Category Archives: Updates

Congratulations to Powerflow Inc.

Congratulations to Powerflow Inc. for achieving certification to IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management System Standard. This was an upgrade from the previous version of TS 16949 with a significant number of new requirements. Their certification audit resulted in zero nonconformance’s found.  Insyte Consulting is proud to have worked with the Powerflow team in achieving this

NYS Manufacturing Cools Slightly

The New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey for September indicates that statewide manufacturing grew at a slightly slower rate than last month.  The General Business Conditions Index fell to 19.0, down 6.6 points from August, but still reflecting substantial activity (a reading above 0.0 indicates expansion).  New Orders, Shipments Unfilled Orders and Delivery

US Manufacturing Beats Expectations

The Institute for Supply Management’s closely watched PMI Index of national manufacturing activity climbed to 61.3 in August, an increase of 3.2 points from July and the highest reading in over 14 years (May 2004).  The PMI beat market expectations of 57.6 which would have been a decrease of 0.5 points.  New Orders, Production, Employment

MADE IN WNY: Spencer Lens Company Produced World-Renowned Optical Products

The company manufactured high-quality microscopes and is considered the first American microscope manufacturer. Spencer’s father, Charles Spencer, was one of the first Americans to make microscopes.  In 1838 he began his first optical business producing telescopes and microscopes in Canastota, NY.  At that time, the English manufactured the best microscopes.  Until 1849 Charles Spencer was

NYS Manufacturing Climbs in August

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicated “robust” activity for August with the index up 3.0 points to 25.6 and once again approaching the October 2017 multi-year high of 30.2.  Shipments, Unfilled Orders, Delivery Times, Inventories and Prices Paid were all up compared to last month, although New Orders fell

Finger Food Products, Inc. Achieves Highest Food Quality Certification

Congratulations to Niagara Falls, NY food manufacturer – Finger Food Products, Inc., the maker of the Original Pizza Logs® and Original Apple Pie Logs®, for achieving certification to the new SQF 8 Quality Standard.   SQF is the food safety and quality management certification system designed specifically for the food industry.   SQF provides independent certification that

U.S. Manufacturing Grows in July

The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI Index for July showed continued expansion in manufacturing, although the rate of growth eased.  July’s PMI is 58.1, a decrease of 2.1 points from June’s 60.2 (a reading above 50.0 indicates growth).  Of the 18 manufacturing sectors ISM tracks, only Primary Metals reported contraction in July.  Anecdotal feedback from

Special Spaces Creates Dream Bedroom for Teenage Firefighter

Special Spaces works with children with life-threatening medical conditions to create dream bedrooms where they can heal, recover, and find peace. Insyte’s Tom Quinn and his wife volunteer with the WNY chapter.  On Saturday, the group created a dream bedroom for Cheektowaga’s Timmy Richardson who wants pursue a fire fighting career. Good luck Timmy, we

Roundabouts & Lean: Let the Discussion Continue

Apparently the article on the roundabouts and the correlation to the continuous flow belief of lean manufacturing, started some discussion. As a follow up, I was told that Carmel, Indiana has been incorporating roundabouts into their traffic designs and the results of decreased accidents have been significant. So after some quick research (Google); I came

NYS Manufacturing Grows a Little Less

The NY Fed’s July 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates continued expansion for state manufacturers, albeit at a slightly slower rate than June.  The Business Conditions Index came in at 22.6, down 2.4 points, “still a high level, suggesting a continuation of robust growth,” according to the NY Fed.  Prices Paid fell 10.0 points to