Northwest Commission Planning DYNET 2018 in Erie

Dynamic Networking for Small Business (“DyNet”) is returning to Erie in August. It’s a government contracting training event offered by the Northwest Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), with support from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Army Corps…

Maintaining Your Quality Certifications

If you’re a manufacturer in northwestern Pennsylvania either maintaining or striving for a specific quality certification, Northwest Industrial Resource Center is here for training employees or onsite assistance. Check our training schedule regularly for internal auditor courses scheduled within our…

Wax On, Wax Off- Coaching Kata

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Last month, readers were introduced to kata – a deliberate pattern of structured routine to learn, improve, and master specific skill sets. Regardless if the targeted skill is a specific martial art, a musical instrument,…

Critical Thinking is a Choice

by Lisa Pustelak, Employee Development Specialist, LEDGE Enterprises In this world of instant gratification, we need to be extra careful of the way we think. Critical thinking skills continue to decline as we get used to a ‘quick fix’ for…

Failure Modes Training Scheduled for Meadville

A failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) training is scheduled for September 12, 2017 in Meadville. FMEA helps uncover potential failures before they occur while investigating at-risk processes, components, or whole products. An upcoming training class offered by Northwest Industrial…

Compliance with DFARS Cybersecurity Requirements

Manufacturers in Northwest PA who are contractors or subcontractors doing business with the Department of Defense should be assessing their compliance with the newest cybersecurity requirements for safeguarding information and incident reporting. The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS 252.204-7012)…

New IATF 16949 Internal Audit Course Offering

In October 2016, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) published a revised automotive industry standard to replace ISO/TS 16949:2009. The ISO 9001 requirements are now published separately from the new IATF 16949:2016 requirements, however they remain the foundation for the…