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Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

By CMTC

Over the last century, manufacturing has undergone many changes. And, now, the manufacturing industry is experiencing another revolution. Featuring conversations from the field, Shifting Gears highlights manufacturers, consultants, and industry experts from the modern world of manufacturing. Join us each quarter, as we share the latest news, trends, technology, and expert insights to help manufacturers thrive in today’s economy.
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A Closer Look at the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
A Closer Look at the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Episode 3 features FIBR Food Safety Council Lead Trainer Bill Huntley. Bill discusses the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), its impact on small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs), and the steps SMMs can take to ensure their compliance.
40:59
November 09, 2022
The Evolution of Apparel Manufacturing
The Evolution of Apparel Manufacturing
Episode 2 features California Fashion Association President Ilse Metchek. Ilse discusses the current landscape of the apparel industry in California, the opportunities and challenges apparel manufacturers face, and the role technology has played in the industry. Ilse also covers regulatory and compliance changes, the impact of “fast” and “slow” fashion, and her predictions for the future of apparel in California.
34:25
November 09, 2022
Exploring the Macro and Micro Views on Aerospace & Defense
Exploring the Macro and Micro Views on Aerospace & Defense
Episode 1 features Aerospace & Defense Forum Co-Founder & Executive Director Dr. Ivan Rosenberg and Patriot Industrial Partners Managing Director Alex Krutz. Ivan and Alex discuss today’s aerospace and defense ecosystem including current technology, trends, and cybersecurity considerations. Ivan and Alex also offer practical guidance to A&D organizations, covering topics such as strategic planning, company culture, and problem-solving.
44:44
November 09, 2022
Shifting Gears Season Seven Trailer
Shifting Gears Season Seven Trailer
Season Seven of Shifting Gears deep-dives into a few of California’s biggest manufacturing industries: aerospace & defense, apparel, and food. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s topics.
01:51
November 02, 2022
What Is NIST SP 800-171 All About?
What Is NIST SP 800-171 All About?
Episode 3 features two CMTC Cyber Physical Security Services consultants: Ernie Edmonds and Buzz Thomas. Ernie and Buzz define NIST SP 800-171 and explain what it entails – its requirements, which companies need to follow its guidelines, and how an SMM can implement it.
48:26
July 27, 2022
The Current State of Employment & Competitiveness in California Manufacturing
The Current State of Employment & Competitiveness in California Manufacturing
Episode 2 features Beacon Economics Research Manager Taner Osman. Taner discusses the current state of California manufacturing, particularly in terms of employment and competitiveness. In addition, Taner covers the diversity of California’s various regions and industries, supply chain challenges facing California SMMs, and key elements SMMs should consider including in their manufacturing strategies.
40:12
July 27, 2022
Government Funding Opportunities for Manufacturers
Government Funding Opportunities for Manufacturers
Episode 1 features Lakeview Consulting President Micki Vandeloo and San Diego, Orange, Imperial PTAC Regional Director Brett Housholder. Micki and Brett discuss the current state of manufacturing funding at the various federal, state, local, and private institution levels. In addition, they explain the qualifications for funding, how to write a proposal, and the “dos and don’ts” when submitting an application.
01:09:35
July 27, 2022
Shifting Gears Season Six Trailer
Shifting Gears Season Six Trailer
Season Six of Shifting Gears deep-dives into government funding opportunities for manufacturers, the current state of employment and competitiveness in California manufacturing, and NIST SP 800-171 requirements. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s topics.
01:46
July 13, 2022
What is the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award?
What is the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award?
Episode 3 features California Council for Excellence (CEE) Vice Chair Dr. David Spong and Shields Resource Group Principal Denise Shields. David and Denise explain what the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is, what happens when a company receives the award, and the impact of the Baldrige process not only on quality and productivity but on company culture.
51:43
April 05, 2022
10 Things You Need To Know & Do For Cybersecurity
10 Things You Need To Know & Do For Cybersecurity
Episode 2 features two CMTC Cyber Physical Security Services consultants: Ernie Edmonds and Buzz Thomas. Ernie and Buzz cover ten best practices for improving cybersecurity, including small business system architecture, device hygiene, multi-factor authentication, and more. They also discuss the importance of people in establishing and maintaining strong cybersecurity.
01:04:29
April 05, 2022
Workforce Development – Recruiting & Retaining Talent
Workforce Development – Recruiting & Retaining Talent
Episode 1 features Engage Forward Consultant, Trainer, & Coach/Advocate Lisa Rawcliffe and CMTC Senior Manager of HR, Administration, & Recruitment Jeri Summer. Lisa and Jeri discuss the factors impacting SMMs in the current labor market, top tips to attracting and retaining talent, and the importance of workforce development.
57:01
April 05, 2022
Shifting Gears Season Five Trailer
Shifting Gears Season Five Trailer
Season Five of Shifting Gears deep-dives into talent recruitment & retention, cybersecurity best practices, and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s topics.
01:59
March 28, 2022
The Importance of Strategic Planning & Budgeting For Businesses of All Sizes
The Importance of Strategic Planning & Budgeting For Businesses of All Sizes
Episode 3 features Business Strategy & Family Business Advisor/Sales & Marketing expert Larry Kirsch as well as two professors from the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge – Dr. Lois M. Shelton and Dr. Daniel Degravel. Larry, Lois, and Daniel discuss what strategic planning is, the advantages of having a strategic plan, and how strategic planning ties into budgeting. The group closes with concrete steps to begin the strategic planning process and how to measure progress after implementation.
01:00:50
December 15, 2021
Building Supply Chain Resiliency Amid Global Disruption
Building Supply Chain Resiliency Amid Global Disruption
Episode 2 features Supply Chain/Operations & Management Consultant Gary Steinberg. Gary discusses how the pandemic has affected global supply chains, how SMMs can evaluate supply chain risks, the benefits of supplier scouting, and how SMMs can get started with supply chain strategy.
44:55
December 15, 2021
Tackling Cybersecurity Challenges: Ransomware & Recovery
Tackling Cybersecurity Challenges: Ransomware & Recovery
Episode 1 features Spearhead TEI President Dr. Tony Lopez. Tony explains what ransomware is and how it works, the types of ransomware that exist and possible entry points, what happens when a company falls victim to a ransomware attack, and what practices SMMs should consider implementing to prevent attacks.
01:01:47
December 15, 2021
Shifting Gears Season Four Trailer
Shifting Gears Season Four Trailer
Season Four of Shifting Gears deep-dives into ransomware and recovery, supply chain resiliency, and budgeting and strategic planning. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s topics.
01:54
December 03, 2021
Celebrating Manufacturing Day 2021
Celebrating Manufacturing Day 2021
Episode 4 features James Sly, President & CEO of the East County Economic Development Council; Pierre Coeurdeuil, Advising & Education Director for SFMade; and Ricardo Vasquez, Economic Policy Manager for the LA Mayor’s Office. James, Pierre, and Ricardo discuss how their organizations first got involved with MFG Day, the eye-opening experiences they’ve had at local manufacturers’ facilities during MFG Day, and the steps and benefits of hosting a MFG Day event.
51:54
August 25, 2021
Is Additive Manufacturing the Right Addition to Your Operation?
Is Additive Manufacturing the Right Addition to Your Operation?
Episode 3 features Dr. Richard M. Seugling, Manufacturing Engineering Section Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Jay Dinsmore, Founder and CEO of Dinsmore Inc.; and Matt Sand, Co-Founder and President of 3DEO. Richard, Jay, and Matt define additive manufacturing and discuss how to determine if this technology is right for your company, what to consider before taking the additive journey, and what they see for the future of additive.
55:52
August 25, 2021
Robotics & the Small Manufacturer Part 2: How Robotics Can Increase Employee Safety & Productivity
Robotics & the Small Manufacturer Part 2: How Robotics Can Increase Employee Safety & Productivity
Episode 2 features Mario Persicone, Director of Operations at PNM Company and Owner of Pro Laser Graphics. Mario discusses the applications of robotics and automation and how they can boost productivity and make a workplace safer.
40:28
August 25, 2021
Robotics & the Small Manufacturer Part 1: The Evolution of Robotics Technologies
Robotics & the Small Manufacturer Part 1: The Evolution of Robotics Technologies
Episode 1 features Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta, Smith International Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department and Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California; and Craig Schlenoff, Group Leader of the Cognition and Collaboration Systems Group and Program Manager of the Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing Program in the Intelligent Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). SK and Craig discuss the evolution of robotics technologies, the impact on the manufacturing industry, how to develop a roadmap for implementation, and their predictions for the future of robotics.
49:12
August 25, 2021
Shifting Gears Season Three Trailer
Shifting Gears Season Three Trailer
Season Three of Shifting Gears deep-dives into advanced manufacturing technologies: automation, robotics, and additive. The season concludes with a special episode in celebration of Manufacturing Day 2021. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s four topics.
02:13
August 19, 2021
Women in Manufacturing
Women in Manufacturing
Episode 6 features Natalia Sephton, President & CEO of M&R Engineering; Sarah Myers, Founder & CEO of HMP - Hemp Made Products; and Lisa Anderson, Founder & President of LMA Consulting Group Inc. Natalia, Sarah, and Lisa discuss their experiences as women in manufacturing—how they got started, their professional accomplishments, and the current state of opportunities for women in the industry.
39:35
May 14, 2021
Is eCommerce Easy Money?
Is eCommerce Easy Money?
Episode 5 features Rob Lightner, Co-Founder of East Brother Beer Company; Linh Judin, Owner of Itsy Bitty; and Derric Haynie, Chief Ecommerce Technologist at Ecommercetech.io. Rob, Linh, and Derric discuss the recent boom in eCommerce, their individual journeys with it, and advice for leveraging one’s online presence to sell better.
56:13
May 13, 2021
The Evolution of Smart Manufacturing
The Evolution of Smart Manufacturing
Episode 4 features Dr. Jim Davis, Vice Provost of IT at the Office of Advanced Research Computing at UCLA. Jim defines smart manufacturing, explains how it’s evolved over the past two decades and provides some unique examples of how smart manufacturing is being used today.
51:21
May 13, 2021
Economic Outlook in the Wake of the Pandemic
Economic Outlook in the Wake of the Pandemic
Episode 3 features Christopher Thornberg, Ph.D., Founding Partner at Beacon Economics LLC. Christopher explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected different parts of the economy and offers his predictions about what the economy will look like as we return to “normalcy.”
27:43
May 13, 2021
What is Inbound Marketing?
What is Inbound Marketing?
Episode 2 features Hannah Going, Director of Marketing at Accel-RF Instruments Corporation, and Alex Meade, VP of Sales & Marketing at Beacons Point. Hannah and Alex discuss what inbound marketing is, the steps to getting started, ways to get company buy-in, and how to get the most value out of it.
43:49
May 13, 2021
A Closer Look at Apprenticeships
A Closer Look at Apprenticeships
Episode 1 features Matthew McKenney, President & CEO of the Institute for American Apprenticeships (IAA), and Mace Gjerman, the Technical Training Manager for Peterson Caterpillar. Matthew and Mace discuss the organizational impacts of starting an apprenticeship program as well as resources for those looking to adopt and the benefits of implementation.
40:18
May 13, 2021
Shifting Gears Season Two Trailer
Shifting Gears Season Two Trailer
Season Two of Shifting Gears deep-dives into apprenticeship programs, inbound marketing, the economic outlook in the wake of the pandemic, smart manufacturing, eCommerce, and women in manufacturing. Shifting Gears’ host Gregg Profozich is joined by subject matter experts to explore each of this season’s six topics.
02:52
May 04, 2021
Supply Chain Opportunities: Reshoring, Restructuring, and Nearshoring
Supply Chain Opportunities: Reshoring, Restructuring, and Nearshoring
Episode 6 features Harry Moser, Founder of the Reshoring Initiative, and focuses on reshoring. Harry discusses how companies are re-thinking their supply chain strategies in light of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to mitigate risks and position themselves so that they’re ready for future challenges.
30:53
February 08, 2021
Upskilling Your Manufacturing Workforce with Apprenticeships
Upskilling Your Manufacturing Workforce with Apprenticeships
Episode 5 features Jose Anaya, Dean of the Community Advancement Division and Business Training Center at El Camino College; and, Tiffany Miller, Dean of Apprenticeships at West Los Angeles College. Together, they discuss the practical steps of setting up apprenticeship programs, enabling manufacturers to find, train, and keep highly-skilled workers.
34:14
February 08, 2021
Seeing Red? How to Maintain Cash Flow During Uncertain Times
Seeing Red? How to Maintain Cash Flow During Uncertain Times
Episode 4 features Mike Daniel, the Regional Director of the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network, and deep-dives into the ways manufacturers can get smarter about cash flow, risk, and receivables in 2021. In addition, Mike discusses some creative ways manufacturing companies have pivoted to optimize cash flow during the pandemic.
32:01
February 08, 2021
Virtual Selling is Virtually Here to Stay
Virtual Selling is Virtually Here to Stay
Episode 3 features Gary Fly, President of The Brooks Group, and covers the rise of virtual selling. Gary discusses the pandemic’s effects on traditional sales techniques, and some tactical ways manufacturers can use this shifting environment to connect with prospects and customers on an even deeper level.
46:10
February 08, 2021
Developing a Comprehensive Workplace Safety Plan in 2021
Developing a Comprehensive Workplace Safety Plan in 2021
Episode 2 features Eliot Dratch, Senior Quality Consultant for CMTC, and focuses on workplace safety. What was once perceived as a mundane, fairly innocuous topic, is now perhaps one of the most critical aspects of your business. Eliot discusses how to create a safety culture to help mitigate workplace safety risks.
36:21
February 08, 2021
A Whole New World: How Manufacturers are Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic
A Whole New World: How Manufacturers are Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic
Episode 1 features three small and medium-sized California manufacturers who have had to pivot their businesses in significant ways in order to overcome the challenges presented by the pandemic. They discuss their experiences dealing with the health crisis as it evolved, how CMTC helped them through it, and their plans for 2021.
43:48
February 08, 2021
Introducing CMTC’s Shifting Gears
Introducing CMTC’s Shifting Gears
In the world of manufacturing, change is the only constant. How are small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to keep up with new technologies, regulations, and other important shifts, let alone, leverage them to become leaders in their industries? Shifting Gears, a new podcast from CMTC features leaders from the modern world of manufacturing — from SMMs to consultants to industry experts. Each quarter, we go deep into topics pertinent to operating a manufacturing firm, and the industry as a whole.
02:49
January 28, 2021