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    Being one with Mother Nature means stepping up as a steward in taking care of her animals and plants. Feeding wild birds is one activity in which many people engage. Because of this bird feeding hobby, manufacturers of bird feeders have developed technologies that could make the experience more fulfilling. Here are some of them:

    1. Solar power

      Anything you can use outdoors can already be powered by solar energy. Because they are everywhere, they are already affordable. Solar-powered bird feeders are available in cute designs. The top part absorbs the power of the sun, charging the built-in battery. At night, the small LED light illuminates the surrounding area for hours. Some of these solar-powered bird feeders give a color show when they activate in the dark. People say that LED lights might help ward off opossums or raccoons as well.

    2. Feeding schedules

      A timer always makes things easier. If it helps us wake up or make coffee on time, it can also help dispense seeds when your feathery guests arrive. Internal timers in gravity-powered feeders can release bird feed up to four times daily. The seeds drop into a chamber and then an automatic paddle inside the feeder scoops the right amount of seeds. This prevents overeating squirrels or birds from taking all the feed in one sitting.

    3. Recycled items

      Many bird feeders are now made of recycled materials because of the green revolution. Traditional bird feeders are made of wood, which often deteriorates quickly. The recyclable materials make the bird-feeder more durable and more economical.

    4. Squirrel-proof

      Bird hobbyists always find squirrels often bothersome because these tiny culprits steal the seeds in the feeder. Sometimes, some birds feed their squirrel neighbors. As an answer to this dilemma, bird feeder manufacturers added features in their bird feeders that trip, twirl, and flip squirrels.

    Because of their pure love of birds, manufacturers keep on coming up with bird-feeders armed with latest technology. This growing pastime for bird and nature lovers will always move forward with new features will always make bird feeding fulfilling and effective.

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    AI in Toy Manufacturing

    AI has conquered everything now, including many homes with kids. It has made it into the world of toys, making play time more interactive and more interesting. Here are two AI toys to check out:

    1. Cozmo. Released October 17, 2018, Cozmo is the newest toy from Anki—a new startup from San Francisco. It is a fun attempt at bringing expanding AI and robotics to consumers. Other companies concentrate on using AI and robots for government, advanced computing, and defense. Anki believes that AI toys will establish a stronghold in consumer homes. Smart toys such as Cozmo will proliferate from 8 Million to about 421 Million by the year 2020.

    Though there have been toy companies such as Hasbro and Mattel that have been making high-tech Furby and Barbie toys, Cozmo is very different. It is a smart toy that interacts with objects and people. This connection allows Cozmo’s software to learn. The moment it is activated, Cozmo’s sensors and cameras enable it to recognize several people and avoid accidents such as bumps and falls. According to Anki, by December, Cozmo will be recognizing new words and pets. Anki’s president, Hanns Tappeiner, says that input triggers will always impact Cozmo’s advanced behavior.

    1. Smartibot. This is a DIY, educational toy for children and adults who are interested in robotics. Makers at The Crafty Robot say that Smartibot is the first AI robot made of cardboard. The AI in this toy can detect objects in real time. It can recognize vehicles, people, and pets, then follow them automatically.

    This AI toy has two variants—a unicorn and a tea-bot. The unicorn has a cardboard horn and the tea-bot has cup holders, enabling it to deliver drinks. You can attach its parts to an object such as a potato or a toy car and turn it into a personal robot.

    These two AI toys prove that robots can truly capture and stimulate anyone’s imagination. Robots, combined with various personalities, can make technology more appealing and relatable. They can truly be part of the lives of children as they grow up.

    If you’re looking for the right manufacturing team, you have to start with the right recruiting team. Let WH Meanor put our experience to work for you.  Register now for a free ten minute assessment of your search efforts by clicking the link https://whmeanorassociates.as.me/

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    Machine Learning, Data Science and Automation

    Automation is taking over our lives and our future. Many things we do before, such as going to the bank to withdraw money or leaving the house to pay bills, are now almost laughable. People who have embraced automation do not even have to leave the spot they’re in to do these things. With a click or a tap, groceries arrive at the door and bill payments go through.

    Experts perceive two possible futures in which automation changes everything. One involves more, better jobs after losing their old ones. The other involves robots taking over industries and taking away the jobs of people. These two possible scenarios are only possible because of the fact that automation is now an essential part of our daily lives.
    Automation happens in data science and in machine learning.
    Data Science Automation

    Years ago, the extraction of information from large data sets is expensive. The company must build a data infrastructure that could cater to the needs of the data scientists. Highly skilled and specialized people should also be there to operate the tools. Presently, this usually doesn’t happen anymore. Because of automation in data science, cloud-based platforms make it much easier to maintain and develop large data infrastructures.
    Data science has three main parts:

    1. Modeling
    2. Data processing
    3. Deployment
    Data processing is the most time consuming step. Modeling is more of a repetitive process. Deployment depends on the situation. The data scientist must try various algorithms until he or she reaches an optimal one. To come up with a more efficient process, innovative platforms were created.
    These platforms make the following possible:

    • They automate majority of the data processing
    • They make overseeing developed data models and parameters easier
    • They launch models and algorithms into production effortlessly
    This automation doesn’t mean that the data scientists will all lose their jobs. They are still essential in building and interpreting models. The skills these experts have are difficult to find and expensive to acquire. When companies try o build projects on advanced analytics, the biggest challenge is hiring highly skilled data scientists.
    Automated Machine Learning

    This unending need for such professionals has prompted many companies to integrate automated machine learning into their data platforms. Because of this, there is only minimal intervention in entering data and getting resulting collection models.

    Automated machine learning systems make it possible for predictive analytics open to a larger audience. These are powerful, helpful tools to help non-technical workers to solve simple problems on prediction.

    Many tools have been created to automate the parts of data science workflow. Even so, the work of a data scientist cannot be fully automated. Automated data science and machine learning could never replace a data scientist’s ability to:
    • Think of a means to create a solution
    • Understand a company problem
    • Listen to clients

    Automation can help tool sets that non-technical people can use in working on analytical projects and presenting them to their clients.

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    The sports industry always takes notice of how athletes are improving by means of strength, stamina, and speed. The just keep breaking records year after year. The dramatic improvements in athletes are brought about by the advancements in technology in the areas of nutrition, training, sports equipment, and supplementation.

    To help these athletes perform even better, athletic clothes are designed thoughtfully. Special fabrics have been developed to suit every need of every athlete in various fields of sports.

    It doesn’t matter what the purpose is, whether it’s muscular support, intense cushioning of the soles, or dispersing heat from the body and clothes to the environment, specialized fabrics help significantly.

    When it comes to looking good while sweating it out, women do not hold the monopoly.

    Men also like to be seen while working out and they want to be seen looking good. Of course, these special fabrics could also be helping them perform better aside from contributing to aesthetics.

    Exceptional Fabric, Intense Performance

    Stepping in sportswear stores present myriad possibilities for those who want to explore their athletic side. Every sports accessory and apparel have a designated purpose.

    The giant bands in sportswear understand the needs of their customers. That is why they tirelessly come up with the latest sportswear.

    Cool and Effective

    Under Armour brought about “CoolSwitch” so that athletes can eliminate heat and cool their bodies as they perform. The company applies its technology to their fabrics, together with other components to absorb moisture a more quickly.

    The company also came up with the “Streaker” technology, which has low moisture absorption. It is also a polyester fabric that’s fast drying and doesn’t shrink. It may be polyester, but the fabric provides the comfort of cotton.

    Battling the Cold

    The North Face’s “Flashdry” technology assures comfort and dryness. The technology involves the incorporation of fabric into another fabric so the component does not wash out. It delivers the moisture to the fabric’s external layer, enhancing evaporation, maintaining comfort and dryness as the athlete performs.

    The renowned company also showcases its “FuseForm” technology, which involves the combination of Polyester and Nylon, ensuring more care and amenity. The resulting fabric is lightweight, seamless, breathable, and waterproof, perfect for climbing, mountaineering, and other outdoor activities. New methods in manufacturing and changing the way that we dress as well as the way that we perform.

    Both men and women are now searching for sportswear that could make them look great and perform better at the same time. It is about time you put those plain black or white shirts away, don’t you think?

    If you’re looking for the right manufacturing team, you have to start with the right recruiting team. Let WH Meanor put our experience to work for you.   Register now for a free ten minute assessment of your search efforts by clicking the link https://whmeanorassociates.as.me/  Or visit us at www.whmeanor.com and check out our industry articles, webinars, videos and jobs!

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    New Manufacturing Techniques and New Materials Make for a Greener Experience for Soft Drink Lovers.


    Coca Cola has come up with an environment-friendly bottle made of organic plant materials. The company revealed it at the Expo Milano Food Technology Conference. The Coke bottle is still made of plastic, but it is plastic produced from sugar cane (from Brazil) and sugar cane waste products (from India). They are not made from petroleum.

    This organic Coke bottle shows the Coca Cola Company’s real endeavors to create soda containers from sustainable materials. This is the first bottle to be completely manufactured from 100% sugar cane plastic. Coca Cola also wants to convert fruit bark, stems, and peels into plastic.  They are definitely doing their best to manufacture products using renewable alternative materials from plants.



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    New Manufacturing Tech makes Innovative sneaker design

    When consumers choose sneakers, they are always after comfort and performance. Thanks to the continuous innovations in sneaker design, consumers can get more out of their sports endeavors. Here are some of the newest happenings in manufacturing the sneakers that you need:

    1. Customized tailoring. Through 3D printing, sneaker manufacturers can create more comfortable shoes that fit the needs of their clients. A customer goes through laser foot scanning while walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes. The information collected helps construct the customized sole. After just two hours, the manufacturers insert the soles into the shoe design the individual customer has already pre-selected.
    2. Advanced fabrics. Examples of such highly technological sneaker fabrics are Flyknit (Nike), Primeknit (Adidas), Ultraknit (Reebok), and Evoknit (Puma). Fabric machines are programmed to produce firmer, thin, thicker, or stretchy fabrics, depending on the client’s needs.
    3. Smart sneakers. There are also sneaker manufacturers customize their shoes by adding sensors. The shoes have to be connected to an app that would gather the data that would track the client’s progress. This is made possible by microchips embedded in the sneakers.
    Choosing the right sports shoes is not limited to what the stores have on their shelves. Discerning customers can now walk out with the shoes based on their needs.

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    Should You Take that Counter Offer?

    You have finally reached the point in your life when you want to spread your wings and find greener pastures. It is time to look for new job and move on. You presently work with good people, but the offer is just to irresistible to turn down. A few days after you turn in our resignation letter, our boss approaches you and makes a counteroffer. It’s a surprise that now leaves you with a question of should you keep working there or should you leave? Sadly, it is not a simple question to answer.

    A recent survey about resignation practices, almost 40% of HR leaders and senior executives agreed that when an exiting employee accepts a counter offer from the employer being left, it is not good at all. Even so, 80% of HR superiors and 78% of senior heads say that it is sometimes good to accept a counteroffer. These instances are rarely the same and it is difficult to identify the specific times they may happen.

    It is undeniable that counteroffers are part of today’s company life. In the past years, there have been an increase in counteroffers, though no statistical hard data is available to prove it. These counteroffers are stressful for everyone concerned. There is tough competition for great talent and resignees are often tempted by unexpected counteroffers. If you suddenly find yourself in the same boat, here are considerations to help you:

    • Money is vital but it should never be the sole reason for leaving or staying. The declaration to leave the company is often greeted by the question of money. In the study mentioned earlier, several executives said that it is an acceptable reason for leaving, but it should not be the only reason. Despite the promise of many companies that they help manage the careers of their employees, they usually don’t. Because of this, it is acceptable for employees to manage their own career by choosing the right job and employer.
    • Think about the consequences of accepting the offer. If you accept the counteroffer, 60% of HR heads and 80% of chief executives say that the trust will be diminished. Also, the reputation of the board and executives will be compromised. The same goes for the rejected new company. Moving forward, 67% of HR heads and 71% of chief executives say that the higher-ups of the current company would end up questioning their employee’s loyalty. Watch out for the damage that comes with renegotiation an offer after accepting it.
    • Keep an eye on the track record. Contemplate if your career will, indeed, benefit from that counteroffer. Sadly, counteroffers usually do not work. If they do work for the employee, it would only be for a short while. The employee who wanted to leave then held back would leave anyway after a certain period.
    • Pay attention to the decision. When your boss tells you that they have been contemplating on giving you a better position, think about accepting it. This is a genuine reaction that could benefit your career. Ask yourself if you believe your boss would eventually give you the position if you stayed. If you think this is just a tactic to hold on to their employees because of the sheer difficulty experienced replacements, then it would be best not to accept the counteroffer.
    • Step back a while. If certainty still isn’t there for you, it would be best to seek the advice of a trusted mentor to assess your situation. Your reputation is at stake. Once you are completely sure about your decision, you can easily reject the counteroffers (fake or otherwise) if doing so is for your good.

    . Taking or rejecting the counteroffer can definitely shape your career and your future. Discern and then decide.

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    Though the logistics and manufacturing fields have long been established yet finding the right people to work in them is always a challenge. That is why manufacturing recruiters are in high demand. Corporations want the knowledgeable and experienced people to work for them so that they could materialize their goals much faster.

    Below are some of the collected expert tips in recruiting and keeping the top talents in the manufacturing and logistics industries:

    1. Use social media. If you want to make your audience larger in hopes of catching the attention of the talent your company needs, there is no other better way than to use social media. Younger people and the millennials are prolific users of social media platforms such as Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. If you increase your visibility online and engage with more potential candidates, you could very well communicate with your talents in a more familiar manner.
    2. Give referral bonuses. Your present employees can help search for the manufacturing employee you need. Provide them with incentives every time they share the job postings with their family and friends, they deem qualified for the position.
    3. Make time to go to where the potential employees are. Attend school gatherings, conferences, and community events and see if any participant can fill the position you. There are always exceptional people who are just waiting for the right opportunity and the right company.
    4. Be clear about the job posting. The potential employee should know exactly what you are looking for. Avoid being too technical. Instead, search for the right kind of person you want to work with. The new employee should be a hard worker and should be able to get along with you and the other employees.

    Millennials are the target of the manufacturing industry. They bring new energy to any position available to them. Companies like yours should know how to draw them in, recruit them, and keep them. This is the only way for any manufacturing company to grow and move towards a brighter future.

    James Kemper is the president of W. H. Meanor & Associates, an executive placement & training company specializing in engineering & manufacturing careers.  Register to receive regular blog posts and industry specific articles at: http://eepurl.com/dtKsDL or visit at www.whmeanor.com

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    Finding the Right Manufacturing Employees


    Manufacturing companies need to continue hiring fresh talent because whether they like it or not, people mature, lives change, and policies transform. Here are some of the common factors that push the recruitment efforts of companies in the manufacturing industry:


    • Approved provincial or federal grants that support the development of the economy
    • Retirements that lead to the loss of experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled staff
    • The mandate to meet company requirements in establishing new employment contracts
    • Plans to expand the company
    • The need to have advanced sets of skills to remain competitive

    This is where manufacturing recruiters step in. Employers seek the help of these professionals in locating and employing talents efficiently and swiftly. Only a handful of employers could spend time an extensive amount of time and money to perform an in-depth search for the right candidates. These companies need the people who could learn quickly and stay permanently.

    That is why experiences manufacturing recruiters are in demand. They are people who spend lots of time and effort in acquiring talent. Without these recruiters, employers could end up making poor decisions and hire people not suitable for a specific job.

    Here’s how manufacturing recruiters provide the companies with the great talent they need:

    • They have access to updated networks of viable candidates. Because these recruiters can review various portfolios and resumes, they can pinpoint fitting candidates immediately. They do not need to guess who could be a good replacement for the employee, who just resigned or retired. This cuts down the time needed to contact the candidates for assessment tests or interviews.
    • They are efficient. Because searching for the perfect fit is what they do, manufacturing recruiters can concentrate all their resources and time in performing reference checks and screening.
    • They understand the requirements of the job. These professionals know what every manufacturer requires for the position available. Because of their knowledge of the job concerned, they know which candidates could fill the position beautifully. They could very well find contract, permanent, and temporary employees for any company.
    • They hasten the hiring. Usually, companies want to find the right person in the shortest time possible. Manufacturing recruiters know which candidate they should call in for that interview or contract signing.

    Each company in the manufacturing industry has the vision to grow with capable and perseverant employees. With the help of manufacturing recruiters, this is highly possible, paving a way for the forward movement and foreseen growth of every company.

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    Job Interview Etiquette

    Etiquette Rules during Job Interviews

    During an interview you need to mind your manners and follow an unspoken code of
    etiquette. This is more than your mom’s “keep your elbows off the table.” Business
    manners are going to be key, an interview is so much more than what you have to say – it
    is how you present (or sell) yourself. If part of the job you are applying for is dealing
    with clients or executives from other companies, you can be guaranteed how you act is
    part of the decision making process.

    Eye contact, you have to be able to maintain eye contact without being uncomfortable.
    There are some acceptable ways to do this. If you are answering a question, it is okay to
    glance away when gathering your thoughts but if you are listening to someone keep your
    attention focused on them (even if their eyes are wandering). This shows good manners
    and that you care about what they have to say.

    Do not under any circumstances have gum or a mint in your mouth during the interview.
    If you want to be sure that you have fresh breath, chew gum or suck on the mint before
    arriving at your destination but discard or finish them before you enter the building. It is
    distracting and rude to have them in your mouth when answering questions.

    Use your interviewer’s name, ideally you found out who you would be interviewed by
    when the meeting was arranged. If it isn’t provided to you, be sure to ask who you will
    be meeting with and their position. When you arrive, shake hands and greet the person
    by name. If you are just learning their name, repeat it and remember it. You want to be
    sure to get it right and thank them for their time when you are leaving.