Articles by SCMFG/Staff

A Message to South Carolina from the US Commercial Service

These are unprecedented times and there has been an overwhelming wave of innovation and leadership demonstrated by the South Carolina business community. Today, U.S. Commercial Service, South Carolina, would like to share some of the resources that are available for those who wish to serve their community…


COVID-19 Response – It’s Not Sustainable

We all do it every day. Whether you are conscious of the decision, you make a risk judgement daily. For example, you choose to get into a car and drive. Road Safety International (1) reported nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a…


SC Manufacturers, the Country Needs Your Help in the Fight Against the Coronavirus

During this time of uncertainty and doubt, we need exceptional leadership. Under the guidance of President Trump and Vice President Pence, the country is mobilizing with great resolve and determination. Organizations, institutions and individuals alike are giving their time, money and resources to fight the Coronavirus. SCMFG…


Discovering South Carolina; Who Was Ronald McNair?

SCMFG is passionate for all things South Carolina. Because of this passion, we are creating “Discovering South Carolina”. The brief commentary will highlight prominent people, places and things in the Palmetto State from yesterday and today. Who Was Ronald McNair? Ronald Erwin McNair was born in Lake City on Oct. 21, 1950. He attended North Carolina […]


Is South Carolina Prepared for the Coronavirus?

In 1976, I received the rank of eagle scout. Achieving the rank of eagle required a lot of work and preparation. I still remember most of what I learned including the motto “be prepared.” Being prepared is important in all stages of life. Whether you are a…


Trusting robots empowered by artificial intelligence

Move over R2-D2, because here comes UR5. The Star Wars droid is make-believe, but UR5 is a real-life robot in Yue “Sophie” Wang’s lab at Clemson University. She and her team are using the UR5 robotic arm and its mobile base  to research how robots and people…


Safeguarding reputations with artificial intelligence

Maybe the photo shows you in a bar, and your friends from church just wouldn’t understand. Or maybe the picture of you suntanning at the beach reveals a little more skin than you would like your co-workers to see. Billions of photos have been posted to social…


Protecting self-driving vehicles from cyberattacks

Hackers around the world have stolen personal information, held data for ransom and in at least one case took an entire nation offline. One of their next targets could be self-driving vehicles. While self-driving cars are now in the testing phase, they will be hitting the streets…


When Processes Replace Critical Thinking

I truly believe that most well run companies have exemplary process control. I am also convinced that successful companies will adhere to a quality system that requires established processes. The ISO standards suggest that continuous process improvement is a hallmark of a strong quality management system. Improvement…