Glenn Traylor

How Does a Fabricator Gain From a 3rd Party Audit?

Glenn Traylor

When a 3rd party inspector inspects a licensed plant, what exactly are the auditors looking for? And what can the fabricator get from the experience? What the inspection is NOT, and why that matters: The part 1 audit of the in-house paperwork is not a grade on neatness. It’s an...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 34
Ben Hershey

Taking Steps Toward Manufacturing & Distribution Efficiency

Ben Hershey

As we start the New Year, a focus of many operations will be setting goals to remain competitive. Today’s companies in the LBM/Component/Modular market are looking for ways to drive efficiencies throughout their manufacturing processes. Extending Lean Manufacturing principles and practices...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 17
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
Keith Parker

The Power of SMED and 5S

Keith Parker

As a follow up to our 9-part “Ready for Change” article series, our next step down the “Lean” path is to introduce other tools and methods to reduce waste and time. The first in this new bi-monthly series focuses on SMED, Single Minute Exchange of Die, and how this...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 40
Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: Spring Cleaning

Anna Stamm

Spring is a great time of year to get motivated about things again. We can be excited that the seasons are changing, our winter woes are in the rearview mirror, and our days’ activities will be heating up, literally and figuratively. And because spring is a time of change, it can present...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 4
Keith Parker

How the DMAIC Lean Method Can Be Applied to the Sales Process

Keith Parker

Last month’s article, Using the DMAIC Lean Method to Accomplish Improvement and Take the First Steps to New Goals, used a case study to explore the DMAIC Lean method. This month another case study will be used to  demonstrate how this process can be implemented in your...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 66
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
Keith Parker

So You and Your Company are Ready to Accomplish New Goals and Take the First Steps to Improve

Keith Parker

As the owner of your company, you have outlined new goals to improve and grow your company. You have reached consensus; each staff member understands your vision and that change will bring mutual benefits. Key management has committed to the changes required to move forward. You have committed...

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February 2018
Issue #10223
Page 82
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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