Don Draper and the Value of Free Days

By Pamela Kan in Reflection
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From the very first episode I was hooked on Mad Men. I loved the clothes, the sense of style, and the great story lines. Being a Kellogg School of Management alumnus, I definitely have a soft spot for anything regarding marketing. So this show, which revolved around the drama of a marketing agency, was perfect for me in so many ways.

Guided Motion Solutions for the Prefab Home Industry

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Industry
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What comes to mind when you think of prefabricated homes? A mobile home park? Vinyl siding, steel roofs, monotonous rows of trailers or lackluster bungalows?

California’s Secret Sauce—What’s the Recipe?

By Pamela Kan in Local
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In addition to being chairman of the California Manufacturing and Technology Association Executive Committee, I have the honor of serving on the National Association of Manufacturers board of directors. During the spring board meetings of both organizations, there was a general sense of optimism for the state of manufacturing in our country and California. Nationally, the manufacturing base has grown by 7.5 percent. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business.

10 Things You Should Know About STEM

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM
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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—STEM, in colloquial parlance—are the tools we're using to build a better future. We like to think that the rock stars of the future will be robot-building, mechanically and scientifically inclined geeks.

Rewarding the Ethic and Ingenuity of Local Eagle Scouts

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Local
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In 1912, a 17-year-old Long Island native became the Boy Scout of America's first Eagle Scout. Arthur Rose Eldred went on to study agriculture at Cornell University, enlist in the U.S. Navy during WWI and lead a distinguished career as an executive in the railroad industry.

A Long Length Challenge in the Industrial Fabric Industry—Solved!

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Industry
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As manufacturers come up with new industrial applications, they increasingly rely on linear motion systems because of their reliability, high speed, accurate positioning, long life and low maintenance.

We’re a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine!

By Pamela Kan in Industry
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Several years ago I wrote about being Lean and Green. I asked the question – “Is it hard to be 'green' or is it really just more the discipline of looking at how to run your business in a more efficient way?” One that improves your bottom line as well as reduces your impact on the environment; not regulated by government, but regulated by common sense to use the least amount of resources (lower costs) to produce your product.

A Closer Look at Trends in Manufacturing

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Industry
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The manufacturing industry has changed a lot throughout the years and will continue to do so at an increasingly faster pace. One of the most noticeable changes is the renewed awareness of government officials and economists, who publicly recognize manufacturing as the real driving force of a strong economy.

Pi Day 2015 – Combining Math & Food for a Celebration of the Century

By Pamela Kan in Products, Industry
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Full disclosure, math is not my best subject, in fact it ruined my chances at becoming a pharmacist, but when 3.14.15 comes around only once in a century, we need to celebrate! While I may not be stellar at math I love STEM and making sure our kids are getting a great STEM based experience in school. So we combined two of our favorite subjects – math and food – and built the first ever Bishop-Wisecarver Pie Making Machine in honor of Pi Day 2015. You won’t find it added to our sales catalog just yet, but you can check out what products we used to build it in a list I’ve included below.

Movie on FIRST Robotics Proves That 'If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It'

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST
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A decade ago, WIRED magazine ran a story about four high school students from a tumbledown high school in Phoenix, Ariz., beating MIT in a sophisticated and nationally watched underwater robotics competition.
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