Articles by SCMFG/Staff


Should you use a specialist or a generalist?

Recently, I visited my family doctor for my annual physical. We covered the normal, routine small talk, reviewed the results of my lab work, and overall, I was given a clean bill of health. I have been dealing with some annoying chronic issues for years. Each annual…


Capturing Data Digitally: Has something been lost?

Before the digital revolution and Industry 4.0, it was emphasized that engagement in problem solving increased when associates tracked data and followed trends by hand.  This tactile engagement helped associates to see problems and their root causes more readily.  This eventually led them to become more creative…


Who are the real risk takers?

Perhaps you have always dreamt of being your own boss. Maybe there is an entrepreneurial spirit buried deep down inside of you and you want to take the plunge into starting your own company. Or maybe you already made the jump and started a business from scratch,…



Small Business Manufacturing in a COVID world

Can you believe that the first month of 2021 is behind us? In the blink of an eye, January 2021 is gone! I will admit that I could not wait for 2020 to end and 2021 to begin. After months of dealing with the pandemic, business uncertainty,…



Nature-inspired research could lead to eyeglasses that don’t fog up

Wearing orange-tinted safety glasses, Dr. Xin Zhao parted some plastic sheeting and stepped out of a darkened Clemson University clean room, followed by his Ph.D. student, Kewei Li. Li went to a computer with a purple Tiger paw on the screen and asked, “Ready?” “OK, let’s go,”…


Why are some companies able to sustain their progress? (FREE Webinar)

Join FocalPoint Coaches Jerry Pilewski and Mike Ungar for their next Business Advantage free webinar on February 23rd from Noon to 1 PM. Why are some companies able to sustain their progress? It is because of their Lean Culture. Why is Toyota so successful? It is a…


A Textile Art Gallery by Edith McBee Hardaway

SCMFG’s feature “Spools & Widgets” is proud to present the artwork of Edith McBee Hardaway. She captures our state’s textile past with a unique style and technique that we are proud to showcase in this gallery. If you wish to learn more about Edith and her work, contact her today. Edith McBee Hardawaybehardaway@gmail.com864 567-1619