Four Key Elements of an Effective Risk Management Program

Posted by John Remsey on Apr 6, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Co-authored by IMEC Technical Specialists John Remsey, Ken Wunderlich, and Hanoz Umrigar.

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The 5S Game: Improve Productivity and Quality

Posted by Ed Huey on Apr 1, 2020 12:14:35 PM

Did you know that completing just the first "S" (Sort) of the 5S strategy may double your productivity? As you are thinking about navigating uncertain times and maintaining your productivity and quality levels, 5S can help!

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The New Supply Chain: Rebalance

Posted by IMEC on Mar 30, 2020 10:18:45 AM

Part 2 of "The New Supply Chain" blog series by Mike Loquercio, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Expert.

The first reaction to a severe supply chain disruption is “organized chaos” and then you attempt to rebalance and update all your purchasing, replenishment, planning, distribution, and warehouse parameters.

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A Pandemic Shows How Organizations Can Change Faster Than They Think

Posted by Andrea Olson on Mar 27, 2020 12:09:35 PM

Written by Andrea Belk Olsen, MSC and CEO of Pragmadik.

The coronavirus has transformed our world virtually overnight. Companies have had to change on a dime how they operate and communicate. While this is an incredibly serious situation, it's an opportunity for businesses to re-evaluate their approach to managing change going forward.

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Mitigating Risk in Virtual World

Posted by Ken Wunderlich on Mar 26, 2020 8:39:40 AM

Every organization has some level of risk that can impact the organization. Regardless of whether you have a formal quality management system or must meet regimented regulations, leadership, as well as additional stakeholders, have a particularly vested interest in identifying and planning for all potential risks to an organization. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a guide for conducting risk assessments. Regardless of the technology, the establishment of a standard approach is key.

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: COVID-19 Respirators (N95 Filtering Facepiece)

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 25, 2020 4:26:31 PM

Are your employees wearing N95 filtering facepiece respirators to protect themselves? Please Note: the information in this blog pertains only to N95 filtering facepiece respirators. Other respirator types may follow different requirements.

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: Employee Safety During Stay at Home Order

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 24, 2020 3:44:43 PM

Yesterday we wrote about companies being essential businesses and staying open during the "Stay at Home" order. If you do remain open, here are some recommendations to help keep employees safe while they are at work:

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10 Practical Things Manufacturers Can do to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Dave Madden on Mar 24, 2020 2:26:03 PM

Use the following checklist to help you withstand the impacts of COVID-19 and be better prepared for further disruptions.

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Pandemic in Cyberspace – Are You Prepared?

Posted by Jim Floyd on Mar 24, 2020 9:03:59 AM

As the world weathers the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we are faced with posturing for such and protecting / helping ourselves, family, friends, co-workers and members of our greater communities; but a procrastination of sorts -- coupled with a distrust / disbelief that this will impact me (downplaying the magnitude of such) and not knowing what we don’t know, exponentially raises the risk of infection and serious health consequences coming to bear.

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: Essential Businesses and the "Stay at Home" Order

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 23, 2020 5:07:44 PM

Many companies have been asking whether their business is essential and, if they are essential, do they have to require employees to come to work. The Illinois Executive Order issued this past Friday caused much concern and confusion.

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