Earlier this year, our CEO Trisha Mowry and our president Jack Mowry were highlighted in the Bone Zone publication. The article centered on a recent major growth spurt for Metal Craft, stemming off of their outstanding leadership and commitment to customer support, and as the second-generation leadership for the company, they have a lot of insight on what it’s like to be successful.
For Trisha and Jack, the introduction to this industry started at a young age when they would stop by (or work) Metal Craft, but not all young Americans get the same exposure. Because of this, the siblings are looking to raise awareness to not only help their own business, but the future of all others. Metal Craft has made a considerable effort to reach out to local colleges and partner with school to get students familiar with the industry and future possibilities.
“It is important they recognize what the requirements are to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. rather than going offshore,” Trisha said. “It’s critical as funding is getting cut for schools and their extended programs.”
Not only is STEM education an important part of curriculum, but there needs to be an emphasis on communication and accountability. To build a sustainable future, we need to get the next generation more involved—and we’re not alone in thinking this way. There are plenty of movements on social media looking to raise awareness, and many manufacturers are joining forces to getting the word out.
In a time when many manufacturers are cutting back and reducing labor, we’re thriving—and we’re looking to continue. Part of this lies in finding the right people, which has proven to be more of a challenge than expected these days—putting an emphasis on the importance of STEM.
What part does your business have in building the future of manufacturing workers? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting at us.
The manufacturing industry encompasses an abundance of processes and products, which means it can be somewhat difficult to identify all of the sectors within its grasp. Ranging from military and defense to orthopedic and medical manufacturing, it’s important to monitor every piece of product and machinery closely.
We believe the only way to guarantee excellence is with thorough quality control and testing with such a high volume of products coming out of businesses. If you know every single product you ship is completely effective, it gives your customers confidence in your commitment to their satisfaction and safety.
Because we do complex assembly projects in our Minnesota and Wisconsin facilities, Metal Craft and Riverside Machine & Engineering makes product testing a top priority. We see a number of different reasons why product testing is a key to our success:
- Proper testing can instantly make your products superior to those of your competitors.
- If you make quality a top priority, it will find its way into all aspects of your manufacturing process.
- Testing has the ability to lower costs because it can highlight inefficiencies before it’s too late.
- It allows you to judge if raw materials meet your demands. If not, you can make changes before it costs you time, money, and customers.
- Perhaps the most important of all: the safety of the public.
In the end, proper testing is a sign that you are committed to the highest levels of quality. Extensive testing of your manufactured products shows the world that you care about more than just profits; you care about people. If you are interested in learning even more about Metal Craft and Riverside Machine’s detailed testing procedures, please contact us today.
It seems new and exciting medical breakthroughs are constantly being revealed on television programs and in newspapers—and there’s a reason for it: The 21st century has offered amazing opportunities for the medical industry. This sector is expected to be worth a staggering $127.1 billion this year in the U.S.
Thanks to the growing interest in health and life-extension, the U.S. ranks as the world’s largest spenders per capita on medical devices—and within the medical device market, the orthopedics industry is a major player. As the massive “Baby Boomer” generation ages, the demand for orthopedics (such as knee and hip replacements) grows as well, and according to the Millennium Research Group, the U.S. orthopedic extremity device market should be worth $4.2 billion by 2016.
While knee and hip replacements make up a large share of the orthopedics industry, plenty of other innovations and inventions are in the spotlight as well, including:
- A push toward generic over name-brand devices, making these technologies more accessible.
- The fundamental change brought by the emergence of 3-D printing.
- The growth of the sports medicine industry.
- The exoskeleton suit.
These are just a few of the interesting and exciting trends that will help orthopedics in the U.S. grow over the next decade, and we’re working to continue to boost the industry. For more information on how our products function in this growing sector, check out Metal Craft and Riverside Machine & Engineering.
With Manufacturing Day and American Made Matters Day just past us, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what it means to support American manufacturing. We’ve been leaders in precision machining for the medical device, aerospace, space and defense, and electronics industries for more than 35 years, so we know the importance of keeping products made in the U.S.
It’s no secret the manufacturing industry and varying sectors have seen ups and downs over the past few years, but there has been a steady uptake of contributions to the U.S. For example, last year, manufacturers made up $1.87 trillion in the country’s economy, supporting more than 17 million jobs, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. If the manufacturing sector were to separate from the country, it would be the 10th largest economy in the world—and with that kind of growing capacity, why would we be shipping our business elsewhere?
NAM also calculated (based on data from United Nations, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the International Labour Organization) that manufacturers in our country are the most productive in the world. Yet many companies manage to outsource millions of jobs per year. Although big names such as Apple and many well-known automotive companies are bringing jobs back, there are plenty of reasons to push for even more companies to bring manufacturing back home.
When you support American manufacturing, you’re supporting the American workers, the economy, and future generations of this country, and we at Metal Craft and Riverside Machining and Engineering are dedicated to keeping the Made in the USA initiative alive.
At Metal Craft and Riverside Machine and Engineering, we pay attention to the latest news and trends within the industries we serve. Recently we’ve discussed manufacturing, aerospace, and defense, but after attending two recent tradeshows, OMTEC and OrthoTec, we have the medical device industry in mind.
The two conferences focus on the design, manufacturing, and productivity of orthopedics implants and devices.The shows both featured both conferences where attendees could hear industry updates as well as learn about new products, as well as a technical exhibit where device manufacturers and suppliers of all types showcase their products and services in front of top industry officials.
Here are three major trends we saw while attending and meeting with industry leaders at these shows:
Lower Costs-Post-recession or not, it’s clear the industry wants to cut costs. Whether this involves self-reflection on what lean practices can be implemented to trim production costs in the company or evaluating ROI, lower numbers are better—unless, of course, you’re talking in terms of profit. This is why Metal Craft and Riverside partner with our customers to find best practices and find ways to cut costs and still be profitable for both parties.
Faster Turnaround Time- With new technologies sweeping every major medical market, it’s no surprise the turnaround time is getting quicker. But, this doesn’t mean companies can skimp on quality—investors still expect the same, if not better, standards at a faster pace. That is why Metal Craft has recently invested in multiple new floor CMM’s. This allows for faster first article checks so we can get projects moving faster while ensuring the quality standard we live up to.
Automation Investments- Investing in suppliers with automation equipment is a key part of manufacturing in this day and age. Technology is rapidly increasing, which means less manpower is required to produce more products. It response to this trend, Metal Craft has recently purchased two Integrex i-150 Mill Turns, three new Fanuc Wire EDM’s with a Robotic Loader, and a Robotic Loading 7-Axis CNC Anca Grinder.
Trade Shows not only allow us to connect with long time customers and meet new ones, it also allows us to get an insight to where the industry is and where it is going. We are committed to staying with current trends and offering the best service, quality, and experience in the medical device industry. To see what shows we will be attending next, follow the link and visit our website.