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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 3: Scientific Thinking Enables Innovation and Teamwork

Posted by Rachel Miller

Toyota Kata--a structured approach for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement--had its beginnings in manufacturing. The word Toyota refers to the Japanese carmaker’s renowned production system methods and tools. A Kata is a routine practiced so its pattern becomes a habit that over time gives workers new skills.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 2: Helping Supervisors Solve Workplace People Problems

Posted by Rachel Miller

The pressure on today’s workforce is considerable. COVID-19 has introduced new challenges. There are new rules about social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) gear. Workers may be dealing with changes to equipment and floor plan layouts to ensure a safe workplace. All of this means new responsibilities and heightened expectations of supervisors in the manufacturing setting.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 1: Practice Makes Perfect with On-the-Job Training

Posted by Rachel Miller

Even before COVID-19, manufacturers were facing challenges on several fronts relative to hiring and retaining a high-performing workforce. In addition to the easily observed factors – lack of a qualified applicant pool, turnover and absenteeism, and under-performing KPIs – there are various hidden problems.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, covid-19, Webinar, Training Within Industry

Working Collaboratively to Gain Compliance: How 2 Key Cybersecurity Assumptions Are Impacting DoD Suppliers

Posted by Jacob Horne

It is estimated that there are around 300,000 companies in the Defense Industrial Base (“DIB”) across the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Roughly 99% of the DIB is made up of small and medium-sized businesses which are companies with fewer than 500 employees.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Computer and Electronic Products, Business Management, Manufacturing Resources, SMBs, covid-19

Surviving and Driving Through the Crisis

Posted by Rachel Miller

How can employers protect their employees and workplaces while battling COVID-19?

In order for manufacturers to develop a safety plan for their facilities, they must consider the whole workforce and all visitors. “Your assumption should be that people who look perfectly healthy may be asymptomatic carriers and spreaders,” said Eliot Dratch, a CMTC consultant and manufacturing operations/safety expert.

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Topics: Change Management, Business Management, Safety in Manufacturing, Employee Training, covid-19

Defense Suppliers: Self-Attestation, the False Claims Act, and You*

Posted by Jacob Horne

If you are part of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, you likely have various Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) disclosures that you must attest to during the course of doing business.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

How to Stimulate Manufacturing Growth After COVID-19

Posted by Gregg Profozich

It seems like no part of the economy has been left untouched by COVID-19. Both essential and non-essential industries have felt the impact of the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects on the economy, especially manufacturing.

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Topics: Supply Chain

Start With the (Cybersecurity) End in Mind

Posted by Jacob Horne

Cybersecurity is a complex topic no matter what industry vertical it is applied to. In order to reduce that complexity, it helps to frame cybersecurity in the context of the business. For manufacturers, there is a familiar concept that can be used: begin with the end in mind.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

How Workplace Safety in Manufacturing is Changing Amid COVID-19

Posted by Eliot Dratch

Workplace safety is at the top of everyone's mind right now. Manufacturing facilities have opened up (if they shut down at all) and companies need to make sure they are in full compliance with CDC and OSHA regulations, and also meet the guidance coming from within their county

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Topics: Change Management, Business Management, Employee Training

Teleworking Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Company

Posted by Jacob Horne

For many small and medium-sized manufacturers the great teleworking experiment brought on by COVID-19 has been a painful one. The sudden shift to telework poses numerous managerial, logistical and operational hurdles. To make matters worse, cybersecurity risks are amplified by the needs of a remote workforce.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Computer and Electronic Products, Business Management, Manufacturing Resources, SMBs, covid-19