Is Your Manufacturing Plant Ready for Supercharged Growth?

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 6, 2017 2:08:23 PM

As the U.S. and the global economy bounces back, manufacturing continues to be on the rise. Therefore, companies are looking to open new facilities, domestically and internationally, and expand their existing operations to drive future revenue.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Business Management

6 Ways to Reduce Labor Costs in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 5, 2017 12:39:07 PM

Labor costs are likely the largest line item on your company balance sheet. Therefore, a successful cost reduction strategy must adequately balance resourcing and cost controls.

While laying off part of the workforce may seem like the quickest and easiest solution to reducing labor costs in manufacturing, it may not be the best way to resolve the issue. The cost of finding and training new employees is extremely high—so it makes more financial sense to hold on to your employees and keep them happy.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

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

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

What Does It Take To Sustain A Successful Six Sigma Program?

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

The implementation of a Six Sigma program in your manufacturing company can be the game-changer in your business. But what does it cost to make it a sustainable success?

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Quality

5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools [Infographic]

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 14, 2016 9:15:00 AM

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that history is often made within our lifetime. Lean manufacturing is a movement established by Toyota Production Systems and is centered on clarifying what brings value by reducing everything else. The company, which transformed from a modest enterprise to the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, forced business leaders to wonder about the secret of Toyota’s success.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

The Manufacturer's Guide to Reducing Production Waste

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Sep 28, 2016 12:35:29 PM

Every year, U.S companies generate over 7 billion tons of solid industrial waste. In light of rising disposal costs, regulatory pressures, and changing consumer preferences, companies in the manufacturing industry have begun seeking new ways of reducing production wastes. Luckily, there are numerous tools and methods available to assist manufacturers in these efforts. These include:

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement

The Benefits of Adopting a Continuous Improvement Approach

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Aug 1, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Imagine a workplace where productivity was constantly optimized, innovation was always pursued, and new opportunities were frequently discovered! A continuous improvement approach can assist manufacturers to operate on a higher level.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement

Undeniable Reasons to Love Lean Manufacturing

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Oct 8, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Lean manufacturing is a type of manufacturing that uses a play-by-play methodology for eliminating waste which occurs naturally in the manufacturing process. While a typical manufacturing cycle encompasses the product from start to finish, lean manufacturing focuses on cutting out the fat, any non-value work activity. This is done by evaluating the fatty areas that encompass all actions in the manufacturing cycle from office activities through the distribution of products.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

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