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…

Gearing Up for Supply Chain Workshops

Competition is no longer strictly between companies, it’s also between supply chains. The volatile economy means that manufacturers have to be much more agile, flexible, and responsive to external pressures. Those with optimized supply chains experience benefits like lower costs,…

Welcome to the Age of Cobots

By Stu Shepherd, Universal Robots It’s a thrilling time to be working in the world of robotics. That may seem like a given. After all, every day the headlines are filled with new breakthroughs in robotics, and it seems like…

Stop Training Your Employees – The Old Way

by Desiree Schnoor, Virtual QE Did you know that almost 1 in every 2 new hires will quit their job within a year, and of those who do quit, half of them quit quickly; within just 3 months of starting.…

New Game Changer

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC I’ve noted several times before in my column the cliché ‘knowledge is power’, especially when it comes to advanced manufacturing technology. Technology all around us on a personal level is advancing so quickly it’s hard…

Lean Versus ERP: Are You Gaining from Both?

By Gerry Schneggenburger, NWIRC Is your business reliant on an ERP/MRP system to automate or reduce work-in-process costs and durations? If so, you may want to reconsider your use of IT systems versus custom-built logic made specifically for your type…