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 •  August 8, 2016

All manufacturers need accurate and timely data to manage performance. Complete integration of real-time operational data, collected from the plant floor and made available to the top floor, is key. Hatch Stamping Company is a world leader in precision metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive industry. About 50 percent of the company’s...

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 •  July 29, 2016

Lean manufacturing isn’t something manufacturers can achieve overnight; and it’s certainly not a one-and-done process executed in a vacuum. To the contrary, waste elimination is achieved through enterprise-wide “lean thinking” and continuous, thoughtful improvement. Here are four “musts” that will ensure your ongoing success in lean...

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 •  July 11, 2016

I’ve been talking about innovation for the past few months. Innovative teams, 10x change, disruptive innovation, etc. A fundamental premise is the need for speed to avoid disruption by a startup. However, your speed is limited by your vehicle. You need to make sure both your vehicle and its drivers are ready for the speed associated with...

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 •  June 29, 2016

Lean manufacturing tools have been around for more than 25 years, and they continue to deliver value to manufacturers. In fact, lean is essentially a focus on value-add across the product lifecycle and results in rigorous efforts to eliminate waste in manufacturing. Attempting to run a growing company using paper-based processes however will yield...