No shortcuts for long-term solutions

(Submitted by Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

In any department, or vocation, of any industry, it becomes easy over time to stop preforming all the necessary steps one must do to achieve consistent and confident results. Whether it is adhering to ISO instructions, properly following quality check guidelines, or completing that mundane morning equipment performance checklist, we must fight the urge to cut corners and forget how important the details really are.

quality-500953_1920 (2)Much time and money are wasted in manufacturing due to diagnosing the end result instead of going back to the beginning of the process and tracking where the real problem might have started. A finished product may be deemed a reject because it doesn’t “look right” or perform correctly, but to find the solution to the root cause you may need to start with the most basic form of quality control–simple print measurements.

To find out more about the importance of basic inspection and certification, click on this article from Quality Magazine entitled:
Back to the Basics: Inspection and Certification. Quality Measurement is the Lifeblood of the Quality System.

Manufacturing Tours for Local High School Students

(Submitted by Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

IMG_0764 (3)Motivated by Manufacturing Month, The Ohio State University South Centers (OSU) Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center (MTSBDC) organized tours on Friday, November 13, for two local high schools to visit local manufacturers, and help bridge the gap between education and the real world workforce.

This was an exciting opportunity for The Ohio State University South Centers to reach out to our local students to expose and educate them on just a few of the great products and processes available in southern Ohio.

IMG_0758 (3)Groups of sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Eastern High School and Western High School (both of Pike County, Ohio) toured facilities at Infra-Metals in New Boston, Ohio and Big Sandy Distribution in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Both companies were very welcoming and interactive with the students. They took time to explain their processes, operational procedures, employment opportunities and requirements, along with in-depth tours.

The students from both schools were responsive and very inquisitive. OSU South Centers received great feedback from the schools and are looking forward to facilitating similar events for students that are already in the process of making career and education decisions concerning their future.