Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Challenges of Implementing Lean in a High Mix Environment


[Executive Brief] The bulk of successful Lean implementations are in high volume, repetitive environments like automotive companies. Nevertheless, Lean Manufacturing has grown beyond traditional high volume automotive environments into industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, aircraft manufacturing, electronics, and industrial… more →

ERP Needs Help Getting Lean


[Executive Brief] ERP is limited in its ability to manage waste and cycle time, and tends to push products regardless of inventory levels. With ERP alone, Manufacturing companies are unable to leverage Lean techniques to improve performance. Here’s why….… more →

Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 101%


According to Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, manufacturing technology orders are up 101% from 2010. This article in Industry Week runs down the numbers for us: With a year-to-date total of $3,439.21 million, 2011 is… more →

Quote of the Day 10/21/2011


“A bad system will defeat a good person every time.” Deming… more →

Two webinars coming up!


We’re offering two webinars in November – as a Lunch and Learn series. Join us November 15 and 17 – at noon (Eastern time) for two concise sessions on Lean Pull Design and Inventory Optimization. Click here to learn more… more →

Quote of the Day 10/20/2011


“The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.” — W. Arthur Porter… more →

Quote of the Day 10/19/2011


“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt… more →

Quote of the Day 10/18/2011


“If you don’t tell the truth,  the right thing can’t happen.”                        —Lori Weisman… more →

Quote of the Day 10/17/2011


“Be your own worst critic. When things go wrong it’s tempting to shift the blame. Don’t. Accept responsibility. People will appreciate it, and you will find out what you’re capable of.” — Paul Arden  … more →

All this talk about Steve Jobs…


All this talk about Steve Jobs…it’s only half the story. It’s easy to talk product innovation when we talk about Steve Jobs and his legacy. But the other part of the story is getting operations right.  The greatest product can… more →

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