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Australian industry can learn from its manufacturing ‘outliers’

10/16/2014 12:340 comments
Australian industry can learn from its manufacturing ‘outliers’

Dowell Windows adopted lean manufacturing techniques to improve their work systems.   Australia’s manufacturing industry is in decline. Yet some businesses are managing to buck the trend. The question is what do these “outliers” do differently from their competitors? And what does each thriving business have in common? The Australian […]

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ISPE awards 2014 Facility of the Year Award Overall Winner

10/14/2014 12:590 comments
ISPE awards 2014 Facility of the Year Award Overall Winner

Pfizer Ireland utilized a Lean Management Strategy.   International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) announced today Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals as the 2014 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) Overall Winner at the society’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Pfizer Ireland’s Network Strategy Implementation (NSI) Expansion Capacity project challenged the company […]

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Benefits of ‘lean’ systems roll out across Kentucky

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Benefits of ‘lean’ systems roll out across Kentucky

True Lean Certification making a difference.   Dr. William C. Thornbury Jr. is a family medicine doctor in Glasgow. Just a short while ago, he was like most family physicians. His waiting room was full, and he had to turn away patients. He needed an increasingly large staff to keep […]

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How to build a strong, resilient and scalable business

10/09/2014 10:390 comments
How to build a strong, resilient and scalable business

Toyota adopted the principles of Lean Manufacturing.   When business cycles change, it may not be the end of the world as we know it, but it certainly feels like it for the unprepared business. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Research, since 1933 there have been 13 recessions, […]

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ARaymond Network* fastener supplier close to completing biggest industrial expansion in 150-year history

10/08/2014 11:070 comments
ARaymond Network* fastener supplier close to completing biggest industrial expansion in 150-year history

The layouts of all our plants have been carefully designed to incorporate the latest lean manufacturing methods.   The 150th anniversary of the ARaymond Network in 2015 will also mark the completion of the largest and most ambitious industrial expansion in its history, according to CEO Antoine Raymond. Over a […]

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A summary of mistakes about Lean

10/06/2014 10:000 comments
A summary of mistakes about Lean

In an invitation to the Lean Enterprise Academy ’s Lean Summit 2014, David Brunt included the following summary of Lean since 1990. It is a pretty accurate account of what happened — the only major omission being the omnipresent VSMs — and it goes a long way towards explaining why the vast […]

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US wind industry ‘lean and mean’

09/19/2014 14:450 comments
US wind industry ‘lean and mean’

US turbine component manufacturers maintain the lowest costs on blades and have the most efficient manufacturing processes on towers, blades and generators in the world, a study claims.   The Global Wind Network research for the Department of Energy scrutinised the US sector’s ability to compete in the global marketplace […]

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Positive Outlook for Middle Market Manufacturing Execs

Positive Outlook for Middle Market Manufacturing Execs

Amid growing optimism, the manufacturing sector plans to add jobs over the next 12 months.   According to the 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor report, the majority of small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months — and two-thirds plan to add […]

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Five Years Later, Chrysler’s Gamble on Ram Trucks Is Paying Off

09/18/2014 9:040 comments
Five Years Later, Chrysler’s Gamble on Ram Trucks Is Paying Off

On the factory floor itself, new, lean manufacturing methods transplanted from Fiat began revolutionizing the Warren plant’s operations — not only creating more efficient ways of building vehicles and increasing quality but also giving workers a stake in decision-making.   In December, the sprawling, four million-square-foot factory here where workers […]

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Metcam to address importance of manufacturing

Metcam to address importance of manufacturing

The Metcam open house will allow visitors a behind the scenes look at lean manufacturing principles that are employed in manufacturing to eliminate waste from processes and provide increased productivity and sustainable growth.   A fabricator of sheet metal components located in south Forsyth County wants to highlight the importance […]

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