Industry 4.0: Ready, Willing, and Able?

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Industry 4.0 is here. The advancement of today’s manufacturing via the combination of automation, data exchange, cloud computing, and many other new manufacturing technologies. An increasing number of manufacturers, including small and mid-sized companies in…

Improving Pump System Efficiency and Performance

The next Energy Round Table, hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is scheduled for August 2nd from 9am-12noon at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. The session topic is Improving Pump System Efficiency and Performance. Pump systems are integral…

Training within Industry: Learning Job Instruction

Most are familiar with Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon who became symbolic for the new workforce during Word War II. Many within this workforce were women who went to work in factories replacing men going off to the war.…

Workshop in Lean Accounting

For companies who have embarked on applying lean thinking and practices, they may not have thought about the role of the management reporting information and the accounting team in supporting this transformation. Jean Cunningham, as a CFO of two manufacturing…

IATF 16949 Class Wraps Up Today in St Marys

The IATF 16949 Internal Audit Class is wrapping up today in St Marys. The 3-day course, geared for manufacturers with customers within the automotive industry, is led by Kevin Smith, President of Vie Associates. In October 2016, the International Automotive…

Financial Aspects of Exit Planning

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC Strategic Business Advisor Company owners are often disappointed when it is time to transition and they find out their business is worth less than they imagined. Or, they sell the business at a good price but…