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Convergence of IT & OT is Critical to Helping Manufacturers Optimize Productivity

Technology

Increasing cost pressures are forcing companies to use scarce resources more efficiently than ever. At the same time, computing power is becoming stronger, which makes access to Big Data (large data sets that can be analyzed using computers to reveal patterns and trends) easier and less expensive. This perfect storm of needing to get more bang for the buck as more mission-critical quantitative information becomes available necessitates that Information…

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MFG Works Summit 2023 Recap

People

This past Wednesday, May 24th, Catalyst Connection hosted the second annual MFG Works Summit at St. Vincent College. 200+ attendees participated in the Summit to learn industry best practices on the topics of: Candidate Experience & On-Boarding Best Practices Talent Attraction Hiring – Best Practices + Hiring Those with Barriers Post-Secondary Education And More Our Keynote Speaker, Ryan Jenkins, Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership author, kicked the day off and provided…

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Increase Engagement with Current, Prospective Employees

People

By Dave Mastovich, MASSolutions According to surveys from ADP Research Institute conducted BEFORE the pandemic, only 18% of respondents were fully engaged at work. That’s BEFORE the pandemic. Odds are that statistic hasn’t increased over the last couple of years with all the changes we’ve gone through with respect to what we do, how, when and where we do it. It’s led to that two discouraging phenomena: First is…

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It Takes Teamwork to Fill Jobs

People

There are more manufacturing jobs available than qualified people to fill them. Those of us in the manufacturing community should work together to meet this challenge because our economic survival and our national security depend on it. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Commonwealth had 70,000 manufacturing job openings in 2019 and only 30,000 job seekers. That trend persists here and nationwide. According to the…

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5 Reasons Why Building a Cohesive Team is Important For Your Business

People

As a manufacturer, your team is the backbone of your business. A cohesive team is essential for maintaining productivity, efficiency, and success. However, building a cohesive team is not always easy. That’s where Wiley's Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, powered by Everything DiSC, comes in. This powerful tool can help manufacturers build a cohesive team that can drive their business forward. Here are five reasons why team building…

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