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A Quality Principle: What You Need to Know About Total Quality Management

2/26/2018 - In this article, the history of one of the preeminent quality management philosophies, total quality management (TQM) is discussed. We’ll learn how it can help for profits and nonprofits become more effective and cost-efficient. In addition, industry experts discuss how TQM compares to other quality philosophies and methodologies, such as Six Sigma and Kaizen. Read the full article from smartsheet.com. 

The Journey to Great Leadership Starts With You

2/26/2018 - Leadership is changing. Employees are no longer satisfied with the traditional, “Do as I say, or else” method of managing. According to a recent Gallup study, 50 percent of adults reported leaving a job to get away from their direct supervisor. They left in search of true relational leadership, in which their supervisors communicate appreciation frequently and value them as people. The Center’s Growth Facilitator, Charlie Westra, offers insight on how to become a relational leader.

How to Implement Corrective Actions that Also Strengthen Your Team

1/24/2018 - In this article, the origins of corrective action, including its related quality methodologies, and the forms it takes in different industries is discussed. Although corrective actions are documented and tracked in corrective action documents, readers learn that solid, lasting corrective actions involve more than filling out a template and benefit from the knowledge and thought power of the entire team. The Center's Quality Program Manager, Andy Nichols, offers insight into getting to the root cause of problems. Read the full article from smartsheet.com. 

Williams Named Cybersecurity Team Project Manager At Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

1/19/2018 - Jeff Williams has joined the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center cybersecurity team as Program Manager. Williams leads The Center’s effort to ensure small to medium-sized manufacturers around Michigan are meeting the latest cybersecurity standards. Read the full article from mitechnews.com. 

Lightweight Vehicle Frame Popularity Leads To Funding For Low-Volume Production

11/27/2017 - An innovative lightweight car frame was rolled out at the SEMA show a few weeks ago in Las Vegas by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center that could soon lead to investments in tooling and testing for an initial market of replica car buyers, but could be used on mass produced vehicles in the future. Read the full article from mitechnews.com. 

Consultants, researchers develop lighter, stiffer, but cost-equivalent replacement frame for specialty cars

11/10/2017 - The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center last week at SEMA showed off a model of a lightweight aftermarket frame which could provide specialty car designers and owners with what it called “an affordable, stiffer and safer car frame option.” Read the full article from repairerdrivennews.com.


11/2/2017 - To meet the increasing needs of an evolving workforce, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has developed two new courses that focus on training workers with the practical skills and tools needed to succeed in a changing manufacturing industry. The courses offered are Practical Approach to Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Read the full article from mitechnews.com.

Oakland County Medical Main Street connecting global manufacturers with local healthcare suppliers

10/30/2017 - Oakland County is continuing to connect global manufacturers with medical suppliers across Michigan. Medical Main Street, the county’s free network of healthcare and life sciences leaders in the health-related industries, has doubled the size of its medical device directory. Read the full article from dailytribune.com. 

The Center To Unveil New Lightweight Frame for Specialty Cars at 2017 SEMA Show

10/25/2017 - The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center announced today plans to unveil their newly engineered lightweight aftermarket frames at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017. Show attendees will be the first to see models of the lightweight alternative for replacing frames on nearly any specialty vehicle.

Youth movement: Manufacturers pitch students on trades

10/10/2017 - Barry and Kelly Burke believe the manufacturing industry, populated by workers at or near retirement age, needs an influx of young people. On Friday, they went straight to the source in an attempt to attract them. Read the full article from hometownlife.com. 

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