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  • The post Episode 493: DTC Manufacturing eCommerce appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
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  • As manufacturing continues to modernize and incorporate new technologies, it also increases the risk of cybercriminals attempting to exploit these new systems and the perceived lack of experience on the company’s end. As such, cybersecurity has become an ever-growing need, and now the University of Texas at San Antonio is launching a new institute to [] The post UTSA Launches Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • This week's guest is Billy Taylor. Formerly the Director of Manufacturing at Goodyear, Billy has an impressive amount of lean knowledge. From the value of diversity, to performance maps, to deliberate practice, you won't want to miss this one. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  Billy's favorite quote (4:01) Billy's background (4:39) A story about the Fayetteville plant (9:30) Why Billy decided to start LinkedXL (12:11) What makes LinkedXL's approach different (14:48) The gap Billy has identified (17:09) Billy's advice for lower level lean practitioners (20:15) Key methods for creating performance maps (24:23) The value of diversity (26:18) Measuring non-quantifiable attributes (29:55) How the team ran the live stream using deliberate practice (33:47) Some examples of deliberate practice (37:54) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com GA 258 | Creating a Common Meaning with Billy Taylor LinkedXL Billy 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? Share a story about a time you used deliberate practice to prepare for something.
  • The impacts of Covid-19 have caused many industries and businesses to adapt to or accelerate trends, like remote work and supply chain relocation. In particular, communication is one area that is seeing a change in how manufacturers approach it. Traditionally, many manufactures operate with a static top-down structure: orders and information are passed down through [] The post Current Trends Point to “Mobile-First” Communication for Manufacturing appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • The switch from conventional fossil fuels to greener, renewable sources has been occurring for some time. Many companies have taken initiatives to become carbon neutral, and in turn several countries have also outlined plans to do the same. Now, in a rather large step, the European Union is planning to massively increase their offshore wind [] The post Europe Plans Massive 25-fold Increase in Offshore Wind Capacity appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • The post Episode 491: Leading the Country in Networking Among Manufacturing appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  •  Norbert Ore, Director of Industry surveys for Strategas Securities LLP discusses purchasing conditions in Europe, Asia, South America, and areas of the U.S. that reflect a fairly positive restart, at least for the U.S. economy. New Industrials Earnings Help Shed Light on U.S. Economy Covid-19 had impacted the economies of countries all over the [] The post Weekly Wrap Up For November 20th, 2020 appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • This week's guest is Jay Hodge. Ron and Jay discussed the confusion around the word gemba and how gemba relates to kaizen. Jay has worked at GM, Toyota, and Caterpillar, to name a few, so he shared what it's like to make these transitions. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Jay (2:38) Jay's background (3:19) Confusion around the gemba (5:01) Examples of kaizen and gemba (6:17) What it was like being at Toyota (9:59) What it's like going to other companies (14:37) Effectively using tools to sustain improvements (18:57) Factors in creating a culture of excellence (21:47) The lean treasure chest (24:16) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Jay's Website The Lean Treasure Chest 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 does the word "gemba" mean to you?
  • While companies like Tesla are known for their electric cars, they’re also regarded for their advancements in electric vehicle battery technology. While other auto manufacturers are beginning to compete with them in the auto market, very few have signaled that they plan to also start producing their own batteries as well. However, in a new [] The post Ford Shows Renewed Interest in Getting into EV Batteries appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • In this week's podcast, hosts Jason Zenger, Jim Carr, and Nick Goellner invite guest Peter Eelman, Vice President & CXO at AMT to discuss how IMTS pivoted into an online digital destination for Manufacturers.
  • The post Episode 490: Cliff Notes On The Global Manufacturing Picture: The Darkness and The Light appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • The post Episode 489: Global Purchasing Manager’s Indexes With Norbert Ore appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • This week's guest is Adam Alamade. Adam works for a cochlear implant manufacturer and he described how they use continuous improvement. He and Ron also discussed dealing with resistance, owning problems, developing habits, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quotes that inspire Adam (3:01) Adam's background (5:47) What Adam is up to these days (8:17) Cochlear implants and hearing for the first time (10:13) The work Adam does (11:25) An example improvement (12:45) Building effective teams (14:38) Dealing with resistance (15:30) Taking ownership of problems (17:22) Developing brand new habits (19:17) What has surprised Adam (21:31) The tools they use (23:56) What Adam is most proud of (28:15) Adam's final words of wisdom (31:43) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Adam on LinkedIn Hearing for the First Time Video 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 exercise discipline in your work and/or your personal life?
  • This week's guest is Steven Jackson. Steven shared some incredible stories that have clear parallels to continuous improvement. This episode really demonstrates the effect this kind of thinking can have on human lives, past, present, and future. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quotes that inspire Steven (6:25) Steven's background (7:47) A story about an American Airlines plane crash (12:30) A story about submarines in World War II (31:18) A recap of the strategy they used (38:27) Why the women were successful (40:44) The importance of experimentation (42:55) The story behind our envelope stuffing video (46:20) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Our Gemba Academy Live! at Seating Matters American Airlines Accident Report Western Approaches Tactical Unit Article #1 Western Approaches Tactical Unit Article #2 The Envelope Stuffing Simulation One Piece Flow for Washing Dishes Steven 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? Which story did you find the most powerful? Why?
  • This week's guest is Jamie Parker. Ron and Jamie discussed the role and responsibilities of ops leaders, and the challenges they face. Jamie also explained why "implementing" lean might not be the best approach.  A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  About Jamie's podcast (4:23) The quote that inspires Jamie (6:17) Jamie's background (9:10) The role ops leaders play in organizational culture (11:42) The potential pitfalls (16:01) Shifting to lean as a better way of working (25:45) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Jamie on LinkedIn Jamie's Website Jamie's Podcast GA 041 | FedEx Office's Lean Journey with Jamie Parker GA 120 | How to Invest in People with Jamie Parker GA 149 | How to Teach TWI with Jamie Parker GA 245 | How to Coach Leaders to Coach Others with Jamie Parker 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 other pitfalls might ops leaders face?
  • In this week's podcast, hosts Jason Zenger and Jim Carr invite guest Jenn Ryan, SVP of Global Network Operations at Xometry to discuss how they pivoted during COVID and how it helped them transform who they are as a business.
  • This week's guest is Andrew Shapiro-Zysk. Andrew explained how lean is being used in the legal profession, including dealing with pushback. He and Ron also discussed the power of automation and avoiding automating waste. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Andrew (2:44) Andrew's background (3:45) What Andrew's job entails (9:30) Andrew's introduction to lean (11:29) Dealing with pushback and resistance (13:45) How to avoid automating waste (17:13) Using software integration (23:28) More examples of using lean at a law firm (24:15) The next steps (29:43) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Andrew 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 else do you avoid automating waste?
  • In this week's podcast, hosts Jim Carr and Jason Zenger invite guests Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder of ProShop ERP, and Matt Gawlik, President of 3D Industries to discuss what it takes to properly implement a new ERP in a machine shop, and how it can change your culture.
  • What is Your Legacy?

    In this week's podcast, hosts Jason Zenger and Jim Carr discuss the process of building the right legacy you want to leave behind as a Manufacturing Leader.

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  • ABOUT Russin Lumber is a multi-generational business that has been committed to offering quality building materials to their customers since 1957. The company is known through-out the region for their inventory that bridges the gap between innovation and function, with a vast array of products and brands that caters to every budget and aesthetic. Russin’s expertise in milling and prestaining ... The post Russin Lumber Continues Their Lean Journey with the Help of MTEC first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • This season, and always, OMEP is grateful for the Oregon manufacturing community we have the pleasure of serving. 2020, in particular, has held a myriad of challenges, and we want to congratulate all of you for working tirelessly to continue to build your manufacturing businesses in spite of the difficulties. We applaud and appreciate you, [] The post Happy Thanksgiving from OMEP first appeared on OMEP .
  • Has the stress of the COVID pandemic caused your business to lose focus? You’re not alone if it has. For small-to-medium manufacturers, the “new normal” is uncertain and the challenges are real. Some companies can’t get the materials that they need. Others are working to maintain physical distancing on crowded shop floors. At a time like this, isn’t lean manufacturing ... The post Stay Calm and Practice Kata first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • What does COVID-19 have in common with influenza? The foundation for keeping both from overwhelming your workplace starts with education, regular disinfection, and keeping a close eye on your employees so you can spot any outbreaks quickly. That was the message to Iowa manufacturers in November when Emily Law, infection prevention coordinator at Mary Greeley Continue reading What to Watch for as Flu Season Combines with COVID-19
  • Offshoring your components can come with a great deal of cost and risk. This is true now more than ever in the middle of a pandemic. Iowa manufacturers understand the difficulties that can come with managing an unpredictable supply chain. CIRAS would like to help. Together with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Area Development Group, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, we’re sponsoring a one-hour webinar on December 10 explaining the benefits of bringing your production home.
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    Make a Positive Difference Today By John W. KennedyPh.DChief Executive Officer,New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. This weekend I got tired of watching the shows that make some sense to The post COVID Overload appeared first on NJMEP .
  • Are you a food manufacturer in NYS? Many food manufacturers are nearing the required review of their food safety plan, or FSP.   In an article from Food Safety Magazine written by Jolene Cram, food safety project manager for the Tri-State Food Manufacturing Collaboration, which consists of Impact Washington, Idaho TechHelp, and Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, there are some actions you can take to ... The post Tips for Optimizing Your Food Safety Plan first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • It is time for our 5th annual CIRAS holiday gift list! This year buying products made right here in Iowa carries even more significance as it supports our businesses and their employees that have kept our economy running through the pandemic. Here are just some of the great Iowa gifts you can give:
  • New York state registered apprenticeships and FMCC “The economy and the world have dramatically changed within the last few decades. Harvard University predicts only 33% of jobs will require a 4 year degree or more. Being a skilled craftsman, technician or becoming a credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor are all career areas that are becoming highly valued.” Read ... The post NYS Manufacturing and Tech News 11.16.20 first appeared on FuzeHub .
  • On June 6, 1944, 73,000 American soldiers landed on the Normandy beaches in France, Americans of all races, creeds, occupations, political views, ages, sizes, and shapes. They were as diverse as America is today, but they landed as one force, on one mission, all doing their part to protect each other and protect us. They []
  • What’s going on here? We have an image of a middle-class guy in the early 1950’s pushing his flying car into a mid-century ranch bungalow. At the time this was published Popular Mechanics was the go-to magazine for futurists thinking about how technology would change society. Why would this imagery resonate with their readership, what [] The post Adopting New Technology: A story of Starting Small and Iterating on What has Already Been Done first appeared on OMEP .
  • “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” ― Samuel Johnson[i] The CMMC Interim Rule is scheduled to “go live” on 1 December 2020. Daily webinars and panels over the past two months have focused attention on what steps the defense industrial []
  • At Manufacturers Edge, we have long been aware of the outstanding achievements of our board member Shelli Brunswick and it looks like the rest of the world is starting to take notice as well. Shelli Brunswick has received numerous well-earned and deserved accolades this year culminating in her recent selection as a finalist for the []
  • Federal funding available to help the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond to act as a catalyst for strengthening American manufacturing through cyber awareness and preparedness   GENEDGE Alliance (GENEDGE), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center in Virginia, will lead a new regional program to ensure small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) have access to consistent, trustworthy cybersecurity expertise and [] The post Regional MEP Centers Announce $1M in Federal Funding for Enhancement of the MEP National Network Cybersecurity Program appeared first on Maryland MEP .
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