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March 30, 2011

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day:  How to Attain Near-Perfect On-Time Delivery Performance?

On-Time, All the Time! Near-Perfect On-Time Delivery is a fundamental requirement for World Class performance. It, along with inventory reduction, is a key driver for a successful lean transition. So how do we get and sustain near perfect delivery performance? […]

March 30, 2011

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day:  It’s All About Cash Flow!

It’s All About Cash Flow! Cash is King! It’s a common expression, but it also extremely pertinent. While profitability is a good long-term measure of success, many companies have shown a profit right up until the day they went belly-up! […]

March 13, 2011

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day:  Does the concept of Takt Time Apply in Your Business?

Takt Time:  Where and When is it Applicable? Takt time is a common lean concept, applicable and beneficial in a number of situations. The idea, in a nutshell, is to produce product at the rate at which the customer requires […]

February 25, 2011

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day:  What Does Lean Mean to Top Management?

A Lean Synopsis for the CEO Top managers are always stressed for time.  So here is a capsulized summary of how a “Lean Manufacturing” philosophy can provide a critical positive transformation for your company. 1) If you are not, currently, […]

February 17, 2011

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day:  How Can We Leverage Lean in the Marketplace?

Utilizing Your Lean Capabilities to Boost Sales Businesses are “in business” to make a profit.  And profits are composed of revenues minus expenses.   Pretty basic stuff. Plenty has been written about the impact of lean on internal costs, i.e. […]

February 17, 2011

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day:  How to Leverage America’s Competitive Advantage?

Leveraging Americas’ Last Competitive Advantage Manufacturers in the United States face many disadvantages.  Compared to China, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Central and South America, etc. … 1) Our direct labor costs are higher. 2) Our purchased raw materials and components […]

February 8, 2011

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day:  Making Lean Happen in a Job Shop

How do you transition to Lean when you’re running a job shop? It’s not the same as repetitive manufacturing! While the philosophy of “lean” is universally applicable, the techniques and emphasis will vary from industry to industry.  A job shop […]

May 25, 2010

Lean Manufacturing Topic of the Day: Lean Manufacturing in Los Angeles…

Lean Manufacturing in La (Lean Manufacturing in Los Angeles California) is alive and kicking! We’ve been helping a local Los Angeles contract manufacturing firm implement Lean Manufacturing and the news is all good! In fact, they have freed-up about 1/4th […]

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