NIST 800-171 Compliance Allowed Tech Resources, Inc. To Continue Their Work Uninterrupted With The U.S. Department of Defense

NIST 800-171 Compliance Allowed Tech Resources, Inc. To Continue Their Work Uninterrupted With The U.S. Department of Defense

“All our work is for the DoD,” said Gary Andrews, President of Tech Resources, Inc. “So when we heard that the DoD’s NIST 800-171 cybersecurity requirements would be flowing down to their contractors in the near future, we wanted to get ahead of it in order to meet those requirements and not have any interruptions in our business with them.”

They tried to create their own cybersecurity System Security Plan (SSP) but soon found many areas that needed shoring up. That was also when their IT Manager at the time was about to attend the NH MEP NIST 800-171 Cybersecurity for Manufacturers information session.

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Having a Robust Quality Management System is More Than Just a Certificate on the Wall

Having a Robust Quality Management System is More Than Just a Certificate on the Wall

“I started at XMA in 2013,” said Marc Smith, President and CEO of XMA Corporation. “Because my background was in aerospace, I understood the value of a Quality Management System. We needed a robust QMS because it would strengthen our company culture. The employees would create it, follow it, be accountable for it and own it. This leads to a solid company culture where together every employee benefits.”

XMA’s customers were also pushing back on them to have a QMS. “At the time not much of our work was in aerospace,” said Smith. “But by having a QMS it would allow us to enter new markets and lead to sustainability and continued growth of the company.”

Marc eventually heard about NH MEP’s AS9100D On-Site Registration Upgrade training and enrolled XMA.

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Costa Precision Learns Lean Training is a Continuous Process for Retaining and Getting New Customers

Costa Precision Learns Lean Training is a Continuous Process for Retaining and Getting New Customers

“Customers only like two things, quality and on-time delivery,” said Tom Barber, Chief Operating Officer for Costa Precision. “But we were struggling in manufacturing engineering with quoting and manufacturing processes prior to going to the shop floor. This caused irregular workflow, and customer quote deadlines to be missed.”

The manufacturing floor had its share of issues too. “We were failing to provide needed quantities of parts per shift, per day. This led to poorer quality parts being produced because we would get behind schedule and had to rush parts out the door,” said Barber. “This also led to late deliveries.”

They knew they needed to do something to overcome these challenges and not lose customers.

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Stamping Technologies Sees ISO Certification as a Continuous Process

Stamping Technologies Sees ISO Certification as a Continuous Process

It all started in 2010 when one of their large customers began putting pressure on them to get ISO certified. “This caught us off guard,” said Mark St. Gelais. “We heard horror stories about ISO certification. We really didn’t know how to go about it.”
Then in 2011 they heard about and attended an information session put on by the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP). “The info session went over what ISO certification was all about and let us know about the NH State job training grant program to help offset the cost.” said Mark. They took advantage of the grant, and along with his wife Johanna attended NH MEP’s ISO 9001:2008 Collaborative Program in 2012.

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Costa Precision Learns Lean Training is a Continuous Process for Retaining and Getting New Customers

Maineline Graphics Trains All Their Employees in Lean Manufacturing to Increase Efficiencies

With a new facility, new processes, and new equipment, Kerri knew they would need help with efficiencies and where to place the new equipment. “We tried to be proactive with all the changes going on,” said Mobile. “So in mid-2016 we brought in NH MEP to implement Lean training. We wanted everyone in the company to be of the same mind-set, learn how to reduce waste, and understand the benefits of continuous improvement.”

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Stamping Technologies Sees ISO Certification as a Continuous Process

Staying Current with ISO Certification Allows Textiles Coated International to Retain Customers and Get New Ones

“If we wanted to retain certain customers and get new ones, we needed to be ISO certified,” said Peter Spohn, Director of Business Development for Textiles Coated International. Recently they attended the NH MEP ISO 9001:2008 Collaborative Training Program and became ISO certified. “But to keep our business current we realized we needed to upgrade to ISO 9001:2015,” said Spohn. “Again we turned to NH MEP for help with handling our ISO upgrade training.” This time, the training would be done on-site.

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Business Growth Collaborative Program Puts Concord Awning & Canvas on Path to Success

Business Growth Collaborative Program Puts Concord Awning & Canvas on Path to Success

“When we purchased Concord Awning, we recognized it needed some upgrades. There were no standard operating procedures, no pricing tools, an antiquated computer system, a paper-based system to track sales, and the company’s static website was not focused on bringing in new customers.” said Peter Sandberg.

“About 5 years into running the company our largest customer took their business in-house and hired 3 of our employees,” said Denise Sandberg. “We realized from the start that having one disproportionately large customer was not a good long-term plan for our business. When that customer made their decision to leave, we knew we had to accelerate our existing plan of expanding more into commercial and industrial markets to balance out the seasonality of the awning portion of our business.”

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Phone: 603-226-3200

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Rewarding Opportunities at USAF Advanced Manufacturing Olympics Virtual Event

Virtual Event: October 20-23, 2020

This October, the US Air Force will launch an inaugural virtual event, the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO), which is “aimed at translating innovative ideas into enduring solutions” in manufacturing technology across the United States. Distinguished leaders in academia, government and industry will be speaking to discuss the future of advanced manufacturing.

Topics at the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics will include Industry 4.0, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, automation and more. There will be open discussion on technical challenges and potential solutions for the Air Force’s sustainment issues.

Pappas Helps Pass Amendment to Bolster U.S Manufacturers Hurt by the COVID-19 Pandemic and Support American Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) passed an amendment to a key FY 2021 funding package that will designate $1 million in funding for the Department of Commerce to provide support through the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) program to companies whose supply chains have been disrupted by the pandemic.

“Support for manufacturing jobs in New Hampshire is critical as we fight to rebuild our economy in the midst of the deepest economic downturn in decades,” said Congressman Pappas.

Creare Unveils New Technologies for Future NASA Missions

Hanover, NH – Creare LLC, a New Hampshire-based research and development engineering firm, revealed their newest innovative technology to support ongoing and future NASA missions. In addition to their 60,000 sq. ft. of offices and laboratory facilities, Creare works with many small to mid-size New Hampshire manufacturers to develop their products. “Creare’s partnerships with local manufacturers have been vital to the success of our technology in NASA’s and DOD’s space programs,” said Paul Movizzo, Creare’s DoD Business Development Officer. Continuing their space heritage from the Hubble Telescope, Creare has several projects destined to be in space in the near future.

NHMEP Training Programs and Services Now Available through CARES Act Funding

New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP) has received CARES Act funding to help manufacturers with its services free of charge to those impacted by COVID-19. Using $50 million in grants authorized by the CARES Act, NIST has issued awards to Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico for COVID-19-related projects. “Small- and medium-sized manufacturers are among the leaders of the swift and strong comeback from this unprecedented health challenge, and the Department of Commerce is doing our part to support their efforts,” said Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Orion Launches its Pre-Entry Touch-Free Temperature Reader to Improve Safety Across Industries

Laconia, NH – Orion Entrance Control, Inc; an award winning New Hampshire manufacturer is introducing their latest innovation. The Orion Pre-Entry Temperature Reader (OPTR) was developed to support businesses in their COVID-19 return-to-work strategies. The OPTR just launched to the marketplace on Thursday, May 28th. OPTR’s infrared sensing technology and intuitive user interface can be put into use with virtually no training. A 1 second read time (3-5 seconds per person with proper social distancing) and high level of accuracy provide superior throughput.

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