Lean for the Business. You’re Always Working on It!

By Jean Cunningham, President, Jean Cunningham Consulting Creating a Lean environment is not about less despite the name “Lean”. It is really about doing “more” of what your customers value which will lead to improved outcomes. Let’s consider the word…

MFG Day Celebrations

Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) had a blast celebrating MFG Day over the last 7 days….from touring along with students on MFG Day October 6th to capping it off with the Manufacturer and Business Association MFG Event in Erie at…

Next ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training Starts Oct 17

The next ISO 9001: 2015 Internal Auditor training hosted by Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) is scheduled for October 17-19, 2017 at Knowledge Center in Erie, PA Most are aware by now that the revised ISO 9001:2015 for quality management…

Internship Planning to Gain Talented Student

Do you have an overdue project or targeted outcome that you just can’t get to or prefer not to consume existing staff resources. Perhaps you haven’t explored the potential of a college student intern, or perhaps you thought about it…

Sintergy, Inc: Innovative Improvements via STEM Internship

Sintergy Inc. was founded in 2003 and is a world class manufacturer of custom engineered powder metal components located in Jefferson County. These components are used in a variety of manufacturing industries, some of these include; automotive, agricultural equipment, lawn…

MFG Day is Every Day

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Each October as Manufacturing Day approaches, I’m reminded that Mfg Day really does go on all year long and that you don’t have to be a manufacturer to agree. We all know that manufacturing is…

Accounts Payable Process: A Waste-Pool

by Jean Cunningham. President of Jean Cunningham Consulting I get to visit lots of organizations and see lots of accounts payable processes. And, I’m sorry to say, that the large majority of A/P processes I see use decades old methods…