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Lean Supply Chain

Supply Chains come in all shapes and sizes, but all have the same core strategic ambition; to deliver value to the customer with the minimum amount of waste. Organizations have turned to Lean to help find the balance between delighting the customer, minimizing waste and maintaining/improving healthy profit margins. At Milliken, we see Agile as...
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Safety in Manufacturing Requires a Personal Connection

Como sostener su modelo de excelencia operativa

Hace algunos años mientras recibía un entrenamiento en métodos de mejora de la productividad (Just In Time) con un par de excelentes senséis japoneses, aproveché la experiencia de los formadores y les pregunté si en las empresas japonesas estos sistemas siempre habían funcionado con el mismo nivel del intensidad a lo largo del tiempo, a...
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Workforce Management Drawing

How to Improve Business Processes

For many it can be difficult to answer the question “what does that entail?” when answering a question about what you do for a living. That’s because we don’t often see what we do as a process. We don’t instinctively think about inputs & outputs and find the right words to summarize what happens in...
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Team Meeting in Warehouse

Performance Solutions by Milliken Launches New Rapid Improvement Approach Service

Spartanburg, S.C. — Performance Solutions by Milliken, the consulting arm of diversified global manufacturer Milliken & Company, is rounding out its service offerings with a new Rapid Improvement Approach (RI). Designed for companies in need of immediate recovery or transformation, RI pinpoints specific pillars and principles of its proprietary Performance Management System and escalates implementation...
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Recipe for Safety

Recipe for Improving Manufacturing Safety

Both vigorous safety and manufacturing processes are necessary to achieve operational excellence.  Each requires an effective utilization of resources working together for the common goals.  Given this, consider that safety and manufacturing processes should not be exclusive of one another.  Their co-existence and interdependence are foundational to operational excellence. Improving manufacturing safety is worth the...
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Group of Manufacturing Associates

Do You Have to Choose Between Production and Safety?

Understanding the Relationship Between Production and Safety in the Workplace Why is safety viewed as a competing priority with production in a manufacturing plant, throughput in a distribution center or simply getting things done? If we treat these elements as competing values, then people will respond by prioritizing one thing over the other and making...
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Everything You Need to Know About Autonomous Maintenance

What is Autonomous Maintenance? Autonomous maintenance is a maintenance methodology where machine operators monitor their equipment and perform minor maintenance tasks rather than relying on a maintenance technician to maintain the machine. This allows operators to gain machine knowledge and own daily maintenance responsibilities to care for their equipment. This frees up time from maintenance...
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Spare Parts Store

Spare Parts Management

Does your Spare Parts Management process support or hinder your manufacturing efficiencies? Fewer areas within a plant sum up the term ‘the hidden factory’ better than a Storeroom within the facility.  It can be an oasis of opportunity but contemplating tackling it can turn you green at the very thought. The spare parts management process...
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Discipline & Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence Operational Excellence as an umbrella term is the coordinated application of a whole suite of tools and techniques to improve the performance (TPM, CI, Kaizen, Lean, Six sigma, Agile) Regardless of the type of operation you are responsible for excellence is always the goal. Excellence can be thought of in many ways Better...
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Manufacturing Talent

Mapping Value Stream

Mapping Value Stream “We should have been better prepared for the impacts of covid,” a senior supply leader relayed to me. He was bemoaning, in his own words, the inventory mess in which they had found themselves. High levels of inventory that the market no longer required and very little of what it did. My...
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