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Two New Employment Law Services for RI’s Smaller Manufacturers

Two New Employment Law Services for RI’s Smaller Manufacturers

Polaris MEP Programs Manager Kayla Viveiros interviewed Foley & Foley, experts in employment law, to discuss how human resources has become more and more about preventing litigation. Foley & Foley's Wendy Hansen talks about which changes RI manufacturers...

WHAT and WHY of Setup Reduction / Quick Changeover / SMED

WHAT and WHY of Setup Reduction / Quick Changeover / SMED

What is SMED (aka Quick Changeover, aka Setup Reduction)? How does reducing the time it takes for setups allow for increased production flexibility, smaller lot sizes, less scrap, shortened lead times and happier customers? What training is available to enjoy these...

Mahr Inc. Sees Measurable Results from Relationship with Polaris MEP

Mahr Inc. Sees Measurable Results from Relationship with Polaris MEP

Company Profile Mahr Inc. is a leader in modern metrology, manufacturing innovative measuring tools and technologies from its US headquarters in Providence and at production facilities around the world. Parent company Mahr has a history that dates back to 1861. Rhode...

Spaghetti Diagrams Info Session

Spaghetti Diagrams Info Session

In this info session, Polaris MEP manufacturing advisor Ted Kennedy explains how Spaghetti Diagrams, a Lean Manufacturing tool, can yield ROI for smaller companies. Extra steps are great for your Fitbit, not your production process … This tool helps teams see how...

PBN: Workforce development key to manufacturing growth

PBN: Workforce development key to manufacturing growth

The Providence Business News reported on a two-part event kicking off Manufacturing Month. The program was hosted by Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association. From the PBN coverage: "The manufacturers gathered in part to address one of the report’s...

Providence Business News: Five Questions with Wendy Mackie

Providence Business News: Five Questions with Wendy Mackie

Manufacturing beat reporter Jacquelyn Voghel poses five questions to Wendy Mackie, the new Interim Board Chair for Polaris MEP.  Voghel notes "Wendy Mackie is no stranger to the Rhode Island manufacturing scene – she previously led the Rhode Island Marine Trades...