Ben Hershey

Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence, Part 2

Ben Hershey

Part 2: Continuing the Journey of 7 Steps As discused in "Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps," we all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, which is easier said than done. Operational excellence is about more than simply adjusting the...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 20
Ben Hershey

Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence

Ben Hershey

Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps We all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, but it is often much easier said than done. Although it’s often conceptualized as merely tweaking the current way of doing things, operational excel­lence is about...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 36
Ben Hershey

How Does Your Company Performance Measure Up? The Importance of Benchmarking

Ben Hershey

I read a book recently that discussed the term “benchmark” and its origins as relates to business. Surprisingly, the term originates within the history of guns and ammunition. In fact, with the same aim we use it today—comparison and improved performance. The book talked...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 34
Ben Hershey

Moving From Best to Next Practices

Ben Hershey

As an industry, there are many times I believe we have been behind the curve in adopting/taking on new technology or hardware in our operations. Over the past 15 years or so, we have seen incredible growth in the use of automation, software, etc., but other industries have far exceeded the...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 18
Keith Parker

How the DMAIC Process Helps Sustain Achievements and Drive Continuous Improvements

Keith Parker

As the next and final step in the DMAIC process, the Control phase is perhaps the most critical! You have identified and Defined the scope of a challenge. Collected data and statistically Measured the baseline of the current process and/or output. Analyzed the current procedures and...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 62
Ben Hershey

Change Your Dynamic By Investing in Your Team

Ben Hershey

What is the difference between companies which are stuck in the status quo and those which are transforming themselves into the leader in their industry? One significant difference is their focus on Continuous Improvement. By focusing on making things better—People, Projects, and...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 51
Keith Parker

Using the DMAIC Lean Method to Accomplish Improvement and Take the First Steps to New Goals

Keith Parker

We’re now at the point where everyone is on board with the idea of change. Management and staff have indicated a willingness to take steps to improve. So how do we proceed? What processes learned from Lean Manufacturing can we use to make progress? As discussed last month in the 5th...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 80
Ben Hershey

Disruptive Innovation with LBM/Component Companies

Ben Hershey

Over the years, our industry has seen a lot of innovation in how we handle materials, how we manufacture, and how we take a house from an idea to a component using the computer. But, over the past few years, we have seen an acceleration in big ideas, disruption, and what we can do using...

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February 2018
Issue #10223
Page 46
Ben Hershey

Continuous Improvement Culture

Ben Hershey

While speaking at a recent conference, I was asked a really good question from one of the executives of a Component/LBM company. His question prompted me to think about how I would start 2018 off in my articles. The question was: “Our company does not have an incentive program in...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 46
Ben Hershey

No Waste Path Using TIMWOODS

Ben Hershey

Part 9 in our TIMWOODS Series Hey TimWoods, it’s time to take a pause with your Gemba walk and talk about a Waste Reduction plan using what we learned in this series. Throughout this series, our friend TimWoods has helped us focus on the wastes of Transportation, Inventory, Motion,...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 46

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