Simone Erskine

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The Skills Gap Isn't The Only Workforce Challenge

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 7, 2018 11:25:15 AM

Written by Andrea Belk Olson, MSC and CEO of Pragmadik
https://www.linkedin.com/in/olsonandrea1/

We talk extensively about the “skills gap” facing manufacturing. The problem is this only partially true. Yes, there's a deficit in our skilled trades pipeline, and as employers, educators, and communities, we need to rally around the value of skilled trades, and support the growth of this critical workforce - starting in junior high and beyond. Yet, there's another gap that mid-market manufacturing is facing - The Strategic Gap - and it has many facets.
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Facilitating a Successful Employee Engagement Survey: 5 Lessons Learned on Leveraging Organizational Success

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 5, 2018 11:23:14 AM

Written by Ashley Beaudoin, IMEC Technical Specialist 

Are you planning to implement, or have you recently deployed, an employee engagement survey to your workforce? Are you unsure of what to do next or are seeing little to no improvement? From my involvement with companies as they implement and evaluate aspects pertaining to engagement levels, I have witnessed many hurdles and successes. Based upon my findings, here are five lessons I have learned for leveraging organizational success through an employee engagement survey.
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Team Spotlight- Rick Winkler

Posted by Simone Erskine on Oct 29, 2018 12:37:24 PM

 

Since joining IMEC 8 years ago as a technical specialist, Rick has used his expertise in lean enterprise, engineering and continuous improvement to drive productivity and competitiveness across Illinois. He brings over 35 years of relevant industry experience to the team.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Cybersecurity Professional

Posted by Simone Erskine on Oct 18, 2018 12:41:37 PM

This is an original article by Kathleen Martin, MEP's IT Security Officer and a Certified Information System Security Professional.

Almost weekly we hear about another company or organization that has fallen victim to a cyber-attack. We know cybercriminals are more persistent and we need to be more diligent about protecting information.

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Share Manufacturing Day Through Social Media

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 28, 2018 3:25:11 PM

 This is an original article from the MFG Day blog.

 The 7th annual celebration of modern manufacturing is upon us - October 5, 2018! Over 100 event hosts have already registered in Illinois, and are finalizing presentations and preparing to host attendees. All of this activity is taking place behind the scenes, as we get ready for the Manufacturing Day events that will commence on October 5th, 2018, continuing throughout the month of October.

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Team Spotlight- Maria Moran

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 28, 2018 1:20:31 PM

 

With over 20 years in the industry, Maria joined the IMEC team 2 years ago as a regional manager. Her expertise as a business leader with a passion for strategic change, proves to be an asset as she works with Illinois manufacturers to realize their visions into actionable plans, helping to create their competitive futures.

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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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