For manufacturing that is equipment-intensive, how the equipment works is often the main factor in productivity. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) has become a buzzword in lean and a generally accepted metric is Overall Equipment Effectiveness...
The first step is to understand that all work within a manufacturing firm is composed of a series of tasks.
"These tools could one day give robots a sense of taste," said a statement on the study published in the journal Food Chemistry.
A vast majority of the employees want to do a good job, want to feel proud of their work and their company. The question is: Do we give them a chance to succeed?
"It takes a leap of faith from the old management style," said Tom Green, former plant manager of the Delphi Automotive Brake Assembly plant in Dayton, Ohio.
Do what the IW Best Plants always do -- collect the good ideas. Meet with your team. Determine whether those good ideas make sense in your own operations or spur even bigger ideas. Aim to excel.
Manufacturing excellence is alive and well in North America. Remarkable manufacturing facilities with remarkable team members and leaders are delivering remarkable results. They are doing so in the face of intense global competition, increasing...
Despite being a defense contractor and thus held to certain government-established standards, Lockheed Martin works daily to improve every aspect of the operations it controls and to find new ways to be competitive.
Thermo Fisher Scientific's Asheville, N.C., plant makes continuous improvement the foundation for growth.