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5 Best Practices for Succession Planning

With manufacturing already experiencing a skills gap in the workforce, businesses cannot afford to put off planning for the future. Identifying, developing, and retaining top talent is vital to the long-term success of an organization, and thus needs to be a critical area of investment of time, money, and energy. Below are 5 succession planning […]

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Contracts for Accessing ERP – Top four terms to Achieve

Most ERP access contracts provided by sellers are simply awful. That is awful for buyers, but quite stellar for sellers. In summary the sellers want unilateral control of the commercial relationship as it has a direct tie to long-term revenue potential for them.   Further the ERP buyer is far more at risk in the […]

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Penn State Fayette hosts Catalyst Connection CEO

By The Herald Standard Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus in Lemont Furnace, North Union Township, recently hosted Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection, as part of the CEO Conversations series. Iman Young, a sophomore business major, moderated the discussion. Catalyst Connection is a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to helping manufacturers with […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Technology Adoption

As modern manufacturing moves into the fourth industrial revolution, technology plays an increasingly important role in all levels of production. And while technology increases capabilities, it also increases the complexity of each subsystem. With advanced manufacturing technology adoption becoming vital to compete and stay relevant in the Industry 4.0 world, companies are seeking out MEP’s […]

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4 Benefits of Total Productive Maintenance

Lean Manufacturing focuses on continuous improvement in the pursuit of perfection. This philosophy can apply to manufacturing production through a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) approach. By empowering employees to take responsibility for equipment maintenance and productivity, productive maintenance can help a manufacturer see benefits in 4 key areas: Efficiency, Moral, Safety, and Satisfaction. Efficiency TPM […]

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5 Recommendations to Avoid Robotics Project Missteps

Every project manager has a checklist of aspects that he or she will watch out for before, during, and after the project.  Things like build a strong team, establish and agree upon objectives & deliverables up front, watch for scope creep, and validate results of project.  Taking that a step further, here are 5 recommendations […]

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Cyber Security Best Practices

Data breaches are costly and oftentimes devastating attacks for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). Even if the quantity of information available is less than a larger company, many SMBs are targeted because their networks are vulnerable and easy to attack. While not every company has the benefits of an IT security expert on staff, or […]

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5 minutes with Catalyst’s Petra Mitchell: on the state of manufacturing in our region

Bill O’Toole  April 2, 2019  Latest News, Manufacturing In an era when Pittsburgh’s old steel mills are rapidly becoming apartments and movie studios, it’s easy to feel like our city’s manufacturing and industrial heritage is long gone. But local manufacturing expert Petra Mitchell says that while these sectors are diminished, they are far from extinct. And local companies are hiring. “I […]

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Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action Plans go hand in hand

Whenever there is a EHSQ (Environment, Health, Safety, Quality) event in a manufacturing facility, it is important to investigate and perform a thorough root cause analysis. The knowledge and understanding gained during this initial step is crucial, but ultimately futile, if it isn’t followed up by a corrective action plan that is effectively put in […]

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Hazelwood Green opens to public with streets & 1.9 mile trail

NEXTPittsburgh Bill O’Toole  April 1, 2019  City Design, Environment, Hazelwood Pittsburghers will now be able to access the long-in development Hazelwood Green project. Project managers and community leaders gathered today at the site to officially open Blair Street and closed sections of Hazelwood Avenue, along with a nearly two-mile hiking and biking trail through the interior of the park. The ceremony […]

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