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Small & Medium Sized Manufacturers: Take Advantage of Process Improvement Programs

10/28/2016 - THE CENTER
For small businesses in today’s global and technologically advanced market, it is crucial to maintain competitiveness and stay aligned with larger organizations.

Enhancing Business Development Through ISO 9001 Certification

10/7/2016 - THE CENTER
Manufacturers across the United States are always searching for new ways to enhance the growth and development of their organizations, commonly focusing on the optimization of key areas, such as profitability, productivity and customer satisfaction. The challenge most manufacturers face however, is optimizing these key areas simultaneously.

GD&T: The Path to Precision

7/29/2016 - THE CENTER
When an engineer sends a design to production, there is an area of the design where a feature or part is not clearly defined. Implanted in that area is the design’s zone of tolerance, also known as its limits of variation. The design can only tolerate a certain amount of deviation from that zone before material and money are wasted, time is lost, and productivity is diminished!

Low Volume High Mix “Hot Run Shop”

6/10/2016 - THE CENTER
Now more than ever, customers are demanding added customization in lower volumes with shorter lead times. Read on to learn how manufacturers can improve quality, productivity and customer satisfaction, while reducing resource requirements, inventories, lead-times and defects.

Getting the Word Out: Environmental Public Policy

5/13/2016 - THE CENTER
For years, one of the requirements for ISO 14001 was to make the Environmental Policy “available to the public”. The most common way to accomplish this was to place it on the company’s website. With ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, the current requirement is to make the policy: “available to interested parties” (ISO 14001:2015 Clause 5.2) “available to relevant interested parties, as appropriate” (ISO 9001:2015 Clause 5.2.2) Identifying “Interested” So, the question is: Outside of the website, how do you make the policy available?  Before you start jumping through hoops, let’s find out what hoops need to be jumped through.

The Fly in the Ointment - ISO 13485:2016

4/29/2016 - THE CENTER
For those of you whose organization has a Quality Management System (QMS) and an Environmental Management System (EMS), the act of integrating both systems into one can prove difficult. When ISO 14001:2015 was released, a sign of relief was heard around the world when it was discovered it followed the same High Level Structure (HLS) as ISO 9001:2015.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 101 for Manufacturers

4/15/2016 - THE CENTER
It would be wonderful if we lived in a world where each part perfectly matched the design model. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect world! Although imperfections are a reality in the manufacturing world, it’s crucial to work towards continuously reducing project inadequacies.

Boost Welding Profits with Improved Analytics

3/18/2016 - THE CENTER
Now, more than ever before, the economy is experiencing a more competitive manufacturing industry. Taking advantage of every opportunity is crucial in keeping up with and surpassing the competition.

Manufacturing 101: Quality Through The Pareto Graphic

2/26/2016 - THE CENTER
Continuing with Part 2 of our Manufacturing 101 blog series (See Part 1), we’re moving forward from the first few weeks of managing tedious lists to the next task of effectively collecting and reporting data. In order to appropriately display data, it is crucial to convey the true message and focus.

Manufacturing 101: A Guide For Newer Professionals

1/15/2016 - THE CENTER
It isn’t uncommon for newly graduated and well-educated engineers to immediately begin their career in manufacturing. They sit down at a new desk, organize materials, and layout their “task” list provided by their new managers.

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