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Executive Perspectives: The State of US Manufacturing Today

08/29/2014 9:080 comments

Interviews with Rebecca R. Taylor, Tom Easterday and Patrick Malone, speakers at the marcus evans Manufacturing CXO Summit 2014, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 29-30, 2014. – Rebecca R. Taylor, Senior Vice President, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences We stand at a threshold where we can fast-track the […]

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Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S.

08/23/2014 17:273 comments
Lean Hardware Strategy Lets Kickstarter Breakout Nomiku ‘In-Shore’ Manufacturing Back To The U.S.

While the Chinese market is great for mass producing thousands or hundreds of thousands of units of a product, it’s less great for customization and small runs.   In the 1980s, Silicon Valley’s hardware elite began outsourcing much of the semiconductor and hardware manufacturing work that gave the region its […]

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Lean and Green Can Be Profitable

08/22/2014 9:203 comments
Lean and Green Can Be Profitable

Lean manufacturing can position companies to be globally competitive, and with its low-waste philosophy it fits well with green practices   As manufacturers around the world adopt lean manufacturing and cut down on raw material consumption, energy usage, environmental waste and pollution, they are learning that eco-friendly practices can be […]

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Wal-Mart’s ‘Made in the USA’ campaign is a great opportunity for reshoring effort

Wal-Mart’s ‘Made in the USA’ campaign is a great opportunity for reshoring effort

U.S. manufacturers that survived the Great Recession are lean and cost-efficient. On top of that, labor costs are rising in China, and many original equipment manufacturers have learned that shorter supply chains, lower transportation costs and faster lead times are all competitive advantages.   Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has attracted a […]

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Toyota cutting the fabled andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

08/19/2014 9:013 comments
Toyota cutting the fabled andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

Toyota Motor Corp. is retiring the fabled “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond.   In its place are yellow call buttons perched waist-high within easy reach […]

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence To Unlock The Power Of Smart Pull

06/12/2014 10:281 comment
Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence To Unlock The Power Of Smart Pull

The philosophy behind Lean Manufacturing.   Create value, eliminate waste — has been driving production practices for decades, starting at Toyota in the 1950s and continuing through to Dell’s influential Make-to-Order systems of the 1980s. Fast forward to 2014, and while it is clear that these groundbreaking companies got it […]

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