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Questions for every manufacturer to be prepared for support before COVID-19 impact

It’s a tense time for all of us. COVID-19 has rapidly changed the way we work, socialize, travel, exercise and shop. One of the things that has struck me, as I‘ve adjusted to communicating with neighbors (at a distance) and friends and colleagues strictly by phone and video conferencing, is everyone’s willingness to help one another, as best we can, given the circumstances.
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Bring Your Training Out of the Dark Ages

Compared with the luxuries of our current age, Medieval Europe doesn’t seem very enticing.  But despite rampant disease and famine, the craftsmen of the Middle Ages were able to pass on skills and knowledge vital to their survival and ensure a steady stream of skilled artisans through apprenticeships. The word apprentice literally means “someone learning,” and a Medieval apprentice acquired both hands-on techniques and mental habits from years of training from a master.
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Umbrella System Integrator – Why worry? It’s not even raining

Most manufacturers have a storm of initiatives, ideas, wishes, desires, thoughts, and, most importantly, projects all brewing and bubbling simultaneously.  They are charged with thinking both strategically about preparing for the next five years and tactically about staying afloat in the next days and weeks.  They’re juggling multiple priorities for long term stability while keeping the facility running and operations happy.  These critical tasks require juggling a lot of balls while considering other, less essential (but still very important) concepts and items.  These pieces are likely to eventually become urgent as well and can include:
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Thanks, Partner…

Throughout my career as an engineer and as an Avanceon executive, I have looked at partnerships from a wide variety of perspectives.
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Everything Old is New Again

We have a blatant repurposing of a recent State Farm commercial on our website where we talk about the 30 year plus history of our company. The line goes, “We started our business when MTV played music videos, a gallon of gas was under a dollar and control systems used “real” relays. As a result, we have seen a lot, done a lot, know a lot and have learned a lot of lessons that we can apply to your project or program.” I see the reality of this concept  reinforced on at least a weekly basis and I believe we should seriously consider adding the words “and we’ve created a lot of great relationships along the way” to the statement.
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