Exploring Kata for Continuous Improvement

Here’s a reprise of an article, Toyota Kata: A Lean Strategy for Keeping Up with the Pace of Change, published a couple years ago by Brian Lagas, Technical Manager at NIST MEP. A good time to revisit kata, just before…

MEP: Resources for Rapidly Changing Marketplace

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Every March, manufacturers from across the country visit Capitol Hill along with representatives from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers. Their mission: to emphasize the importance of U.S. manufacturing, and the National Institute of Standards…

Evaluating Your Wage Structure

Even prior to COVID-19, manufacturers in the region and across the country had challenges with hiring and retaining employees. The pandemic has caused additional workforce disruptions. Issues of new safety concerns and protocols, family needs, and team collaboration of remote…

CRP: A Year in Review…and Looking Ahead

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC, COVID-19 Recovery Program Manager In March and April of 2020 as the pandemic was forcing business shut-downs, representatives from the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Rapid Response program, Strategic Early Warning Network/Steel Valley Authority (SEWN)…

What Bugs You? Focus on a ‘2 Second’ Fix in the New Year

by Craig Corsi, Lean/Continuous Improvement Expert and Lean Together Facilitator Before I became a practitioner of lean and continuous improvement methodologies, I was taught concepts during training classes, public seminars, and from participating in team-led kaizen events. At the beginning…

Maximizing the Value of Your ERP System

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems form the backbone and basis for manufacturing and distribution businesses’ technology and computing. They represent the largest expenditure of information technology assets, yet over the years, many companies have struggled to fully implement many…

Unveiling a New Regional B2B Tool

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC The beginning of a New Year typically re-energizes us. We may have a fresh new look with gifts of clothing added to our wardrobe. New goals and resolutions are often established for ourself and our…