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The Core Principles of Operational Excellence

Operational excellence in manufacturing means adopting best practices, being dedicated to continuous improvement, engaging the process owners and utilizing the latest technology. This mindset in the workplace leads to accelerations in growth, improved productivity, and increased profitability. In order for your organization to start practicing operational excellence, it’s important for your leadership team, and all […]

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Practicing Consistent Selling is More Important Post-COVID

In normal times, consistency is among the most critical traits of sales teams. However, in the new post-COVID-19 environment, being consistent has grown from being important to imperative. What does it mean to be Consistent? Consistency means measurability, ease of learning, and forming good habits. It’s creating repeatability, which leads to growth and success for […]

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Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Manufacturing Workforce

Once a more traditional industry, manufacturing is now much more advanced and modern, and it requires diverse skill sets from all walks of life and experience. That’s why manufacturing leaders must stay on top of outreach efforts to attract diverse talent and create inclusive manufacturing environments that welcome everyone to participate and contribute. Manufacturers have […]

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Tackling the Manufacturing Skills Gap

According to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), more than 25% of manufacturers had to turn down new business opportunities because of a lack of available workers to do the job. There is currently a fundamental skills gap in the U.S, resulting in a critical talent shortage affecting manufacturers. Many workers don’t […]

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Gaining Insights for a More Engaged Workforce

As workplaces continue adjusting to new ways of operating, concerns around employee engagement are at an all-time high for our region’s small and mid-sized manufacturers.  Workplace engagement has always been a high priority. However, it is no longer as easy to maintain high employee engagement levels when working at home or maintaining social distancing. Your […]

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4 Tips for Building Your Thriving Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing remains one of the largest industries for employment in southwestern Pennsylvania. Yet, there is a persisting lack of awareness within new generations about the availability and growth opportunities of manufacturing careers across a range of experiences and interests. Manufacturing today is high-tech, and technology-driven skills such as coding, programming, and more are needed to […]

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Fever Screening

By Chris Miranda, MAC Safety, Inc. So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of COVID-19? As lockdowns are lifted, procedures are being put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Along with physical distancing, hand sanitization and wearing of masks, fever screening is increasingly being set up as a requirement […]

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Announcing the MATTR Assistance Program

The NIST MEP MATTR service team has identified a number of NIST researchers with various expertise who are interested in offering their expertise to domestic manufacturers. Click here to view the list of the researchers’ expertise. If you have a project and would like the assistance of one of these experts, contact Matt Minner at […]

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SMM Robotics and Technology Adoption Insights

If your company is considering an investment in robotics this year, you’re not alone. That’s a key conclusion from the SMM Study: Robotics & Technology Engagement lead by Catalyst Connection, CMTC, Fuzehub, and Impact Washington under the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Advanced Robotics Collaborative. Of the manufacturers surveyed, 49% say they plan to invest in robotics […]

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Gov. Wolf: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “We are incredibly grateful that the SBA recognized the urgency of this situation and granted our request so quickly,” said Gov. Wolf. “I […]

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