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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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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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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Succession Strategy Planning: 5 Common Mistakes and Best Practices

Posted by Stacey Curry on May 20, 2021 2:32:58 PM

With more than 10,000 Baby Boomers entering retirement each day, organizations will spend more time contemplating how best to capture and retain departing talent. Combine this need with how quickly workforce, customer requirements, and buying behaviors are changing, you have a perfect talent retention storm.

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Risk Management Planning:  A Systematic Approach

Posted by Margo Barr on Apr 20, 2021 7:45:00 AM

If you don’t invest in risk management, it doesn’t matter what business you’re in, it’s a risky business. - Gary Cohn, American Business Leader IBM

2020 taught us two distinct things: organizations are capable of adapting to monumental change, and identifying and eliminating risks must be a central focus for survival. A risk management plan does not need to be extensive and complex. It does, however, need to be approached with a proactive mindset rather than a reactive one.

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The New Supply Chain: The Return

Posted by IMEC on Feb 25, 2021 2:00:18 PM

Part 8 of "The New Supply Chain" blog series by Mike Loquercio, Vice President of Supply Chain at Greenleaf Foods.

Like many of you, we see hope on the horizon with vaccines, schools moving back to in-person learning, restaurants beginning to see a path to success, and all the other “return to normal” practices! We can all envision getting back to the “blueprint” for 2021 – or should we?

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Illinois Machine Shops Eligible for Exclusive Access to Market Research to Achieve Global Competitiveness

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 24, 2020 10:41:48 AM

Illinois machine shops are a critical component of the small and mid-sized manufacturing community and are the foundation of metal manufacturing supply chains. This sector is highly competitive, and success is dependent on understanding where you stand in comparison to your counterparts and identifying areas of improvement – a tool like benchmarking can provide powerful insights. IMEC is partnering with Gardner Intelligence and the Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops Program to provide a fully-funded opportunity for forward-thinking machine shops to attain custom reports and benchmarking analysis of their current operations.

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Five Helpful Lean Tools Manufacturers Can Use Today to Improve Productivity

Posted by Rick Winkler on Aug 21, 2020 11:19:30 AM

Lean manufacturing uses many lean tools to improve production and efficiency by getting the most out of each resource. The goal of lean manufacturing is to find better ways to do things – requiring less effort, less time, and fewer resources.

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Questions and Topics to Reduce Variability and Improve Visibility in this Ever-Changing New Normal

Posted by David Boulay on Aug 10, 2020 8:56:19 AM

Perhaps you’ve seen the meme that described 2020 as a unique leap year with 29 days in February, 300 days in March, and 5 years in April. The days and weeks have seemed to drag on – and it's only the middle of 2020. And who’s to say what will unfold in the coming weeks? It has been incredibly challenging to look 30 days ahead, let alone 12 months. You’re left wondering what’s next and when will things settle down.

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