Succession Planning for Small Manufacturers

What does it mean to leave your business successfully? It means the company is well positioned for continued stability or growth, and the outgoing owners have enough to financially exit and live the life they desire. It also means the…

Lean Together™ 1.0 Graduation

Last month, the most recent group of companies graduated from NWIRC’s Lean Together™ 1.0 (working group for operational excellence). This cohort started last August with the group meeting monthly for classroom sessions, facility tours, and discussions focused on principles from…

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…