Growing with Supplier Scouting

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Manufacturers as well as federal, state and local agencies need critical products that are in short supply to ensure our nation’s health and safety as well as our national and economic security. Small and medium-sized…

Honing in on 8 Wastes: Part 4

A 4-part series to examine and elevate awareness of the 8 wastes in manufacturing (DOWNTIME). Eight Wastes: Part 4 The unnecessary movement of people, information or equipment is Motion waste. This can occur because of workspace layout, disorganization, misplace items,…

Addressing the Skilled Labor Shortage

by John Bridgen, Senior Automation Engineer, Neff Automation Growing your manufacturing business profitably with a declining pool of skilled employees is an increasing challenge that businesses in northwestern Pennsylvania are facing. As an example, executives at two area companies recently…

Roots of Resiliency

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Through our direct and deep interactions with manufacturing companies over the past several months, we have found a range of activity due to the pandemic. At one end of the spectrum, 18% of them are…

Employees Are Key to Continuous Improvement

It’s always fun visiting manufacturing companies throughout the region, especially those who NWIRC has helped with an improvement or training project. Over the past several years, we’ve worked with numerous companies in our Lean Together™ program who, through tours and…

Lean Accounting, An Essential Part of a Lean Transformation

Lean thinking changes the way a company approaches work on a daily basis, from developing and implementing strategy to producing products and delivering services to customers. This change in thinking centers on a relentless commitment to continuous improvement, so that…

Deploying a Lean Champion: Their Role and Success Factors

Companies who have a thriving lean culture are often driven internally by a dedicated champion. Someone who exemplifies the drive, leadership, training, and commitment to lead a company to improve the organization’s operational performance as well as increase total customer…