Supply Chains Keep ‘March’ing On

By Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC The month of March…Yes! There is so much good stuff to look forward to this month including the regular annual happenings of the first day of spring, March Madness, and St. Patrick’s Day, and this…

NWIRC’s Molly Reichard is Certified Working Genius Facilitator

  NWIRC’s Culture Development Advisor, Molly Reichard, has completed training and is now a Working Genius Certified Facilitator. She’s equipped with the tools and resources to help leverage the Working Genius model with individuals, teams and organizations. This model is…

NWPA Defense Advisory Council Quarterly Meeting

The Northwest Pennsylvania Defense Advisory Council will conduct its first quarterly meeting for the new year on March 7, 2024, in Erie, PA. This newly formed advisory council is in response to the increasingly large number of challenges that contractors…

Building Scientific Thinking Habits by Practicing Kata

By Mike Rother (Author of Toyota Kata, The Toyota Kata Practice Guide, Toyota Kata Culture, and Learning to See) Lean training seemed fairly straightforward in the 1990s, as it focused on tools and general concepts. But deeper study of Toyota…

Road Trip to Targeted Pet Treats

By Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC February is National Pet Dental Health Month! What could possibly be the connection between this and manufacturing, you ask? Well, it has to do with one of my recent road trips. You know from my…

4 Fundamentals of Effective Supply Chain Management

by Chris Scafario, President/CEO, DVIRC The relentless wave of disruptions in workforce, logistics, and prices has impacted all manufacturers, but it has been particularly intense for the smaller job shop doing custom batch production. These contract manufacturers may have limited…

Smart Factory: Today, Tomorrow, and Third Shift

by Carrie Davis-Bredeweg, Sr. Marketing & Sales Specialist, NEFF Automation The SMART Factory. It’s more than a few buzzwords and a sensor-connected app connected to the factory floor to track your production. The SMART factory of today is deliberate and…