The Rebound in Manufacturing

by Kenneth Louie, Ph.D., Director, Economic Research Institute of Erie; Associate Professor of Economics, Penn State Behrend, Black School of Business Along with the rest of the national economy, the U.S. manufacturing sector appears poised to experience a substantial rebound…

NWIRC Board Changes

NWIRC added new members to their Board of Directors, and recognized the contributions of those leaving, at a recent quarterly meeting. Outgoing board members include Art Aiello of St Marys Pressed Metals who served on the NWIRC Board since 1997.…

Start Small, Think Big with Your First IIoT Project

by Kiyan Klocker, Ectobox Industrial IoT has been around for a while now. It has proven time and time again to be very valuable to the manufacturers who take advantage of it. Decreasing downtime, improving lead times, machine learning, better…

COVID Recovery: Lessons Learned

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC, COVID-19 Recovery Program Manager It’s been well over a year now of living in a COVID-19 cautious world. It is an understatement to say life has changed. From limited contact with other people to the dramatic…

Batter Up! A Recent Tour at BWP Bats

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Yes! It’s the middle of spring and summer is next in the lineup. Temperatures are rising, cardinals are singing, orioles are whistling, things are opening, and the words “play ball” are soothing. Baseball has forever…

Culture as a Competitive Advantage

by Susan Hileman, NWIRC, CRP Program Manager For many years I have asked employers what their value proposition was, and more than 50 percent of the time they would say, “We have the best quality, service and on-time delivery!” While…

Easy Button Connector to Technology

There is a lot to consider when bringing technology solutions to the shop floor (or to the front office for that matter). Often referred to Industry 4.0, technology for manufacturers is advancing rapidly with automation, robotics, 3D printing, ERP systems,…