The fact that technology is weaved into almost every facet of our lives could have potential repercussions.
When companies that are only interested in their bottom line take control of something we absolutely need, they essentially control our lives.
Metrics are important. However, we must remain vigilant against the misleading potential of metrics and should establish behaviors to guard against metrics-driven mistakes.
Virtually every decision we make is a hypothesis about the future, a bet; and we place thousands of internal wagers every single day, large and small.
Manufacturers know that design can’t possibly be important to the overall efficacy of the investment. Or can it?
While automation can be very effective, other process problems should be addressed first for an investment in automated systems to pay off.
You know what’s even better than a quick thanks and a pat on the back after somebody makes your life a little easier or your factory run a little smoother? Giving them a bunch of cool stuff.
How do you compete in a market space dominated by low cost imported products with an American-made product?
Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if one seemingly insignificant bother, left untreated, could develop into a major hurdle.
It’s almost mind-boggling to think about how many manufacturing processes — and their associated risks — have changed over the years.
If you’re a technology manufacturer, the time to make some forward-thinking decisions regarding your sales and marketing practices is now.
Acquiring equipment to operate and grow is critical, and for smart businesses, equipment financing is a key acquisition strategy.
In the end, you can get better results if your operators drive deeper in their RCA questioning and look for the cause of the cause.
As China and Vietnam, along with other Asian countries, continue to develop manufacturing expertise, their efforts can spur us to revitalize America's entrepreneurial leadership.
Our process improvement, continuous improvement, Lean, Kaizen, and every other name for our improvement programs can sometimes do more harm than good.