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Reinventing Operational Leadership

Manufacturing managers and supervisors often rise to operational leadership positions thanks to technical expertise with their companies’ processes and products. They know how things — machinery, information technology, etc. — are supposed to work, and have specialized knowledge about how to fix those things when problems arise. Unfortunately, things have very little to do with successful...
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The Operational Agility Requirement

During the COVID-19 pandemic, demand volatility has reached unprecedented levels. Some manufacturers have seen demand evaporate overnight, leaving them with warehouses filled with unwanted inventory. Others experienced demand spikes that overwhelmed their ability to keep pace. The solution for both types of volatility is the same: operational agility. Agility — both within a facility and...
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Webinar On Demand: Manufacturing a New Future

There is no precedent for the disruption in daily life and organizations driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Manufacturers are no different: millions of workers and tens of thousands of executives and managers find themselves isolated and worried as they try to protect their health and that of loved ones and colleagues — not to mention...
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The Power of Early Equipment Management in Manufacturing

Early Equipment Management (EEM) is designed to connect the manufacturing and commercial goals in a manner that allows organizations to leverage the foundation that has been established through standardized processes. This methodology brings together all necessary functions at the appropriate time to effectively plan, design, manufacture (purchase) and start-up new equipment at the expected cost...
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Q&A: Manufacturando un nuevo futuro

Nunca antes habíamos visto una crisis como la que enfrentamos hoy, Milliken ha superado muchos momentos de crisis en su historia. Estas experiencias nos forzaron a actuar diferente como compañía. En nuestro reciente webinar “Manufacturando un nuevo futuro”, discutimos 6 estrategias esenciales para superar la crisis, garantizando la seguridad de nuestros empleados y manteniendo la...
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Manufacturing Change Management

The ABCs of Change Management in Manufacturing The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only constant in life is change.” Today we face more changes than our parents ever could have dreamed of. What does change do to a person? When the change is not handled correctly, people tend to do several things. First, people retreat...
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Recession Proof Your Operations

There are multiple signs that U.S. economic growth may be slowing from falling US Manufacturing growth to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth declines and now the addition of the Covid 19 pandemic. As of September 2019, we have seen a 10-year low in manufacturing growth driven by drops in both new orders and export...
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4M’s of Operations Management

Most manufacturers face at least one of these common barriers to agility. The good news is that none of them are insurmountable — even those associated with aging capital equipment. Performance Solutions by Milliken has helped hundreds of companies overcome these obstacles, dramatically increasing the agility of their plants, and improve their operational excellence. How?...
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Focused Improvement in Business

Every manufacturing organisation feels the pain of losses in their operations: On average, 31% of plants lose 20% of more of their hours and inventory to scrap and rework. 41% of plants reported machine uptime rates of 70% or lower, leading to 30% losses in productivity for those organizations 31% of plants reported complete-and-on-time delivery...
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How to Stay Connected with Your Employees and Customers

For the past month, Performance Solutions by Milliken has been working alongside our clients, metaphorically, to enable their Operational Excellence journey even as COVID-19 changed and continues to change the way we live and work. Our first concern is the protection of our Practitioners and our Clients’ employees based on latest understanding and guidance of the virus. Our second is continuing operations  so that we and...
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