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Takt in manufacturing: production that doesn’t miss a beat

10/25/2017 14:310 comments
Takt in manufacturing: production that doesn’t miss a beat

Takt is one of lean manufacturing’s most misunderstood concepts. Here Andy Owen, Managing Director of motorised electric tug specialist MasterMover, explains how businesses can use it effectively. The humble drumkit is the cornerstone of modern music and is responsible for keeping pace, giving listeners precisely the song they want. Interestingly, the […]

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Are ‘Concrete Heads’ Wrecking Your Lean Manufacturing Efforts?

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Are ‘Concrete Heads’ Wrecking Your Lean Manufacturing Efforts?

     Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership: Have a question about lean leadership? Let Larry Fast tackle it for you. Question: Lean or CI experts seem to be the first to get laid off at manufacturers. How can we change this mentality of management? Also, there is a tendency to […]

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Lean performance: For no surprises, standardize it

10/20/2017 15:350 comments
Lean performance: For no surprises, standardize it

Lean performance: For no surprises, standardize it Why standards and consistency are key for peak performance in a lean initiative. Earlier this year we explored the importance of four basic building blocks for success in lean manufacturing  and how technology can make success much easier to achieve. I have seen […]

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Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

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Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

At a succesful industry, one of our core operating principles is sustainability. That means minimizing waste to improve efficiency, add value, and refine the manufacturing process for our automotive products when and where we can. Lean manufacturing methodology is still considered a best practice in automotive manufacturing circles, despite increased […]

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Lean Manufacturing in Anodizing Operations

10/17/2017 14:450 comments
Lean Manufacturing in Anodizing Operations

Jared Bringhurst is president of Futura Industries, a division of Bonnell Aluminum, a leading manufacturer of custom-fabricated and finished aluminum extrusions. Under Bringhurst’s operations leadership, Futura improved the quality of its products and on-time delivery in the extrusion industry, while most recently overhauling its anodizing facility. Bringhurst shared Futura’s successes […]

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Comprehensive quality: The secret to manufacturing profitability

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Comprehensive quality: The secret to manufacturing profitability

For many global manufacturers, quality has traditionally been defined as a high level of conformance, or the degree to which a product or a service has been designed to meet customer expectations, is produced correctly, and in optimal numbers. That remains true, of course, but today quality goes beyond the […]

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Applying the Principles of Lean Manufacturing to Engineering

10/13/2017 15:340 comments
Applying the Principles of Lean Manufacturing to Engineering

The concept of lean manufacturing is commonplace in the automotive industry. In this article we explore how Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMC), a manufacturer of automotive assembly lines, applied lean principles to their engineering processes. Michigan’s Dearborn Mid-West Company is deeply intertwined with the auto industry. As a tier-1 supplier to […]

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Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

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Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. Customers simply switch suppliers when others are more capable of delivering within their preferred timeframes. Lean systems have provided a formidable operating strategy for leaders determined to achieve and maintain optimal […]

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Regal Beloit Retains Competitive Edge With Six Sigma Tools

09/13/2017 12:410 comments
Regal Beloit Retains Competitive Edge With Six Sigma Tools

On Sep 11, we issued an updated research report on industrial goods manufacturer, Regal Beloit Corporation RBC . Regal Beloit continues to focus on simplification initiatives to lower operating costs and improve margins in the future. The company expects organic growth for 2017 in low single digits with modest demand […]

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Lean Manufacturing Begins with an Effective Plant Audit

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Lean Manufacturing Begins with an Effective Plant Audit

Operations expert, Henry Quesada Pineda from Virginia Tech shares an effective tool for conducting lean manufacturing and process improvement audits. This resource can help you improve your operations. Every manufacturing plant that wants to stay in business looks for ways to lower costs and become more efficient. Your competitors are […]

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