5 Steps Manufacturers Can Take to Improve the Efficiency of Their Workforce

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 22, 2017 8:45:00 AM

According to the most recent report from the Institute for Supply Management, the manufacturing sector is doing quite well, along with the general U.S. economy.

The industry’s health indicator, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), rose to a healthy 54.7 percent in December – an increase of 1.5 percent in November. More importantly, for the 91st consecutive month, the overall economy grew, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing

Are Manufacturers Overlooking the Importance of Logistics?

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 14, 2017 2:29:30 PM

Do you have any employees in your manufacturing operation that have been in the military?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing

5 Unexpected Costs You Can Reduce with New Technology

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 6, 2017 9:15:00 AM

As new technology goes, so goes the trajectory of how we work.

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Topics: Business Management, Manufacturing Technology

What to Consider When Implementing Change on the Shop Floor

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Answering the question of what kind of changes your manufacturing operation could best benefit by is a bit like asking to know the future.

That’s because the best answer to the question would take into account a number of future factors, including:

  1. What could happen in your target market
  2. What’s going on in your industry
  3. How your manufacturing business best works to achieve net profit
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Topics: Change Management, Business Management

7 Metrics to Help Your Management Team Make Better Decisions

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 1, 2017 8:23:51 AM

Productivity metrics allow management to understand precisely what’s happening throughout a manufacturing operation.

What areas need improvement and who should be rewarded for exceeding standards can be determined with the right metrics, which allow managers to intelligently guide their team forward.

What should be measured in manufacturing? Here are seven general areas with associated key performance indicators …

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Topics: Business Management

Employee Initiative Is Most Likely Your Company's Biggest Asset

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 27, 2017 10:30:28 AM

In business, it’s often said that your biggest asset is your people.

But how do employees factor into manufacturing?

In the manufacturing arena, your employees may very well be more valuable than ever. Technology and automation may have phased out some people-filled roles, but those that remain have more responsibilities than ever.

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Topics: Business Management, Human Resources

How to Determine If a New Technology Is Worth the Investment

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 17, 2017 1:58:34 PM

The latest and greatest new technology is something that many of us are prone to want – not just for the workplace, but for the personal aspects of our lives.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Technology

How to Effectively Identify Waste Factors in Your Manufacturing Process

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Today’s manufacturing industry is helmed by a prevalent principle: reduce waste.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Is Overproduction Driving Your Labor Costs Out of Control?

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 22, 2016 2:30:02 PM

In today’s manufacturing environment, we know that getting the product to the customer in a timely manner while keeping the cost of production and delivery as inexpensive as possible is one of the top goals.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Lean Manufacturing

Checklist: How to Prepare for an ISO Quality Audit

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In thinking about how to prepare for an ISO quality audit, some people may have a kneejerk negative response. If “audit” makes you nervous, then focus on “quality,” because the end goal here is to ensure just that.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

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