Cybersecurity – A Critical Component of Industry 4.0 Implementation

Posted by IMEC on Sep 27, 2022 9:40:56 AM

This is an original article from the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

This blog is the second in a series on cybersecurity and Industry 4.0.

In blog one of this series on “Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 – What You Need to Know” we discussed the four aspects of Industry 4.0: cyber-physical systems (CPS)/cobots, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud manufacturing and automation, as well as how they are interconnected. Strong cybersecurity practices protect those interconnections, ensuring manufacturers’ systems consistently deliver accurate data in a timely manner – something critical to the success of an Industry 4.0 model.

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Creating Optimal Conditions for Top Talent

Posted by Ashley Beaudoin on Sep 26, 2022 2:57:08 PM

Over the past few years, there has been a remarkable resurgence of manufacturing in the United States. Illinois in particular has experienced a great deal of growth, making manufacturing Illinois’ largest industry. This growth brings positive impacts such as having a higher economic contribution to our state and the fact that manufacturing continues to generate various job opportunities.

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Yes! Employee Retention Is Possible!

Posted by IMEC on Sep 19, 2022 1:55:29 PM

This is an original article from the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

Is your organization, like so many others today, struggling to recruit and retain a well-qualified and high-performing workforce? Are your workers excited to be a part of your team and motivated to serve your customers? Do they care for one another and the success of your business?

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How to Foster A Gender-Inclusive Workplace

Posted by IMEC on Jun 30, 2022 9:43:30 AM

This is an original blog written by Guthrie Blechman, Lead Consultant at Holistic Index.

When creating cultural and structural commitments to creating an inclusive, and respectful workplace, establishing a gender-inclusive environment is critical. Read more to learn what it means to be gender-inclusive in your language and actions in the workplace to foster a sense of inclusion and belonging.

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10 Steps to Recession Proof Your Business

Posted by IMEC on Jun 7, 2022 9:00:00 AM

This article is written by OTB Solutions.

My clients are experiencing both prosperity and uncertainty. Many clients are having record-breaking sales and profits this year. Often the challenge now is meeting the growth in orders and hiring team members to support this growth. Sales leaders are happy, CEOs are happy and the shareholders are pleased we are meeting and often exceeding their growth objectives.

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ELEVATE COMPANY CULTURE: DEI 101 for Manufacturers

Posted by Paola Velasquez on May 4, 2022 1:01:21 PM

Words can mean different things at different times. It is easily confusing to understand the words diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and their relevance to manufacturing. So, let’s clarify some of the common words. But first, the reality is that manufacturing has been introducing diversity into the workplace for decades, Rosie the Riveter exemplifies how six million women joined manufacturing in World War II. Jump forward to 2022 and the workforce is ever more diverse as demographic shifts reshape the workplace.

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FOCUS ON QUALITY: Wagner Machine Co. Achieves ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D Certification

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 14, 2022 10:28:43 AM

Champaign precision machine shop improves quality and processes, and sees an increase in new customers after achieving dual certifications for ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D.

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The 6 Basics You Need for Successful Marketing

Posted by IMEC on Apr 6, 2022 11:44:55 AM

This article is written by Winsby.

From initial planning to analyzing the results

Marketing seems simple: you’re just spreading the word about your company, right? That doesn’t take much skill, right? Wrong and wrong.

Marketing requires more than just putting together an email or writing an ad. Marketing is a nuanced, multifaceted process that can overwhelm even the most successful business operators.

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Strategic Planning and Execution: The Guidepost for Business Success

Posted by Dean Harms on Mar 31, 2022 3:45:32 PM

Guidepost: A post, at the intersection of 2 or more roads bearing a sign for the guidance of travelers.

It’s the year 2022. The challenges now and over the next several years in manufacturing are significant. The landscape is everchanging with much of this driven by technological and societal change that is advancing us into the new frontier of the 4th Industrial Revolution. So just exactly how do we find our way? How do we focus and work on things that really matter? One thing is for sure, you can follow, or you can lead! And if you lead, what direction do you go and how do you stay the course? To begin, let’s think Strategic Planning and Execution.

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BEGIN WITH MINDSET: How to Cultivate a More Inclusive Workplace

Posted by Paola Velasquez on Mar 25, 2022 4:39:52 PM

As we navigate past the pandemic, companies are facing the effects of the “great resignation.” Diversity and inclusion are no longer a nice to have, but an essential part of a company to thrive and grow. Research has proven over time that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices contribute to organizational success, such as 70% more likely than their peers to capture new markets or 25% more financial returns above the national industry mean for companies that are top quartile for gender diverse executive teams.

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