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DOL Issues New Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by IMEC on Jul 31, 2020 2:00:46 PM

An original article by T. Christopher Bailey, Scott Cruz from Greensfelder.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers find themselves facing new challenges. Recognizing that the “new norm” has led to workplace circumstances not previously considered, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new guidance to address several wage and hour and leave-related scenarios employers may face. Highlights from the new guidance include:

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Post COVID Travel Costs

Posted by IMEC on Jul 28, 2020 2:31:27 PM

Written by Options Travel.

The pandemic has had a wrenching effect on the travel industry. Within weeks of President Trump’s European travel ban, airline passenger loads were reduced to less than 5% of the same period (day, week, month) one year earlier.

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How to Host a Virtual Manufacturing Day Event

Posted by IMEC on Jul 28, 2020 11:17:02 AM

Originally written by Anthony Diaz, Strategic Partnerships Manager in the MEP.

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What to do During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by IMEC on Jul 24, 2020 4:03:11 PM

Written by Jeff Pacheco - Falcon Safety Group.

Prepare for the Visit 

In preparation for an on-site OSHA inspection, OSHA compliance officers will research the workplace that they will visit, look over previous site inspections, take notes of any citations or specific areas of concern, industry operations, and various compliance that may apply to the workplace.

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Infographic: The Defense Manufacturing Supply Chain

Posted by IMEC on Jul 14, 2020 12:26:40 PM

The defense manufacturing supply chain is critical to both the U.S. economy and national security. Support is needed for emerging technologies such as directed-energy weapons, hypersonics and cybersecurity, all of which are vital to national defense. While challenges exist, there have been remarkable successes due to the MEP National Network’sTM dedication to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Manufacturers assisted have included those that supply a material, component or subsytem used in a defense or national security system. The Network continues to provide support in building a robust defense supply chain.

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The New Supply Chain: Back in the Game

Posted by IMEC on Jul 10, 2020 11:59:40 AM

Part 7 of "The New Supply Chain" blog series by Mike Loquercio, Vice President of Supply Chain at Greenleaf Foods.

Whether your industry is “back in the game” or not, we have seen several starts and stops across the overall playing field, especially the food and beverage markets given COVID19 impacts; your supply chain is different!

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Managing Productivity

Posted by IMEC on Jul 9, 2020 10:32:45 AM

This is an original article by Ken Voytek, Chief Economist at NIST MEP. 

I’ve made it my personal crusade to keep a focus on the fundamental importance of productivity to manufacturers, to the MEP Program, to the MEP Centers that do the daily work of helping small manufacturers boost their performance. It may seem strange to read a post about productivity given the current environment, but it remains important to both national economic and business success. Indeed, productivity will be even more critical as we recover from the current health and economic crisis. Currently, there is significant excess capacity of both capital and labor that we can reengage to help the economy grow faster and return to full employment and capacity utilization of plants as equipment is more fully used. In his 2004 book The Power of Productivity, William Lewis argues the real solution is not necessarily more capital or working smarter (although these things certainly help), but rather how a company organizes and deploys its capital and labor.

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The Story of Illinois Manufacturing - IMEC Client Survey

Posted by IMEC on Jul 8, 2020 11:53:13 AM

Every quarter, around 100 IMEC clients have the chance to tell IMEC and our national partners terrific stories about the improvements made through their collaboration with IMEC in projects and events. Through a third-party administered survey, we ask clients to self-report accumulated impacts of cost savings, new investments, new or retained sales and new or retained employment from activities or projects completed with IMEC in the last year.

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7 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges — and How to Overcome Them

Posted by IMEC on Jul 6, 2020 9:14:15 AM

Written by Celia Paulsen, NIST.

Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robots, 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT)...there’s a whole world of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation just waiting for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) who want to step up their digital game. Unfortunately, manufacturing digitization can present some fundamental challenges, like added cybersecurity risk.

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COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines in 14 Languages

Posted by IMEC on Jun 30, 2020 12:05:46 PM

The CDC has defined general guidelines that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To help share these with a larger audience, our friends at Argo Translation created an infographic that demonstrates the guidelines in 14 languages:

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