How to Determine If a New Technology Is Worth the Investment

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 17, 2017 1:58:34 PM

The latest and greatest new technology is something that many of us are prone to want – not just for the workplace, but for the personal aspects of our lives.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Technology

How to Effectively Identify Waste Factors in Your Manufacturing Process

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Today’s manufacturing industry is helmed by a prevalent principle: reduce waste.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Is Overproduction Driving Your Labor Costs Out of Control?

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 22, 2016 2:30:02 PM

In today’s manufacturing environment, we know that getting the product to the customer in a timely manner while keeping the cost of production and delivery as inexpensive as possible is one of the top goals.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Lean Manufacturing

Checklist: How to Prepare for an ISO Quality Audit

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In thinking about how to prepare for an ISO quality audit, some people may have a kneejerk negative response. If “audit” makes you nervous, then focus on “quality,” because the end goal here is to ensure just that.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

Are You an Energy Efficient Manufacturer?

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 13, 2016 2:26:22 PM

Small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMM) face a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing energy use. Expertise in energy-efficient operations may not exist in your organization and employees may already have a very full plate helping the company run smoothly. Managing energy may seem like one more task on a long list of things that must be done.

However, by following some common sense guidelines, your business can improve the energy efficiency of its operations thereby increasing profit margins, securing a more competitive position in the market place and reducing its environmental impact.

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Topics: Energy

7 Important Standards for Your ISO 9001:2015 Journey

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 12, 2016 1:17:58 PM

The ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) – a worldwide federation of national standards bodies – recently updated its latest edition of ISO 9001, for quality management.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

Brand Equity: How to Add Lasting Value to Your Company

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 1, 2016 1:21:14 PM

A brand is more than just a product, logo, website, or tagline. A brand is all of these taken together to create an intangible effect amongst stakeholders (customers, prospects, suppliers, creditors, employees, government agencies, etc.). Building your company’s brand equity is often an integral part of your business strategy. A recent Forbes magazine article rated these top brands and their value to their respective organizations.

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Topics: Business Management, Strategic Business Planning

Cybersecurity: What Is It and Why You Should Care

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 23, 2016 9:28:34 AM

As manufacturing companies are becoming increasingly interconnected, the risks to their production systems, confidential data and supply chain are growing exponentially larger. Cybersecurity should be a concern for every manufacturer.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Shift Your Business from Providing Reactive to Proactive Customer Service

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 22, 2016 3:37:01 PM

For many manufacturing businesses, the default approach in providing customer service is to respond to problems as they arise.

While this reactive method may satisfy the customer for that moment, it fails to take a more proactive approach in handling customer service issues. Instead, imagine if you could solve problems before customers had to call you. Or even better, if you could address issues before they even became aware of them.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Business Management

How to Understand the Process Approach to Management in Less than 5 Minutes

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The process approach is a keystone feature of ISO 9001 – a globally recognized quality standard that benefits employees, managers, companies and, ultimately, the consumer.

In the latest version, ISO 9001;2015, the “process approach” is highly emphasized for mangers to practice. We’ve touched on the process approach and how it fits with ISO in a previous blog.

But what exactly does this mean?

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Topics: Quality

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