A GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING PROACTIVE CYBERSECURITY MEASURES

Posted by IMEC on Jan 14, 2022 3:13:08 PM

This article is written by Webit.

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Next Level Leadership Coaching - New Certification Recognition

Posted by IMEC on Jan 12, 2022 2:15:59 PM

IMEC is proud to recognize Stacey Curry Lee, Technical Specialist in Workforce Development, who recently achieved the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) reinstatement.

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Using Technology to Capture Standardized Work via the TWI-JI Format

Posted by Ken Wunderlich on Jan 7, 2022 12:10:21 PM

This article will focus on technology as well as Training Within Industry - Job Instruction (TWI-JI) module to capture standardized work.

The challenge: The onboarding process is challenging. The primary reason is two-fold.

First, if tasks are documented, they are usually written and describe the steps in the process. However, the onboarding process is much more than tasks. It involves a logical format that often uses more sensory input to be successful (e.g. vision or audio). Only, providing a written document for training has limited effectiveness as it does not consider all sensory input. Different individuals capture knowledge differently. Providing multiple methods or considering different sensory inputs will provide a more effective educational session.

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How to Improve Cash Flow in Your Manufacturing Business

Posted by IMEC on Dec 21, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Cash-flow strategies are imperative in manufacturing because the cash-conversion cycle can be quite lengthy. Here are several strategies to consider for your business:

 

Track Your Cash Flow
The only way to know where your cash is going is by monitoring your cash flow biweekly or monthly.

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Supply Chain Risk Management for Small Manufacturing Businesses

Posted by IMEC on Dec 17, 2021 3:10:10 PM

Global supply chain disruptions pose unique, unprecedented problems and opportunities for small manufacturers.

The problems are bigger for small manufacturers than large companies and the worst case is production disruption. At the very least, increasing costs lead to compressed margins or even outright losses; yet opportunities abound. Disruptions make small U.S manufacturers more valuable to big companies that are pivoting to domestic sourcing.

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How Will We Inspire the Next Generation of Manufacturing Leaders?

Posted by IMEC on Dec 9, 2021 12:02:58 PM

The tables have turned.

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10 Important Insights About Advanced Manufacturing Technology Adoption in Illinois

Posted by IMEC on Nov 30, 2021 3:23:40 PM

In the spring of 2021, IMEC, Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA), Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), and Valley Industrial Association (VIA) partnered with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research to survey manufacturers about their adoption of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and processes, achieving a phenomenal 87% response rate.

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Celebrating Manufacturing Partnership

Posted by IMEC on Nov 30, 2021 2:27:09 PM

Partnerships Matter (User-submitted) - v3

How do you view partnerships? At IMEC, we believe partnerships help shape the vibrant ecosystem of manufacturing in Illinois. In honor of IMEC’s 25th anniversary, we explored the concept of partnerships in this video, “Celebrating Manufacturing Partnership.”

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Creating a structured training process is as easy as 1-2-3

Posted by Mary Hallock on Nov 24, 2021 12:06:52 PM

We can hire some employees with credentials in hand. You hire engineers with an engineering degree or an accountant with an accounting degree. The degrees these employees hold give you the evidence that these people have followed a specific training protocol and have achieved a certain level of proficiency. Unfortunately, not all people are ready or able to pursue a degree or formal education program. Many of these people are on your shop floor or in your office. However, just because they don’t have a degree doesn’t mean they don’t want a career with your company. By providing an opportunity for everyone in your company to build a career, you are addressing some of the inequity which resides in the workplace, while improving engagement and retention of your valued employees.

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How Supplier Scouting Could Lead Manufacturers to Reshoring

Posted by IMEC on Nov 22, 2021 2:19:33 PM

This article first appeared on the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog and is written by Samm Webb, Project and Resource Coordinator with the NIST MEP Extension Services Division.  

The persisting crisis in the global supply chain has disrupted many small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) and put a premium on problem solving and short-term solutions for getting parts and supplies. While there are no easy answers to untangling these global supply chain challenges, the dynamic has created opportunity and momentum for supplier scouting. It is possible to see how the focus on supply chain management strategies and total cost of ownership will lead to more reshoring of manufacturing.

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