Productivity & Process Improvement

10 Steps to Improve and Grow Your Business

There are those who think their businesses are running perfectly and don’t need to improve or grow. Maybe they’re right, but this type of thinking goes against my guiding principles. For those of us who recognize the importance of change through improvements and growth, success typically boils down to commitment, prioritization, focus, discipline, action, and leadership. It’s always easier said than done.

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Schatz Bearing Corporation: Small Parts, High Stakes

When people think of industrial manufacturing, often times gigantic heavy-duty equipment comes to mind. The truth is, many companies are tasked with building small parts designed to be used in everything from commercial equipment to classified defense projects. Schatz Bearing Corporation proves that small ball bearings serve crucial roles in the manufacturing sector.

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AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, But on a Fast Track

In an attempt to separate the hype from the reality of AI, and to take the measure of where AI and its cousin machine learning stand in manufacturing today, the Manufacturing Leadership Council undertook its first ever survey on manufacturers’ attitudes, plans, projects, and expectations with the technology earlier this year. Read about their findings and more in this article from NAM and the Manufacturing Leadership Council.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

When Johnnieanne Hansen began her role as Director of Workforce Development and Apprentice Coordinator for the Council of Industry her first priority was to recruit companies to participate in the newly formed Intermediary Apprentice Program. As she began to pitch the idea she found that many Hudson Valley manufacturers also needed help with recruiting. Thus, in Spring 2018 the Collaborative Recruiting Initiative was hatched.

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Six Sigma Gives Way to Rendanheyi at GE Appliances

“Chinese Appliance giant Haier (who acquired GE Appliances in 2016) is working to eliminate the sluggish bureaucracy that comes with size. They are employing a management philosophy they call “rendanheyi,” which translates loosely to “employees and customers become one.” An interesting article in Bloomberg talks about the acquisition and introduces us the what rendanheyi is and how it works.”

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Future plant design links data, operations

Read about how some manufacturers plan to update their facilities and increase digitalization to increase productivity and production quality, provide better work conditions and improve their bottom line in this article from Plantengineering.com

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Bringing Maintenance and Repairs into the Era of Cloud Technology

CloudVist, a local business located in Putnam County, recently launched a new software that has the potential to transform the way we preform maintenance, repairs and inspections. Learn more about their remote inspection software in this post.

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Preparing for the New Era of Manufacturing

The fourth Industrial Revolution is in full-swing and manufacturers are spending billions on IIoT initiatives. When planning for this new era of manufacturing there are several steps you can take to build a more successful digital strategy. Read more in this post.

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Eric Armenat and Mike McQueeney on Corporate Turnarounds

Guest Bloggers Noa Simons and Luke Stangel from Upstate Capital Association of New York discuss Eric Armenat and Mike McQueeney's hands on approach to corporate turnarounds. Read more in this post. 

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The Race Between Humans and Robots

Humans are coming out on top in the race between humans and robots. Many manufacturing companies believe that the risks associated with huge investments in equipment just simply aren't worth it. Investing in human capital seems to be the trend of the future. Find out more in this post.

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Tomorrow’s Technology and Skill Sets: A Perpetual State of Flux

Guest Blogger Elisha Tropper, CEO of Cambridge Security Seals, discusses the imminent Fourth Industrial Revolution and its potential impacts on the manufacturing industry and workforce. Read more in this post.

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Increase Hiring Success in 5 Simple Steps

Today's candidate-driven job market is forcing employers to update their hiring processes to remain competitive. Learn 5 simple steps to improving your interview process in this post.

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