The Thomas Blog


Making Manufacturing Cool Again

When people ask me what industry I work in, they’re usually surprised to learn that it’s manufacturing. Why? I’m a New York City native who never learned any sort of manufacturing skills. I went to school for publishing and print, and then received a job at a marketing agency. But then I found myself at THOMASNET, a company steeped in manufacturing and supply chain history.

And it’s here, writing for all of you every week, where I discovered something — manufacturing is incredibly cool.

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Business Tips

How to Innovate Without Blowing Your R&D Budget

Steve Jobs famously told Fortune “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have.” Jobs believed that throwing money at a problem should not be the answer. Creativity and genuine genius should win out. And whether you’re a pharmaceutical and software company with a large budget for research and development or a custom manufacturer with considerably less, a budget is still a budget.

So here are a few tips to help you spearhead innovation without blowing your R&D budget.

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Manufacturing and Industrial

5 Breakthroughs Manufacturing the Future of Medical Science

Medicine has come a long way from where it started. We have cured crippling diseases, eradicated plagues, and extended our average lifespan by decades. Pharmaceuticals are owed a lot for the medical breakthroughs that grant us these miracles, from development to distribution. 

But in the 21st century, we have the ability to meld science and technology to open up a new world of disease prevention. Just over the last couple of months promising developments have broken through. So let’s take a look at the medicine of the future.

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Business Tips

Grow Your Business By Diversifying

Diversifying your business and expanding into new markets can open up new revenue streams while making you less dependent on a single customer or industry.

However, expanding into new markets often requires a lot of time and a lot of money, and many shop owners are reluctant to make that commitment. In addition, when business is good, expansion can seem like a luxury rather than a necessity, and it quickly drops to the last item on a to-do list.

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