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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Talk is the Technology of Leadership

Posted by Stacey Curry on Jul 12, 2021 1:11:15 PM

I like this quote from Jeanne Liedtka, design thinking guru: “talk is the technology of leadership.” It is one of those quotes that came to me at a perfect time, and often I find myself reflecting on its meaning as it relates to leadership coaching practices.

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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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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.

Find the CMMC Level Needed For Your Business

There are five different tiers of CMMC, depending on your level of involvement with the federal government. The levels of CMMC range from “Basic Cybersecurity Hygiene” all the way up to “Advanced/Progressive.” The level of CMMC that you may need for your business will depend if contracts you want to bid on have to do with classified or unclassified DoD information. The level of CMMC required for contracts will be defined in Requests, for Information and Requests for Proposals provided by the DoD.

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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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Data Breach Notification Laws: How to Manufacture a Confident Response

Posted by IMEC on May 25, 2021 4:32:32 PM

Written by Robert Barnes, Administrative Assistant with the NIST MEP Extension Services Division.

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