What Actual Lean Savings Look Like for You

posted on: Friday June 16, 2017

Recently we posted an article that discusses why it can appear that implementing Lean isn’t yielding financial returns. We referenced a case study that described Boeing’s very successful lean implementation that was considered a failure. While Boeing is a much larger company than most manufacturers, we can still apply their results to our smaller budgets… Read more

Save Manufacturing Costs by Improving Quality

posted on: Thursday May 18, 2017

Poor quality bleeds you of value added to your operation. Scrap materials, replacements, lost business, and lost labor hours all add up. If you want to save costs to your organization, enhancing quality is an important move to consider. Here are four ways you can approach this improvement. Define quality through your customers’ eyes. The… Read more

Save Money on Wood by Extending Life of Pallets

posted on: Tuesday May 16, 2017

The early effects of Trump’s recent declaration of a countervailing duty on Canadian lumber have sent manufacturers looking for savings to balance out the price hike. While each facility has unique needs for lumber, there is one cost that every manufacturer absorbs: pallet deterioration. With lumber expenses under the microscope, preventing the breakdown of pallets… Read more

Solving the Problem of the Rising Cost of Forklifts

posted on: Friday April 21, 2017

Manufacturing has experienced some good fortune in recent years. Of course, along with a thriving industry come price fluctuations – ones that both benefit and hinder industry professionals. For example, consumer spending increased the demand for material handling equipment, thereby driving up their prices. You’ve probably noticed this over the last few years, especially if… Read more

Choosing Equipment to Handle E-Commerce Demands: How manufacturers can invest wisely to keep up with their changing environment

posted on: Wednesday April 19, 2017

Modern Materials Handling (MMH) recently discussed the results of Peerless Research Group’s 2017 Warehouse/DC Equipment Survey. The results revealed that the industry is spending and planning to spend on solutions that improve flexibility and efficiency. This was especially true for companies that felt stress from: faster cycle times, smaller, more frequent orders, and labor pressures…. Read more

For Manufacturers who Want Alternatives to Lean

posted on: Thursday March 2, 2017

Not every manufacturer will benefit from Lean. Even when applied correctly, a method that works for a company like Toyota is not tailored to benefit every operation. Manufacturers producing low volume or custom-engineered products, for example, would not improve with a technique like Kanban. These kinds of companies have to look at improvement strategies a… Read more

TQM vs TPM: Distinctions Between Similar Lean Concepts

posted on: Thursday February 16, 2017

Total Quality Management (TQM) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) share similarities and are therefore often used interchangeably. Together they’re recognized as the key operational activities of a quality management system. However, they are two separate approaches to what we understand today to be Lean Manufacturing. You may think TQM is a bit outdated, as it… Read more

How to Identify Needed Improvement in Manufacturing

posted on: Friday February 10, 2017

We’ve been discussing different lean models in manufacturing and what makes them successful. No matter what strategy you implement, lean is a continual mindset, not a one-and-done plan to execute. So if you want lean to benefit you, everyone at your company has to approach work from a Continuous Improvement point of view. This is… Read more

Pushing a Cart? Pushing your Luck.

posted on: Monday January 2, 2017

Meet Joe. He’s a respectable, hard-working guy who does his job well. Here you see one of the many things he does every day – push a cart filled with units to get from one place to another. Having a cart makes his job easier, right? He can move more units at a time, and… Read more

Manufacturing: Add Manpower Without Hiring Anyone

posted on: Thursday December 15, 2016

The manufacturing industry is aching from a labor shortage that is aggravated by a double-whammy. First, the stellar workforce it has is getting older. Employees can’t physically accomplish what they could a decade or two ago. The jobs are physically demanding, so workers are more vulnerable to injury, and they can’t get things done at… Read more