Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog from Valco Valley Tool & Die, a complete metal parts manufacturing house with a proud history of quality products, service and performance. Like Valco Valley Tool & Die, we are ardent readers of the manufacturing industry and blogosphere. Many of the folks listed below are companies and twitter accounts we interact with daily. We were honored to be a part of this list and thank Valco for not only putting it together but allowing us to republish it to share such a great resource to our readers. We hope you get as much value out of these blogs as we do!

The Top 20 Manufacturing Industry Blogs

Like many industries, manufacturing is a sector that is constantly evolving. For certain procedures, what was considered industry-standard twenty or thirty years ago is outdated, and in another few decades these procedures may well change again.

This is why it’s vital to stay well-versed within your field. If you want to stay up-to-date with new methods and anticipate those emerging, being a regular reader of the top manufacturing blogs is important. It’s a surefire way to keep abreast of the competition, and sometimes, ahead of them.

Luckily, we’re here to help, as we’ve compiled the 20 best manufacturing blogs for you to keep tabs on:

  1. Manufacturing Innovation Blog – Overseen by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), this blog strives to be a key resource for manufacturers, industry experts and the public at large. (@NIST_MEP)
  2. Manufacture This – A blog operated by the non-profit Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), this site seeks to educate manufacturers and create new industry jobs through advocacy. (@KeepitMadeinUSA)
  3. Manufacturing.net – This site provides a complete portfolio of online manufacturing materials, with resource guides, multi-sponsored e-newsletters, two daily newsletters and sponsored webcasts. (@MnetNews)
  4. Shopfloor – This nationally-recognized blog is a leader in advocacy for energy and labor policy matters, trade and regulation, and legal reform within manufacturing. (@ShopFloorNAM)
  5. Manufacturing Outlook Blog – With a focus on the economic aspects of the manufacturing industry, this site is a must-read to stay current. (@MAPI_Mfg_Info)
  6. Made In Ohio – A terrific local blog with a focus on Ohio industrial concerns, this site is ideal for seeing how changes in the industry affect the common worker. (@MADEinOHIOus)
  7. Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – Another local manufacturing blog with strong content, MMTC works to protect the rights of Michigan manufacturers and keep those in the industry informed. (@Proudtomfrinmi)
  8. Cerasis – Run by a transportation management service, this blog features articles covering many aspects of industrial work, but particularly focuses on the automotive trade. (@Cerasis)
  9. Toyota-Lift of Minnesota – Great for seeing the point-of-view and concerns of those on the factory floor, this blog features a heavy machinery emphasis. (@ToyotaEquipment)
  10. Manufacturing Business Technology – With an overarching focus on industry news, this blog’s comprehensive content makes it one of the best manufacturing blogs you’ll find. (@MBTwebsite)
  11. Manufacturing Matters – This blog features articles on topics ranging from aerospace and defense to automotive to the food & beverage industry. (@Infor)
  12. Dream It. Do It. – A site dedicated to helping Nebraskans enter the manufacturing trade, this blog expands beyond those confines to offer up nationwide industry news. (@DreamItDoItNE)
  13. Fabbaloo – Don’t let the odd name fool you. This blog, concentrated on the exciting, emerging world of 3D printing, is a vital tool for the changes coming to manufacturing. (@fabbaloo)
  14. Stratasys Blog for a 3D World – Another great 3D printing blog. This is a good resource to cross-reference with Fabbaloo. (@3d_printers)
  15. Make: – For the at-home-tinkerers as well as the experimenters, this blog gives a great overview to techniques you might have overlooked or never considered. (@make)
  16. Energy.gov – Though this government site isn’t updated as swiftly as some others, the information is in-depth and thoroughly researched. (@ENERGY)
  17. Women in Manufacturing – This strongly-presented site aims to focus on issues faced by women in the manufacturing field as well as give those same women a platform and needed voice, making it a top manufacturing blog. (@WomeninMfg)
  18. Machine Design – Centered on those vital players in the manufacturing trade – engineers – this site offers a wide variety of tools and insightful industry news beyond the useful blog. (@MachineDesign)
  19. Manufacturing Transformation – A comprehensive and expertly-crafted resource for industry insiders, this blog looks at the effects of globalization in the manufacturing trade. (@Apriso)
  20. Green Manufacturing – Like Energy.gov, this site is sporadically updated, but when updates do come they’re incredibly thorough in their presentation. (@LMAS_Berkeley)

So there you have it, 20 of the best manufacturing blogs you should be following.

We hope these sites provide you with valuable insights about the manufacturing industry and its current/future practices. And if you have other great manufacturing industry blogs that you read, be sure to let us know about them!

If you are a regular reader of the Cerasis blog, you know our goal is to educate and inform those in the manufacturing, supply chain, distribution, logistics, and transportation space with best practices, trends, and industry news so that we can create a community of people. This community would not exist if it were not for manufacturing being the core of the other industries. 

Given the goal of education, today we wanted to share a great list of manufacturing blogs put together by Valco Valley Tool & Die, Inc. We were happy to see we were included among a lot of other great companies. 

20 Manufacturing Blogs You Need to Be Reading

Like many industries, manufacturing is a sector that is constantly evolving. For certain procedures, what was considered industry-standard twenty or thirty years ago is outdated, and in another few decades these procedures may well change again.

This is why it’s vital to stay well-versed within your field. If you want to stay up-to-date with new methods and anticipate those emerging, being a regular reader of the top manufacturing blogs is important. It’s a surefire way to keep abreast of the competition, and sometimes, ahead of them.

Luckily, we’re here to help, as we’ve compiled the 20 best manufacturing blogs for you to keep tabs on:

  1. Manufacturing Innovation Blog – Overseen by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), this blog strives to be a key resource for manufacturers, industry experts and the public at large. (@NIST_MEP)
  2. Manufacture This – A blog operated by the non-profit Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), this site seeks to educate manufacturers and create new industry jobs through advocacy. (@KeepitMadeinUSA)
  3. Manufacturing.net – This site provides a complete portfolio of online manufacturing materials, with resource guides, multi-sponsored e-newsletters, two daily newsletters and sponsored webcasts. (@MnetNews)
  4. Shopfloor – This nationally-recognized blog is a leader in advocacy for energy and labor policy matters, trade and regulation, and legal reform within manufacturing. (@ShopFloorNAM)
  5. Manufacturing Outlook Blog – With a focus on the economic aspects of the manufacturing industry, this site is a must-read to stay current. (@MAPI_Mfg_Info)
  6. Made In Ohio – A terrific local blog with a focus on Ohio industrial concerns, this site is ideal for seeing how changes in the industry affect the common worker. (@MADEinOHIOus)
  7. Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – Another local manufacturing blog with strong content, MMTC works to protect the rights of Michigan manufacturers and keep those in the industry informed. (@Proudtomfrinmi)
  8. Cerasis – Run by a transportation management service, this blog features articles covering many aspects of industrial work, but particularly focuses on the automotive trade. (@Cerasis)
  9. Toyota-Lift of Minnesota – Great for seeing the point-of-view and concerns of those on the factory floor, this blog features a heavy machinery emphasis. (@ToyotaEquipment)
  10. Manufacturing Business Technology – With an overarching focus on industry news, this blog’s comprehensive content makes it one of the best manufacturing blogs you’ll find. (@MBTwebsite)
  11. Manufacturing Matters – This blog features articles on topics ranging from aerospace and defense to automotive to the food & beverage industry. (@Infor)
  12. Dream It. Do It. – A site dedicated to helping Nebraskans enter the manufacturing trade, this blog expands beyond those confines to offer up nationwide industry news. (@DreamItDoItNE)
  13. Fabbaloo – Don’t let the odd name fool you. This blog, concentrated on the exciting, emerging world of 3D printing, is a vital tool for the changes coming to manufacturing. (@fabbaloo)
  14. Stratasys Blog for a 3D World – Another great 3D printing blog. This is a good resource to cross-reference with Fabbaloo. (@3d_printers)
  15. Make: – For the at-home-tinkerers as well as the experimenters, this blog gives a great overview to techniques you might have overlooked or never considered. (@make)
  16. Energy.gov – Though this government site isn’t updated as swiftly as some others, the information is in-depth and thoroughly researched. (@ENERGY)
  17. Women in Manufacturing – This strongly-presented site aims to focus on issues faced by women in the manufacturing field as well as give those same women a platform and needed voice, making it a top manufacturing blog. (@WomeninMfg)
  18. Machine Design – Centered on those vital players in the manufacturing trade – engineers – this site offers a wide variety of tools and insightful industry news beyond the useful blog. (@MachineDesign)
  19. Manufacturing Transformation – A comprehensive and expertly-crafted resource for industry insiders, this blog looks at the effects of globalization in the manufacturing trade. (@Apriso)
  20. Green Manufacturing – Like Energy.gov, this site is sporadically updated, but when updates do come they’re incredibly thorough in their presentation. (@LMAS_Berkeley)

So there you have it, 20 of the best manufacturing blogs you should be following.

We hope these sites provide you with valuable insights about the manufacturing industry and its current/future practices. And if you have other great manufacturing industry blogs that you read, be sure to let us know about them!

As we start getting geared up for the new year, it’s always a good thing to briefly look back at the previous year and see where we have been to see where we are going. Cerasis, although we are a logistics service provider, writes manufacturing blogs for a few core reasons. 1. The more we research and keep up with the manufacturing industry trends and what issues face manufacturers in North America, the better we can collaborate with our customers, who are manufacturers, and truly build long term solutions which truly meet our customers needs. 2. Manufacturing is the driver of our economy and has many affects on the other industries we support such as those who work as supply chain managers, logistics managers who are users of our technology and services, are own employees, our carrier partners, and more. The more educated we all are, the more we can stay focused on innovation and moving this country forward.

As stated in our top logistics blogs of 2013 post, we don’t write this post purely to gain customers, we want to be a thought leader in the space and a little area of the internet which brings value to those around manufacturing. We hope you find our blog posts helpful! If you are in manufacturing, we always welcome guest bloggers to get YOUR perspective. In fact, we have had many in the space as guest bloggers, and some of those have made it into our Top 10 manufacturing blogs of 2013. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, simply send us an email or leave a comment in the comment section below. Without further ado, please enjoy these top 10 manufacturing blogs from the Cerasis blogs by way of how many views each blog received. They are in order from most popular first.

NOTE: We will continue bringing great manufacturing blogs to you in 2014. If you have any ideas on what we should write on, please let us know as well in the comments section below.

Top 10 Manufacturing Blogs of 2013

Here are the top manufacturing blogs of 2013. Please read each one and let us know your thoughts by commenting!

  1. Top 4 Manufacturing Issues in America – Part 1 of 2: We are at an interesting time in American Manufacturing. There are so many manufacturing issues in America which should be on the forefront of every manufacturing executive. We felt compelled to compile the top 8 pressing manufacturing issues and trends in American manufacturing to share with you. Read more.
  2. The Reshoring Trend is Good for U.S. Engineers and America: As a proud “Made In America” company and with the vast majority of our customers as manufacturers, we try and bring light to the importance of bringing back manufacturing not only for the benefits of more jobs, adding to the GDP, and strengthing of the economy, but also as a smart business decision as the beauty of closness to your suppliers and vendors makes a lot of sense. Read more.
  3. Advanced Manufacturing Technology: The New Face of Manufacturing: Currently, the US ranks as the largest market, accounting for nearly 60% of the overall market. The global 3-D printing market is estimated to reach $2.99 billion by 2018, according to a new global strategic business report from Global Industry Analysts (GIA), spurred by the increasing user adoption, ongoing technological advancements and benefits the technology allows. Read more.
  4. manufacturing blogs 2013Value Analysis Technique to Achieve Cost Reduction in Manufacturing: The Initial Process: It is an orderly and creative method to increase the value of an item. This ” item” can be a product, a system, a process, a procedure, a plan, a machine, equipment, tool , a service or a method of working. Value Analysis, also called Functional Analysis was created by L.D. Miles of General electric Company… Read more.
  5. Obamacare in Manufacturing: Will Obamacare Quicken the Death of the 8 Hour Work Day?: The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a “Obamacare” in manufacturing, creates a sense of urgency for savvy manufacturing employers to take a look at how the 8 hour work day may decrease productivity and how increasing employment may tackle the Skills gap and also decrease the cost burden of health care costs. This post was written as an additional point of how Obamacare will impact the traditional work hours of manufacturing employees and employment hiring practices after reading “The Death of the 8-Hour Shift” which was published in IndustryWeek on October 17. 2013. Read more.
  6. Manufacturing Infographic: Report Calls for Greater Flexibility to Improve Revenues, Production, and Labor Efficiency: Who doesn’t love a good infograhic? Even better, who doesn’t love an in depth manufacturing infographic put out by one of the world’s biggest consulting firms regarding “How Leading Manufacturers Thrive in a World of Ongoing Volatility and Uncertainty?”  Read more.
  7. Manufacturing Industry Trends in America: The Final Four of 8: Those four are some of the TOP pressing manufacturing industry trends in America which affect large swaths of the economy. Today, we will address 4 more manufacturing issues and trends with a more narrow focus on manufacturing operations. If you feel we left out a pressing trend, feel free to leave a comment below! Read more.
  8. Safety in Manufacturing: Learn the Top 5 Safety Manager Responsibilities & Never Take Safety for Granted!: The following post on safety in manufacturing is applicable to most businesses, not only manufacturing facilities. However, there is an important role safety plays in manufacturing facilities to ensure your company is maintaining the highest levels of output. Read more.
  9. Product by Value Analysis Method to Realize Cost Reduction in Manufacturing: The Execution Process: Ultimately, once you then execute past the information and gathering steps, you will output information which will allow you to realize cost reductions on current products, and learn how to work towards developing new products which help grow revenue and reach new customers and keep current customers. Read more.
  10. Manufacturing Trends 2014: Top 10 Predictions from IDC Manufacturing Insights: As the year comes to end, manufacturing ends on a roll with 6 consecutive months of improved Manufacturing PMI Index increases, and with many reports pointing towards a steady, although not stark, increase in manufacturing output and confidence throughout 2014. Read more.

What are you favorite manufacturing blogs of the year? Please share with us what you like to read in the comments section below! Here is to a great year for manufacturing in 2014!

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