Corey Brown

Corey Brown

With a background in technical writing and engineering, Corey leads content and research efforts for Dozuki; providing helpful information and insights for manufacturing industry professionals.

Recent posts by Corey Brown

28 min read

How to Improve Performance with Preventative Maintenance

By Corey Brown

Equipment failure is a known evil in the manufacturing world. But unplanned downtime carries a significant cost and hurts overall performance. This week Brian sits down with Alek Zelnins, a Maintenance Manager at Gay Lea Foods, to share his tactics and tools to improve performance and prevent equipment failure on the frontline.

In this episode, learn:

  • How to adapt material from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to create training and maintenance programs for new machines
  • The three most common sources of equipment failure
  • How operators are essential to good preventative maintenance (PM) programs 
  • Why employee training is so important for preventative maintenance 
  • How technology will impact the future of machine maintenance (spoiler: people are still essential)
Topics: Continuous Improvement Digital Transformation Podcast
28 min read

How to Scale Technology Across Manufacturing Operations with 3M

By Corey Brown

Most manufacturing companies don't have people dedicated to evaluating and deploying modern tools. At best, IT or HR takes responsibility for new technology and doesn't have the resources to implement them effectively.

Michael Muilenburg is the Director of Operational Technology at 3M and has learned how to leverage key personnel to create a team that successfully evaluates, deploys, and scales digital technology across the frontline operational workforce.  

Join our conversation with Michael and learn how you can create your own team, no matter the company size, and have a major impact on operational success and improvements. 

Topics: Continuous Improvement Digital Transformation Podcast
6 min read

How to Communicate Change with the Frontline Workforce

By Corey Brown

People are the most overlooked aspect of digital transformation —

34 min read

Career Progression in the Manufacturing Industry

By Corey Brown

Today's manufacturing facilities are clean and modern workplaces that offer a variety of unique and exciting career opportunities.

Join our conversation with Joe Renaud from Amazon Robotics, as he shares his fascinating story of professional growth.

Topics: Workforce Training Podcast
4 min read

Top Challenges Impacting the Frontline Workforce

By Corey Brown

Even with advancements in technology and automation, the frontline workforce remains essential to modern manufacturing operations. In fact, 72% of factory work is still performed by people.

Topics: Digital Transformation
38 min read

Using Standards to Empower the Frontline Workforce

By Corey Brown

Chad Nelson is a Lean Six-Sigma Operations Manager at 3M and has a wealth of knowledge about standardized work and engaging frontline workers with improvement efforts.

Topics: Workforce Training Podcast
26 min read

How to Manage Change on the Plant Floor

By Corey Brown

Change management is a crucial part of any digital transformation or improvement efforts on the plant floor. But how do you deal with stubborn employees or older workers that resist new technology? In this The Voices of Manufacturing episode, we talk with Taylor Harlin, Change and Development Coach at Johnsonville, about effective strategies for gaining employee buy-in and unique ways to communicate changes with your frontline workforce.

Topics: Workforce Training Podcast
27 min read

Digital Technology Trends in Manufacturing

By Corey Brown

In the past, manufacturing technology was focused on improving equipment and tools. Now, the industry is shifting its priorities towards workforce enablement. How will the shift impact the future of industrial business? 

Topics: Workforce Training Podcast
34 min read

ISO 9001 Certification is Easier Than You Think

By Corey Brown

Is audit anxiety holding your company back from ISO 9001 compliance? While it may seem like a daunting task, many businesses are closer to certification (and re-certification) than they realize.

Topics: Workforce Training Podcast
31 min read

Adapting Training to Meet the Needs of the Modern Manufacturer

By Corey Brown

Manufacturers are faced with a much different workforce than they've traditionally dealt with. Whereas previous generations had more foundational knowledge, incoming generations need guidance and skill development programs to make them feel comfortable and successful in the industrial work environment.

Topics: Workforce Training Podcast
24 min read

How to Attract and Retain a Qualified Manufacturing Workforce

By Corey Brown

Welcome to the first episode of The Voices of Manufacturing! Join us in conversation with Jim Vinoski, a Forbes Author who specializes in all things manufacturing.

Topics: Podcast
4 min read

5 Ways to Get Wifi on the Factory Floor

By Corey Brown

Here’s the reality, many industrial environments lack wireless internet.

It’s not for a lack of trying.

However, there are real, pragmatic reasons that some companies can’t benefit from the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) — it’s the ‘Internet’ part.

Topics: Digital Transformation
4 min read

Why HR Shouldn't Manage Your Technical Skills Training

By Corey Brown

Amid the Silver Tsunami, HR departments are hustling to onboard and fill personnel gaps, but they can’t predict the evolving demands of your operations.

Topics: Workforce Training
3 min read

Where is Your Implicit Knowledge Hiding?

By Corey Brown

Implicit (tacit) knowledge is difficult to communicate and often remains isolated in the heads of employees. However, this accumulation of operational skills and insights has an immense organizational value that is simply waiting to be tapped.

Topics: Knowledge Management
5 min read

Top Podcasts for Manufacturing Professionals

By Corey Brown

The podcast space is growing rapidly and the shows for manufacturing and industrial professionals are no exception. Podcasts in this genre can range from broad industry analysis, to strategic business advice. 

Topics: Industry News Podcast
3 min read

Why Sharepoint Fails at Knowledge Management

By Corey Brown

Many industrial businesses rely on generic document management tools, like Microsoft Sharepoint, to store and share files.

Topics: Workforce Training Work Instructions
3 min read

Document Management Vs. Knowledge Management

By Corey Brown

Understanding the distinction between document management and knowledge management is vital to operational excellence. While the terms can sometimes be used interchangeably, understanding their differences couldn’t be more relevant to the shifting industrial workforce.

Topics: Digital Transformation Workforce Training
4 min read

How Smart Factories are Impacting Productivity

By Corey Brown

Deloitte research suggests that "smart factory" initiatives have yielded an average of 10-12% increase in labor productivity gains. Despite this success, a majority of manufacturers are still hesitant to move forward. On average, the industry only sees an increase of 0.7% in labor productivity each year. This represents a lack of investment in workforce performance and new technologies.

Early smart factory adopters reap twice as many benefits—reporting a 20% increase in labor productivity. 

Topics: Digital Transformation Industry News
4 min read

Preparing Your Workforce for the Silver Tsunami

By Corey Brown

Manufacturing businesses need a succession plan. Not for people, but for knowledge.

3 min read

Why Your Work Instructions Need Quality Checklists

By Corey Brown

Quality checklists or inspections are a routine part of production. While they are a crucial part of quality management and control, checklists only catch errors, rather than preventing them.

Instead of reacting to mistakes, consider taking a proactive approach to quality management. This allows you to focus on preventative measures and boost employee performance.

Topics: Quality Work Instructions