New Game Changer

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC I’ve noted several times before in my column the cliché ‘knowledge is power’, especially when it comes to advanced manufacturing technology. Technology all around us on a personal level is advancing so quickly it’s hard…

Lean Versus ERP: Are You Gaining from Both?

By Gerry Schneggenburger, NWIRC Is your business reliant on an ERP/MRP system to automate or reduce work-in-process costs and durations? If so, you may want to reconsider your use of IT systems versus custom-built logic made specifically for your type…

Turn Big Needs into Big Profits

by Desiree Schnoor, Virtual QE If you are a manufacturing company, we would guess that one of your biggest problems fall into one of these areas: labor availability, training, production, or audits. It might be inconceivable to think that these…

Lean Accounting Expert Returns to the Region

NWIRC is excited to bring lean accounting expert, Jean Cunningham, back to northwestern Pennsylvania in April to offer her signature training. Jean is the author of Real Numbers and, her most recent book, The Value Add Accountant. She is widely…

Onboarding Best Practices

By Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Employee Development Specialist Are you tired of your new hires not lasting 30 days? Do you have people who leave for lunch and never come back? Have you tried to offer incentives or hiring bonuses to…

SPC for Your Quality Management System Toolbox

Manufacturing companies strive for a culture of continuous improvement and statistical process control (SPC) consists of basic methods to increase effectiveness. SPC charts are powerful tools to alert you to process issues that could potentially lead to a defect. Knowing…