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Manufacturing in R.I. – Chapter 1: Doing it Better

Manufacturing in R.I. – Chapter 1: Doing it Better

Manufacturing has changed greatly in the past 20 years in Rhode Island. We’ve moved from a mass- production environment to a mass-customization environment and many facets of this transformation are now critical to the region’s economic vitality. Let’s take a look at...

URI Names Christian Cowan as Director of Polaris MEP

URI Names Christian Cowan as Director of Polaris MEP

KINGSTON, R.I. – August 13, 2014 – The University of Rhode Island has named Christian Cowan the director of Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership, effective August 4. Cowan is a manufacturing executive with more than 20 years of experience managing small and...

ISO 9001:2015 Revision – Things Could Get Risky

What Rhode Island Manufacturers Need to Know About the ISO 9001:2015 Revision ISO 9001 has been the quality management standard, with almost 1 million businesses certified around the world, according to American Society for Quality. ISO has had many revisions...

Improving Energy Use Management

With energy costs constantly rising during these tough economic times, the release of the new ISO 50001:2011 Standard for ‘Energy Management Systems’ will provide benefits for both large and small organizations.  The ISO 50001:2011 Standard provides a framework for...

Steering the Ship

In my years of implementing continuous improvement strategies the single most important factor of success has been a good steering team. That is the team of leaders responsible for improving the system. Many of you may think that this is common sense but none the...

Common Challenges in Layout Planning

Common Challenges in Layout Planning

Companies decide to do facility changes for any number of machine reasons, from adding new equipment to incorporating a new business they’ve just purchased. If yours is one of them, sharing some of my experience may help you. When you start the layout planning process...

Slaying the QMS Monster

Slaying the QMS Monster

One business owner told me: ‘I have been in this business for over twenty years and make a better product than my competition, but I can’t get the business if I don’t become certified.’ Piles of Paperwork? In the ‘old days’ (1990’s), quality management systems were...

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