Process Improvement http://www.industryweek.com/taxonomy/term/6634/more en It's All in the Numbers – KPI Best Practices http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/its-all-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="http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/its-all-numbers-kpi-best-practices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/its-all-numbers-kpi-best-practices#comments Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Quality Leadership Operations The Latest Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:50:00 +0000 163061 at http://www.industryweek.com Thinkstock A New Face in Industrial Robotics http://www.industryweek.com/technology/new-face-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="http://www.industryweek.com/technology/new-face-industrial-robotics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/technology/new-face-industrial-robotics#comments Automation Process Improvement Robotics Innovation Operations Production Equipment Technology The Latest Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:13:00 +0000 162941 at http://www.industryweek.com Photo Rethink Robotics Design Out Waste and Build Lean In http://www.industryweek.com/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="http://www.industryweek.com/build-lean-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/build-lean-in#comments Lean / Six-Sigma Process Improvement Strategic Planning & Execution Operations The Latest Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:40:00 +0000 162561 at http://www.industryweek.com Thinkstock How an American Sock Manufacturer Battled Its Way Back from Bankruptcy to Growth http://www.industryweek.com/companies-executives/how-american-sock-manufacturer-battled-its-way-back-bankruptcy-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="http://www.industryweek.com/companies-executives/how-american-sock-manufacturer-battled-its-way-back-bankruptcy-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/companies-executives/how-american-sock-manufacturer-battled-its-way-back-bankruptcy-growth#comments 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 http://www.industryweek.com <p> <style type="text/css"> .pquote { background: url("http://www.industryweek.com/site-files/industryweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/openquote-iw.png") 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 http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/ge-optimizing-power-and-production-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="http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/ge-optimizing-power-and-production-japan-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/ge-optimizing-power-and-production-japan-plant#comments Competitiveness Education / Training Process Improvement Corporate Culture Global Economy Innovation Workforce The Latest Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:10:00 +0000 160951 at http://www.industryweek.com Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Future of the Supply Chain -- Networked, Mobile and Collaborative: Encore Presentation http://www.industryweek.com/webinar/future-supply-chain-encore <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="http://www.industryweek.com/site-files/industryweek.com/files/FutureSupplyChainPROMO.gif?1424195704" /> </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"> http://pages.industryweek.com/IW_Digital_Epicor_future-supply-chain-WNR_JR_112014 </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="http://www.industryweek.com/webinar/future-supply-chain-encore" 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 http://www.industryweek.com The Hardest Part of Lean is to See the Waste http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/hardest-part-lean-see-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="http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/hardest-part-lean-see-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/lean-six-sigma/hardest-part-lean-see-waste#comments 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 http://www.industryweek.com Ford Motor Co. The Creativity Paradox http://www.industryweek.com/corporate-culture/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="http://www.industryweek.com/corporate-culture/creativity-paradox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/corporate-culture/creativity-paradox#comments Process Improvement Corporate Culture Growth Strategies Innovation Leadership The Latest Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 156241 at http://www.industryweek.com What Makes Your Suppliers the Best? http://www.industryweek.com/supplier-relationships/what-makes-your-suppliers-best <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Here's how to evaluate whether your suppliers are helping you serve your customers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/supplier-relationships/what-makes-your-suppliers-best" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/supplier-relationships/what-makes-your-suppliers-best#comments Process Improvement Strategic Planning & Execution Supplier Relationships Supply Chain The Latest Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:52:00 +0000 154741 at http://www.industryweek.com Is Your Supply Chain Improving You? http://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/your-supply-chain-improving-you <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>To improve your supply chain's competitiveness, look to your suppliers and customers for help. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/your-supply-chain-improving-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/supply-chain/your-supply-chain-improving-you#comments Customer Relationships Process Improvement Corporate Culture Strategic Planning & Execution Supplier Relationships Supply Chain The Latest Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:15:00 +0000 154321 at http://www.industryweek.com