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 variety 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.

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FAQs


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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.



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    • During my years in manufacturing, I worked in numerous industries in a variety of plants, and I was always interested in the type of equipment each plant utilized. Some plants had one or two equipment brands, while others had many different brands of machinery. When I noticed just one or two, I asked why.
    • Steve Trautman, talent risk management and knowledge transfer expert, has some great information around making sure your more experienced employees are transferring knowledge to the up-and-coming members of your workforce. Follow Steve’s five-step process to help keep critical skills and knowledge in house, even as employees retire or move on.
    • Onboarding new employees is extremely important for manufacturing businesses. Not only do you need to consider safety and process training, but you need to keep track of progress to ensure employees aren’t in the “new employee” phase for too long.

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