Read about Digital 5S, the state of manufacturing in Michigan, and download the 4th annual State of Manufacturing Technology Report. Plus, see October blog posts from, as well as register for upcoming events, workshops, and more!
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One of the most common complaints heard from office operations is the challenge of finding the right document and the right version of document quickly and easily. My suggestion is to apply the foundational tool from lean thinking, workplace organization, to your file management process.
The most important foundational skill for continuous improvement in any type of organization is workplace organization. It’s not just getting things in order that saves time but it also allows people to “see” what is not working and can be improved.
Workplace organization is also referred to simply as 5S, which stand for sort, set-in-order, shine, standardize, and sustain. You may also see 6S in settings where safety is a high priority such as healthcare, manufacturing, and processing industries.

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Traverse City Students Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

It’s National Manufacturing Day!
It’s a chance for students across the country to learn about career opportunities in manufacturing.
Manufacturers in Traverse City welcome students into their businesses. The Grand Traverse Area Manufacturers Council organizes the event for the area. Students learn about different career opportunities in the industry.

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Study: Despite Shortage of Workers, Michigan Manufacturing Strong
Increase in automation improves factory efficiency but raises level of training required of employees.  By Chris Lamphere Cadillac News Aug 7, 2019

CADILLAC — Manufacturers in Michigan are doing quite well right now, even with the burden of not being able to find enough people to do the work. A report released recently by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research scored states on several areas related to the manufacturing industry.

The report gave Michigan’s manufacturing industry health for 2019 a grade of A.According to the study, Michigan was one of only five states in the country to receive an A in this category, which was scored based on the share of total income earned by manufacturing employees, the wage premium paid to manufacturing workers relative to the other states’ employees, and the share of manufacturing employment per capita.

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The Ultimate Lean Workforce
Industry 4.0 and the digital age were triggered by an avalanche of technological advances, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), the Cloud, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These technological advances are ushering in the emergence of a new type of workforce that leverages the availability of new tools, devices and gizmos. 
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4th Annual State of Manufacturing Technology Report from Plex Systems, Inc.
Manufacturing technology, and its impact on business success, is reaching a tipping point. Most manufacturers today invest in some type of technology to run their businesses, whether it is new equipment, robotics, software, or business intelligence tools. This year’s survey gathered insights from approximately 150 global manufacturers. We found that those who invested in technologies that enabled a connected environment are more resilient and optimistic about the challenges ahead. They are more prepared to tap into the wealth of benefits provided by Industry 4.0 and the resulting Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And, they’re better positioned to empower their workforce—from CEO to plant manager—to make better business decisions. Based on the results, one thing is clear: it will be extremely difficult for manufacturers to thrive in the future without leveraging manufacturing technology to improve operations—and early adopters who focus on connectivity are poised to achieve greater success.

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10/25/2019 - BY: BEN WOOD
Leaders wear many hats; they're a coach, a mentor, and a support-system for their team. Just because an employee has worked long enough to know the ins and outs of an establishment and has relationships with co-workers and clients does not mean they have the proper skills to take on such heightened levels of responsibility. 


Provided on-time delivery is above 95%, not too much product is hitting a scrap hopper and a little more money is coming in than going out, many leaders assume their business is functioning successfully. Hidden issues (and costs) may well be felt, but are not properly identified in a way that lends to their elimination. Today, many affordable tools are available to help us truly understand the factors that drive profitability. 
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10/11/2019 - BY: CHARLIE WESTRA
There are times when tasks are delegated to us and we are happy to do them, only to be discouraged as soon as micromanagement and control come into play. On the flipside, sometimes when we are the ones delegating, we might find ourselves closely monitoring others’ methods and critiquing them to perform more like us, with a “my way or the highway” type of paradigm. 
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10/4/2019 - BY: GARY MARLEY
When I meet with manufacturers to discuss business improvement strategies, the overwhelming message I hear is that they are all too busy working in the business that they do not have any time to work on the business. While this approach may work in the short term to keep the business afloat and functioning, in the long run this lack of planning and strategizing can be detrimental to the company's culture, competitiveness and bottom line.
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Lean Learning Consortium (LLC)
Monthly Events

Lean Champion Celebration!
NMC - Parsons-Stulen Building
2600 Aero Park Dr,; Traverse City
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Register HERE

Save the Date: 12/13
Lean Learning Consortium Year-End Celebration
Shanty Creek Resorts
5780 Shanty Creek Road
Bellaire, MI 49615
8:30 - 11:30 AM
Register HERE
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Bill Duperon

Upcoming Workshops

Click on the training topic to see the flyer and learn more.  Registration links are below each session date and time.  Contact the Northern Lower Office of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center at 231-995-2218 for more information.

**NMC Employees, please click here to register for workshops**

Digital 5S Document Management - $395
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
8:30 AM–4:30 PM
To register click here

Leadership Development Program - $1,295
Thursdays, December 5, 12, and 19, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
To register click here

Lean Manufacturing Practitioner - $1,500
Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 12, 19, and 26, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
To register click here

Lean Manufacturing Champion - GAYLORD - $3,500
Two Tuesdays each month, February 11 - July 14, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Lean Manufacturing Champion - TRAVERSE CITY - $3,500
Two Tuesdays each month, February 12 - July 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Lean Office Champion - $3,500
Two Wednesdays each month, February 12 - July 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
To register click here


11/14 NMC event:

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Free Information Event: Creating your 2020 Professional Development Plan - Cadillac
8:30 - 10AM Baker College, 9600 E 13th St.; Room #211, Cadillac, MI 49601
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Free Information Event: Creating your 2020 Professional Development Plan - Gaylord 
9:00 - 10:30AM University Center Gaylord, 80 Livingston Blvd., Gaylord, MI 49735
Click HERE for full details
WTCM AM 580 is hosting a monthly segment the second Monday of every month at 8:35 AM to showcase local manufacturing.  Each segment will feature a local manufacturer to discuss what they make, why they make it here, their market, what kind of jobs/careers they support, and what employee needs they have.

The October segment featured Lisa Baker-Lorincz, Business Consultant, AccessPoint and, Rob Summers, Senior Business Advisor, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, NL Office.
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So tune in to WTCM AM 580 the second Monday of every month at 8:35 AM as the series continues!
Are you a project manager looking for professional development and networking?  Traverse City now has a local branch of the Western Michigan Project Management Institute.  WMPMI offers a variety of events to network, learn, and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs).
WMPMI Dinner Meeting
Meetings are currently held at either:
Munson Medical Center
1105 Sixth St; Traverse City
Northwestern Michigan College
Aero Park Campus
2600 Aero Park Dr; Traverse City

$30 for WMPMI members
$40 for non-WMPMI members
$25 for full-time student

For more information, contact:
             Shari Hufford, PMP            
937.725.7956 cell
Jeff Kissinger, PMP, FCT, FCP, CSM
616.706.4427 (mobile)
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