Uniquely Abled Academies Now Recruiting Students

The two Uniquely Abled Academies (UAA) in northwestern PA – at Crawford Tech (Meadville) and at Erie County Community College (Erie) – are now recruiting students for a new cohort to begin in Fall 2024. The UAA is a CNC…

Gemba Best Practices for Manufacturing Excellence

By Shane Cantrell, NWIRC, Operational Excellence Specialist Gemba is a Japanese term that refers to: “the real place” or “the actual place” or “where the work is done.” The concept of gemba relates to lean manufacturing, continuous improvement (CI), and…

The Nuts and Bolts – of BOLT

By Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Manufacturing is one of many industries that continues to make heavy use of nuts and bolts for good reasons – strength and longevity. Despite growing times of uncertainty, changes in pop culture and lingo, when…

Defense in Depth Cybersecurity

By Matthew Coppola, President, Coppola Enterprises, Inc. and Mike Kasprzak, Strategic Account Executive, Cyberleaf In the contemporary digital landscape, organizations of all sizes must prioritize cybersecurity to protect their operations, data, and reputation. While this is unique to your organization,…

Student-Run Manufacturing: Reaching New Heights

Over 120 students from across the northwest and north central region of Pennsylvania convened last month on May 7th in Warren PA for the first annual Student-Run Manufacturing Enterprise (SRME) Summit hosted by NWIRC. With the theme, ‘Reaching New Heights’,…

Manufacturing Resiliency Across the Board

By Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Manufacturers in our region are resilient without question. This is demonstrated time and again, but most recently as companies emerged from pandemic challenges, navigate supply chain bottlenecks, and struggle to find and keep employees. I…