Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast

Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast

Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast offers news and information for the people who make, store and move things and those who manage and maintain the facilities where that work gets done. Manufacturers can listen for critical insights into the technologies, economic conditions and best practices that can influence how to best run facilities to reach operational excellence.

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February 22, 2024 33 mins

With labor shortages mounting, manufacturing advocates say there's a ready pool of talent available within underserved minority communities in many major U.S. cities. Discussing this topic are: • Erica Swinney Staley, Executive Director of Manufacturing Renaissance in Chicago, an organization that promotes career-track manufacturing jobs to young people in low-income communities. • Beth Dawson, Director of the Apprenticeship Prog...

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In this “in case you missed it” edition of Supply Chain Insider, you’ll learn how Six Sigma methodology can optimize supply chain quality and efficiency.

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Supply Chain 101: Six Sigma Written by Jagan Reddy Read by Adrienne Selko Read the article

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Companies around the globe are working hard to establish new systems for documenting and reporting their greenhouse gas footprints, and other data relating to their products and supply chains. To achieve this and stay in compliance with ESG standards, plants are leaning more than ever on their logistics partners to provide key data on supply chain-related carbon emissions.

In this bonus podcast, Plant Services chief editor Thomas W...

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Many plants around the world have invested to some degree in Just In Time Manufacturing, where goods are created to meet demand, not created in surplus or in advance of need. However this model was stress-tested in 2020, as the COVID pandemic wreaked havoc on the global supply chain, leading many plants to adopt more of a "just in case" approach to spare parts inventory and beyond.

For this episode of Great Question! we're joined b...

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A B2B consultant with experience in manufacturing SMBs explains the proper role for manufacturing executives on Facebook, X, LinkedIn, etc.

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Awards season is here with applications open for the IndustryWeek Best Plants Award, our annual recognition of manufacturing excelllence as measured by a stringent set of performance metrics. And while bragging rights for the winners are great, awards can also improve operations.

In this episode of our bi-weekly livestream Production Pulse, we talked to:

  • Rick Bohan, principal and CEO of Chagrin River Consulting, a frequent IW B...
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IndustryWeek News Editor Anna Smith recently discussed how ill-fitting protective gear is a multi-faceted problem--creating potential unsafe working conditions for women and reinforcing messages that female employees don't belong in manufacturing plants or on construction sites. However, several companies and groups are working to address those challenges.

Hear from Ana Kraft, founder and CEO of Xena Workwear, and Adonica Rodriguez...

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February 6, 2024 20 mins

Join Laura Davis, editor-in-chief of New Equipment Digest as she breaks down six of the top technology trends reshaping the manufacturing industry in 2024.

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Embracing the Future: The Tech Trends Reshaping Manufacturing in 2024 and Beyond Written and ready by Laura Davis Read the article  

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Joe Kuhn, CMRP, former plant manager, engineer, and global reliability consultant, is now president of Lean Driven Reliability LLC. He is the author of the book “Zero to Hero: How to Jumpstart Your Reliability Journey Given Today’s Business Challenges” and the creator of the Joe Kuhn YouTube Channel, which offers content on starting your reliability journey and achieving financial independence. In our monthly podcast miniseries, As...

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The annual Leading Reliability Conference provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about maintenance and reliability by attending live presentations, workshops, and trainings. Held this year May 14-16 in Clearwater Beach, Florida, the intimate event offers participants the opportunity to build relationships with influential professionals from across the country. Plant Services editor in chief Thomas Wilk recently sp...

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January 30, 2024 23 mins

Manufacturers and tech companies have suffered severe cyber attacks in recent months, timing that coincides with new Securities and Exchange Commission rules that force publicly traded companies to disclose when they've been hit by hackers, as long as the damages are "material" to the companies' performances. 

Smart Industry Managing Editor Scott Achelpohl discusses cybersecurity trends and the new requirements with Dennis Scimeca,...

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Things got a lot better for manufacturers in 2023 when it came to getting raw materials into plants and finished goods to customers. But, the supply chain was still fragile and had to deal with several shocks, including massive capacity reductions at the Panama Canal.

Editors from several IndustryWeek parent company Endeavor Business Media’s publications discussed how 2023 shaped up and what to expect in the new year. Major topics ...

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Hear about the latest regulatory updates coming from OSHA, as well as current developments in mental health awareness.

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High-tech businesses, creative types, luxury retailers, and property developers all want something that is inherent to operations at manufacturing’s most basic level – and if they cannot earn it they’ll just take it. 

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Luke Clark is a reliability professional and senior program manager for HECO Apollo. In his current position, Luke identifies reliability value for clients by utilizing vibration analysis and IoT technology. Luke recently spoke with Plant Services editor in chief Thomas Wilk about how the skillset for reliability and maintenance engineers has changed over the past 10 years. In addition, the two discussed the table stakes skills nec...

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Electric vehicle sales were flat in the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to the third quarter, but automotive experts are still calling last year the Year of the EV because of the market's rapid growth. EVs accounted for 8% of vehicles sold last year, more than 1.2 million units. 

Still, the industry mood has been less optimistic lately as slowing growth rates have led GM, Ford and others to slow investments in new plants and lower...

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Do you love the world of manufacturing technology? Are you always looking for news about the next cool tech invention? Do you wonder how everyone always knows about new products for the industry? Or maybe you just want to know how to choose between different machines. Listen to New Equipment Digest’s new podcast series for all things products for manufacturing.

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Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast offers news and information for the people who make, store and move things and those who manage and maintain the facilities where that work gets done. Manufacturers from chemical producers to automakers to machine shops can listen for critical insights into the technologies, economic conditions and best practices that can influence how to best run facilities to reach operational excellence. C...

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Rue Phillips is the co-founder and president of SkillFusion, a platform that connects electric vehicle operations and maintenance service providers with a nationwide credentialed talent pool for electric vehicle service equipment O&M obligations. Rue has been at the forefront of developing online platforms that connect cleantech asset owners with a local and on-demand installation and service workforce, first in the solar secto...

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In this episode, Smart Industry Managing Editor Scott Achelpohl previews predictions for the new year we gathered from more than 20 experts in the areas of AI, machine learning, IoT, condition monitoring, and more.

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