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Manufacturing innovation awards on Nov. 4!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 28, 2016

CMTA was honored to be on the Advanced Manufacturing selection committee for a new awards program for the nine-county Sacramento region. On November 4, the 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations and the innovators and local companies that brought them to fruition.

Going through the difficult judging process we saw firsthand that the region's industry is world class, bringing leading edge research & development, good jobs and economic growth. 

The Advanced Manufacturing category finalists are: 

The program was founded by the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, which has had similar award programs in Utah and Idaho. The Sacramento Business Journal is the program’s media sponsor and  Moss Adams LLP serves as the official CPA vote tabulator.

Join us in honoring the finalists and naming the winners at a luncheon ceremony at Sacramento's Doubletree Hotel on Friday, November 4th. See all the finalists and reserve your seat for the awards luncheon through the Sacramento Business Journal: http://bizj.us/1nu1x4  
 
You can also follow the hashtag #SacInnov8Awards for continued information on the program.
 
 
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Award nominations were reviewed by a panel of approximately 50 experts from local business, technology and academic communities.  

The following “Selection Committees” will carefully reviewed the nominations during a seven-week evaluation process. 

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

  • Steve Mills, Partner, DCA Capital Partners
  • Gino DiCaro, Vice President of Communications, California Manufacturing & Technology Association (CMTA)
  • Tony Lopez, Vice President of Operations, Pride Industries
  • John Krueger, Executive VP, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council

FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS

  • Kristy Levings, Director, AgStart
  • Joe Schmidt, Senior VP Business Development & Strategy, BioConsortia, Inc.
  • Ana Klien, VP & CFO, Sunsweet Growers Inc.
  • Julie Morris, Director of Technology Innovation, World Food Center at UC Davis
  • Trish Kelley, Senior Vice President, Valley Vision
  • Helen Singmaster, General Counsel, Raley's
  • Ryan Sharp, Associate Director, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Ashish Malik, VP of Global Marketing, Biologics, CropScience Division, Bayer CropScience LP
  • Melissa Jones, Office Managing Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]

HARDWARE & ELECTRONICS

  • Harry Laswell, CEO, Powerhouse Science Center
  • Binda Mangat, President/CEO, Quorum Technologies, Inc.
  • Amit Gattani, Senior Director of Segment Marketing, Embedded Solutions Group,
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Norman White, Senior Attorney, Intel
  • Robb Moore, CEO, ioSafe
  • Tim Keller, Project Coordinator, Area 52 / Sierra Energy

MEDICAL AND HEALTH TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES - supported by MedStart

  • John Caterham, CEO, Social Interest Solutions
  • John Mesic, M.D., Physician Executive, Sutter Health Valley Area
  • Cary Adams, JD, CEO, MedForce Accelerator / Almond Tree Capital
  • Claire Pomeroy, M.D., MBA, President and CEO, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Former Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Warren Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, California State University, Sacramento
  • Simon Cherry, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, University of California, Davis
  • Howard Bubb, CEO, SARTA
  • Zack Schmidt, CEO, SureClinical
  • Chris Wood, Senior Director, Mercy Neurological Institute , Dignity Health
  • Chris Gresens, M.D., Senior Medical Director and Vice President of Global Medicine , BloodSource
  • Dushyant Pathak, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, Executive Director Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Matt Phillips, Director, MedStart, Social Interest Solutions
  • Meg Arnold, Principal, GSD Consulting
  • Matt Bethards, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]

SOFTWARE

  • Roger Akers, Managing Partner, Akers Capital LLC
  • Laura Good, Consultant, Laura Good Consulting Services
  • Vaibhav Nadgauda, Partner, Moneta Ventures
  • Corley Phillips, Director, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Brandon Weber, Founder, The Urban Hive
  • Kim Box, Director, American River Bank
  • Mark Otero, Electronic Arts
  • John Peters, Angel Investor

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Todd Lindstrom, CEO, Enable Energy
  • Gary Simon, Chairman, CleanStart, Inc.
  • Nicole England, Teichert Construction
  • Erica Manuel, Manager: Community, Economic Development & Education, SMUD
  • John Bissell, CEO, Micromidas, Inc.
  • Chris Russell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]

 

 





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MFG workers at CMTA's next Champion company say it all!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 18, 2016

Two comments we heard this week from long-time employees at a Valley manufacturer exemplify how California manufacturing is blistering through new innovations and technologies for very traditional manufacturing processes and providing tremendous opportunities for workers.

The employees work for our next Manufacturing Champion company to be announced in October on #MFGday16 and in our annual magazine. 

The quotes were so good, we thought we’d share in anticipation:

“We appreciate the opportunity to learn new skills. Not long ago, for example, the company sent me along with a team of engineers to Ohio to learn about the robotic welder. After I came back I handled all of the electrical for it. Since then, we’ve added new presses, modified other machines, and upgraded other technology. We’re not stagnant or set on one direction. We’re always innovating.”

"There’s no lack of improvement here. We’re always thinking of ways to make better use of our time and improve our productivity. I’m always adapting and learning, and learning from other employees.”





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'Internet of Things' and MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 15, 2016

CMTA is proud of the technology and innovation that manufacturers are using to compete and grow in California, where every efficiency counts. The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is not new but it's impact on operational efficiencies for manufacturing is emerging. It’s long been understood how IoT can help with distribution and warehouse related processes, but it’s also going to help improve the manufacturing process.

On manufacturing floors there is still a lot of running around, hard copy record keeping and hands-on troubleshooting, especially in small  and mid size operations. IoT can improve all of these manual processes and generate substantial productivity improvements.

By adding IoT sensors, cameras and gauges, as well as the software needed to view the data that’s collected, maintenance teams can keep tabs on equipment performance without ever stepping foot on plant floors. These solutions can alert employees to a component's change in pressure, temperature, vibration, or other critical occurence. Maintenance teams can then remediate the issue with minimal (or no) downtime.

Here’s a look at four main ways Iot will change the future of manufacturing (paraphrased from Manufacturing.net)

1. IoT For The Masses:

Like we saw with cloud infrastructure, IoT technology is bound to soon become ubiquitous and affordable.  Soon small-scale manufacturing operations will be afforded the same customized IoT opportunities as their multinational counterparts.

2. Environmental Compliance

Whether it’s reporting the least energy-efficient components on a line, identifying energy byproducts exceeding tolerable thresholds or delivering real-time information about material waste, IoT sensors and gauges will make compliance much easier for manufacturers everywhere.

3. Improving Output Quality

Connected sensors, cameras and telemetry don’t just report on abnormal machine operation — they also report on product variations and help boost the quality of finished products. With this information, machines further down the production line can be adjusted to resolve the issue and prevent the defective product from reaching consumers.

Better inline quality assurance will relieve stress from quality control departments, instill better confidence within the sales and distribution chain, and ultimately improve relations with end consumers as well.

4. Increased Business Intelligence

It’s one thing to get your machines connected and collecting data, but understanding that data is something else entirely. Executives who have invested in customized intelligence software are also learning how to make meaningful productivity decisions based on their data, finding faster and cheaper methods to produce superior products. You can expect to see rapid growth in software and mobile products aimed at delivering actionable data to upper management. By speaking the user’s language and making IoT relatable, these software advancements will only further accelerate adoption across the whole industry.

IoT technology is set to revolutionize how manufacturers operate to an extent that hasn’t been seen since the first mechanized assembly lines were introduced. 





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Caterpillar CEO: pro growth policies and innovation will lead the MFG renaissance

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 24, 2015

Caterpillar CEO, Doug Oberhelman, along with Honeywell CEO, Dave Cote, commented last week on CNBC's Squawk Box on the potential for a U.S. manufacturing renaissance.

At the core of their comments, were two drivers -- the tremendous innovation within their companies, like Caterpillar machines being interconnected by computers, and the pro-growth policies necessary to compete and win, like re-authorization of the U.S. Export-Import bank

California's own manufacturing sector boasts so much of the country's cutting edge innovation in R&D that it could translate into manufacturing for our middle class to lead the national manufacturing "scale-up". But like national policies, we need to make sure our state programs are inline with the competitive needs of our manufacturing base -- cost effective energy policies, flexible work laws, workforce training initiatives, more regulatory certainty, etc.  

With only two percent of the country's manufacturing investments last year, we have work to do. A powerful message of manufacturing growth is likely taking over the country, and now California needs to ensure its rightful place in that resurgence for its own economy.

Manufacturing executives in California should also follow the lead of CEO's like Oberhelman and Cote. If we see more of these public interviews and speeches from California manufacturing executives we can help give state lawmakers the support they need to pass pro-growth policies.

 

 

 





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Siemens transfers technology and opportunity to California

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 23, 2015

Siemens has been building railcars for over 160 years, yet the level of technology innovation they employ is on par with the latest high-tech manufacturing companies. Sacramento is fortunate to be home to 850 Siemens employees, including more than100 engineers who are finding new ways to improve safety, reduce weight and achieve mind-blowing energy efficiency.  

This week CMTA got a glimpse of Siemens’ Sacramento operation.  Everything we saw -- from precision welding of parts for the undercarriage to survive 30 years of operation to final touches on interior spaces for the comfort of passengers -- confirmed the company’s commitment to be an industry leader. We particularly enjoyed seeing the latest generation light rail cars to be delivered to Charlotte, Portland, San Diego and Calgary. Soon the plant will begin to build the next edition light rail cars for the San Francisco Muni and this year will also be the production start of the trains for All Aboard Florida – a new passenger service connecting Miami and Orlando.

We were also pleased to learn that “Made in America” is a major goal for Siemens production.  That means many types of jobs are required in the facility and suppliers across the country benefit greatly from Siemens operation here. The company was also one of the first major manufacturing facilities to power its operations with solar power — 85 percent of the plant is powered by the sun.

Since Siemens chose Sacramento as a major headquarters in 1984, it has provided hundreds of upwardly mobile jobs to support a middle class or better lifestyle for California families. The good news is that the future for Siemens and other rail industry suppliers remains bright, as population growth and the need to reduce vehicle miles traveled to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals will put more rail options on the table for consideration.  Passengers on Siemens railcars will get where they need to go in energy-efficient style, not wasting time on congested streets and freeways or in clogged airports. 

When it comes to high-speed rail, Siemens has a great track record. They have more than 400 high-speed trainsets in operation globally that have traveled more than 600 million miles to date. And, the mileage for the fleet is growing by over 300,000 miles each day, experience that proves their leadership and innovation in the field.  

Siemens exemplifies what it means to be a California manufacturer – providing great value to customers through innovation and the contribution of highly skilled and productive workers able to meet all business and technical challenges.  We look forward to another visit with Siemens as they continue to grow and prosper in the state. 

 





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