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The Deceptive Nature Of Metrics

May 23, 2012 8:19 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Metrics are important. However, we must remain vigilant against the misleading potential of metrics and should establish behaviors to guard against metrics-driven mistakes.


Systemic Failures Of Leadership

May 22, 2012 8:27 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks

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.

Could Manufacturing Use A Makeover?

May 18, 2012 8:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Manufacturers know that design can’t possibly be important to the overall efficacy of the investment. Or can it?


The Dangers Of Process Automation

May 16, 2012 8:30 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

While automation can be very effective, other process problems should be addressed first for an investment in automated systems to pay off.

Say Thanks With An iPad, $500, & A 283-Piece Tool Chest

May 15, 2012 8:23 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

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.


Making It In America: Strategic Partnerships

May 11, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

How do you compete in a market space dominated by low cost imported products with an American-made product?


Impatience Is A Virtue

May 11, 2012 8:57 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, MBT

Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if one seemingly insignificant bother, left untreated, could develop into a major hurdle.


Flour Power

May 9, 2012 4:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

It’s almost mind-boggling to think about how many manufacturing processes — and their associated risks — have changed over the years.


Why IT Manufacturers Should Invest In Sales And Marketing

May 8, 2012 8:03 am | by Sean O'Neil, Vice President, Vendere Partners

If you’re a technology manufacturer, the time to make some forward-thinking decisions regarding your sales and marketing practices is now.

Equipping Your Business For Success

May 7, 2012 8:51 am | by William G. Sutton, CAE, President, Equipment Leasing & Finance Association

Acquiring equipment to operate and grow is critical, and for smart businesses, equipment financing is a key acquisition strategy.

It’s Back: Recurring Problem Syndrome

May 4, 2012 8:12 am | by Michael Curran-Hayes, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe Inc.

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.


Perspective On Manufacturing In China & Vietnam

May 4, 2012 8:09 am | by Scott Ellyson, CEO, East West Manufacturing

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.


Big Trouble In Continuous Improvement Town

April 30, 2012 4:02 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Our process improvement, continuous improvement, Lean, Kaizen, and every other name for our improvement programs can sometimes do more harm than good.


Correlation Is Not Causation

April 26, 2012 11:30 am | by Dr. Jamie Weiss, Senior Consultant, Kepner-Tregoe Inc.

Seeking and finding correlations — co-occurrences between two or more factors — is a key tool in the root cause analysis arsenal.

Made Lean in America

April 25, 2012 8:37 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder,

Lean means creating employment opportunities at home: good jobs, a strong tax base, a brighter future.


Hire A Consultant Who Can Peel An Onion

April 25, 2012 8:34 am | by Tony Arnold, Founder & Principal, Upfront Management

Although there will likely be bumps along the way, your consultant should have the tools to help your company maintain focus.

Look! A Squirrel! Removing Distractions From The Workplace

April 23, 2012 8:28 am | by Paul Glover, Founder of The Glover Group

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.

The Perfect Storm

April 18, 2012 8:03 am | by Wayne R. Pinnell, CPA, Managing Partner Haskell & White, LLP

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.

Should I Learn Lean or Six Sigma?

April 17, 2012 8:18 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

In today’s industry market, are Lean or Six Sigma skills selling/hiring points, or are they fading trends?

Road To Redemption

April 16, 2012 8:01 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

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.



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