COVID-19: What Happens Next

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor One of the consistent messages we’ve heard as we talk with manufacturers throughout the region is, “I made it through this time, but I don’t know what will happen if we get hit…

5S- More Than Just a ‘One and Done’ Clean-Up

With the Fall season now upon us, some may have already begun their checklist to clean up and prepare for winter. We scramble to accomplish everything we can, so our yards are clean and outdoor furniture put away, before the…

An Equipment Pre-Purchase Guide for Manufacturers

NIST-MEP* recently published an article on their Manufacturing Innovation Blog that will be helpful for manufacturers as you consider future equipment purchases. This information guides you with thought-provoking questions to use as you begin to vet new technology. Before you…

Why Cash Is King

It is quite possible to be a fast growing, profitable company and still end up insolvent, although it is rare to find a company that is well-managed with an eye towards cash-flow and working capital to wind up in that…

Make Your Manufacturing Company Sustainable

The pandemic has decimated entire industries, interrupted supply chains and upended traditional business development processes. But this disruption has created opportunity for many manufacturers. By returning to their entrepreneurial roots, they can seize the future of their business through novel…

Steps to Improving On-Time Delivery

Do you know how much late deliveries are costing your organization? Some of the costs are immediate and obvious, such as disgruntled customers, premiums for freight, overtime pay and possibly customer imposed monetary penalties. Other costs are often a direct…

Honing in on 8 Wastes: Part Two

Honing in on 8 Wastes is a 4-part series to examine and elevate awareness of the 8 wastes in manufacturing (DOWNTIME), and tips for enabling your employees to see them too. Eight Wastes, Part Two: In lean manufacturing, the examples…

A New Mindset for Problem Solving – Toyota Kata

by Lisa Pustelak, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor and Employee Development Specialist Toyota Kata is nothing new. The concept was introduced over a decade ago and NWIRC has been tuned in for several years now. This mindset first came to light…