Simone Erskine

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Continuous Improvement Comes to Quincy, IL

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 12, 2018 9:48:00 AM

 

There is always room to improve any process or operation. By equipping team members to apply lean manufacturing principles and techniques, companies gain a competitive edge internally and externally. Continuous improvement is a method designed to implement incremental changes that will improve efficiency, increase profits and eliminate waste.

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Manufacturing Sales Need to Undergo a Transformation

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 11, 2018 10:59:50 AM

 

Technology and business processes are advancing and changing – but are manufactures adapting to the changing sales environment to maintain their competitive edge? No matter if you are in a dedicated sales role, or if you occasionally promote your company’s products and services, it is essential to adjust your sales tactics.

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Team Spotlight- Jim Floyd

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 28, 2018 3:27:00 PM

 

Jim brings over 17 years of expertise in sustainable, lean transformation and continuous process improvements to IMEC. Joining the team as a Technical Specialist in January 2018, the quality of his work embodies IMEC’s mission by helping organizations lead the way to their competitive future.

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Achieve Significant Productivity in Manufacturing and Logistics with IoT: How the Chicago Connectory Supports Digital Journeys

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 28, 2018 1:55:00 PM

This article was written by René Bonse, The Chicago Connectory

The Internet of Things, or IoT, might be one of the most used “buzz” words in the business world nowadays; but how did it become so well-known and why is it so important? IoT refers to the use of sensors and information technology to develop a better understanding of our world and enable applications that improve people’s everyday lives, dramatically.

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Extend Equipment Life with Good Oil Filtration

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 28, 2018 10:57:18 AM

This article was written by Adam McMurtrey, Industrial Field Engineer with ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company.

75% of all industrial equipment failures are linked to oil contamination. Therefore, maintaining proper oil cleanliness with the right types of filters is critical to the success of any manufacturing operation. Oil contamination from particulate accelerates the rate of component wear and can lead to premature component failure.

As a result of improved filtration, studies show that improving filtration, as measured by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) cleanliness code, can extend the life of manufacturing equipment by 1.3 to 3 times or more.1 Additionally, as the oil is cleaned through proper filtration, it is common to extend the life of the oil as well.

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Leadership Program Students to Help Company Streamline Manufacturing Process

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 15, 2018 1:53:21 PM

This is an original article written by Tim Crosby, Communication and Marketing Strategist. 

Students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Leadership Development Program don’t learn leadership out of a book; they learn it in the real world.

The latest batch of incoming students, along with the upper classmen, will again demonstrate this approach next week when they help a company reorganize part of its Chicago-area facility to improve efficiency and profitability.

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Nobody Likes a Compliance Audit... and Why You Should Do Them Anyway!

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 7, 2018 2:33:46 PM

This is an original article written by Jana White, Cybersecurity Engineer and Trainer with Alpine Security.

What Is a Compliance Audit?

A compliance audit is an examination of documentation, records, or other evidentiary artifacts that use a specific set of regulatory controls to determine compliance. There are many different types of compliance audits including financial, technical, and cybersecurity audits. Common compliance audits include HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and SOC. 
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Team Spotlight- Mary Mechler

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 1, 2018 5:14:46 PM

Mary is one of IMEC’s Technical Specialists who demonstrates her passion for enterprise excellence by helping organizations achieve top-line growth. She has been with IMEC for 5 years and has over 35 years of professional experience in marketing, sales and management.

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Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 1, 2018 12:43:54 PM

 

There is no debating the impact that strong leaders have on the success of an organization, so it is critical that new leaders are being prepared to transition into their new role. Organizations who invest in leaders at all levels of the organization – not just at the senior level – exhibit higher levels of employee retention and a pipeline of qualified leaders.

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Spot and Stop Phishing Emails

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jul 23, 2018 10:41:16 AM

 

Email is such a seamless part of everyday life that it is easy to take for granted just how vulnerable anyone can be to a well-crafted effort to steal your identity or confidential financial information. One of the most effective methods used by hackers is phishing, which entails trying to trick you into clicking on a link or attachment in an email. Instead of the attachment you thought you were opening, you have inadvertently opened the door to hacking from an outside source, usually without your knowledge.

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