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    Curbing Counterfeits in Manufacturing

    Some field experts believe that manufacturing lies at the heart of economy, which leads undoubtedly leads to a high influx of counterfeit products in recent years. Problems tend to arise when legitimate companies fail to acquire product end consumer data from suspicious sources.

    Manufacturers have undergone additional measures to prevent consumers using dependable QR code labels and other forms of scanning methods in authenticating products. Open tags found on products are also being closely monitored by AI-backed systems that perform routine checks and logs on the patented technologies.

    Due to rampant cloning methods and other expedients of piracy, the distribution of counterfeit products remains an onerous issue.

     

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    On the 4th of July let’s reflect on what it meant & what drove Americans to seek their Independence

    The Fourth of July ranks today as one of the most important holidays in the United States. It is the celebration of our independence and the date that we finalized the Declaration of Independence.

    Since the Fourth of July is also the anniversary of the day that the final edits on the Declaration of Independence were made– it might interest some of you to know the reasons the Declaration was made to begin with and why the founders were so passionate about it.

    You may not know that many of our founders believed so strongly in what they were doing that they lost everything. Many did not but some paid the ultimate price for their loyalty to the newly formed United States.

    The separation from England was inevitable since the men and women who were helping to form the country were passionate that it not repeat the mistakes they saw in their home countries in Europe.  For the record, the reasons that the founding fathers felt that they should declare themselves free and risk the loss of home, wealth, freedom and family are these listed in the Declaration of Independence:

    • He has erected a Multitude of new Offices and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People.
    • He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.
    • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    • For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury

    All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.  That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed. For the support of this Declaration we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

    Our amazing nation has traveled a long path, from a day when men and women pledged their lives and their money and their honor to build a country and who risked everything to accomplish it, to this day, when the United States helps other nations to become free and is one of the most powerful nations in the world.

    James Kemper is the president of W. H. Meanor & Associates, an executive placement & training company specializing in engineering & manufacturing careers.  He can be reached at: jms@whmeanor.com or 704-372-7640 #102 or visit at www.whmeanor.com

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    THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGY IN MANUFACTURING WATCHES

    Because of the continuous evolution of technology, watches are not just plain watches anymore. The latest brands of wristwatches have embraced and focused on the name “wearables”. This term distinguishes them as smartphones worn on wrists and even more so than that. Here are the five technologies that have just turned up in the most sought after top selling watches:

    1.          Skin tracking. Ever watched movies that allow the person to manipulate any surface as a computer? Well, this technology is almost similar to that. It allows the wearer to use the skin on the arm to manipulate the touchscreen of the watch. The Netatmo June armband tells the wearer if he or she is wearing the right amount of sun protection or still needs more. This wearable technology aims to reduce the number of skin cancer cases worldwide. The Netatmo June may be an armband but it reflects the similar technology that many watches have in terms of sensing the skin.

    2.          Enhanced WiFi and Face time camera. This type of technology has been adopted by the Apple Watch, which is 40% thinner than the models before it. It is capable of supporting a video camera for Face Time. It also has improved WiFi so the wearer can make audio and video calls.

    3.          Fitness tracking. Because of the present fitness hype, people want to monitor their workout progress just by strapping on their watches and looking at their phones. Through fitness tracking technology, you can monitor their workout progress just by strapping on their watches and looking at their phones. Through fitness tracking technology, you can monitor a combination of the following:

    •           Touchscreen

    •           Heart rate monitoring

    •           Incoming message and call alerts

    •           GPS tracking for running

    •           Sleep monitoring

    •           Tracking of steps

    Learning new languages. This is a technology very useful to those who travel a lot. Duolingo is the tech that enables the user to learn a new language as they keep moving from one place to another.

    5.          Seizure tracking. The technology in Apple Watch may someday be utilized to measure the duration and the severity of epileptic seizures. This is very helpful to patients and their healthcare providers as they go about specific care plans.

    These technologies are only some of the most coveted in highly demanding circles of the tech-savvy professionals. If you’re one of them, perhaps it’s time to try one and use it to track anything from fitness to wellness.

    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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    TECHNOLOGY IN MANUFACTURING BIRD FEEDERS

    TECHNOLOGY IN MANUFACTURING BIRD FEEDERS

    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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    NEW TECHNOLOGY IN MANUFACTURING SPORTS PERFORMANCE CLOTHING

    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.

    A COKE BOTTLE MADE FROM PLANTS

    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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