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February 2019

Impact of Digital Transformation on the Employee Experience

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar,
Free

Expectations, culture, engagement, & training The manufacturing industry is undergoing a transformation. Digitization of plant floors – from the internet of things, to artificial intelligence, mobility, and machine connectivity, brings technology to the forefront of operational strategies. Smart factories are no longer a competitive distinction – they’re a must for any manufacturer. With so much focus on digital transformation, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s needed to successfully implement a digital strategy – an engaged workforce. New technologies impact…

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Data Security Issues: Why it Matters for Recycling of Old, Outdated IT Equipment and e-Waste

February 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Webinar,
Free

A data security professional in cybersecurity will provide insight on how to minimize the risk of data breaches and provide proper end of lifecycle management of old IT and computer systems and other technology equipment such as printers, smart phones and tablets. Presenter: Joe Harford, President and Founder,  Reclamere, Inc. Register

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How Manufacturers Can Win in a Digital World

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar,
Free

Doing digital right doesn’t mean you need to become the next Amazon, Netflix or Google -- or even the next Pitney-Bowes, whose shift to digital has reinvented the company. But it does mean you may need to change your ways to maximize the potential to drive business. You may think there are obstacles. But it’s not money. It’s not lack of time. It’s not lack of resources. It’s you. It’s your mindset about digital strategy. It’s time to fill the gaps --…

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Energy Efficiency for Agriculture-Related Businesses

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar,
Free

If you are an agricultural producer or farmer who wants to improve your energy efficiency and profitability — critical components for keeping your business competitive in today’s environment — this webinar is for you. By maintaining equipment better, improving building efficiency, and/or installing new high-efficiency motors or lighting, many farms can capture substantial energy savings. This webinar can show you how to optimize efficiency with sustainable energy savings and explore new opportunities to save money and grow your business. Register

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March 2019

Intellectual Property Basics

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
SAPDC Offices, 3 Sheraton Drive
Altoona, PA
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Free

Intellectual Property (or sometimes just referred to as IP) is often one of the more misunderstood aspects of the law by business owners. Shawn Leppo, Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Group of McNees Wallace & Nurick, will provide: an overview of the four primary types of Intellectual Property: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets what each of them protects what you can expect they might cost to obtain and defend how a combined portfolio of all four can help protect and…

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Industry 4.0 – Believe the Hype

March 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar,
Free

In 2018, OSHA reported 5,147 work-related deaths in the United States.  In 2017, a study by Zappix, Inc., indicated slow customer service as the contributing factor in a $75B revenue loss.  Energy.gov states that 30% of energy used in average commercial buildings is wasted. These seemingly disparate data points have one thing in common:  all are among the most common industry-wide business problems organizations seek to solve.  Expertise and technology are available today to help companies move forward.  The digital…

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Supercharging Your Safety Program with Hazards & Observations Mobile Technology

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar,
Free

This webinar will teach listeners how to turn frontline employees into safety superheroes through mobile applications. The potential of technology will be linked to the reality of EHS managers and frontline staff, including tips on how to evaluate software solutions. By watching this webinar, you will learn: Best practices when implementing a hazard identification program How mobile technology can enhance your hazard identification program Reality vs. Hype: How technology engages frontline workers Top things to consider when evaluating mobile technologies…

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Value Acceleration and Transition Planning

March 20 @ 8:00 am
IMC, 1127 W. 4th St.
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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Free

A business owner’s relationship with their business has a life cycle. Whether they started the business or bought it, they are on a path leading them and their business to an eventual exit. And currently, because Baby Boomers own about two-thirds of all privately held businesses, there will be a significant turnover in company ownership over the next ten years. In order to address these eventualities, Keystone Business Ventures, Inc. has developed a life-planning management system that is based on…

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Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM)

March 27 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 200 W. 4th Street
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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$375.00

EVENT IS FULL - NO LONGER TAKING REGISTRATIONS A Competitive Strategy for Low-Volume and Custom-Engineered Products Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is a companywide strategy for lead time reduction throughout the enterprise. Using QRM, companies have reduced their lead times by 80-90%. As a result, these companies have not only seen large increases in market share, but also experienced 15-20% cost reduction and huge quality improvement. Although Lean Manufacturing techniques can be powerful in certain situations, for companies making low-volume or custom-engineered…

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POLCA: The Production Control System for High-Mix, Low-Volume and Custom Products

March 28 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 200 W. 4th Street
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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$150.00

This half-day workshop will explain POLCA (Paired-cell Overlapping Loops of Cards with Authorization), an alternative to Kanban for material control on the shop floor. POLCA is a card-based visual control system that manages the flow of jobs through the shop floor: at each operation, it controls which job should be worked on next to meet delivery targets. POLCA ensures that upstream operations use their capacity effectively by working on jobs that are needed downstream, while at the same time preventing…

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