Process Maps: Building block basics for your business

Posted by Gretchen Clifton on Feb 22, 2017 1:39:33 PM

Written by Gretchen Clifton, IMEC Technical Specialist

The new ISO 9001:2015 standard places more emphasis on understanding our processes; how they impact our business from an individual process standpoint as well as how they integrate with other processes. The key to success is creating processes that are efficient and effective, integrate well with others for a cohesive flow from start to finish, and ultimately, provide the results we need.

Many companies have a high level process map that fulfills the requirements of ISO or TS, or perhaps as an outcome of a value stream mapping activity. They created it, but has it really been used for anything?

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Sometimes we need to focus on the safety basics

Posted by Mary Hallock on Jan 13, 2017 11:05:37 AM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and OSHA Authorized Trainer

Posture, Positioning and People Movement

When we focus our time and efforts on making safety corrections we often focus on machine guarding, lockout/tagout and some of the other programs that require written programs, and regular documented training. However, a good deal of injuries and costs are caused by injuries on walking surfaces or due to ergonomic issues in our work. 

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OSHA Publishes 2016 List of Top 10 Citations

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Oct 28, 2016 12:40:33 PM

How do you prioritize your safety program and improvements?

As a business leader, you understand the strict focus that's often required to make and keep your employees and the work environment a safe place. But sometimes it's hard to figure out how to focus the training and documentation efforts of your safety program. There is so much to do to make sure your employees understand the best safe practices.

Every year the US Department of Labor publishes the OSHA Top 10 Citations and violation categories. This is for your consideration and benefit!

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Attend the 2016 CREDC Industry Workshop

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 25, 2016 4:08:18 PM

Now is your chance to help mold the future of cyber security research in the Energy Industry. Contribute to needs, gaps, and paths towards addressing the challenges that face the industry today and in the future.

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IMEC Partners with Chicago-Area Manufacturer to Improve Their Process (Video)

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 22, 2016 12:07:12 PM

Look to the Genesis Movement, powered by IMEC, to achieve excellence, competitiveness, and a skilled, adaptable workforce. ASK Power is a manufacturer for electrical connectors for big power.

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Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (SIOSH) Day

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 23, 2015 1:06:49 PM

The Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day Conference celebrates its 15th Anniversary on October 29, 2015.  The annual event provides expert occupational safety and health management resources for employers of all sizes and industries.

The conference offers breakout sessions and networking opportunities with speakers and vendors from industry, higher education and regulatory agencies.  It is a venue to learn about best practices and ask questions of peers and compliance agents about how standards are practically applied.

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Capabilities for Combating Industrial Cyberattack

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 17, 2015 8:45:11 AM

When confronting the serious risks posed by industrial cyberattack, today’s manufacturers need a comprehensive set of capabilities—best-practice standards and compliance as well as workforce training and education.

The International Society of Automation—the worldwide professional association of automation professionals and an IMEC partner—has developed proven industrial automation and control systems (IACS) standards (ISA99/IEC 62443) and a widely recognized compliance and testing program (ISASecure™) to ensure IACS device and equipment conformance to the standards.

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2015 Energy Efficiency Expo

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 10, 2015 3:55:37 PM

Are you looking for new opportunities in Energy Efficiency?  ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas are joining forces to provide community members with updates and information about energy and innovation. Learn more by visiting www.nicorgasrebates.com/expo

The 2015 Energy Efficiency Expo will be held September 16 from 7a.m. – 4p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  The event is designed to pull together decision makers who are looking to maximize their organizations’ energy efficiency, while earning continuing education units and offering peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

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Retirement through Employee Ownership: The Select Machine Story

Posted by Marketing Support on Jun 30, 2015 11:34:34 AM

Contributed by Project Equity, an IMEC partner

Like many business owners nearing retirement age, when it came time for Select Machine owners Doug Beavers and Bill Sagaser to think about stepping away from the company, they investigated a range of options. They ultimately decided that selling their business to their employees was the option that best met their retirement goals of keeping their company healthy and profitable, and keeping their trusted employees in their jobs.

Select Machine, founded in 1994, manufactures and sells custom parts for demolition and construction equipment. When founders Beavers and Sagaser decided that the time had come to retire, they were confronted with a difficult choice. Their children weren’t interested in taking over the company, and prospective buyers planned to dismantle the company and lay off its workers, preserving only the company’s client list. Sagasar said of their employees, “These are our guys, our family, and we wanted them to keep on working.”

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Industrial Safety & Health: WEATHER

Posted by Lori Amerman on May 15, 2015 11:22:59 AM

Written by Lori Amerman, IMEC Operations Specialist  and OSHA authorized trainer

There is one thing for sure about Illinois weather, it is always changing. We have made it through the snow and ice hazards and are now in the Midwest tornado season. In order to keep your organization safe from weather threats, here are a few reminders in preparedness:

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