Continuous Improvement

News, insights and best practices in continuous improvement for manufacturing leaders. Find information on lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and other improvement initiatives.


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Continuous Improvement

The Productivity Imperative: Companies Sharpen Their Focus on Continuous Improvement

Oct. 16, 2023
Across industries, digitization and other investments are spurring gains. Up next: An AI-driven boom.
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2023 IndustryWeek Best Plants: Voice of the Employee Delivers Excellence at Intertape Polymer Group

Sept. 26, 2023
IPG Carbondale relies on an engaged workforce of problem-solvers to deliver product, drive productivity.
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IW Best Plants Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned on the Journey to Excellence

Oct. 23, 2023
In this IW Intelligence webinar, our 2023 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award winners shared their operational excellence journeys. Learn about the power of employee engagement, building...
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Ford Blue President: Don't Write Off ICE

Sept. 13, 2023
Kumar Galhotra talks about the possibilities for hybrids, supply chain changes and how operational changes are increasing efficiency.
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IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards

2023 IndustryWeek Best Plants: Cleanliness Reflects Excellence at Cooper Standard Mixing Aguascalientes

Sept. 11, 2023
Process optimization, driven by employee engagement, makes the synthetic rubber plant in central Mexico one of the top performers in North America.


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Download: IW Best Plants Statistical Report

March 8, 2023
Get this 80+ page in-depth report on the IW Best Plants winners and finalists for the past 5 competitions.

One-Piece Flow Doesn’t Fit All (or Even Most)

July 11, 2023
Exceptions are actually the rule for this widely accepted process improvement strategy.
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Tackling Resistance with the People Principle of Change

July 5, 2023
During a lean transformation, pushback is part of the process.
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Continuous Improvement

Can Manufacturers Provide Too Much Customer Value?

June 22, 2023
The practice of ‘gold-plating’ is problematic when it’s used as a cover for poorly controlled processes.
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Respect for People—The Fundamental Lean Manufacturing Principle for Improving Operations

Aug. 17, 2023
Respect isn’t a nice-to-do practice to make employees feel better, it’s the critical component to engaging your workforce to tackle inefficiencies and drive continuous improvement...