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A Safe Approach to Buying Used Machinery

11/10/2017 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
Manufacturers couldn’t exist without machinery, and keeping that machinery functioning and up-to-date is essential to productivity and success. While that sounds simple in theory, buying new machinery can be extremely pricey in reality.


Quality Manuals – QMS “Quick-start” Guide?

11/3/2017 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
One of the first things that comes to mind when describing Quality Management Systems and “ISO 9000” is documentation, which often includes a Quality Manual. The background to Quality Management Systems started with big procurement organizations such as government agencies and Fortune 500 companies making Quality Systems a contractual requirement.


Cyber-Attacks Are Here to Stay – Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Your Business

10/27/2017 - BY: ELLIOT FORSYTH
Clearly, cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and frequent, with a reported 4,000 attacks on small businesses each day. These attacks take many forms, from ransomware to spoofing to phishing, among others, and for most manufacturers, just one cyber-attack could be catastrophic.


How to Proactively Manage Supply Chain Disruptions

10/20/2017 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
It can often prove essential to be a proactive problem-solver in business. Even the smallest problem can snowball into an issue that is detrimental to the success of a company. As a result, many manufacturing facilities have found it more and more conducive to adopt a highly proactive approach towards managing their supply chain disruptions.


Small-Business Cybersecurity is Twice as Nice as Pumpkin Spice

10/13/2017 - BY: PAT TOTH, NIST
Many larger companies in the U.S. have dedicated resources—including people, technology and budgets—to protect against cybersecurity threats. As a result, they have become much more difficult targets for malicious attacks from hackers and cybercriminals. Consequently, hackers and cybercriminals are now successfully focusing more of their unwanted attention on small companies, including manufacturers.


Celebrate Manufacturing in October!

10/6/2017 - THE CENTER
Happy Manufacturing Day 2017!


10 Things to Ask Your Certification Body Auditor – Before Your ISO 9001:2015 Audit

9/29/2017 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
The latest version of ISO 9001 was published in September of 2015 and is considered to be a significant departure from the previous version. 


Path to Plant Layout Optimization

9/22/2017 - BY: RUSS MASON
Reconsidering your facility’s layout will enable your business to reduce material handling costs, minimize space requirements, and reduce energy bills. Whether you’re relocating completely or simply re-arranging your current set-up, there are several goals to keep in mind.


One Year to Go...

9/15/2017 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
​If your organization is certified to ISO 9001:2008 (or ISO/TS 16949 or AS9100C) you have approximately 365 days left to upgrade your Quality Management System (QMS) and have your Registrar audit it. In fact, you should aim to be done and have your certificate in hand by the end of August 2018 at the latest.


Low Unemployment Means it’s Time to Get LEAN!

9/8/2017 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
A low unemployment rate is favorable for the economy and the general public. But, what if you’re an employer struggling to find additional staff and resources to produce and deliver a large influx of new orders? How do you fulfill your obligations with a dwindling candidate pool?


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