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 •  December 5, 2017

If we focus more on leadership mindset and behavior, and less on the mechanical aspects of operational excellence, it should be easier to create the culture we want. The new Proqis BTOES Insights report on operational excellence is out, and by a landslide margin (55% to 37%), the most critical challenge for respondents is “improving the company...

Industry Week

 •  August 15, 2017

By Tim McLean, #AMEBoston workshop presenter. Identify and address these underlying drivers of poor delivery performance: long lead times, poor forecasting, and ineffective product management. What does it take to deliver what your customer needs, in the quantity he needs, on time, every time? It should simple. It really is the most fundamental requirement of any manufacturing or distribution...

Industry Week

 •  June 22, 2017

In recent years, an increasing number of manufacturers have brought operations back to the U.S. According to the Reshoring Initiative, 265,000 manufacturing jobs returned to the U.S. between January 2010 and July 2016. And while large companies’ embrace of reshoring isn’t new, today even many smaller companies are looking to make the move. Some...

Industry Week

 •  June 13, 2017

Long ago, I did the first serious research to bridge the philosophies of the lean school, which had thought-leaders at the time such as Jim Womack and Masaki Imai, and of learning organizations, with people such as Peter Senge and Daniel Kim. Over time, more people have recognized some of the inherent consistencies between these schools of thought....

Industry Week

 •  May 30, 2017

Lean manufacturers have a leg up on speeding products to market, reducing costs and keeping customers happy. In this overview, I’ll share how to engineer, set up and manage the project for a lean factory that works for your specific requirements. Why set up a lean factory? A lean factory, or lean-oriented production layout, creates a seamless flow...

Industry Week

 •  May 8, 2017

A common model used to describe the transition that takes place anytime someone learns and applies a new skill is the four stages of competence. If you’re unfamiliar with the model, I’ll describe it briefly with a simple example weaved throughout to illustrate each stage: Stage 1: Unconscious incompetence – the learner is not aware that he lacks a...

Industry Week

 •  May 2, 2017

Early in my career, some 30 years ago, I had a conversation with my boss that went something like this: Boss: “Yeah, Dyer, what do you want now?” Me: “I was reading in the latest issue of IndustryWeek magazine (the company provided subscriptions to all of the engineers) that in Japan, they are now using teams of shop-floor employees to help them...

Industry Week

 •  April 25, 2017

Editor's Note: In this Ask the Expert article, Larry Fast addresses two questions prompted by his January column: Performance Metrics that Matter: Effective Productivity Measures. Question: When you say "OEE results dollarized," what exactly do you mean? Is it possible to give an example for each of the KPIs (discussed in this article)? Answer: The...

Industry Week

 •  April 11, 2017

Question: Lean or CI experts seem to be the first to get laid off at manufacturers. How can we change this mentality of management? Also, there is a tendency to outsource many products instead of fixing the processes in the U.S.A. and making sure all of the expenses of making overseas, including quality problems and transportation, are looked at...

Industry Week

 •  April 10, 2017

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is reaching out to the manufacturing community as he explores the facets of his new job. In addressing his staff last month he pointed out that under the Trump administration the Department of Commerce, has “more responsibility than ever before.” And helping manufacturing by changing trade practices is a top...