What Tools Are You Using
I really enjoy local county fairs and local attractions, because they give us an opportunity to see cool things from the past or something related to the area (and our fair has fresh roasted corn!). Recently at our local fair, the Stanwood Fair, I walked into a building showcasing tools used by...
Linear Saw Optimization to Turn Costs into Benefits
Before buying a linear saw, several common questions will be asked. What is the price? Speed? Accuracy? Most potential customers enquire about support and on-going maintenance. Occasionally, the topic of spare parts and availability is broached, and sporadically someone may throw in a question...
How Does a Fabricator Gain From a 3rd Party Audit?
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...
Taking Steps Toward Manufacturing & Distribution Efficiency
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...
Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence, Part 2
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...
The Power of SMED and 5S
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...
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...
How the DMAIC Lean Method Can Be Applied to the Sales Process
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...
Using the DMAIC Lean Method to Accomplish Improvement and Take the First Steps to New Goals
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...
So You and Your Company are Ready to Accomplish New Goals and Take the First Steps to Improve
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...