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Industry 4.0 is Coming to a City Near You

2/25/2022 - BY: THE CENTER
Industry 4.0 is the future of manufacturing and Michigan is at the forefront. Utilizing smart technology will transform the industry by allowing manufacturers to design, model and validate products in a virtual world. The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) is here to help ensure your company doesn’t fall behind. Take advantage of upcoming FREE showcases and events throughout Michigan to learn how Industry 4.0 can support your business.


Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!

2/18/2022 - BY: MIKE BEELS
What the phrase aims to describe is that culture determines the success in an organization regardless of how effective your strategy might be. In other words, if the people in an organization aren’t passionate about your organization’s mission, vision and brand, it affects their ability to work together, solve problems and come up with new ideas for improvement. Their lack of enthusiasm could mean they are unwilling to give their time and energy which leads to disengagement.


Assisting Employee Performance With Human Machine Interaction

2/11/2022 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
Talent shortages continue around several industries, including manufacturing. Among other challenges, keeping your employees engaged and productive is key to operational success. So why not utilize technology to help make human jobs easier while also cutting waste?


Learning About Internal Audits from Dr. Joy

2/4/2022 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Dr. Joy Browne hosted the longest-running call-in therapy radio shows in America. Listening to her radio shows taught me a lot about why Quality Management Systems Internal Audit programs and Corrective Actions fail. It’s often about peoples’ relationships.


Supply Chain Resilience: Solution for Sleepless Nights

1/28/2022 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
As we move into year three of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruptions to the global supply chain continue. In fact, things look like they may get worse before they get better. Resilience is the new buzzword. While everyone is talking about the challenges, very few are proposing solutions.


Improve Your Bottom (Line). Take the Stairs.

1/21/2022 - BY: DAVE NELSON
Improving your company’s or your department’s bottom line can be a challenging journey. I suggest taking the stairs. The stairs I am talking about refers to Value Stream Mapping (VSM). Value Stream Mapping is the “steps” leading into the “House of Lean.”


New Year, New (LinkedIn) You

1/14/2022 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
With nearly 800 million members at the end of 2021, LinkedIn yielded one of the largest professional social platforms in the world. Now is a great time to update your personal and business LinkedIn information, trainings, certifications, experiences, skills and recommendations.


Why You Should Never Use “For Reference Only” In Your QMS

1/7/2022 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Since ISO 9001 appeared on the manufacturing scene in 1987, organizations have been vexed by the need to control two fundamental elements of the Quality Management System: Documentation Controls and Measuring Equipment Controls. 


Happy New Year!

12/31/2021 - THE CENTER
Despite the whirlwind of this past year, we hope 2021 has been successful for you and your organization. We wish you a happy and healthy 2022! Happy New Year!


Happy Holidays From Everyone at The Center!

12/24/2021 - THE CENTER
May your holiday season be blessed with the laughter and love of family and friends. Happy Holidays!


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