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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

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

How to Create a Change Management Process That Actually Works

Posted by Steven Brand

Change is a cycle in itself, and organizations go through various cycles throughout their lifetime. Whether it's automating processes, introducing specialized equipment, streamlining redundant tasks and people who perform them, or simply relocating a physical plant, changes are inevitable. 

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Topics: Change Management, Business Management, Project Management

What to Consider When Implementing Change on the Shop Floor

Posted by Steven Brand

Answering the question of what kind of changes your manufacturing operation could best benefit by is a bit like asking to know the future.

That’s because the best answer to the question would take into account a number of future factors, including:

  1. What could happen in your target market
  2. What’s going on in your industry
  3. How your manufacturing business best works to achieve net profit
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Topics: Change Management, Business Management

The Challenges of Implementing ERP & Change Management

Posted by Robert Gilson

It is conventional wisdom that ERP is among the most high-risk projects for businesses with respect to broken budgets and schedules. It has been said that ERP implementations are the second hardest thing a company ever does, right after the pain and risk of starting up. Many executives these days have personally experienced or have in-depth knowledge of the damage an ERP implementation project, which has gone wrong can cause a company. As a result, many of those executives have become reluctant to take on the risk to the business and maybe jeopardize their own careers with an incorrect decision.

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Topics: ERP, Change Management

Managing Projects: A 3 Tier Approach to Achieve Better Results

Posted by Ellen McKewen

Every year brings about new and more efficient processes that manufacturers can take advantage of in order to increase and enhance their upcoming projects. For example, a project management methodology might be used to implement a new software program or install new machinery. For your project to be successful, it has to include change management to ensure acceptance from the people using it. In addition, the project needs to support the corporate strategy. Managing projects can then be viewed as a three tier aproach that is selected and pioneered by a leader and implemented by employees through change management.

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Topics: Change Management, Project Management

National Manufacturing Day: A Celebration for CA and the USA!

Posted by Carrie Pittman

National Manufacturing Day was established in 2012 to expand the knowledge about and improve the public’s view of manufacturing careers and the industry’s value to the U.S. economy. The celebration looks to raise awareness about manufacturing’s impact and change the perception of manufacturing careers for future generations. Friday, October 3rd will make the third annual celebration – so save the date!

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food Manufacturing, Change Management, Manufacturing Day

The Power of Change Management

Posted by Carrie Pittman

Written by: Tony Popowski

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Change Management