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Struggling to Embrace Lean Culture? Here’s Why.

4/13/2018 - BY: MIKE BEELS
People don’t like change. Learning new ways of doing things and adopting new technology can be a scary proposition. I often have clients ask, “Why do we need to change, we are already working hard?” or, “We are already profitable, why change?” The unfortunate answer is that you cannot avoid change; everything changes over time.


Manufacturing Education Gets a Face-Lift with LIFT

4/6/2018 - ​BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
There’s no question that one of the biggest concerns we hear from our clients is finding and keeping good employees. Unfortunately, this situation is likely to only get worse. In the next decade, it is expected that of the nearly 3.5 million open U.S. manufacturing jobs, roughly 2 million are anticipated to go unfilled due to a gap in skills required for holding such jobs.


Seeing is Believing with Value Stream Mapping

3/30/2018 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
With all of the moving parts within a manufacturing business (both literal and figurative), it’s easy to lose sight of strategic objectives. What if your management team had a way to actually see all of the goals and processes of your entire organization in one clear visual? Fortunately, value stream mapping provides just such a solution.


Got Powder Metallurgy? Get This…

3/23/2018 - BY: GREGG PETERSON
We recently published a blog post detailing the many resources- 114, to be exact- available for manufacturers of all kinds to take advantage of. These resources included anything from websites to publications to blogs to books. But what about something more long-term? Something that you can contribute to and continue to draw resources from?


Smarketing: Funny Name, Serious Benefits

3/16/2018 - BY: BRIAN MAMO
Smarketing is the term used to describe an integrated sales and marketing team that effectively works together in a harmonious fashion. It has a funny sounding name, but when Smarketing is in full effect, the impact is serious.


Want Big Data? Start Small with Your ERP

3/9/2018 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
The process of embracing new technology continues to confuse and discourage many small and medium-sized manufacturers. Although there is no established protocol in place for how to successfully transition to utilizing such technologies, the first step for all manufacturers is to understand the needs of their business.


114 Resources to Power Your Business

3/2/2018 - BY: JEFF SCHULTZ
As the saying goes, “knowledge is power,” and that’s as true today as ever. Thanks to technology, we have unprecedented access to information, to the point where “Google” has become a verb. Need the answer to just about anything? Google it.


Anyone Can Satisfy a Customer. But Can You Delight Them?

2/23/2018 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
We’ve been conditioned to desire complete and utter satisfaction in everything we receive.  But why should we be content with being only satisfied? Satisfaction is merely accepting the minimum to meet a desired requirement. It would be even better if we could take it up a notch and truly delight our customers, whether they are buying cars, clothing, food, or anything in between.


The Super Bowl of Manufacturing: Are You Built to Win?

2/16/2018 - BY: JAMIE HEADLEY
Whether you are a New England Patriots fan or not, there is no denying they are consistently one of the best performing NFL teams. In fact, they have played in more Super Bowl games than any other team in the league, with a total of 10 games played and five won. But how do they keep up their winning streak?


Leaders in Lightweighting: What to Expect at the 2018 GALM Summit

2/9/2018 - BY: GREGG PETERSON
Looking to learn more about the latest innovations in lightweighting technologies? The upcoming GALM Summit might be for you.


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