recent study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute found the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of nearly 14.5 to 1 for the $128 million of annual investment by fed gov't.

What Have You Done Lately - Specifically? (May 10th, 2018)

We will discuss how Advantage Kentucky Alliance has specifically helped one Kentucky Manufacturer (Plastic Products Company, Inc.) improve their operations and through-put using the principals of Training Within Industry (TWI)...

How to Orchestrate Digital Transformation at the K-12 Level (April 9th, 2018)

Here’s how to make it happen: Define the Vision for Transformation … Focus on Establishing Infrastructure … Select a Cloud Platform and Hardware … Transform the Classroom with Digital Tools … Get School Administration Buy-In. (Case Study - Milford - MA)

How California Taught China to Sell Electric Cars (April 9th, 2018)

Both China and California are taking a top-down approach to combating climate change by forcing a shift in energy and transportation. China, in fact, has modeled its electric car mandate on California’s program...

Have a Strategy ... What's Next?!? (April 9th, 2018)

As you know, a well thought out Business Strategy poorly implemented is probably the most frustrating element of business ownership. Nothing is more frustrating than having all the right “pieces” but not fitting them together in a cohesive vision...

NIST Announces 2018 Small Business Innovation Research Funding Opportunity (March 6th, 2018)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now accepting proposals for its 2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. The competitive program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research and dev opportunities...

Finding Innovative Ways to Grow Your Business (March 6th, 2018)

Since 99% of companies want to grow, why is it that only some do? …Has your company developed a new product in the past three years? Have you found a new market for an existing product? Have you found a new use for existing equipment? Let Your MEP help.

Trump's Budget Cuts Funding for Manufacturing Program (February 22nd, 2018)

President Trump's proposed budget calls for eliminating federal funding to program that supports small manufacturers that the government has said created or protected more than 100,000 jobs in the last fiscal year alone. This is a frequent occurrence...

Phased modernization offers time and cost savings (February 5th, 2018)

American Castings is in the metal casting business. A need to increase production levels led the company to upgrade its No-bake production line control system...

Full Productivity and Profitability, Only with Process Optimization (February 5th, 2018)

Without a fully optimized manufacturing process, individual machines as well as entire plants will fall short of their full potential for productivity and cost-effectiveness...

Need a Supplier? (February 5th, 2018)

Do you have a new product, service or process for which you could use a new supplier? Do you need to decrease your supplier risk by adding some additional suppliers? Are your current suppliers doing you justice? If yes, let AKA help at no charge...

AKA is Kentucky’s MEP, But What is That? (October 10th, 2017)

For every one dollar of federal investment in the MEP Partnership at the federal level, the MEP national network generates $17.9 in new sales growth for manufacturers and $27.0 in new client investment. How can you get in on that?...

How do They Know They Can Trust You? (September 27th, 2017)

With millions of potential suppliers world wide, how do you know you can trust a supplier or how do they know they can trust you? Industries are quickly adopting independent certification bodies to review and certify quality among potential suppliers...

2017 and 2018 Fort Campbell Events (Job Fairs/Employer Events) (September 14th, 2017)

Attached is the latest Fort Campbell Job Fair and Employer Event schedule through December 2018. I have included the remainder of 2017 also. We are currently filling tables for our October 2017 schedule...

You are Only as Good as Your Weakest Supplier (September 12th, 2017)

How good are your suppliers? How much risk do they add to your manufacturing processes? These are questions that many management teams ask, but may leave unanswered. Managing supplier relationships is often overlooked...

Implementing and Managing Growth (August 8th, 2017)

Often there are many choices to be made and companies that do not carefully consider their growth and do not have a strategic growth plan are not equipped to make those decisions. This can lead to problems down the road...

Partnership Looks to Train Veterans for Digital Manufacturing (July 24th, 2017)

With nearly 2.5 million manufacturing workers set to retire by 2025, the ongoing skill shortages could leave up to two million jobs unfilled. A new partnership between Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup will look to upskill 1,000 veterans per year...

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Smart manufacturing technology is changing business processes

Thanks to smart manufacturing technology and AI-enabled business processes and systems, there is a better way, according to technology futurist and consultant Jack Shaw. The digital transformation to an AI-enabled business ecosystem is happening now...

A Manager’s Role in Employee Development

We should expect Managers/Supervisors to lead their employees to do WHAT you want done, WHEN you want it done, the WAY you want it done and because they WANT to do it. So what does the company need to provide to its Managers to get this done?...

The Zero Defects Problem in CyberSecurity

Zero Defects was a pretty popular management and quality system that, among other things, held that the performance standard for any process, system, or product is Zero Defects – NO problems. Notice I spoke about Zero Defects in the past tense...

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