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Facing the Talent Shortage Head-On with Apprenticeships

7/13/2018 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
Having skilled, competent employees is key to an organization’s success. This is no longer easy for manufacturers to come by, however, as a massive talent shortage has emerged in the industry in recent years, leaving many jobs unfilled and tasks undone. It is expected that this talent gap will result in millions of positions remaining vacant in the years to come, a number that will only continue to grow if nothing is done to counteract this trend.


What Does a Food Safety Plan Really Consist Of?

6/22/2018 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
In 2011 President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, bringing about the most sweeping changes the food safety industry has seen in 70 years. This introduced the Food Safety Plan (FSP), which is the primary document that guides your Preventive Controls Food Safety System.


Stop Risk Before Risk Stops You: 5 Steps to Effective Risk Management

6/15/2018 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
All successful project managers have one crucial ability in common, which ensures their projects never get derailed or end in disaster: effective risk management. This essential aspect of managing projects involves identifying, assessing and responding to potential project risks.


There's Nothing Artificial About This Intelligence: How to Get the Facts You Need to Know

6/8/2018 - BY: SHELLY STOBIERSKI
While “artificial intelligence” is a trendy buzz term in manufacturing today, there’s another type of intelligence that offers you a valuable strategic advantage: competitive intelligence. This method of market research is based on using tactics to continuously monitor the market and gather information to help your company keep up with the latest innovations, trends, competitor news and potential customers.


How Football Can Help with Auditing a Process-Based QMS

6/1/2018 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
An important requirement of ISO 9001 (and its “cousins,” AS9100 and IATF 16949) deals with internal quality management audits. One purpose of this internal audit program is to look at the processes within the quality management system. Common questions that internal auditors raise during this practice include, “How do I audit a process?” and “Which processes should I start with?”


Is Lean Six Sigma Right for You?

5/18/2018 - BY: ANNA STEFOS
A few weeks ago, The Center’s Brian Mamo wrote about great food pairings as a way to define the combination of “sales” and “marketing” into “smarketing.” An equally dynamic pairing provides manufacturers with valuable tools for reducing waste and improving quality as well as efficiency: Lean and Six Sigma.


Tactical Deployment: The Real Strategic Plan

5/11/2018 - BY: RON QUINKERT
Now that we’re five months into the year, it’s safe to say that most of us have long-abandoned our New Year’s Resolutions. Whether we were hoping to lose weight, get better sleep or save more money, we probably forgot about our 2018 missions just about as soon as the new year started.


Automation and the Workforce: Addressing the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room

5/4/2018 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
Discussions of the Industry 4.0 technologies among small to medium enterprises usually take one of two paths. The first is a politely positive path where everyone ignores the impact these advancements will have on the human workforce. This is what is known as ignoring the “elephant in the room,” where there is an obvious problem at hand, but no one wants to address it.


Revenue Going Up, Profits Going… Down?

4/27/2018 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
Your company is working harder than ever before, with higher sales and faster production leading to the largest increase in revenue you’ve seen so far. Yet somehow profits are less than they were last year. How could this be?


What A Good Boss Does (According to a 4-Year-Old)

4/20/2018 - BY: CHARLIE WESTRA
It can be hard to pin down exactly what a good boss does, and even more difficult to become one. For most managers, this is an ongoing process of learning from others and evolving in the hopes of becoming a true leader. But maybe this journey of growing into a great boss isn’t as complicated as you think.


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