PDP Blog - Walking the Talk

Manufacturers Must Recognize and Consistently Award Employee Loyalty

Each month, Hytrol Conveyors, based in Jonesboro, AR, announces the cumulative years of worker anniversaries being celebrated each month. The company with approximately 800 employees, celebrates 300+ years of work each month. Employees who have served the company for 40 years are nearing 100 plant floor employees. It is admirable. Kara Simon shared in Manufacturing.net […]

User Interface on the Plant Floor: Communication Leadership

In the December 9th issue of Global Manufacturing, Phil Lewis explains why manufacturers need to embrace a new era of business software. Lewis, Senior Director, solution consulting, EMEA at Infor, looks at why business software is finally getting the makeover it deserves. The last decade has seen somewhat of a technological revolution with consumer user […]

Despite Flat Salaries, Most Quality Professionals OK with Compensation

For the second time in three years, salaries in 2014 decreased slightly for quality professionals, who said their organization’s quality culture plays a key role in the overall satisfaction of their job and salary, according to Quality Progress magazine’s 28th annual Salary Survey. In 2014, salaries decreased a meager $183 for quality professionals in the […]

Building & Retaining Talent Requires Shop Floor Employee Engagement

Ram Lonkar recently authored (and published in Innovation Excellence), an important blog about building and retaining a competitive talent base and delivering extraordinary customer experience. Lonkar suggested that the customer experience has become the most important aspect in achieving success for organizations all over the world. It has become increasingly important for organizations to build […]

Manufacturing Growth Up for 18th Consecutive Month

Guaranteed Painful Growth Without Employee Engagement Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, said: “There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run […]

Leadership Communication Key to Stopping Manufacturing Unionization

SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) reports that almost all employers are eligible for union organization—there is no minimum size or type of industry required for a union to represent employees. However, there are strategies employers can use to minimize the likelihood that a union would be accepted by employees. Employees join unions because of […]

Ten Percent of Manufacturing Workforce Aged 50 Plus

Proves Urgent Warning for Corrective Action No crystal ball prognostication required.  Small and midsized manufacturers are in danger when more than 10% of the current staff is 50+ years of age; the situation grows more dire when 20% of the staff will be >50 years of age by 2020. Immediate Action Required If the best […]

Data-Driven Measurable Interactive Communication Hallmark of Best-Practice Manufacturers

Manufacturing organizations are producing products that often require an extraordinary amount of engineering knowledge, experience, and problem-solving.  With that single focus, namely making a great product as efficiently as possible, it is often a challenge to tell the “story of the day.”  Active content is critical to the success of all manufacturing companies. Employees show […]

Pain Point: Overall Employee Effectiveness, The Other OEE

OEE has been a well-respected acronym meaning Overall Equipment Effectiveness.  If the maximum output capacity for a piece of machinery was optimized to produce 100 units per hour, and only 20 unites were produced, that represented a 20% delta in lost production, lost productivity, lost profits. OEE is a hierarchy of metrics evaluating how effectively […]

Manufacturers Seek Methods to Mind the (Skills) Gap

The role of manufacturers must include a mission to empower today’s students to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.   SkillsUSA reports 300,000 career and technical high school and college student members nationwide, are studying careers in the trades and specifically for manufacturing careers. Many more are studying curricula related to Science, Technology, Engineering, […]