Northwest Florida Manufacturing News Monthly
FloridaMakes and NextFlex Present: Flexible Hybrid Electronics
Flexible Hybrid Electronics technology is taking the manufacturing industry by storm. Manufacturers across the world are already using FHE to increase their manufacturing capabilities. Are you familiar with FHE and what it can do for your business? If not, you should be. 

In a nutshell, FHE eliminates many of the barriers associated with traditional rigid electronics and allows for new and exciting applications. Some examples may be process sensors resulting in improved shop floor efficiencies or sensors monitoring environmental conditions throughout transit.
With the emergence of technology within manufacturing, the only consistency is change, but change can mean great things for manufacturers if you allow yourself to be exposed to new ideas and concepts to help grow your business.
FloridaMakes has three seminars to introduce you to Flexible Hybrid Electronics and to help you better understand how small to mid-size manufacturers can incorporate this into their plant. Presenters Phil Centonze, director of client engagement services at FloridaMakes and Andy Helm, strategic business manager for Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute will introduce you to this exciting new technology. Please plan on attending the one nearest you. The First Coast Manufacturers Association and the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida are hosting seminars on April 24 and May 1, respectively.

FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ business advisor Daniel Krug at or at (850) 612-5895.
MAF: 2018 Florida Legislative Summary
The Manufacturers Association of Florida has prepared a summary report of of the 2018 Florida legislative session. Over three thousand bills were filed and 200 of those bills passed. The Florida Legislature has more information about any of the bills listed in this report.
Success in the Manufacturing World
Manufacturing students from Pensacola State College have reported successes after program completion. Nate Summitt studied machining at PSC and reflected upon his experience:

“I was working towards getting a Business Finance/Management degree, and in my last few semesters, realized I was one of the only students not passionate about the subject. I heard of Mike Cannon's program at PSC, scheduled a meeting with him, and after an hour speaking with him, I dove into machining head first. Mike has designed the program in such a way that students are encouraged to pursue aspects of manufacturing they are interested in, and in so doing, created an environment where students can truly excel at machining and fabrication. Under Mike Cannon's expert tutelage, I went from not knowing a single thing about CNC machining to understanding the entire machining process. I owe my success in CNC machining to Mike's program.”

Additional post-program successes:
  • Matt Fussell, Sensenich Propeller Service, Inc. (Plant City, Florida)
  • Ashley Schrader, Avalex Technologies (Gulf Breeze, Florida)
  • Allison Kyle, Gulfstream Aerospace (Savannah, Georgia)

Learn more about Engineering Technology programs at Pensacola State College.
Project Management Professional Registration Open
Project Management Professional training is designed for professionals seeking PMP certification or for other business professionals seeking to improve their professional repertoire with project management knowledge. This program, which is offered to NWFMC members at no cost, will be held at the University of West Florida Fort Walton Beach Campus on June 5-7, 2018. Learn more and register for this training opportunity.

Correction: The first edition of the April 2018 newsletter incorrectly listed the program dates as June 7-9, 2018.
Project Management Professional
Tuesday, June 5 - Thursday, June 7
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UWF Fort Walton Beach
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This newsletter was developed in collaboration with the University of West Florida.