Creating Loyal Alumni

DISHER Alumni Alison Shields

What comes to your mind when you read or hear the word ‘alumni’? I would imagine most of you thought about graduating from a particular high school or college. Maybe images of football games, tailgating, homecomings, class reunions, or old friends from a fraternity or sorority came to mind. Wikipedia defines ‘alumnus’ as a former member, employee, contributor,… Read More

Be a Change Agent for Recycling

Recycled Plastic Bottles

Most American’s are at least aware of the recycling efforts taking place around them every day. As a Packaging Engineer, I care deeply about how materials and packages are disposed of because of my passion in sustainability. Recycling is a growing global challenge. In January, China made changes regarding the types of waste materials they will accept due… Read More

Manufacturing: Equip Yourself & Honor the Profession

Touring Manufacturing Facility

Recently, Ford announced its purchase of the Michigan Central Station, an example of what Detroit once was and will be again. With this investment, Ford is planning on creating a Center of Engineering Excellence to focus on future mobility developments including autonomous vehicles and other modes of transport. This is a harbinger of the future for Michigan manufacturing,… Read More

The Art of Rejuvenation: Life is a Marathon not a Sprint

Dusk at Santorini

Dusk along the coast of Santorini on the Mediterranean Sea.   My wife and I had the privilege to rejuvenate by taking a vacation to Europe this summer. Like many of you, we heard how awesome Europe is with all of its history, food, entertainment, night life, and more. We planned a two-week adventure down to the hour.… Read More

5 Ways to Improve Your Next VA/VE Initiative

5 Ways to Improve Your Next VAVE Initiative

For those who may be unfamiliar, Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VA/VE) is a problem-solving methodology that uses two effective processes for optimizing the value of a product or service. What differentiates them is the point when they are applied in the product life-cycle process. Value Engineering is conducted before any significant financial investments (i.e. tooling, plant, or… Read More

3 Tips for Effective Problem Solving

3 Tips for Effective Problem Solving

The team at DISHER loves to problem solve. We take on many roles with clients where we put our hours of problem-solving training and experience to work. Some of our favorite structured methods include: Six Sigma, Shainen, KT, Practical Problem Solving, A3 problem solving, and 8D problem Solving. However, the complete list of problem-solving tools is endless. Each… Read More

Who had the Better 2017 Bowl Season– the Big Ten or SEC?

BIG 10 vs. SEC

College football is here! During the very first game I channel surfed on (WY@NMST), the announcers were already discussing which conference was better this year - the Big Ten or SEC. It is always a spirited discussion. This year has to play out, but to provide some fodder for the discussion— let’s reflect back to last year’s bowl… Read More

3 Ways to Innovate Smarter and Faster

3 Ways to Innovate Smarter and Faster

The pace of innovation can make your head spin. Just a little over a decade ago no one owned a smart phone. Only forty years ago—no one owned a computer. Today, over 60% of Americans are glued to some type of screen. Even colleges struggle to put together curriculums for careers that are coming. It’s hard to keep… Read More

A Healthy Culture Reduces Ankle Biters

A Healthy Culture Reduces AnkleBiters

Meet Scout. Scout is an English Springer Spaniel. Scout is cute. Scout is a lot of work. My wife and I are dog lovers. We talked about our dogs on our first date. We always assumed that we would have a dog at some point during our married lives. Our first dog was Cooper. She was a beautiful… Read More

How to Run a User Group

How to Run a User Group

That Works Well & FEELs Good I remember the first time I realized my passion for facilitating. Let me set the scene… I was a Manufacturing Engineering student at Kettering University. It was 10:00 pm. The windows were glossy black reflecting the cream-cinder-block walls of the empty class room. A ghosting of chalk was still on the blackboards… Read More