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  • RI Manufacturing Events to Help You Hire, Improve & Grow

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    August 31 - Government Contracting 101
    September 8 - Inventory Control Info Session
    September 9 - Lead Generation 
    September 9 - Textile & Clothing Workshop
    September 17 - Diversity Roundtable

    OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE / IMPROVE

    Inventory Control Using Lean Tools

    September 8, 2021 | 11:00am-11:45am
    Lean manufacturing is a philosophy of continuous improvement, helping a Rhode Island manufacturing company become more resilient and grow by eliminating waste. Inventory IS waste because it consumes capital and accounts for 20%-50% of a company’s assets. 

    In this info session, you’ll learn
    • WHY inventory is both a waste and a necessity for RI manufacturers
    • WHAT causes inventory waste
    • WHAT lean tools could help reduce waste and achieve inventory accuracy
    • HOW training on Inventory Control & Planning can improve your bottom line
     
    Register Here

    RELATED: Polaris MEP is introducing a new training offer, "Inventory Management 101." This 8-hour virtual workshop provides a basic understanding of how to measure and control your inventory to improve your bottom line. $350/pp; September 28 & 29. Click here to learn more.

     

    NERDIC: Comparing The Benefits of PBF VS. BMD

    August 31, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:30pm
    Join NERDIC for a virtual presentation on the PBF and BMD AMM processes, and learn about design advantages which can add value within supply chains while increasing part functionality
     
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    ARM: Robotic Solutions for Pandemics & Beyond

    August 30, 2021 | 10:00am-3:00pm
    ARM, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, will host an online summit that highlights the success stories, lessons learned and impact from nine pandemic-focused technology projects. These projects were designed to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help manufacturers learn best practices to prepare for future crises.

    The summit is free to attend. Demonstrations of the projects will be paired with ideas you can use to make your business more resilient.
     
    Register Here

    BUSINESS SUCCESS / LEARN & GROW

     

    Lead Generation Info Session Webinar with TribalVision

    September 9, 2021 | 10:00am-10:30am
    Eager to spend less on marketing and get more results in 2022? Are you growing your sales team? Or, do you need to create a marketing strategy from scratch?

    In this 30 minute info session, Polaris MEP partner TribalVision will talk about the “Lead Generation Consortium” it's bringing to Rhode Island. The consortium has been proven to help manufacturers grow their top lines through strategic, smarter marketing. Save your seat to learn how.​​
     
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    401 Tech Bridge Events

    September 9, 10:00am - 
    ​​​​​RITIN / 401 Tech Bridge / Polaris MEP Textile & Clothing Technology Workshop
    A panel discussion with subject matter experts for Navy uniforms, materials, and business development.

    September 14, 4:30pm - 
    401 Tech Bridge & MassChallenge Blue Tech Cohort Kick-Off
    This accelerator program will include an orientation boot camp, bi-weekly cohort meet-ups, workshops, networking, weekly office hours and a final tech demo where the startups and fellows will present capabilities and products.
     
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    Federal Acquisition Rules - New Amendments, Guidance

    Manufacturers in the defense supply chain take note: Our partners at the Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center (RI PTAC) shared two updates related to Federal Acquisition Rules (FAR). 

    1. A proposed amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) intended to “strengthen the impact of the Buy American Act” (“BAA”) over the next eight years includes
    • immediately higher domestic content thresholds that will increase over time,
    • price preference enhancements for “critical” items, and
    • contractor reporting of domestic content within 15 days of an award.
    Click here to read more.

    2. The Department of Defense, in conjunction with the GSA and NASA, are issuing a final rule amending the FAR guidance regarding limitations on subcontracting.

    Click here to learn more.

    WORKFORCE / HIRE & RETAIN TALENT

    Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices for Small Manufacturers
    September 17th, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
    The Manufacturing Institute will be hosting a virtual roundtable to enhance equality and opportunity in our industry. This D&I discussion will feature voices at the forefront of the ongoing work in manufacturing, offering case study examples and industry-specific guidance. The roundtable will focus on best practices that can be adapted and implemented by smaller manufacturers to create inclusive workplaces.
    This program is targeted to an audience of manufacturing leaders—those interested in starting, sustaining or expanding Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
     
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    RI Society for Human Resource Management Job Expo

    September 29th, 2021 | 9:00am-5:00pm
    RI SHRM is hosting a statewide job expo for businesses seeking candidates for employment throughout the state of Rhode Island. This event will unite businesses and job seekers as they enter an expansive post-pandemic labor market.

    Interaction with attendees – prospective employees -- can start as soon as September 1st. Polaris MEP is a partner in this event, which means manufacturing employers can get save $125 on a booth. When registering, choose option #2 — “Single Career Fair Virtual Booth-Promotional Partner.”
     
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    Fast Track to CNC Training

    Application Deadline September 7th, 2021
    Fast Track to CNC Manufacturing Program is a paid, 15-week long classroom training and shop experience that prepares participants for positions in CNC Machinist / Manufacturing careers throughout RI. 
     
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