2020 Conference on Enterprise Excellence: Learning from High-Performing Organizations Across Industries

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 6, 2020 2:36:21 PM

Every year, IMEC hosts the Conference on Enterprise Excellence. During this one day of incredible learning, manufacturers, healthcare professionals, educators, and business leaders come together to share best practices in performance excellence that can be applied to any operation.

You may be wondering: “what can a manufacturer learn from a hospital or a school?” Well, a lot. Every organization has similar areas of focus – leadership, workforce, strategy, operations, customers, measurement and results, and technology implementation. Ensuring that these areas are held to high standards will result in a high performing organization. The 2020 conference features business leaders who have transformed their organizations into reputable, high performing ones by implementing trusted and effective strategies that are replicable for any industry.

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5 Ways to Embrace Industry 4.0

Posted by IMEC on Dec 17, 2019 8:10:00 AM

This is an original article written by Shekhar Chandrashekhar of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, part of the MEP National Network.

You may be adopting advanced manufacturing technologies but how do you deploy them at scale to realize true business results? Here’s how.

Embrace Industry 4.0 and start reaping the rewards new technologies promise — no matter what size your company.

Today, most manufacturers are engaged in activities that could be considered part of “Industry 4.0.” (70% according to the World Economic Forum’s [WEF] white paper, “Fourth Industrial Revolution: Beacons of Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing”).

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Team Spotlight: Mary Hallock

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 11, 2019 10:55:39 AM

Mary is an IMEC Technical Specialist who helps manufacturers improve their business and leadership strategies. She has been with the organization for 14 years and has over 22 years of experience in the chemical and food ingredient industries. Since her time with IMEC, Mary has helped Illinois manufacturers grow and maintain over 300 jobs and generate an aggregate impact of over $27M. 

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Termico Technologies

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 6, 2019 12:55:26 PM

Termico’s core competency is the engineering, manufacture, and testing of self-regulating, PTC heaters. At Termico they strive to offer best-in-class application engineering support to assist customer product development efforts. With 80+ years of PTC industry knowledge on staff, they understand what it takes to produce safe, stable, and reliable heaters.

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Why You Know More About Industry 4.0 Than You Think

Posted by IMEC on Dec 5, 2019 9:48:13 AM

This is an original article by Aaron Fox, President of Oregon MEP.

If industrial manufacturing had a buzzword of the decade, it might be “Industry 4.0.” The concept is inescapable, yet it can be hard to define, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). After all, SMMs’ capabilities, needs, and budgets look very different from the large companies who often drive the latest innovations and trends. However, Industry 4.0 is so pervasive that many smaller manufacturers know more about the technologies than they might think. Below, we define Industry 4.0, then explore ways that SMMs can and do implement it already.

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Igniting the Future of Illinois Manufacturing: The Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 3, 2019 1:48:38 PM

Imagine the strides your company will make as keep pace with manufacturing technology.

Exciting things are in store for Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in the coming year! If you haven’t heard already, IMEC recently announced the revolutionary Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher program for SMMs to invest in R&D and technology adoption.

SMMs are vital to the economic well-being of Illinois, and to continue a thriving manufacturing industry in the state, the Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher will lead to a total of $2.5 million in investments to assist with approximately 50 projects in the next year.

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Announcing the 2019 IMEC Awards for Excellence Recipients

Posted by Emily Lee on Dec 3, 2019 11:47:39 AM

IMEC announces five organizations as recipients of the IMEC Recognition Program’s 2019 Awards for Excellence. The high-performing organizations were evaluated against the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence by the IMEC Board of Examiners as part of the annual application process. Application scores and award determinations are made by the IMEC Panel of Judges.

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ISO 9001 and the Power of a T-Shirt

Posted by IMEC on Nov 25, 2019 12:36:57 PM

This is an original article by Robin Friestad of Quality Time Consulting.

I’ve recently taken the plunge into starting my own business. Part of what I’m learning to do is to “sell” what I love best. Twenty years ago, I would have been dumbfounded to predict that I would want to make a living out of ISO 9001 implementations and Internal Audits. I mean – I had been through a major implementation, several surveillance audits, and a couple re-registration audits at a Fortune 500 company. They were never pleasant. Oh, it wasn’t the external registrar, it was my upper management fretting about whether we would “pass” or not. I even came into work during my maternity leave to lend some confidence to my General Manager that it was going to be ok.

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Staying Safe While Traveling

Posted by Lori Amerman on Nov 14, 2019 9:06:00 AM

How long has it been since you have refreshed your team on travel safety?

Sometimes we are so focused on output and daily management that safety does not get the attention it deserves. Our employees are our most valuable asset. We are also busy. When time is taken to improve our safety and health programs and train the team, it is often focused on regulatory and highly hazardous activities.

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IMEC – 228 years in the making!

Posted by Dean Harms on Nov 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM

"There is no purpose, to which public money can be more beneficially applied, than to the acquisition of a new and useful branch of industry; no consideration more valuable than a permanent addition to the general stock of productive labour."
-- Alexander Hamilton, Report on Manufactures, December 5, 1791

IMEC exists to help manufacturing companies drive growth through enterprise excellence that leads to long-term competitiveness, economic and workforce development, and growth within Illinois. Consisting of a team of improvement specialists, they provide relevant tools and techniques that help organizations excel in 6 key areas: Leadership, Strategy, Customer Engagement, Operations, Workforce and Results.

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