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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...

Strategizing Before Acting (January 11th, 2018)

Business works more efficient with a set direction that is realized by the full team. A realized direction is a discussed and implemented business plan and strategy. AKA can help you set a clear and actionable strategy...

Top 10 Predictions for Global Manufacturing in 2018: IDC (January 10th, 2018)

“Manufacturers of every size and shape are changing rapidly... Manufacturers that can speed their adoption of digital capabilities to create business value will be the leaders of their industry,” said Kimberly Knickle, research VP, IDC Mfg Insights".

Finding Energy Efficient Products Made in the U.S. Is Easy with the Building Clean Website (December 12th, 2017)

Manufacturing the next generation of energy-efficient home building products in America is a great way to grow jobs and strengthen the U.S. economy. Building Clean makes it simple for people to support U.S. manufacturers...

Why the U.S. Fails at Worker Training (December 8th, 2017)

Carnevale apprenticeships—in which aspiring workers learn a trade from a skilled employer in exchange for low wages—can be rather expensive. The high cost deters employers from participating. The U.S. has never gotten job training and retraining right...

Can Veterans Help Solve the Skilled Worker Shortage? (December 8th, 2017)

Tolbert had served 14 years in the United States Navy. After retiring from the Navy, Tolbert had trouble finding employment. He found that Rockwell Automation was launching a pilot program designed to train military veterans for the automation careers...

Kentucky, Your MEP is at the Top! (December 8th, 2017)

Manufacturers that have used the services of Advantage Kentucky Alliance in the past year, have received back nearly $40 ($39.75) for each dollar that they invested in the AKA services. That means that our services had an ROI of 3,875%...

Leadership Operating in a Lean Business Environment (December 8th, 2017)

Part 3 of a 3 part series on Leadership Development. Article 1 briefly explained our overall Leadership Development offerings. Article 2 took a deeper dive into our Leadership Light Training. This article discusses our TWI Training modules.

Why U.S. Manufacturers Are Turning Their Attention to 'Reshoring' (November 6th, 2017)

Just two years after Tim Zimmerman learned American manufacturing was fleeing overseas, he tried to bring it back. In 1990, Zimmerman, persuaded a maker of kids' furniture to repatriate its production of hinges from China to his Wisconsin plant...

Stagnation, Not Automation is the Real Job Killer (November 6th, 2017)

Five million manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000, yet the industry at large continues to grow as it uses technology and takes advantage of the connected world to run leaner and and more productive operations...

Leadership Light Series (November 6th, 2017)

AKA developed its “Light” series in Leadership Development to be delivered in a series of three 4 hour blocks. Each one of these 3 blocks includes an intrinsic survey to allow the participant to look within themselves for self-improvement...

Driverless Cars Are Giving Engineers a Fuel Economy Headache (October 24th, 2017)

Judging from General Motors Co.’s test cars and Elon Musk’s predictions, the world is headed toward a future that’s both driverless and all-electric. In reality, self-driving technology is a huge power drain...

Envisioning Education 4.0 (October 24th, 2017)

Manufacturing 4.0 is a compelling vision of a new industrial transformation driven by increasingly rapid advances in digital technologies that are led by manufacturing but are spreading throughout the entire economy...

Who Trained your Leaders/Supervisors (October 24th, 2017)

what “system” of Supervisory education have our leaders completed? In many ways we expect our Supervisors to do what our school teachers do, and then some, but without training in Leadership Skills. What formal training have we given them?

NIST Awards $3.9 Million for 2017 Small Business Innovation Research Program (October 10th, 2017)

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced that 21 small businesses will receive a total of $3.9 million in grants to support innovative technology development...

Digital Darwinism: Innovate or Die (October 10th, 2017)

The problem for manufacturers, like all businesses, is the innovator’s dilemma. You have an established company, a trained workforce, a customer base, and processes, but it’s hard to disrupt those things while remaining accountable to shareholders...

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?...

Mercedes Plots Tesla Attack with $1 Billion U.S. Electric Push (September 27th, 2017)

Mercedes will build its fifth battery plant globally and create more jobs in the region.The Alabama factory will assemble electric sport utility vehicles, taking on Tesla’s Model X and making Stuttgart-based Daimler the first European Company...

Four Quality Management Issues on Every Manufacturer’s Mind (September 27th, 2017)

Quality management in manufacturing significantly contributes to a manufacturer's brand and bottom line. However, persistent challenges to quality management continue to trouble SMMs alike. The issues, of course, vary depending on the existing culture...

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...

Heart and Sole: A Case for American Manufacturing (September 12th, 2017)

I was walking into a shoe factory in the United States at a time when around 99% of the shoes worn in this country are made in another and U.S. factory work is being steadily overtaken by robots and automation, I was entering an American footwear plant...

It’s time for America to prove its’ ‘metal’ (September 12th, 2017)

President Trump recently announced an executive order aimed at strengthening both America’s manufacturing sector and the supply chains that keep it running. This is a much-needed effort since our nation has lost more than 60,000 factories and 5m jobs...

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...

Is On-Demand Manufacturing the Next Industrial Trend? (August 29th, 2017)

The landscape of industrial activity is changing, and not since Henry Ford instituted the assembly line have manufacturers faced such a consequential shift in organizational thinking...

The Survivors: Still American-made When Others Left Long Ago (August 29th, 2017)

These stories show the challenge of producing at home … and also that it’s not impossible...

Internal Auditing for the New ISO 9001:2015. Are You Ready? (August 29th, 2017)

A revision to the ISO 9001 standard was finalized and released in 2016. This new standard is referred to as ISO 9001:2015. Are you familiar with the new standard? More importantly, can your internal auditors conduct an effective audit of your QMS?

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...

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Phased modernization offers time and cost savings

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

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?

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...

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