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  • This week's guest is Bruno Pesec.  Ron and Bruno discussed innovation strategy, the intersection of respect for people and innovation, and how Bruno has been involved in gamifying lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Bruno (3:21) Bruno's background (5:54) How innovation strategy and lean intersect (8:35) Corporate innovation and respect for people (12:21) Why he started blogging (16:29) Teaching lean through games (19:26) The state of the union of lean in Croatia and Norway (24:50) Bruno's final words of wisdom (28:34) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Bruno's Website Bruno on LinkedIn Bruno on Twitter Playing Lean Planet Lean Article 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? Have you ever tried to turn lean into a game? How did it go?
  • The post Manufacturing Day 2020 LIVE appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • Across the auto manufacturing industry, companies are preparing to take on Tesla in the all-electric vehicle market. Tesla, known for its all-electric sedans, is also branching out into the truck market with its new Cybertruck pickup model. However, Ford is aiming to set its own offering apart from the rest by sticking closer to its [] The post Ford Set to Challenge Tesla and GM with New Electric Pickup appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • While SpaceX has been conducting launches for private and government contracts, they have also been focusing on their own endeavors. In particular, the company has steadily been launching Starlink satellites to build up their new network. Now, they’re trying to further expand testing of their network, starting with their own fleet of vehicles. On Tuesday, [] The post SpaceX Aims to Expand Starlink Network to Landing Ships appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • The post Episode 474: Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture for September 2020 appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • The post Episode 473: ERP On-The-Fly? How does THAT work? 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. Mask Manufacturing Tightens Due to Material Shortage With many states experiencing a rise in Covid-19 cases, medical masks are [] The post Weekly Wrap Up For September 18th, 2020 appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • Oil prices have had a rather shaky year so far. The combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and the past trade disputes between OPEC and Russia caused prices to drop to decade lows, before slowly beginning to recover. Now, prices have seen another drop as concerns over demand flare up once more. On Tuesday, West Texas [] The post Oil Prices Drop Again Over Demand Fears appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • This week's guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip reflected on the year thus far and on some of the different challenges COVID-19 has created. Skip also shared his take on dealing with confirmation biases. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  A disclaimer about COVID-19 (3:30) Skip's background (4:56) The quote that inspires Skip (5:45) What Skip's pandemic experience has been like (7:14) What Baptist Health has done to adapt (11:50) Navigating confirmation biases (26:08) The six starter questions (34:32) Skip's final words of wisdom (39:02) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Skip on LinkedIn Baptist Management System YouTube GA 273 | Lean as a Management System with Skip Steward GA 269 | Establishing a Standard Behavior with Skip Steward GA 152 | TWI, Kata, and Respect for People with Skip Steward and Brandon Brown 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 have you made the best of this challenging year?
  • With many states experiencing a rise in Covid-19 cases, medical masks are seeing their demand rise to even higher levels than before. However, many of those working in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are concerned that these crucial masks will not be readily available due to a shortage in key materials. The issues facing mask [] The post Mask Manufacturing Tightens Due to Material Shortage appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • This week on the MakingChips podcast, Host Nick Goellner, Jim Carr, and Jason Zenger discuss the Agile Marketing Process and how to have a marketing program in place that allows you to pivot when the time comes!
  • The post Episode 472: Global Purchasing Manager’s Indexes With Norbert Ore appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  •  Dallas Crawford, Advanced Analytics Executive wth QueBIT explains how manufacturers can tighten up on their pricing inputs to learn where the opportunities are to lower costs and compete better on price. Ford Offers Buyouts as Part of Streamlining Process As part of their continued efforts to offset the impact of the COVID-19 virus and [] The post Weekly Wrap Up For September 11th, 2020 appeared first on Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast .
  • This week's guest is Karen Friedenberg. Karen, who has a diverse career background, broke down all the different ways she approaches process improvement. From DMAIC to change management, this episode is full of practical knowledge. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Karen (3:15) Karen's background (3:47) How Karen uses DMAIC (6:45) How they value stream map (9:04) The next steps (10:20) The mechanics of the brainstorm (12:06) The measure piece (15:22) Her favorite analysis approach (16:44) Differentiating value-added from non-value added (17:50) Starting with the ideal state map (19:35) How long it takes to get from mapping activity to mapping activity (21:02) About control and execution (22:53) How Karen navigates change management and the "people side" (24:35) Getting people to want to change (27:15) Karen's advice for getting started (29:56) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Karen on LinkedIn Our New Business Process Mapping Course 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 convince others to change their ways in the name of continuous improvement?
  • This week on the MakingChips Podcast, Jim Carr shares 6 tips on what CARR Machine & Tool has done to pivot from prototypes to becoming a full production machine shop. Connect with us: www.MakingChips.com/contact The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!
  • This week's guest is Erlin Kakkanad. Erlin explained the differences between critical and creative thinking, stressing the specific powers of creative thinking. If you're looking for new ways to solve problems, this episode is for you. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Erlin (3:12) Erlin's background (4:53) About future work/skills (10:25) What critical thinking is all about (13:29) How creative thinking factors in (14:34) Why it's hard to think creatively (19:10) The conflict between creativity and efficiency (22:30) The problem with lacking creative thinking (23:58) Fostering creative thinking (26:18) A utility versus a product (33:08) Erlin's final words of wisdom (41:18) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Erlin on LinkedIn Erlin on Twitter Erlin's Website Erlin's Facebook Page World Economic Forum Article The Creative Dividend 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? In your own words, what is the difference between critical thinking and creative thinking?
  • This week's guest is Danny Bradford. Danny described the power of system and B2B integration, what goes into a successful integration, and how these concepts apply to different industries. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  The quote that inspires Danny (2:47) Danny's background (3:53) All about integration (6:41) Why it's important (8:10) The other benefits of integration (13:24) Other examples of integrations (15:26) The key factors of a successful integration (16:34) How this concept applies to manufacturing (18:58) What else there is to consider (24:29) Danny's advice (28:15) About his favorite integration (30:55) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Danny 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 have any experience with integrating systems?
  • This week's guest, Ted Ladzinski from Motor City Spindle Repair joins co-hosts Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner to discuss ways to increase your spindles’ longevity, how to know when to replace your spindle, as well as how to use short- and long-term social media strategies to generate leads.
  • This week's guest is Hugh Alley. Ron and Hugh discussed the five core skills to being a good leader and boss, how it all relates to TWI, Hugh's book, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you'll learn:  One of Hugh's favorite quotes (4:29) Hugh's background (6:17) The five skills to being an effective leader (7:57) Instructing people (9:28) Dealing with under performers (11:53) Making improvements (17:16) The ability to set priorities (18:57) Being able to listen (21:34) How he learned about TWI (24:23) About Hugh's book (28:32) Hugh's final words of wisdom (31:58) Podcast Resources Right Click to Download this Podcast as an MP3 Download a Free Audio Book at Audible.com Hugh's Book 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 skill do you need to work on the most? Which skill do you feel confident in?
  • Co-host Jim Carr, Jason Zenger and Nick Goellner are joined by Andrew Crowe, Ranken Technical College Instructor and Senior Machinist at Seiler to discuss the diversity and skills gap the manufacturing industry is facing today. Tune in as you learn Andrew's vision to create a more diverse manufacturing community and a ways recruiting, educating, and funding are impacting the skills gap we face today in this episode of MakingChips.

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  • FuzeHub sits down with Russ Grotto of Elcan Industries, a 27-year-old sieving company in Tuckahoe, NY. Elcan Industries will not only sieve powders (also known as toll processing) into smaller particles but they also offer a variety of contract manufacturing services. Theyre also very committed to investing in their workforce. Click play below to learn more about Elcan Industries.
  • Mike O’Neill MassMEP Employee Highlights “I have always loved manufacturing,” states Project Manager Mike O’Neill. “My dad was in manufacturing his whole life, and he eventually bought a company. I sense that you can’t have 330 million people all flipping burgers or be in banks. You need to have a broad economy and people [] The post MassMEP Employee Highlights Michael ONeill appeared first on MassMEP .
  • This is an original article by Michelle Kelly of K+L Storytellers.
  • Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) has become a nationwide phenomenon. MFG Day is held annually on the first Friday in October. Many events continue throughout the entire month. The purpose of MFG Day is to show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. Each year thousands of manufacturers open their doors to give a glimpse at what today’s manufacturing really looks like and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. Do you ever wonder
  • About Sprouts R Us, LLC dba SproutBox is a startup company created by the sole member Don DiLillo with the goal of creating a streamlined method of growing sprouts at home. The EasySprout Sprouter product was up-cycled into the SproutBox product along with individually measured out seed packs calibrated to be the perfect amount of seeds to be used with ...
  • This is an original article by Custom Direct, Inc. “SEO” is frequently thrown around in marketing strategy conversations — but often misused, or misunderstood. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is the effort of enhancing your website to improve rankings on search engines like Google or Bing, and thereby increasing your website traffic. Be aware, while there is a lot of information available regarding SEO best practices, many of these resources can become quickly out-dated, incorrect, or worse, intentionally misleading in their promises.
  • September 18, 2020 — (Final Update) 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. Over several months, CIRAS conducted a phone survey so we could better understand the needs of Iowa companies and better connect them to appropriate resources. Here is what we learned during 23 weeks of survey:
  • Today Governor Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies. The state of Oregon is fulfilling orders at [] The post Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses first appeared on OMEP .
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Round 3 Winners of Luminate NY Accelerator Competition in Rochester “SunDensity Awarded Top Honors and $1 Million in Investment. Four Additional Visionary Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Companies Secure Follow-on Funding Investment.” Read more Governor Cuomo Announces Canadian Firm Li-Cycle to Build $175 Million Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Hub in Monroe County “The Sustainable Technology Company Will Further ...
  • MassMEP & the M-ERT

    To strengthen the fight against COVID-19, Massachusetts creates the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) and announces additional funding for PPE manufacturers. The post MassMEP the M-ERT appeared first on MassMEP .
  • This is an original article by Custom Direct, Inc. Vintage is all the rage, but out-of-date details on your website are never in style. Your site is filled with important information about your business. In many ways, it becomes your round-the-clock salesman, accounting for much of the decision-making process conducted by potential customers. Ensuring website content is up-to-date and reliable is key in establishing legitimacy and trust - making the difference in gaining a new customer, or losing a sale. Here are the 5 areas of your site which might need updating. Some of these are “quick” fixes, while others may require a bit more effort. Regardless of time involved, each item on this checklist is valuable to your digital presence, and should be reviewed for accuracy:
  • Written by Steve Sandercock and Greg Thompson.
  • Between opportunists looking for a quick payday, hostile state actors, and those just looking to cause chaos, cybersecurity has become an incredibly important topic for manufacturers all across New York State. That goes double for those working within the Department of Defense supply chain, who are often working with controlled unclassified information (CUI) and other sensitive materials. Whether you hold ...
  • Accelerator for U.S. Domestic Energy and Global Business Opportunities The American-Made Challenges incentivize the nations entrepreneurs to strengthen American leadership in energy innovation and domestic manufacturing. These new challenges seek to lower the barriers U.S.-based innovators face in reaching manufacturing scale by accelerating the cycles of learning from years to weeks, while helping to create [] The post American Made Challenge first appeared on OMEP .
  • An original article byScott Cruz from Greensfelder. On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised FFCRA regulations that clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions, specifically the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). The primary impetus for the revisions to the FFCRA regulations was to provide clarity following the August 3, 2020, decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which invalidated four different portions of the FFCRA regulations.