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Lean Manufacturing… Next Exit

01/24/2015 13:591 comment
Lean Manufacturing… Next Exit

In the last installment of “Lessons from the Road,” we explored key aspects as you begin your lean journey. Now you are committing to the journey. But how? There are endless options for how to engage an organization, even though if you read most books that preceded our “Hitchhiker’s Guide […]

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Has China’s manufacturing bubble burst? Economy at its weakest in 24 years

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Has China’s manufacturing bubble burst? Economy at its weakest in 24 years

Activity across China’s manufacturing sector contracted for the second consecutive month, according to a preliminary survey published on Friday. The HSBC/Markit flash purchasing managers’ index (PMI) was at 49.8 in January, up from 49.6 in December. However, the index was still below the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction […]

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2015 Lean Transformation Summit in New Orleans on March 4 & 5

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2015 Lean Transformation Summit in New Orleans on March 4 & 5

FORGING AHEAD ON THE LEAN JOURNEY “We are all trying to transform. That’s what lean thinking and practice are all about: challenging us to reflect deeply on how we can improve this situation, improve my organization, or improve myself (and of course, all three.) Each of us knows from experience […]

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99Degrees collects $400,000 in funding to deliver custom clothing faster

11/10/2014 9:340 comments
99Degrees collects $400,000 in funding to deliver custom clothing faster

Invest more in the machinery and infrastructure we need to do really lean manufacturing.   Brenna Schneider sees customization as the future: when you order a hoodie or a pair of kicks, you should be able to make the design your own. But one of the big limitations, Schneider says, […]

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ASCO celebrates 60 years with open house

11/07/2014 9:471 comment
ASCO celebrates 60 years with open house

The Stillwater facility will go online in phases, producing aircraft parts from steel, aluminum and eventually, titanium in a highly efficient LEAN manufacturing environment.   ASCO Aerospace USA workers prepare to work on one of the aluminum supports the company manufactures for the Boeing 787. When Belgian aerospace firm ASCO […]

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The Personal Side of Lean Manufacturing

11/04/2014 10:350 comments
The Personal Side of Lean Manufacturing

The award-winning Manufacturing Process Optimization Program at Jabil Shanghai not only showcases how lean manufacturing can cut costs and save time but also highlights how employees benefit from lean projects. The team members are also seeing the results of the project in their particular work functions. Jessica Li, purchasing manager […]

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General Motors Recognizes Lydall With Supplier Quality Excellence Award

11/03/2014 11:010 comments
General Motors Recognizes Lydall With Supplier Quality Excellence Award

This award represents a great accomplishment by our team in Germany, as well as our global organization, and underscores the effectiveness of our commitment to the Lydall Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement program.”   Lydall Thermal/Acoustical Metals, a division of Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), today announced that the Lydall Gerhardi operation […]

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The Lean Prescription Highlights Lean Management As A Proven Solution For Healthcare Delivery Improvement

10/29/2014 11:130 comments
The Lean Prescription Highlights Lean Management As A Proven Solution For Healthcare Delivery Improvement

Lean Management provides an in-depth, first-hand look at how Lean management can be applied to the U.S. healthcare system to eliminate waste, cut costs, engage employees and improve patient care. Simpler Consulting, L.P., a Truven Health Analytics Company and leading global management consulting firm, today announced the release of a […]

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Beyond Business as Usual

10/28/2014 13:081 comment
Beyond Business as Usual

Are you investigating the possibilities that will open up through advanced robotics, 3-D printers, lean management, and the large-scale digitization of operations?.   Conducting business as usual is no longer enough. Twenty-first century businesses are facing an increasing demand—from investors, stakeholders, and public opinion—to deliver not only good financial returns, […]

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Inside Jabil’s competitive culture, a global contest to maintain its edge

10/27/2014 9:400 comments
Inside Jabil’s competitive culture, a global contest to maintain its edge

Many use “lean manufacturing” and so-called “Six Sigma” methods to stay efficient and remain competitive.   Representatives of the winning teams in Jabil Circuit’s annual “Deliver Best Practices” contest, the finals of which were held in Jabil’s St. Petersburg headquarters, from left: Elaine Zhou, Erendira Landeros, Amy Shen and Ami […]

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