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.
Seeking and finding correlations — co-occurrences between two or more factors — is a key tool in the root cause analysis arsenal.
Lean means creating employment opportunities at home: good jobs, a strong tax base, a brighter future.
Although there will likely be bumps along the way, your consultant should have the tools to help your company maintain focus.
Employees in the workplace today face a constant stream of internal and external distractions that splinter their attention, energy, and ability to operate at a high level of efficiency and creativity.
When the perfect storm finally moves on, it will be the companies who used this time period as an opportunity to improve their operations that will grow and thrive.
In today’s industry market, are Lean or Six Sigma skills selling/hiring points, or are they fading trends?
It’s heartening to see the Motor City and the state of Michigan benefit from the auto industry’s comeback and be part of the manufacturing rebound that has taken shape in the U.S. during the past couple of years.
I would like to make a case that American manufacturers, in general, need to adopt a new type of organization - the Prospector Organization - in order to grow in the future.
Plant leaders and workers alike can easily get so comfortable in their repetitive daily routine that they forget to stay vigilant.
While I’m not advocating you immediately hand your newborn a graphing calculator or a TIG welder, it wouldn’t hurt to emphasize the technical part of their education, even when you think they may be too young.