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  1. The Importance of National Manufacturing Day

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    The US manufacturing sector has gotten some good news lately. Manufacturing activity, factory orders, and employment have continued to rise in recent months. In addition, a small boom in plant construction and renovation is actually boosting the economy as a whole. But it will be hard to make sure that this momentum continues if people don’t realize just how important manufacturing is to the economy. And that’s where National Manufacturing Day comes in. On October 3rd manufacturers all over the US opened their doors to students, teachers, and other members of the public in order to show them just what role manufacturing plays in the American economy.

    At open houses and other events, manufacturers can show attendees how many jobs manufacturing supports (17.4 million), how much of our GDP the sector is responsible for creating (12.5%), and how many skilled, well-paying job opportunities there are at manufacturing companies. They can also show people how they make the components that are found in the products they use every day. Some people may believe the myth that America doesn’t make anything anymore; this day presented an opportunity for manufacturers to debunk that myth.

    By showing that a strong manufacturing sector is needed to grow the US economy and shining a spotlight on all of the high-paying jobs that factories can offer, National Manufacturing Day helps encourage students to pursue the skills needed to perform these jobs. This may be the most important part of National Manufacturing Day because manufacturers cannot expand if they don’t have a skilled workforce at their disposal. The factory sector is growing now, but what about five years from now? Ten? These manufacturers won’t be able to find the workers they need if people don’t realize how important manufacturing is and learn the skills required to keep our economy growing. That is why we need National Manufacturing Day and other events like it. Many Americans may not think too much about the factories that make their stuff, but we have the ability to change that.

    At MPS, we have certainly taken notice. We understand the importance of American-made items, which is why we host manufacturing and production in our California facilities. Not only has this part of the business grown steadily recently, as more and more customers are seeking “Made in the USA” products, but we also expect further growth in the coming years. We have made it a priority within our company to support American manufacturing; National Manufacturing Day is a good way to highlight the importance of why.

  2. Education Equals Expertise

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    Here at MPS, we have a long history of manufacturing quality electronics.  Our 25 years of experience in the industry serves as the backbone for our continued commitment to maintaining and pursuing consistently excellent products.  However, rather than depend on our reputation and trust solely in what we’ve already learned, here at MPS we’ve made it our commitment to continue learning and improving, so as to consistently be able to provide our customers with cutting edge technological expertise.  One of the primary ways we do this is by attending industry conferences and trade shows.

    Within the past year, we’ve already attended the (2012) BIOMEDevice Show in San Jose, APEC in Long Beach, the Del Mar Electronics & Design Show, and the EPTECH show in Mississauga, ON., among others, and we plan to continue our attendance with these and other industry events.  These conferences are great not only in that we have the opportunity to interact with those in our industry, but also because they are places to keep on top of the latest trends and discussions in electronics design and engineering.

    We believe that expertise is founded on an education that continues to expand and be refined.  Particularly within electronics, the trends and technologies are constantly changing at an extraordinary rate, and it is our pleasure and prerogative to keep up with each new advance.  As the industry changes and improves, you can count on MPS to be informed about the latest ways in which our education and expertise can help to improve your electronics.

  3. Working with MPS Industries

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    When an electrical engineering PhD and a few design engineers joined forces, the decades of combined expertise, industry knowledge, and enthusiasm set in motion MPS Industries, a company that would excel in electrical and mechanical design and rapidly expand its capabilities. Starting out doing what we truly do best — designing electronic components to spec, like magnetic, power supplies, and temperature sensors — we realized the potential of broadening our scope. We excitedly explored what it would mean to manufacture locally and decided to acquire Electro-Coil, a well-established custom fabricator.

    MPS’ decision and expansion has certainly made our custom design capabilities more efficient now that we are able to design in house and then manufacture either locally or overseas. In fact, our engineers, technicians, and operators possess the skills to understand complex requirements and the unrivaled flexibility to meet those quickly and cost-effectively.  Here’s a great example of what it means to work with us:

    This instance (and not an unusual occurrence by any means) involved a group of engineers that needed prototypes turned around ASAP. The clients were a major aircraft manufacturer designing a new lighting system. Our custom approach not only produced 200+ functioning pieces, but it did so while saving time and cost by employing both in-house winding and overseas manufacturing. Our team was able to seamlessly collaborate with the clients to do all of this in just a couple of weeks.

    Our flexibility is not limited to the aerospace industry or to prototypes. We are equipped to work with engineers in a range of industries, from automotive and industrial to medical and consumer electronics, and we’re capable of quick turnaround with everything from samples and quotes to high-volume production runs.  As we continue to make more new, “made-to-order” products, our knowledge and capacity is growing – we hope you’ll follow our stories here to see for yourself.