Process Improvement en Are You Overlooking Inventory as a Focus for Process Improvement and Waste Reduction? <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Inventory rarely is a focus at the plant level, and it’s not because inventories are in great shape.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ask the Expert - Lean Leadership Inventory Management Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Leadership Operations Supply Chain The Latest Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:02:00 +0000 164171 at Thinkstock Obstacles to New Product Growth <div class="field-byline"> Mike Dalton </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Weeding out losing projects early helps get products to market faster and increase profits.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Process Improvement Product Development Innovation The Latest Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:17:00 +0000 164011 at It's All in the Numbers – KPI Best Practices <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>These key best practices will ensure that you and your organization will have a productive and successful KPI program.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Quality Leadership Operations The Latest Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:50:00 +0000 163061 at Thinkstock A New Face in Industrial Robotics <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Weighing 42 lbs, Sawyer features an 8.8 lb payload, with 7 degrees of freedom and a 1-meter reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Process Improvement Robotics Innovation Operations Production Equipment Technology The Latest Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:13:00 +0000 162941 at Photo Rethink Robotics Design Out Waste and Build Lean In <div class="field-byline"> Robert H. Simonis, Senior Consultant, KCE Consulting LLC </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Product and process design drive 80% of the total costs, but most continuous improvement effort is spent trying to reduce the remaining 20% in current production. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Strategic Planning & Execution Operations The Latest Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:40:00 +0000 162561 at Thinkstock How an American Sock Manufacturer Battled Its Way Back from Bankruptcy to Growth <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>President & CEO Ric Cabot led Darn Tough Vermont through the lean years caused by low-cost offshore competition -- and back to growth. Here's how.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Companies & Executives Process Improvement Strategic Planning & Execution Innovation Leadership Manufacturing Leader of the Week The Latest Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000 161921 at <p> <style type="text/css"> .pquote { background: url("") no-repeat!important; color: #000000; font-style: italic; margin: 10px; padding: 10px 1px 1px 50px; font-size: 24px; } .article-image .image-description p { margin: 0; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.9; } .image-description { background: #F8F8F8; font-size: 11px; padding: 5px 5px 3px; color: #000; font-weight: normal;!important; } .pcaption { padding-left: 20px; padding-right: 20px; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.9; padding-bottom: 2px; } </style> </p> <blockquote class="pquote"> <p>I took a chance on the idea that people would be willing to pay a bit more for a performance sock that was top of the line and guaranteed for life.&quot;</p> <p><em>&nbsp;-- Ric Cabot</em></p> </blockquote> <div class="pcaption"> <hr /> <p><strong>Title:</strong> President &amp; CEO<br /> <strong>Company: </strong>Cabot Hosiery Mills / Darn Tough Vermont</p> <hr /> <p><em>The <strong>IndustryWeek Leader of the Week</strong> highlights the manufacturing leaders, executives and stars who are driving growth in today&#39;s industry and helping to shape the future of manufacturing.</em></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> GE Optimizing Power and Production at Japan Plant <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Tohoku factory will be the first in Japan equipped with three kinds of energy-saving power systems.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Education / Training Process Improvement Corporate Culture Global Economy Innovation Workforce The Latest Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:10:00 +0000 160951 at Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Future of the Supply Chain -- Networked, Mobile and Collaborative: Encore Presentation <div class="field-deck"> An IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by Epicor </div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="" /> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-webinar-details"><legend>Webinar Details</legend> <div class="field-webinar-date"> <span>Date &amp; Time:&nbsp;</span> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - <span class="date-display-start">14:00</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">15:00</span></span> </div> <div class="field-time-description"> 1 hour </div> <div class="field-webinar-type"> <span>Event Type:&nbsp;</span> Live Webinar </div> <div class="field-webinar-cost"> <span>Cost:&nbsp;</span> Free </div> </fieldset> <div class="node-body webinar-body">Change is coming to the global manufacturing supply chain. Attend this special encore presentation from Simon Ellis to learn the 5 big trends, including the emerging 3D value chain and how manufacturers are putting big data to practical use with mobility. Ellis will also present survey results of manufacturers top priorities both in the next 12 months and beyond.</div><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-registration-form"><legend>Registration Form</legend> <div class="field-accela"> </div> <div class="field-accela-form-length"> <span>Embedded Form Length:&nbsp;</span> 1020pixels </div> </fieldset> <div class="field-display-promo-image"> <span>Display Promo Image:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Process Improvement Information Technology Systems Integration Supply Chain Webinars Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000 156161 at The Hardest Part of Lean is to See the Waste <div class="field-byline"> William A. Levinson, principal, Levinson Productivity Systems </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>If you're having trouble recognizing waste in your processes, one of America's manufacturing pioneers has some lessons to remember.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Management Companies & Executives Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Engagement Machine Tools Operations The Latest Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:09:00 +0000 156501 at Ford Motor Co. The Creativity Paradox <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Why -- and how -- the large company command-and-control culture must change to drive innovation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Process Improvement Corporate Culture Growth Strategies Innovation Leadership The Latest Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 156241 at