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Problem Solving in Manufacturing: How to Use A3 & DMAIC Effectively

7/31/2020 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
Within manufacturing, there is always room to grow and improve. As companies pursue continuous improvement and seek to solve existing problems in their facilities, it helps to have a structured guide pointing the team in the right direction for success and change. This kind of support is provided by A3 problem solving.


COVID-19 Emphasizes the Need for New Skills Among Current Workers

7/24/2020 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
The COVID-19 outbreak forced companies to evaluate and transform their traditional ways of doing business nearly overnight. As companies worked to acclimate to this new environment, many came to realize their abilities to reskill or upskill workers were not sufficient to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape.


How Have Michigan Manufacturers Fared During COVID-19?

7/17/2020 - THE CENTER
With the impacts of the nation-wide lockdown weighing heavily, many have wondered how exactly manufacturers in the United States have fared during and after the pandemic. In an effort to capture current business conditions among smaller manufacturers in certain areas of the United States, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago recently conducted a Survey of Business Conditions on the Impact of Covid-19 on Manufacturers.


Industry 4.0: Are You Falling Behind or Leading the Way?

7/10/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
Much like how the concept of natural selection says we must adapt to our environment in order to survive, businesses also must evolve and adapt to new methods and ways of operating if they hope to survive into the future. Otherwise, getting stuck in the past and fearing change could lead to the demise of the organization.


Happy Fourth of July!

7/3/2020 - THE CENTER
Wishing you a happy, safe 4th of July weekend!


Do You Want to Be an Operator – Or an Expert?

6/26/2020 - BY: TRICIA ONESIAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST BOB JENKINS
As an increasing number of small manufacturers start to invest in innovative technologies, I’ve seen one critical issue arise in several companies: they don’t have the basics in place before implementing advanced technology. To understand the importance of having fundamental training in place, I had a discussion with my friend and colleague Bob Jenkins, Quality Program Manager at The Center, about why the basics are critical in manufacturing.


Solving Problems in Your Business by Simply Asking, “Why?”

6/19/2020 - BY: DALE WICKER
Often when we are faced with a problem, we react quickly without thinking it through, ultimately treating the symptom and not the real cause. When situations like this occur in business, leaders need a proven, comprehensive method for solving problems that could arise. The 5-Why method is a simple, but powerful, analysis tool that can help teams identify the root cause of a problem.


Restarting with Social Distancing - How Lean Manufacturing Can Help

6/12/2020 - BY: CHUCK WERNER, ANTHONY WELSH & PETE SCHMIDT
As manufacturers prepare to return to work in accordance with the current restrictions of social distancing, much assistance can come from implementing common Lean manufacturing practices.


Are You a Coach, Or a Boss? How to Lead Your Team to Victory

6/5/2020 - BY: BEN WOOD
In the world of manufacturing, it seems like everyone has a boss. Growing up, I remember listening to my dad talk to my mom about his boss. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it was bad – regardless, I remember thinking, I don’t know if having a boss is a good thing. What would it be like if everyone had a coach, a mentor, an advisor, a teacher instead of a boss?


Guidance for Manufacturers Navigating the Post-COVID Environment

5/29/2020 - THE CENTER
As manufacturers in Michigan start to return to their facilities, this new start brings with it many new challenges to navigate. To provide guidance during this time, The Center recently published several blogs with advice to help keep facilities safe, prepared and successful.


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