Manufacturers Learn More About 3D Metal Printing

Cimquest and their manufacturing partner, Desktop Metal, were on-hand today in Erie for a presentation and discussion with area manufacturers about some of the newest metal 3D printing solutions. Discussion included the process, materials, and how this technology will impact prototyping and manufacturing of metal parts. Here are just a few samples of parts made with the process that provides … Continued

NW PA Plastic Manufacturers Meeting Today

Approximately 25 manufacturing companies in the plastics industry are meeting today to discuss opportunities with the new Shell cracker plant being built in Beaver County. The facilitated meeting will focus on how companies in northwest PA can share challenges, provide input, and set priorities for sector growth.  Also attending are dignitaries from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development … Continued

Manufacturer Benefits from Sales Process Mapping

“Specialty Metal Products recently attended the NWIRC’s Sales Process Mapping workshop. I was hoping for a few tips and tricks to help mitigate pain points in a cumbersome strategic roadmap.  What I got, was a brilliant cornerstone foundation on which to build—lending itself to centralizing and prioritizing our growth plan strategies,” said Tanya McClafferty, President of … Continued

Sustaining Your Business for the Long-Term

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor I recently heard an employee say, “I’ve been here a long time, and I’ve really enjoyed working for (the owner), but when he leaves, I’m outta here!” In manufacturing, each owner brings their own personality and skills to the table. Making a mistake in deciding who will continue … Continued

Focus on the DoD Supply Chain

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Several economic development partners within the 13-county footprint of the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) will soon begin an initiative aimed at assisting companies impacted by declining contract revenues from the Department of Defense (DoD). Their mission will involve a comprehensive analysis and business evaluation of manufacturers within the DoD supply chain. This … Continued

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 Resource Center (NWIRC) will teach you how to construct and analyze both product and process FMEAs. A list of objectives … Continued

Plastic Manufacturing Supply Chain Meeting

The plastics industry in northwest Pennsylvania is anticipating supply chain growth with the addition of the Shell cracker facility in Beaver County. An invitation is being extended to leaders of plastic manufacturing companies in northwest PA to discuss whether an industry-led sector partnership is in order for sharing challenges, providing input, and setting priorities for sector growth … Continued

Solar Atmospheres Makes Impact with 2 Second Lean

Solar Atmospheres, a Hermitage PA manufacturer specializing in vacuum heat treating, is a member of NWIRC’s Lean Together™ working group in Mercer County. Company President, Bob Hill, embraced the 2 Second Lean methodology immediately at the group’s first meeting in April. After that initial session, Hill purchased the book, 2 Second Lean by Paul Akers, … Continued

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