MANUFACTURING EXPERT CORNER


Meet our expert

Here at Acuity, we understand the challenges facing the manufacturing industry. Helping you meet these challenges successfully is a key focus of ours. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here. I am Mike S., Manufacturing Business Segment Specialist at Acuity.


Michael S. is our Manufacturing guru

I have over 30 years experience in a broad range of manufacturing areas. Starting with an apprenticeship in Germany I’ve worked my way through a verity of positions within the manufacturing field. I got my start as a Tool and Die maker. I next became a supervisor of a class A tool room, then manager of a machining department. I was exposed to lean manufacturing in the mid 90s and adapted the lean philosophy. Loving and teaching the lean approach, I moved on to become a Continuous Improvement manager which led to a job as a manufacturing manager. I joined Acuity in 2015 as their manufacturing expert. I hope to evolve how manufacturers deal with, and think about insurance companies, as well as be a resource to my fellow employees – enabling them to better understand the unique needs of manufacturers.

Business insurance for manufacturing

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FAQs


Have questions? We have answers.


IIoT, the Industrial Internet of Things. We are currently in the beginning stages of adopting machine connectivity, data collection, and big data analytics in the manufacturing industry. As technology moves forward, there is no limit to where sensors can be installed, what they can sense, and how they can communicate, leading to increased efficiency and productivity.


At Acuity, we take your business as seriously as we take ours. I have decades of manufacturing experience and stay up to date on issues and technologies. We attend trade shows and interact daily with the industry. We know manufacturing and want to partner with you and help you achieve continued success in your business.


I think it will be the combination of traditional subtractive technology, removing material or items, and additive technology, like 3D print. Currently there are only a few equipment manufacturers that have combined both technologies into one machine. Once this becomes more commonplace, it will allow manufacturers to remove and, at the same time, add stock form products. The possibilities are endless.


Lean manufacturing is about identifying waste within your operations. Once the waste is identified, it provides a wide variety of tools, which can be as simple as 5S or as complex as value stream mapping. However, before starting your lean journey, you need to understand it takes commitment from everyone in your organization. It will not benefit your business if you implement it as the “flavor of the day.” It needs to be a cultural change. A successful lean culture includes employee empowerment and open minds as well as constant change. From the smallest to the largest companies, if lean is implemented, adopted, and accepted correctly, it will help you reduce cost, increase productivity, and keep you at the forefront.



RESOURCES


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Loss control

Acuity offers an extensive library of loss control resources to help keep your employees and company operating safely

Videos

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Glossary

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EVENTS


Join us at one of these upcoming events.

23
Feb
Manufacturing Matters
Thursday, February 23, 2017
A premier manufacturing conference where we will hear about trends, opportunities and solutions that will help Wisconsin Manufacturers thrive in a dynamic and challenging business environment.
24
Feb
Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast
Friday, February 24, 2017
The Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast discusses issues facing Wisconsin’s manufacturers, with a keynote speaker and a panel of manufacturing insiders giving us insight into trending industry topics.
14
Mar
Manufacturing Alliance Membership
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The NEW Manufacturing Alliance is a group of manufacturers, working with educators, workforce development, chambers of commerce, and state organizations to promote manufacturing in our Northeast WI region. The Vision of the Alliance is to help every northeast Wisconsin manufacturer find the talent it needs.
8
May
IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology
Monday, May 8, 2017
A 3-day event designed to keep manufacturing decision-makers, from design to delivery, at the forefront of manufacturing’s digital transformation.

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Get answers from our insurance experts.
    • As you prepare to complete and post your OSHA 300A, providing a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, it’s a good time to think about the new OSHA requirements and how they will affect you. Four major updates are effective in 2017—electronic recordkeeping requirements, anti-retaliation protections, walking-working surfaces and fall protection, and beryllium exposure limit.
    • For most of my professional career, I have been a member of an industry association and, oftentimes, multiple associations. In the olden days, which I like to refer to as the good ol’ days, associations were how we stayed in the loop on trends in our industry segments. In today’s digital age, you have access to hundreds of thousands of news and information outlets. So, are industry associations still needed?
    • Have you ever been contacted to report on conflict minerals you may be using in your business? It is very possible you have never heard about conflict minerals, or you didn’t realize they could be an issue in your business. But there are laws in place around these minerals and their uses in commerce.

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