• News Release: 3/8/2019

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    March 08, 2019
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    Catalyst Connection is currently offering a variety of different training programs. Click any of the links below to learn more about each training:


    Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
    Participants are introduced to the use of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to analyze a design or process in order to identify potential failures and consider improvement needs.  By assessing the severity of a potential failure, the likelihood that the failure will occur, and the probability of detecting the failure, potential issues can be prioritized for improvement.
    *Next Week* Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - Click Here for More Information and to Register
     

    Cambria/Somerset Counties Manufacturing Reception and Video Contest Ceremony
    Catalyst Connection will be hosting an award ceremony for students who participated in this year’s Explore the New Manufacturing Student Video Contest.  11 regional schools were paired with 11 regional manufacturing companies to create a video with the theme “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”  The program is one of many efforts to build awareness about career opportunities in manufacturing.  Come celebrate the resurgence of manufacturing in the region, see the work created by regional students, and network with regional manufacturing companies.
    *Next Week* Thursday, March 14, 2019 - Click Here for More Information and to Register
     

    Essential Leadership Skills - Pittsburgh, PA
    Transform supervisors and managers into leaders and coaches. Catalyst Connection has partnered with Developmental Dimensions International (DDI) to offer this powerful five-part program. This program develops the skills that leaders need for today’s business climate. Participants will learn how to support ambitious change efforts, address poor performers, develop employees using developmental feedback, and improve the organization’s overall culture.
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Click Here for More Information and to Register
     

    Infor CRM Webinar Series: Webinar #3 - Implementation Methodology
    Join us as we host our Infor partner, Plus Consulting, for the third installment of our CRM Webinar Series on implementation methodology. Discover why manufacturers chose Plus Consulting as their Infor Implementation partner, and how their methodology enables them to provide successful CRM solutions that streamline business processes and drive end-user adoption.
    Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Click Here for More Information and to Register

     

    Risk Management Training
    This training session introduces the definition of risk, the purpose of risk management and discusses steps necessary for the effective management of risks. Discussion of risk management requirements from various quality management system standards such as ISO-9001, AS9100, ISO-13485 and others are presented.
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Click Here for More Information and to Register
     

    Creating an Inclusive Environment
    Today, the organizations with the greatest competitive advantage are those that create an inclusive environment that makes the most of their people’s diverse experiences, ideas, and talents. Creating an Inclusive Environment gives people effective skills and tools for exploring others’ unique perspectives, understanding and leveraging people’s inherent differences, challenging devaluing behavior, and creating an environment in which people’s differences are respected and utilized.
    Thursday, March 28, 2019 Click Here for More Information and to Register
     

    Beaver/Butler Counties Manufacturing Reception & Student Video Reception
    Manufacturing is important to Beaver and Butler Counties. We know that a skilled and qualified workforce is key to a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector. Catalyst Connection will be hosting an award ceremony for students who participated in this year’s Explore the New Manufacturing Student Video Contest.  9 regional schools were paired with 11 regional manufacturing companies to create a video with the theme “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Click Here for More Information and to Register

     

    Identifying Performance Gaps & Implementing World Class Sales Practice Webinar
    In a field deluged with new content, but short on ideas, this webinar presents an original and imminently practical roadmap that begins with assessing a sales organization’s current state, proceeds through establishing both best practices and a conceptual framework for understanding and applying them, and ultimately achieves measurable results.
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Click Here for More Information and to Register
     

    Estimating and Job Costing for Industry 4.0 - The Science of Costing and the Art of Pricing
    The business strategy around estimating and quoting hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. Having spoken with over 1000 shop owners in the last 24 months, Paperless Parts is working to turn the data generated in the quoting process into a valuable resources for future business activities. This helps shops spend less time in the quoting process. Leveraging this data and automation of the administrative tasks in the quoting process, experienced machinists can spend less time engineering quotes and more time on the shop floor training the next generation. Most shops have a win rate of 20-30%. This means that 7 out of 10 quotes sent were estimating efforts that resulted in no revenue. So why are shops spending so much time over engineering estimates?