Simone Erskine

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Getting Started with Journey Mapping: A Comprehensive Primer to Creating Your First Journey Map in Just Three Weeks!

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jun 20, 2019 7:49:00 AM

This is an original article written by Jon Berbaum, President of Highland Solutions.

Journey maps are very popular tools at the moment, and with good reason. They’re a simple, fast, and effective way to help a team understand the experiences that customers are having with an organization from the customers’ point of view.

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Are Your Customers Requiring you to Use ISO Standards?

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jun 14, 2019 10:33:10 AM

This is a guest blog, written by Alec Alessandra, M.B.A, former John Deer Executive, former IMEC Board Member, and Senior Strategist of Strategic Impact Partners, and Robert Pojasek, Ph.D, Senior Strategist of Strategic Impact Partners.

Many small and medium-sized supplier organizations are receiving notices from their larger sourcing customers to implement a variety of different international standards at their facilities. These standards could include:

  • ISO 9001: 2015 (for quality)
  • ISO 14001: 2015 (for the environment)
  • ISO 31000: 2018 (regarding risk management)
  • ISO 45001: 2018 (covering health and safety)
  • ISO 50001:2018 (covering energy management)
  • The Ethical Trading Initiative Program
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MEP National Network: Cobots Level the Playing Field

Posted by Simone Erskine on May 28, 2019 10:29:47 AM

This is an original article, written by Buckley Brinkman, the Executive Director/CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP).

Reluctance to Employ Cobots Driven by 4 Common Misconceptions

It has been nearly six decades since the first industrial robots rolled on to a General Motors assembly line in Trenton, New Jersey. Today, a new generation of collaborative robots is changing how the manufacturing sector operates. These semi-intelligent machines are driving growth and improving efficiency not only for the GMs of the world, but also for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) as well.

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Transforming the Workforce in the Era of AI Expansion - A MAPI Foundation Research

Posted by Simone Erskine on May 21, 2019 3:10:00 PM

The following is a description of MAPI Foundation's research on how AI is transforming the workforce, written by MAPI Foundation.

Manufacturing leaders are seeking strategies and solutions to address a burning question:
How will AI transform the workforce – the people, roles, skillsets – in the next 5 years?

THE CHALLENGE

Predictive maintenance, human-robot collaboration, and generative design are a few of the applications of artificial intelligence remaking manufacturing. Expectations continue to rise for AI to unlock elusive productivity gains. Industry leaders are adapting to the technological change — AI and related Industry 4.0 and IIoT technologies — that will continue to reshape their workforce, either through the automation and replacement of some workers or upskilling and new roles of others.

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Incident Response Plan: The Tool You Hope You Never Need

Posted by Simone Erskine on May 15, 2019 12:55:00 PM

This is an original article written by Isaac Wright, a Cybersecurity Analyst and Trainer at Alpine Security.

It’s no question that in cybersecurity, defense is the best defense. In the constantly changing threat landscape, the tie often goes to the attacker, and businesses are forced to act like turtles putting up shells of security to ward off threats.  That is not always a bad thing; using a well-constructed defense- in- depth plan can greatly limit the likelihood of a successful attack.  I would like to believe we can get to a 99.99% level of security.  Even if that were true, that extra .01% keeps me up at night. What do we do if the controls fail? How do we respond then? What do we do the other 1% of the time? Once we find out that our emails have been hacked, or our money has been stolen is not the time to ask, “what now?” Even worse, what do you do when you suspect that an insider has embezzled funds and the evidence is located on their computer? Though we invest in and rely on our security controls, it is unfortunately not always enough.  We must have a plan for the .01%.

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Team Spotlight - Scott Czysz

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 29, 2019 7:45:28 AM

With 32 years in the industry and 5 years at IMEC as a Technical Specialist, Scott Czysz (pronounced: chish) is utilizing his expertise in leading Lean Transformations to assist organizations in Illinois create competitive futures.

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Using Technology to Resolve Workforce Challenges

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 26, 2019 8:47:00 AM

We are all aware that technology is reshaping the economy – and now the workforce. It provides opportunities for companies to see their way through the ever-present workforce challenge - too many businesses cannot find the skilled workers they need, when they need them and where they need them.

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Getting Started with Design Thinking: 6 Design Thinking Mindsets & Practices for Beginners

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 22, 2019 2:56:08 PM

This is an original article written by Jon Berbaum, President of Highland Solutions.

As a business or technology leader, you’re probably aware of the supposed virtues of “design thinking” these days. In my unofficial metric, it may soon surpass “digital transformation” or even “agile transformation” as the business strategy du jour.

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Spotlight on Success: 80/20 Business Optimization Process Training Improves Employee Focus, Profitability and Customer Value

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 18, 2019 1:51:56 PM

Litania Sports Group | 150 employees | www.litaniasports.com

Litania Sports group is an athletic equipment manufacturer located in Champaign, IL.

Situation

Litania was interested in zero based budgeting, which the CEO had proposed to the management team in August 2016.  The idea around this was that it would address the company’s desire for aggressive growth in untapped markets. Having done previous work with IMEC, Litania trusted the experts to deliver the training they needed to implement true zero based budgeting which they hoped would result in cost reduction by the end of their fiscal year, September 30, 2017.

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Lean Best Practices & The Role of AR as a Lean Manufacturing Tool

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 22, 2019 10:32:00 AM

This is an original article, written by Ed Sowoski of Light Guide Systems.

As a lean practitioner of many years, I have had the privilege of applying lean concepts in many different businesses including project engineering, repetitive manufacturing, process manufacturing and even in a sales capacity. I’ve had to apply lean principles in areas where the cycle times ranged from seconds to days, which allowed me to apply lean manufacturing tools in very different ways.

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