Maintaining Your Online Privacy

Posted by IMEC on Jun 22, 2021 12:46:48 PM

This is an original article from NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

It might not be the most important subject on your mind when running your business, but online privacy is becoming increasingly important as we move closer to a fully internet-connected world.

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Apprenticeship Is Vital to Manufacturing's Post-Pandemic Recovery

Posted by IMEC on Jun 17, 2021 3:08:30 PM

This is an original article from JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the manufacturing industry hard, and apprenticeship may be one strategy toward a stable recovery.

As the novel coronavirus spread across the country and around the world, many manufacturers had to cut back operations and lay employees off. These moves contributed to the overwhelming surge in new claims for unemployment benefits, which had surpassed 40 million in just ten weeks as of May 23, 2021.

Some companies were able to revamp their operations and pivot to producing much-needed goods like personal protective equipment and coronavirus test kits. But when the National Association of Manufacturers surveyed its membership in early March, more than 78 percent of the 558 respondents said they expected the pandemic to have a negative financial impact on their businesses, and 53 percent said they anticipated operational changes as a result of the crisis.

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Manufacturing Execution Systems: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Posted by IMEC on Jun 17, 2021 1:07:58 PM

This article is written by Chuck Werner,  Manager of Operational Excellence at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - part of the MEP National Network, and originally published in IndustryWeek.

Smart Manufacturing is the manufacturing of the future, and, at its core, works to save time, money, and resources. One valuable tool in the move toward Smart or Smart(er) Manufacturing is the implementation of a manufacturing execution system. A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an automated system that utilizes real-time data to assist you in measuring how your production equates with financial performance.

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A Deeper Dive into the Bradley-IMEC Relationship

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Jun 16, 2021 1:28:14 PM

As the host university for IMEC, Bradley University has a unique relationship with us and with the Illinois manufacturing community. In order to take a deeper dive into how Bradley and manufacturing go hand-in-hand, we sat down virtually with one of our newest board members, Erin Kastberg, who also happens to the be Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Bradley University.

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THE BUSINESS CASE FOR WORK-BASED LEARNING

Posted by IMEC on Jun 16, 2021 12:27:17 PM

This is an original article from JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning.

What Is Work-Based Learning?

Work-based learning refers to meaningful training that takes place at work, usually under the direction of employer coaches and managers, and has been shown to produce high value for both companies and workers.

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Steps to Take to Prepare for CMMC Compliance

Posted by IMEC on Jun 15, 2021 8:13:00 AM

This is an original article from Cre8tive Technology and Design.

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What A&D Manufacturers Need to Know About CMMC

Posted by IMEC on Jun 10, 2021 9:12:50 AM

This is an original article from Cre8tive Technology and Design.

Aerospace and Defense manufacturers are well aware of the certifications and audits they have to go through in order to operate. The Department of Defense is now starting to require the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC.

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Cybersecurity Resources for Manufacturers

Posted by IMEC on Jun 8, 2021 5:30:17 PM

Cyber risk is a clear and present danger to manufacturers. The threat is real and the impact can be damaging to a manufacturer’s reputation, operations and finances. Is your company doing everything possible to prevent cyber attacks?

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4 applications you should produce with additive manufacturing

Posted by IMEC on May 28, 2021 1:40:49 PM

This is an original article from Fast Radius.

When people think of additive manufacturing (AM), the first thing that often comes to mind is prototyping. When you need to iterate on a design quickly without the constraints of traditional manufacturing runs, AM works well because there’s no hard tooling involved, making rapid iteration possible.

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People are People: But More Importantly, People are OUR People

Posted by Glenn Edwards on May 26, 2021 11:48:03 AM

People are an organization’s most valuable, variable, and rewarding resource for managers in any business. Developing this resource in a positive workplace environment to create a culture of excellence is not magic, but... when it clicks, it is magical, and the rewards can be majestic. OUR people, OUR Team.

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