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Culture is the key to productivity

Posted by IMEC on Sep 17, 2021 4:39:03 PM

Even in the 21st century when automation and digital disruption are all the rage, manufacturing productivity is still a people business. It’s not just about software, management theories, or even logic — people are a hybrid of reason and emotion and managing to optimize productivity and other metrics is as much about how people feel, as it is about what and how they think.

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Hiring Tech-minded Millennials: Are you on board?

Posted by IMEC on Sep 14, 2021 3:35:18 PM

How important is it to bring Millennials into your workforce? Let’s put it this way: Like an unstoppable speeding train, the future is coming up fast. Couple that with the fact that the future belongs to those who adapt advanced manufacturing technologies. Will yours be the company running to catch the train after it has left the station?

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Corporate Social Responsibility – Why Nike and Others Are Re-Using, Recycling and Refurbishing Products for Sale

Posted by IMEC on Aug 16, 2021 2:31:59 PM

Written by Travis Epp and Lise Stewart of EisnerAmper.

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and its flipside—environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) practices—stand to be some of the most defining criteria for businesses since the introduction of quality standards. Any business seeking investors, wishing to sell, wanting to attract young and talented team members, or looking to improve its standing in the eyes of customers will need to pay close attention to the array of practices that make up this way of doing business. 

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Is your business for sale without your knowledge?

Posted by IMEC on Aug 10, 2021 2:12:49 PM

Original article, written by Eric Reiger, Founder/President of WEBIT Services, Inc.

Welcome to the next-level threat facing American businesses. The bad guys have organized and they are now selling access to corporate networks they have already breached (without detection) to other groups of bad guys.

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Cybersecurity Tactics to Take Right Now

Posted by IMEC on Jul 30, 2021 9:32:33 AM

This is an original article from Cre8tive Technology and Design.

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Upskilling for the Move to the Smart Factory

Posted by IMEC on Jul 20, 2021 12:33:47 PM

On the heels of the global pandemic comes yet another challenge for manufacturers to face: The coming of the “smart factory”. The factory that requires you to upskill your workers just to stay afloat and will leave you and your employees behind if you don’t start planning now. Right now.

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Meet your Match: IMEC Supplier Scouting for Manufacturers

Posted by IMEC on Jul 13, 2021 3:39:16 PM

At IMEC, we’re all about solutions. And with the invasion of COVID-19 early last year, the world had to scramble to find them. Businesses were shutting down at an alarming rate, affecting supply chains and OEMs locally, nationally, globally. Companies had to quickly find alternatives to keep the wheels turning. For IMEC, that remained especially true here in Illinois.

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Commonly Misused Terms in Cybersecurity

Posted by IMEC on Jun 28, 2021 1:10:01 PM

Written by Celia Paulsen, NIST MEP Cybersecurity Services Specialist.

Words are hard. English is hard. How we manage to communicate anything is nigh a miracle.

Sometimes I wish I was Oscar Wilde or Mark Twain or any of the other great authors who seem to be able to effortlessly describe a character or a scenario so that the reader can envision perfectly what they mean.

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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.

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