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Transforming from the Top Down

Operational excellence begins — or ends — with effective leadership Highly effective operations rely on every individual. Frontline associates are tasked with complete control of their work areas. They’re well-trained and responsible for product or service quality — and for improving how they perform their work. That’s not the case at companies struggling to make...
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What We’re Reading – September 2018

Those of us in the manufacturing industry know it is constantly evolving and changing. This can make it tough to keep up. We spend a good amount of our day trying to stay current on what’s happening. Here are a few articles from across the web we found interesting and worth talking about. Today’s Manufacturing...
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Commitment to Communication

Lean improvement principles are rooted in clear, consistent communication Communication within an organization is rarely supported by key performance indicators (KPIs) or even identified as a best practice. Yet communication frequently drives all that is good (or bad) in operations. Ongoing, transparent communication is the critical component of many lean principles in particular — pull...
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Striving for Perfect Quality

Zero defects should be the goal for every manufacturer Even minor quality problems can alienate customers, drive up production costs — scrapped product, reworked product, warranty and replacement costs — and erode profits. Yet severe quality problems can do more damage by tarnishing a company’s reputation and jeopardizing its market position. For example, just as...
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What We’re Reading – August 2018

Those of us in the manufacturing industry know it is constantly evolving and changing. This can make it tough to keep up. We spend a good amount of our day trying to stay current on what’s happening. Here are a few articles from across the web we found interesting and worth talking about. Not your...
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Taming Labor Turnover

Developing, engaging, and retaining a skilled workforce Manufacturers have long complained that they can’t find skilled workers to keep their plants humming. Yet they’re also having trouble holding on to skilled staff. The annual separation/labor turnover rate for U.S. manufacturers in 2017 — quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations — was 30.4 percent(1).  How...
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Creating Production Capacity

Three techniques to mine untapped potential in manufacturing operations Many manufacturers are profiting from robust growth, with U.S. manufacturing gross output rising from $5.5 trillion in 2008 to more than $6 trillion in 2017(1).  Yet for other manufacturers, rapid growth leads to increased frustration as they struggle to cost-effectively meet new demand. In fact, when...
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What We’re Reading – July 2018

Those of us in the manufacturing industry know it is constantly evolving and changing. This can make it tough to keep up. We spend a good amount of our day trying to stay current on what’s happening. Here are a few articles from across the web we found interesting and worth talking about. South Carolina’s...
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Flipping the script on safety

Safety+Health Article Feature

In the July 2018 issue of Safety+Health, the Official Magazine of the NSC Congress & Expo, Phil McIntyre, Managing Director for Performance Solutions, was featured in the Workplace Solutions column. Experts from the safety equipment manufacturers and service providers answer “from the field” questions. In this Q&A article, we discuss leveraging safety and health operations....
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