Continuing to Drive Impact

by Robert Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Driving impact for manufacturers! That is the tagline for Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC), and that is how the work of NWIRC and the six other IRCs across the Commonwealth are evaluated. These Centers comprise…

From Breaking Bad to Growing Good

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC In September 2019, the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), will be hosting a summit for the national network of MEPs centers. The bi-annual summit provides an excellent platform for the…

Are You Considering Automated Inspection Yet?

by Gerry Schneggenburger, NWIRC A survey of manufacturers shows a future 34% increase in adoption of automated inspection systems*. With the price of robots and automation significantly decreasing over the past 10 years, many small- and medium-sized NWIRC clients are…

NWPA SPE Meeting to Feature Robotics and Automation Topic

The NWPA Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers will feature speakers from NWIRC, NEFF, and SAS on the topic of robotics and automation at their next meeting. NWIRC’s Gerry Schneggenburger will highlight a statewide initiative for advanced manufacturing technology…

Lean Accounting: Improvements for Closing the Books

By Jean Cunningham, Executive Chair, Lean Enterprise Institute After more than 20 years of lean accounting learning and event facilitation, I continue to think holding an improvement event focused on “closing the books” is a great entry point for those…

Calling All Plastics Manufacturers

Governor Tom Wolf called it a “once in a generation” opportunity. The Shell cracker plant being built in Beaver County is poised to be the tipping point in attracting other supply chain companies within the petrochemical industry. Are you interested…