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  • New Report Series: Nancy LeMaster, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Hospital Report on Business(R), discusses the latest Hospital PMI report.  The report will cover the health of the health care sector, and the pressures of handling a pandemic on the sector’s supply chain. Magna Breaks Ground on New Hummer EV Plant Later this year, General Motors []
  • Due to the recent semiconductor shortage, industries of every kind have been experiencing substantial delays in their manufacturing. Auto manufacturers, in particular, have been hit especially hard, with GM having to temporarily close down factories to ensure they had enough chips on hand. Despite these shortage-induced setbacks, GM executives believe that they may now be []
  • This week's guest is Luciana Toda. Ron and Luciana discussed the concept of entropy and its role in a culture of continuous improvement. They also explored how sustainability factors in as far as creating real, lasting change. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quotes that inspire Luciana (2:44) Luciana's background (7:09) What entropy is and how it relates to lean (9:30) Examples of how to start (12:29) Mistakes that make sustainability more difficult (19:27) The infinite games concept (21:42) The potential pitfalls (25:55) Luciana's final words of wisdom (33:49) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Luciana on LinkedIn Leading Change The Flow System The Infinite Game Subscribe & Never Miss New Episodes! Click to Subscribe in iTunes If you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.  NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here.  You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly. What Do You Think? What are your thoughts on the concept of entropy? Does it resonate with you?
  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, supply chain security has become a pressing issue for manufacturers across the globe. Disruptions to supply chains, especially those based in China, were a major contributor to the production delays and setbacks experienced early in the pandemic. As new potential supply problems arise, the Biden administration has issued a directive []
  • In this week's episode the MakingChips hosts talk with metalworking influencer Tony Gunn and his career in the manufacturing industry.
  • Later this year, General Motors is planning to release its all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV. The new release will remark the return of the Hummer brand, and most notably, as an all-electric vehicle, a shift from its past reputation as a gas-guzzler. With demand expected to be high, as many initial pre-orders have already sold []
  •  Join John Kennedy, CEO of NJMEP and Ethan Karp, CEO of MAGNET as they discuss the iteration program that MAGNET has implemented to assist startup manufacturers. Amid Shortage, AMD, Intel Push Biden Admin to Invest in Chip Manufacturing Currently, industries from consumer electronics to automotive are starting to feel the impacts of the shortage []
  • This week's guest is Brandon Bartel. Ron and Brandon discussed setting intentions and the role intention plays. Brandon also shared his aspirations to incorporate more Toyota Kata into his lean journey. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Brandon (2:33) Brandon's background (3:11) What Respect for People means to Brandon (6:21) Defining intention (7:46) The role intention plays (10:55) Examples of getting it right and wrong (15:41) Brandon's advice (17:21) The best advice Brandon has ever received (20:48) What Brandon would say to his younger self (18:58) A skill Brandon wants to improve (21:54) Brandon's final words of wisdom (26:23) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Brandon on LinkedIn Subscribe & Never Miss New Episodes! Click to Subscribe in iTunes If you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.  NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here.  You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly. What Do You Think? How do you set intentions?
  • In this episode of MakingChips the hosts discuss sections to include in their production meetings, and how they can benefit their shop and team's productivity.
  • This week's guest is Adam Lawrence. Ron and Adam discussed Adam's new book, "The Wheel of Sustainability," including how and why he wrote it. Adam also shared some very moving stories that highlight the true power of lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Adam (5:53) Adam's background (7:08) About the Wheel of Sustainability (8:35) Why Adam wrote the book (9:41) The process of writing the book (10:57) A story about pink tools (14:15) A story about solving an employee's literal pain (23:35) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com GA 287 | The Wheel of Sustainability GA 303 | Running a Successful Kaizen Event GA 330 | The Power of 3P Adam on LinkedIn Adam on YouTube Process Improvement Partners on LinkedIn Process Improvement Partners Website The Wheel of Sustainability Virtual Book Launch Party The Wheel of Sustainability on Amazon Subscribe & Never Miss New Episodes! Click to Subscribe in iTunes If you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.  NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here.  You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly. What Do You Think? Describe a time when lean truly made a profound difference to your job (or to someone else's).
  • In this episode, the MakingChips hosts discuss the career of NFL star Tom Brady, and how his personal keys to success are also applicable to the manufacturing leader.
  • This week's guests are Thomas Lencki and Dagmar Vlahos. They explained all the powerful ways they use lean in higher education in New Hampshire. Thomas and Dagmar also touched on increasing engagement, navigating Covid-era challenges, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quotes that inspire them (3:47) Their backgrounds (5:57) Lean in higher education in New Hampshire (12:02) How lean is being applied (18:40) How Covid-19 has changed lean in higher education (23:59) Keeping engagement high (30:49) What a perfect day looks like (40:08) Their final words of wisdom (48:32) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com GA 251 | Lean in New Hampshire GA 354 | Avoiding the Continuous Appearance Trap Thomas on LinkedIn Dagmar on LinkedIn UNHLean on Twitter UNHLean Website Mentimeter Miro Subscribe & Never Miss New Episodes! Click to Subscribe in iTunes If you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.  NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here.  You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly. What Do You Think? How else might lean be used in an educational setting? What about at the elementary school level?
  • In this week's MakingChips podcast, Jim and Jason discuss if you can be successful running a small machine shop, with Jim offering tips based on his own experiences.
  • This week's guest is Dr. Jeffrey Liker. Jeff explained why he released a second edition of his bestselling book, The Toyota Way. Jeff and Ron also discussed scientific thinking and its relationship to other lean tools like 5S, Hoshin Kanri, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  Jeff's background (4:17) Why Jeff wrote the second edition (12:59) The structure of the 4P model (18:54) Whether or not you should start with the first edition (23:07) Why Japanese culture lends itself to scientific thinking (24:37) Learning scientific thinking (27:34) An anecdote about deliberate practice (33:19) The relationship between 5S and scientific thinking (39:09) Why Jeff added Hoshin Kanri to the second edition (45:30) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com The Toyota Way 2nd Edition Jeff on LinkedIn Subscribe & Never Miss New Episodes! Click to Subscribe in iTunes If you enjoyed this podcast please be sure to subscribe on iTunes. Once you're a subscriber all new episodes will be downloaded to your iTunes account and smartphone. The easiest way for iPhone users to listen to the show is via the free, and incredible, Podcast app.  NEW! You can now follow the podcast on Spotify here.  You can also subscribe via Stitcher which is definitely Android friendly. What Do You Think? How do scientific thinking and other lean tools work well together?
  • In the newest MakingChips podcast, the hosts discuss how to use triggers to create new habits and systems for your business and your personal life.

MEP Center National News

  • March 5, 2021 By: Dr. Michael Powell The promise of advanced manufacturing technologies — also known as smart factories or Industry 4.0 — is that by networking our machines, computers, sensors and systems, we will (among other things) enable automation, improve []
  • Plug Power Inc To Set Up A Massive Hydrogen Production Plant In New York “New York State has remained one of the frontrunners in spearheading the world’s great need to embrace green energy excellence. This time around, the state collaborates with Plug Power Inc, a move that will see the company expand its green hydrogen footprint.” Read more Signing ... The post NYS Manufacturing and Tech News 3.1.21 first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • The promise of advanced manufacturing technologies — also known as smart factories or Industry 4.0 — is that by networking our machines, computers, sensors and systems, we will (among other things) enable automation, improve safety and ultimately become more productive and efficient. And there is no doubt that manufacturing has already benefited from that transformation. Connecting all of these sensors and devices to our industrial control systems (ICS), and the increase in remote work and monitoring, results in manufacturing networks with greater vulnerabilities to cyberattack. This is an
  • The days of traditional and organic relationship building stopped abruptly in 2020, and the effects are still lingering in 2021. In person meetings were canceled, and virtual meetings took place. Casual run-ins with coworkers at the water cooler stopped, and the way we meet new customers has been altered dramatically.
  • The March 2021 funding cycle for the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund Manufacturing Grants is now open. The grants are designed to encourage collaboration between not-for-profit organizations and small to medium-sized manufacturers in New York State. Applicants can access the program information by clicking here. The application process will close promptly at 4:00PM on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ... The post Manufacturing Grants 2021: Important SurveyMonkey Apply Application Process Tips first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • As a business leader, are you searching for an environment where high levels of collaboration and innovation meet speed and flexibility to drive your business forward? Although we all want to get there, it seems like that environment is either too difficult to achieve, or when you finally get there, even more difficult to sustain.
  • The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development  and commercialization across New York State. The Fund launched in December 2016 and is named for Jeff Lawrence, a champion of the New York manufacturing and entrepreneurial communities. The  Innovation Fund comprises three program tracks: Manufacturing Grants, an annual Commercialization  Competition and Innovation Challenges.   We ... The post Manufacturing Grants 2021: What You Need to Know first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc continues to push New York’s innovation infrastructure forward, having been appointed to the boards of directors for the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence and the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC).  In serving these organizations, Garuc brings the perspective of FuzeHub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) center, which provides manufacturers and ... The post FuzeHub’s Garuc Named to National, Statewide Manufacturing and Economic Development Boards first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • Plug Power to Build North America’s Largest Green Hydrogen Production Facility in Western New York “Plug Power Inc., a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions building the global green hydrogen economy, is growing its green hydrogen footprint in New York with construction of a new state-of-the-art green hydrogen production facility and electric substation in the New York Science, Technology ... The post NYS Manufacturing and Tech News 2.22.21 first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • I grew up in the best place ever. My neighborhood was diverse, just like my family. We are Mexican, Puerto Rican, Black, and all American. I had no idea that I was different or that I was a minority. I believed that what we practiced in our home was the same as every other American.
  • The Iowa Department of Transportation offers a program specific to small business contractors where small businesses compete against each other and not against large contractors. This program, separate from the DBE Certification, is called the Small Business Development Contracts Program. To be eligible for this, a small business must become a Certified Small Business Contractor (CSBC) by meeting the requirements through the Iowa DOT’s Civil Rights Bureau. (Note: There is no ethnic or gender limitation for this program.) To become a CSBC, and to bid on the small business contracts, follow the steps below:
  • Part 8 of "The New Supply Chain" blog series by Mike Loquercio , Vice President of Supply Chain at Greenleaf Foods. Like many of you, we see hope on the horizon with vaccines, schools moving back to in-person learning, restaurants beginning to see a path to success, and all the other “return to normal” practices! We can all envision getting back to the “blueprint” for 2021 – or should we?
  • Registration is now open for the Iowa State University’s first virtual Business Analytics Symposium, hosted by the Ivy College of Business. Now in its fifth year, the April 6 symposium will feature a new format – four influential keynote speakers over two half-day sessions, with one breakout session each day.
  • CIRAS, like most of the rest of the world, called a halt to in-person educational events last year when the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold. We didn’t like it. We didn’t want to. But we did what we thought was best for your health and the health of our staff – and in the process, we launched hundreds of detailed video webinars that since have been viewed by thousands of Iowa business people. Now, as vaccines roll out and the case counts fall, we’re starting to ponder what the future will look like for CIRAS events