September 2018

Making Management Reviews Beneficial - Are We There Yet?

9/28/2018 By: Andy Nichols If you are registered to ISO 9001:2015 or one of the quality management requirements built on the international standard, like IATF 16949 or AS9100D, your management must comply with the requirements of the “Management Review” clause 9.3. When complying with this requirement, commonly asked questions include how often and when to do the review. A quick look at the inputs and outputs of the review process doesn’t provide much of a clue to an organization since there is no clearly stated requirement to review those things at any specific time.


The Pros of Going PRO: How the New & Improved STTF Can Help Employers Develop & Retain the Talent They Need

9/21/2018 Since 2013 the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) has provided nearly $73 million in funding for training and apprenticeships. Starting this fall, another $29 million will be available for businesses throughout Michigan through the Going PRO Talent Fund, the new face of STTF. Although its name has changed, Going PRO is still as big and powerful as ever, helping to drive Michigan’s economy and provide manufacturers with the talent they need to compete and grow. Created by Michigan Works!, an established partner in developing our state’s economic future, Going PRO provides competitive funding to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees.


Get a Peek into the Factory of the Future at Integr8

9/14/2018 By: Elliot Forsyth Manufacturing is changing. The industry is entering a new era, with oncoming workforce and technological advancements set to transform manufacturing as we know it. In this emerging age of smart manufacturing, a number of factors are contributing to this evolution: Workforce changes. Out with baby boomers, in with millennials and Generation Z. The manufacturing landscape is facing a drastic shift in the type of talent available and interests of oncoming generations, which will inevitably lead to changes in manufacturing operations and capabilities.


Let the Countdown Begin: Celebrate Manufacturing Day on October 5th!

9/7/2018 By: Brian Mamo Manufacturing Day answers the question: what does it mean to be a manufacturer? If you were to ask 20 people this question, you would get 20 different answers. This is because of not only the lack of awareness of the manufacturing industry, but also the ever-changing nature of manufacturing itself. These two aspects combined make it difficult for the layperson to really grasp what it means to be a manufacturer, resulting in misperceptions and negative views of the industry. Manufacturing Day was created in 2012 in an effort to close the gap between what people think manufacturing is and what it actually is.