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Achieving Competency in Quality - Manufacturing's Got Talent!

2/2/2018 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Competency is all around us. It pervades our lives. We see competency on television, for example, in “America’s Got Talent.” Talented people, regardless of their age, gender or social background, performing all manner of stage acts that wow the show’s judges and viewers. We often ask ourselves, “How did they do that?”


Create Clear Company Visions through Cascading Policy Deployment

1/26/2018 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
“Lost but making good time” is never a positive situation for an organization, despite its comedic origins. Unfortunately, companies of all sizes suffer the impacts of this condition. The team might be working hard on activities that will not drive the bottom line. Or, worse yet, working on the most important initiative within the company and not know it.


Project Management Issues? Your Scheduling May Be the Problem

1/19/2018 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
Completing a project on time and on budget is not an easy task to accomplish. Although there are many variables involved in this process, one way to ensure breezy project completion is to improve your project scheduling. How you choose to schedule your project plays a central role in predicting both the time and cost that will be involved in a project.


Revised NIST Standard Might Impact Your Compliance

1/12/2018 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
The information security standard set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known as NIST SP 800-171, has experienced multiple revisions since its original publication in June 2015. Following these changes, many individuals are left wondering where their company stands with compliance and what steps they must take next.


Disengaged Employees? This Post Is for You

1/5/2018 - BY: MIKE BEELS
Most organizations now know the importance of having an engaged workforce, largely due to the undeniable link between engagement and profitability. Workforce engagement can be described as a combination of commitment to the organization and its values and a willingness to help colleagues. Essentially, it is interpreted as the execution of discretionary effort.


Happy Holidays 2017!

12/22/2017 - THE CENTER
Happy Holidays from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center!


Industry 4.0 on a Budget-Small Manufacturers Need Technology Too

12/15/2017 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
One advantage of my current role, which I did not get to experience while working full-time in manufacturing, is getting to take part in conferences for the new tools, technologies and techniques being used in the industry. As a result, I have witnessed many presentations from suppliers of Industry 4.0 products and processes, as well as heard from companies that have taken various steps to implement smart factories, Internet of Things, robotics and so on.


Yearly Planning and Goal-Setting- It’s Not Just for Bigger Organizations

12/8/2017 - BY: DAVE NELSON
Years ago in my career, I was the president of a small custom fabricating/molding company. If you had asked me back then about my yearly plans and goals, I would have rattled off reason after reason for why that type of planning doesn’t work for a small company.


Food Processors Can Get Lean with a Helping of Kaizen

12/1/2017 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
Kaizens have been used in the manufacturing world for years. You’ve probably heard “Kaizen” mentioned around your facility a number of times- but what exactly is a Kaizen? And who can it benefit?


Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

11/23/2017 - THE CENTER
Happy Thanksgiving!


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