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December 2019


The Manufacturing Update is a bi-monthly electronic newsletter from Industry Expansion Solutions with up-to-date manufacturing news. Below you can view past issues.

Lead Stories

FMEA Revision - AIAG VDA FMEA 1st Edition

Automotive suppliers to both German and North American Automotive OEMs will find it easier to meet FMEA customer requirements in the future with a new industry handbook that combines the best practices of both into one guide. That’s right! Creating an AIAG FMEA 4th Edition for American OEMs and VDA 6.3 FMEA for German OEMs is a practice from the past.

Data Analytics and Digital Supply Chain Management MNC Event

Join us for the Data Analytics and Supply Chain Management MNC event. Manufacturing is changing quickly and if your organization can’t keep up, it may spell out disaster. Get insight on how to leverage digital tools to create a competitive advantage for your organization. The event will be held on Friday, February 7 at the offices of Hill Chesson & Woody in Durham, NC.

Manufacturing Leaders Announced at mfgCON 2019

Talent development, leading for success, optimizing operations and strategic growth and marketing—these are just a few of the challenges manufacturing companies face today. At MFGCON 2019, we again joined forces with Business North Carolina to explore some of the most pressing issues manufacturers face today and how to address them.
We also recognized six manufacturers for their commitment to the North Carolina manufacturing sector, as proven by outstanding performance in the areas of developing markets, advanced talent development, continuous improvement, innovation and sustainability.

Cybersecurity Toolkit

The threats of a cyberattack on your organization are everywhere. Whether it’s hackers trying to steal your company’s or clients’ sensitive data, phishing attacks, spam emails or compromised web pages on your website it’s better to be proactive than reactive. That’s why NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is offering a Cybersecurity Awareness and Education Toolkit. The purpose of the Cybersecurity Awareness and Education Toolkit is to assist you with your compliance initiatives to the new DoD requirements. The NCMEP team has also created an e-book titled, A Closer Look at NIST 800-171: A Guide in How to Address Cybersecurity Issues, a cybersecurity compliance planning tool to help you move towards compliance.

Clocking In: Voices of NC Manufacturing Brand New Episodes

New episodes of Clocking In: Voice of NC Manufacturing have been recently uploaded. On new episodes of Clocking In, we catch up with NCMEP Partners at mfgCON19. We travel to Bethel, NC to speak with Byron Murphy, Controller at Package Craft, where they can predict the future of the economy based on how many packages are sold. Lastly, we visit Hoffer Flow Controls in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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Set Your Strategy for a New Performance Level in 2020

Advanced Superabrasives, Inc. (ASI), a manufacturing leader of high-end extreme precision diamond and CBN wheels, knows excellence. Within two years of opening, ASI doubled in size and after five years they expanded to a 37,000 square foot facility. They decided to partner with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, an NCMEP Partner, for help. With assistance from the EDPNC, ASI was able to: successfully navigate tax incentives, understand what training dollars they had available and grow their workforce. 

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Industry 4.0? Want to get started?

Getting your business ready for the fourth industrial revolution may seem like a daunting task. But Industry 4.0 shouldn’t be seen as a destination, but as a journey toward incorporating the latest technology into manufacturing. If you haven’t taken that first step yet, consider taking our complementary course.


NCMEP Partner to Present a Polymers Drying Course

Anyone who works with the production of plastic parts understands how important drying can be for part quality. NCMEP Partner, The Polymers Center, will be presenting a Drying Course on March 17, 2020.



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Upcoming Courses

Note: All our open enrollment courses listed below can be tailored for onsite training. This is the ideal choice for companies that need to train groups of employees. You get a maximum number of employees trained in a minimal amount of time for one flat fee, providing a great ROI.

Upcoming Courses for SMM Manufacturers Only

Are you a manufacturer with fewer than 500 employees? Then, you may want to consider these new, upcoming courses:

Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
Feb. 25–26 | Raleigh, NC

Influencer – The New Science of Leading Change
March 26–27 | Raleigh, NC

Digital Supply Chain Management

March 18 | Raleigh, NC
Interested in joining the digital supply chain management (DSCM) revolution to improve problem-solving and decision making within your supply chain?

Effective Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis

April 7 | Raleigh, NC
This course teaches you how to identify the cause of a problem, solve it and prevent it from occurring again. This can save your organization time, money and resources.
March 18 | Raleigh, NC
March 24 | Raleigh, NC
March 24–25 | Raleigh, NC
April 7 | Raleigh, NC
April 8–9 | Raleigh, NC
April 15–16 | Raleigh, NC
May 5–6 | Raleigh, NC
June 2–4 | Raleigh, NC


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