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Accessa Implements Third-Third Fridays Off

The effects of COVID, the economy, and the weather have combined to create a perfect storm. For those in manufacturing, it’s an environment they’ve never seen before – and hope to never see again. “No matter what aspect you look at in manufacturing, whether it’s bringing in materials, trying to maintain production and throughput, to sales and general customer support – everything, every fac...
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The Industrious Podcast Episode 1: Reflections On Family, Business, And The Pandemic

For brothers and business owners Joe and Vince Todd, the Indianapolis 500 is a holiday. Leading up to race weekend, they reflected on the family tradition that dates back to the 1940s. “We have a core group of families and friends that have been going with us for many, many years,” said Joe. “We're very much looking forward to getting back at it this weekend as the world comes back to life...
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Introducing The Industrious Blog And Podcast

Over the past year, every company has had to adapt and find new ways of doing business. Accessa is no exception. Communicating with clients, employees, and vendors is more important than ever before. And today, there are more ways to do that than there have ever been. Earlier this year, Vince Todd, Jr. was tossing around some marketing ideas. “Knowing that we wanted to resurrect...
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3 New industry agenda items for progressive metalworkers

Here’s the on-ramp for 2015. There are 3 lanes, choose yours carefully. The HIT boys voted to bring back six of the Bastard’s more critical stories of the few past months. I’ve organized them into the 3 topics most likely to make your next general operations agenda. Six beefy short summaries follow; which themselves offer conversational takeaways. Click the link to the published story and hit th...
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2 Advances in manufacturing challenge your control in 2015

Survivors are no longer the largest, strongest or even the most intelligent—they just know when to adapt. In light of the challenges, they also know that growth begins with control, not revenue. You wonder where they get such insight. Each year around this time, scads of articles appear with predictions about the future and, more importantly, what’s next for manufacturing. This year, two topics s...
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Collaboration—critical, but attractive choices

Call it what you like but relationships where collaboration thrive is a one-plus-one equals-three proposition. Task by task, you can achieve shared goals that are more meaningful within your company, more valuable to your customers and more strategic within the supply chain. Companies that want to grow seek the competitive advantage gained from collaborative efforts. They see the disruptive comple...
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From data to wisdom: charting your shop’s new path

Before metalworking coolants are drawn, lubricants changed, adhesives applied or before any conversion coating solution is even dreamt about, data are being collected and managed somewhere along the food chain. I am no expert in data science but I do appreciate how much (and how fast) industry is being tantalized with the power of data. What’s relevant for any shop is that meaningful data manageme...
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“Manufacturing punches above its weight”

Supply chains, out for the count. If you survived the last five years you have to be doing something right. Think back to 2008 and remember the world’s largest economy contracting like a blown front tire by 3.9 percent (fourth quarter 2007 to third quarter 2009) marking the worst economic slump since the Great Depression and the first decrease(s) in the GDP in 17 years. In spite of all that, the m...
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Robotics: the basis of a paradigm shift

Rethinking what we already know It’s quite possible that we’ll look back on these times as nothing more than the period when robots saved our butts. It will have been the last chapter of the impulsive off-shoring experiment (see more). Hopefully we’ll see it as the time that we made that end run that moved us from fixating on symptomatic job losses to experimenting with new realms of efficiency an...
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21 Tipping points (or tripping points)

Identifying trends from vague signals As a supply chain, you’re party to an expansive ecosystem that changes constantly. Your control consists of 1) how you respond to change and 2) how you adapt your business [people, product, place, processes or pitch (your value proposition)] in order to benefit from opportunities and avoid the perils. Leaders are challenged to identify and understand the tre...
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