Events and seminars

Seminar looks at machine guarding

IMC will present a webinar, “Machine Guarding — Back to Basics” at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Once the risk assessment has been performed, the methods and techniques to be applied to reach the maximum risk reduction level will be the focus. When the hazard cannot be eliminated, design measures to properly reduce the risk to the hazard to an acceptable level will be shared. Expected functionality and practicality of the selected safeguarding applications include the selection of the prescribed safety standards currently available.

Viewers will learn about selecting the prescribed safety standards, understanding the key factors of proper guard design, utilizing the proper guarding methods and techniques, recognizing proper guarding and awareness barriers and applying color coding and safety signs.

For additional information and to register, visit or call 570-329-3200 ext. 8085.

Workshop helps with

starting businesses

The new year is right around the corner and the Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center, which serves Clinton and Lycoming counties, is offering a workshop titled “The First Step for Starting a Small Business” from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at 1127 W. Fourth St., Williamsport for all aspiring entrepreneurs.

Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

The presenters/discussion leaders for this workshop are the members of the center’s staff and a local commercial lender.

Attendees will learn unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, how to assess the feasibility of their business idea, differences between business organization structures, how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, how to market their product or service and the applications and licenses needed to start their company.

Registering: or by calling 570-484-2848.

Walk-ins will be accepted if available seating. There is a fee to attend. Payment is required on or before 7 days after registering for the workshop.

The cancellation policy requires five or more business days for a refund or participants may reschedule to another course.

Upcoming additional date for this workshop is Nov. 21 in the center’s main office at Lock Haven University.

Seminars to

benefit notaries

Pennsylvania Association of Notaries will hold several educational seminars this month for Williamsport area notaries.

The association’s First Time Notary Seminar, from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 24, is state-approved and fulfills the three-hour mandatory education provision for new notaries. The Everyday Notary Challenges Seminar, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, is offered in conjunction with the First Time Notary Seminar.

There are fees for the seminars.

Notary Reappointment Seminar, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, fulfills the state’s educational requirement for reappointed notaries.

It covers all the new aspects of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, which becomes effective on Thursday, including the notary appointment process, identifying your customers, changes in notary equipment, and the new notary act — witnessing or attesting a signature.

There is a fee for the seminar. The seminars will be held at the Hampton Inn, 140 Via Bella, Williamsport. Registration is recommended.

The Pennsylvania Association of Notaries is a membership-based notary organization specializing in state-approved notary and motor vehicle education and offering step-by-step guidance on how to become a notary and renewing your notary commission in Pennsylvania.

The association’s customer service representatives answer more than 200 calls a day from Pennsylvania notaries.

For more information call the association at 800-944-8790 or visit the Web site at: You can access the association’s Facebook and Twitter pages via our Blog at

Engineering director to attend club meeting

The Wednesday meeting of the Williamsport Inventor’s Club will feature Ken Healy, executive vice president and director of engineering with PMF Industries Inc., Williamsport. At the meeting, Healy will be discussing industry challenges with new product development and industry’s approach to accepting ideas from outside inventors.

The Williamsport Inventor’s Club is designed to educate, foster collaboration and networking and give attendees the tools, resources and knowledge they need to move their inventions forward. The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center is host to the Williamsport/Lycoming Keystone Innovation Zone, which has provided program support to the Williamsport Inventor’s Club since its founding in 2007.

Meetings take place on the 4th Wednesday of most months and are open to the public. Attendance is free and open to the public; however, your RSVP is required at or by calling 570-329-3200×8085.

New attendees are asked to arrive by 5:15 p.m. to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the start of the meeting to protect the inventors and information exchanged.

Seminar for

financial leaders

IMC presents a workshop on “Lean/CI for Business and Financial Leaders” Thursday in Williamsport.

This program is a “Financials-First and Data-Driven Approach” to: increase profitability, increase Business valuation and maximize Lean/continuous improvement results.

Using years of experience and case studies that work from a unique “metrics alignment template” and will apply directly to organizations, speakers will close the gap between financial results, operational results and improvement initiatives by demonstrating alignment of financial — operational — lean/CI actions and metrics to drive top priority business results.

Participants will be introduced to our “Metrics Alignment Template” that can be used by any organization and is designed to assist attendees in successfully interpreting the actions taken in the case studies to their own organizations.

Integrated into the presentation and discussion will be five keys to leading a lean and innovative enterprise.

IMC and SEWN have partnered on this workshop to be able to offer companies in attendance a no-cost financial assessment to companies interested in applying the financials-first and data-driven approach (if requested).

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to register, visit

Workshop examines

collaborative robots

IMC and the PA CareerLink announce “Implementing Collaborative Robots in Industry” in Danville Oct. 30 and State College Nov. 14.

The workshop will offer a chance to meet the world’s No. 1 collaborative robot. Around the world, thousands of UR robots work collaboratively right alongside humans — with no safety guards and no problems.

The agenda includes an introduction to universal robots, robot programming introduction, end effector solutions, stands and protective covering and the benefits of collaborative robots.

There will be a light breakfast provided, compliments of Intek Systems Inc.

Fore more information and to register, visit

Workshop aims to

improve sustainability

On Nov. 16, PennTAP will present “How to Move Your Company Toward Sustainability” via webinar starting at noon.

In order to move toward more sustainable practices, industrial managers need to understand what cultural, environmental, and economic challenges exist and how to respond to them.

The seminar will review the link between sustainability and energy efficiency projects, and highlight the process to develop a carbon footprint, set a reduction goal, and implement projects to reduce your carbon footprint.

The workshop will also discuss methods to publicize the sustainability improvements at your facility.

To register visit

Electric utility firm

promotes diversity

PPL Electric Utilities is hosting a meet-and-greet event for the leaders of diversity-owned businesses who are interested in becoming PPL suppliers.

The free event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at PPL Conference Center at Walbert, 1639 Church Road, Allentown.

It is open to women, minorities, veterans, the disabled, members of the LGBT community, as well as disadvantaged and HUBZone businesses, according to a news release.

“Several dozen people attended this event last year and we are hoping to see even more at this year’s event,” said David Amico, PPL’s supply chain director, according to the news release.

The event will include lunch and offer opportunities to network and discuss potential supply opportunities. Those interested in attending should register by Friday by visiting