Process Mapping Uncovered

Posted by Jim Floyd on Dec 1, 2020 4:12:07 PM

The IMEC Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Services (AMTS) service is the strategic incorporation of nine (9) core Industry 4.0 technologies along with all the enterprise’s other continuous improvement initiatives. Looking at AMTS, we see the confluence of several process mapping tools come to bear, ensuring that the enterprise has a unified, well-coordinated and well-integrated improvement system for achieving their strategic and operational goals / targets.

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Midwest Manufacturers — Make Do, Can Do, Will Do

Posted by IMEC on Nov 19, 2020 11:09:18 AM

An original article from the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

As a proud son of the Midwest (yes, my family does exchange holiday cheese, and yes, it’s delicious, we have no regrets), I was particularly interested in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Partnership Extension (NIST MEP) virtual round table for Midwest manufacturers. All our nation’s manufacturers are important to me and, of course, we at NIST MEP love them all equally, but there’s always a certain extra curiosity about how the home team’s doing, isn’t there? On Aug. 26, 2020, we brought together manufacturers virtually as part of a series of conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic impact. Our goal in hosting these listening sessions, which we call the “National Conversation with Manufacturers,” was to discern how best to support manufacturers through the current uncertainty and beyond.

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7 Essential Traits to Build a Resilient Growth Strategy

Posted by IMEC on Nov 16, 2020 2:27:01 PM

This is an original article written by Katie Rapp, Writer/Editor for the MEP National Network.

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Optimizing Workplace Ventilation

Posted by Mary Hallock on Nov 5, 2020 10:18:25 AM

We are seeing large surges in COVID cases around the country and we are heading into winter when we tend to remain indoors for longer periods of time. It's important to consider optimizing your workplace ventilation to continue to provide a healthy workplace for your employees. Here is some guidance from OSHA on things you can do to optimize air flow and air turnover in your facility.

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Reshoring: What Manufacturers Should Know

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Nov 2, 2020 8:13:00 AM

There is a lot of conversation right now about reshoring, but not about its relevance to small and medium-sized manufacturing firms. The basic premise of reshoring is easy to understand – bring jobs back to America by encouraging companies currently offshoring to “reshore” and purchase labor or materials from a U.S. firm. This in turn benefits the local economy and stabilizes the buyers’ supply chain by not relying on overseas partners.

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What’s the Deal With Improv in Business?

Posted by IMEC on Sep 30, 2020 8:37:56 AM

Written by Jon Colby, CEO /Founder of Jon Colby Speaks.

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Is Your Website Content Out-of-Date?

Posted by IMEC on Sep 17, 2020 9:00:06 AM

This is an original article by Custom Direct, Inc.

Vintage is all the rage, but out-of-date details on your website are never in style. Your site is filled with important information about your business. In many ways, it becomes your round-the-clock salesman, accounting for much of the decision-making process conducted by potential customers. Ensuring website content is up-to-date and reliable is key in establishing legitimacy and trust - making the difference in gaining a new customer, or losing a sale. Here are the 5 areas of your site which might need updating. Some of these are “quick” fixes, while others may require a bit more effort. Regardless of time involved, each item on this checklist is valuable to your digital presence, and should be reviewed for accuracy:

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Identifying and Eliminating Waste Caused by COVID-19

Posted by Steve Sandercook on Sep 16, 2020 2:59:27 PM

Written by Steve Sandercock and Greg Thompson.

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Training within Industry - Job Instruction (TWI-JI) During a Pandemic

Posted by Ed Huey on Sep 11, 2020 2:50:23 PM

During step 1 (Preparing the Worker), you are responsible for putting the person at ease to start the training. This may be a good time to discuss any concerns the learner my have about the current situation with Covid 19. Perhaps introduce all the safety measures your company has taken to keep the participant safe during this pandemic. 

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How Automation and AI May Help Level the Playing Field for Women in Manufacturing

Posted by IMEC on Aug 25, 2020 12:27:37 PM

Written by Nicole Ausherman, Digital Information Specialist - NIST MEP.

Women make up about 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce despite filling 47 percent of the positions in the overall workforce, according to the Manufacturing Institute. While there have been periods of growth and decline, the dynamic is mostly unchanged since 1970, when women held 27 percent of the manufacturing jobs.

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