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  • When it comes to managing a sales team, it’s important not to confuse efforts with results. In this episode, co-host Nick Goellner draws on his experience as AME Sales & Marketing Director to discuss key sales results and metrics as they relate to manufacturing sales team management, customer service, and marketing efforts. Connect with us:www.MakingChips.com/contact The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!
  • Online shopping was already a massively popular choice for Americans compared to traditional in-person shopping. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down many of these in-person storefronts, shoppers were left to turn to online options for their needs. This has created a huge boost to the already-growing e-commerce sector. In fact, according to commercial real [] The post E-Commerce Boom Means Warehouses May Be In High Demand In Upcoming Years appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • The post Episode 459: Intelligent Storage And Retrieval Systems For Warehouse And Distribution Systems appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
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  • Institute for Supply Management®’s Report On Business® Series for June 2020. Hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady welcome Chair, Tim Fiore for a closer look at the factors that went into the Manufacturing Report On Business and this month’s PMI. Don’t miss this in-depth, exclusive interview available only on Manufacturing Talk Radio. Manufactures Begin To Plan For [] The post Weekly Wrap Up For July 10th, 2020 appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • With the travel industry being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many airliners and their parts suppliers are looking for ways to stay afloat and manage costs. The American government in particular has been providing financial assistance, and now five more major airliners have reached a deal for federal aid. American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sky [] The post Major U.S. Airlines Reach Deal With Treasury Department appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • This week's guest is Andrew Parris. Andrew, who works for an NGO called Medair, explained how continuous improvement can be used in a humanitarian context. The global component Andrew discusses proves how versatile these principles truly are. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Andrew (3:26) Andrew's background (5:30) Where Andrew was born (12:58) What an NGO is (14:03) Some of the challenges they face (20:31) Why donors are interested in lean (23:01) An example of an improvement (28:32) Andrew's opportunities for international training (31:09) What it's like working in other countries (33:39) Dealing with violence (35:21) The articles Andrew has written (37:45) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Medair Andrew on LinkedIn Walking with the Poor Improving Processes for Good in East Africa Making Work and the World a Better Place 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 can continuous improvement be used to solve global crises?
  • The Future Of 3D Printing By Xometry’s Own Greg Paulsen Listen to Greg Paulsen of Xometry speak about his view of the future of 3D Printing! What is in store for us 3D Printing enthusiasts? CLICK HERE! How 3D Printing Can Change The World The future of manufacturing is
  • With automotive sales down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many automakers have been anticipating another rough quarter. Now, the recent reports filed by those such as Ford show just how low sales dropped within the second quarter. On Thursday, Ford reported that their sales in the second quarter were down by 33.3%. Much of this [] The post Ford Sales Fall Over 30% In Second Quarter appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • Times are changing and as manufacturing leaders we need to adjust with these times. "In business if we dont change, we don't grow and we don't survive." - Robin Johnson , a change agent, with a passion for helping organizational leaders move their organizations from current to future state joins MakingChips to discuss how to become emotionally intelligent as a leader during these changing times. Connect with us:www.MakingChips.com/contact The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!
  • The post Episode 457: Bringing Cutting-edge Manufacturing Tech To The Heartland appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
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  • This week's guest is Adam Marsland. Adam, a Continuous Improvement Expert at a law firm, explained how lean is being leveraged in the legal industry in the UK. Adam also gave an overall "state of the union address" on lean in the UK. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quotes that inspire Adam (3:47) Adam's background (4:55) Why it's difficult to examine the effect of lean on the legal industry (7:25) Adam's role (9:21) Some of the opportunities for improvement in the legal field (10:43) What has changed (13:34) How lean is being applied (15:51) How agile factors in (16:36) The state of the union of lean in the UK (19:56) Adam's advice for anyone considering lean (21:44) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Adam 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? Do you work in the legal profession? Have you witnessed lean being applied? How so?
  • The post Episode 456: Institute for Supply Management®’s Report On Business® Series for June 2020 appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many of the standard practices of the manufacturing industry. These changes have caused many to try and find ways to keep things going despite the difficult times. Now, as places begin to try and re-open and restart their production, manufacturers are trying to plan out the changes they’ll need to [] The post Manufactures Begin To Plan For Post-COVID Industry appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • In business and in life we all experience pain we can’t control. Jim Carr reflects on the recent death of his parents and gives practical advice on how business leaders can prepare for personal loss and grief.
  • This week's guest is Lauren Wisniewski. Lauren shared her experiences helping non-profits incorporate lean, including the benefits and barriers they encounter. This episode is a great example of how lean applies to more than just manufacturing. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Lauren (2:40) Lauren's background (3:12) About Rise Consulting (5:28) What a non-profit is (6:23) Lean in the non-profit sector (8:54) Other incentives for non-profits to adopt lean (11:44) A success story on an organization using lean (15:33) Barriers Lauren has seen (22:04) Her advice on getting started (24:32) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Lauren on LinkedIn Lauren on Twitter Lauren's Online Courses Rise Consulting on Instagram 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 or continuous improvement be used to improve non-profit organizations?
  • Liten to Ann Diddlebock speak on teams that work. Get her perspective as a CFO and enjoy! We borrow this podcast from our friend at International Toolkit
  • This week's guest is Radek Pietruszewski. To help fight COVID-19 in Poland, Radek and his software engineering colleagues figured out how to quickly manufacture thousands of face shields. He and Ron discussed the details of this impressive project. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  How things are going in Poland as far as COVID-19 (4:42) Radek's background and how he got involved in face shield production (5:43) What die cutting looks like (9:17) Where they got the raw materials from (10:46) Where the face masks are going (14:07) The timeline (16:03) How continuous improvement played a role (18:03) The cycle times for the individual processes (22:28) How they dealt with packaging and shipping (24:08) What production is like now (27:32) What Radek learned through this experience (29:15) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Radek's Podcast Radek on Twitter Warsaw Hackerspace Radek's Face Shield Project Face Shield Image Die Cutting Video An Example Die Shipping the Face Shields Recycling Materials Face Shields in Use Manufacturing vs. Software Development 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 you branched out from your usual line of work. What did you learn?
  • Leading Through Fear

    Co-hosts Jim Carr, Nick Goellner and Jason Zenger talk about their past experiences with fear in business, including navigating recession, unemployment, and the current pandemic, then offer seven steps for leading through fear, along with personal applications and examples.

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  • Executive Summary Ionica Sciences, based in Cornell University’s Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, has developed a high-sensitivity platform for the detection of infectious disease in human blood serum.  The 7-year-old company currently is focusing on Lyme disease with the revolutionary IonLyme test, which has undergone proof of concept and could be on the ...
  • MassMEPs Lisa Oden speaks with Kevin Young, Vice President of Corporate Development at Web Industries. Thumbs-up go to Web Industries, a 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Marlborough, MA. Web Industries is a precision converting and outsource manufacturing company that serves aerospace, medical, personal home care, and industrial markets in MA, across the US and [] The post Shout Out 2.0 Goes to Web Industries appeared first on MassMEP .
  • July 10, 2020 — As COVID-19 proliferates across our nation, the crisis continues to negatively impact our economy and spark concerns for the future of small and medium-sized businesses. CIRAS has been conducting a phone survey so we can better understand the needs of Iowa companies and better connect them to appropriate resources. Here is what we’ve learned Continue reading CIRAS Survey UPDATE: Business Impacts of COVID-19
  • From fashion to fertility: CCMR pairs NY startups with faculty “Founded in 1960, CCMR is one of the longest-running MRSEC initiatives in the nation, addressing a full spectrum of leading-edge materials research in three areas: spin manipulation, photonic materials and atomic membranes.” Read more Crystal Windows’ New York flagship production facility in Queens at full operation “As the New ...
  • Part 7 of "The New Supply Chain" blog series by Mike Loquercio , Vice President of Supply Chain at Greenleaf Foods. Whether your industry is “back in the game” or not, we have seen several starts and stops across the overall playing field, especially the food and beverage markets given COVID19 impacts; your supply chain is different!
  • Return to Podcast Main Page E-11: The Job Manufacturer In this episode, we talk to someone whose mission it is to help create jobs for North Carolina. NC State’s Office of External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development Jobs are the foundation of any thriving economy. When people have jobs, they get paid. When [] Source
  • This is an original article by Ken Voytek , Chief Economist at NIST MEP. I’ve made it my personal crusade to keep a focus on the fundamental importance of productivity to manufacturers, to the MEP Program, to the MEP Centers that do the daily work of helping small manufacturers boost their performance. It may seem strange to read a post about productivity given the current environment, but it remains important to both national economic and business success. Indeed, productivity will be even more critical as we recover from the current health and economic crisis. Currently, there is significant excess capacity of both capital and labor that we can reengage to help the economy grow faster and return to full employment and capacity utilization of plants as equipment is more fully used. In his 2004 book The Power of Productivity , William Lewis argues the real solution is not necessarily more capital or working smarter (although these things certainly help), but rather how a company organizes and deploys its capital and labor.
  • The defense manufacturing supply chain is critical to both the U.S. economy and national security. Support is needed for emerging technologies such as directed-energy weapons, hypersonics and cybersecurity, all of which are vital to national defense. While challenges exist, there have been remarkable successes due to the MEP National Network’sTM dedication to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Manufacturers assisted have included those that supply a material, component or subsytem used in a defense or national security system. The Network continues
  • The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) today announced it has received a $1.5 million federal award for small and medium size manufacturers to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding comes as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act that passed Congress in March and [] Source
  • Shout Out from a Social Distance to Universal Plastics by Lisa Derby Oden, Project Development Coordinator, MassMEP Universal Plastics is a custom plastic products manufacturer with expertise in a range of processes, including custom thermoforming, injection molding, and custom blow molding for the medical, aerospace, transportation, and general industrial markets. Starting in 2020, Mayfield Plastics, [] The post Shout Out from a Social Distance to Universal Plastics appeared first on MassMEP .
  • Every quarter, around 100 IMEC clients have the chance to tell IMEC and our national partners terrific stories about the improvements made through their collaboration with IMEC in projects and events. Through a third-party administered survey, we ask clients to self-report accumulated impacts of cost savings, new investments, new or retained sales and new or retained employment from activities or projects completed with IMEC in the last year.
  • PRESS RELEASE Contact: Allan DeLisle Technical Sales Coordinator Phillips Precision, Inc. Adelisle@phillips-precision.com www.phillips-precision.com 1.508.869.0373 Deliver Perfect Parts Faster with Patented Modular Laser Marking Fixturing! June 2020, Phillips Precision, Inc. of Boylston, MA produces the only modular, ready-made fixturing for laser processes. Laser marking and welding technicians can now build palletized modular fixtures, that can [] The post Deliver Perfect Parts Faster with Patented Modular Laser Marking Fixturing! appeared first on MassMEP .
  • Manufacturing Grants The first six months of 2020 have certainly led to some unpredictable circumstances for many of the entities in our ecosystem. The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund is pleased to report that five of the six awardees funded during the February 2020 Manufacturing Grants have been able to execute their grant agreements and begin work on their projects; with ...
  • There are so many changes going on in our daily lives and things are moving at such a rapid pace, it’s hard to keep up with all of the information. In case you missed it, here is a synopsis of the recent government contracting-related changes.
  • Many great products started in the minds of individuals from a broad range of backgrounds.  In fact, being inspired by a personal need (called a “pain point”) is a common catalyst of innovation. Yet there is one hard truth to bear in mind: you are the worst person to judge your own idea.   Having an idea for a product is ...