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What Every Job Shop Ought to Know About Reducing Inventory Levels

Nov 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

Why should Job Shops and other Manufacturers work so hard to reduce inventory?
One of the central tenets of Lean Manufacturing is that if you reduce inventory, including Work In Progress inventory, you’ll reap savings that make for a much more profitable business.  But what are those savings and how much more profitable can a…

Why Do Shops Use Multiple Shifts?

Nov 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  2 Comments

Why do shops use multiple shifts?
It’s all about the economics.  The thing to keep an eye on that drives these economics is plant and equipment utilization.
Let’s say you’re running a shop every day of every week, and you run it with 3 shifts so things are going 24 hours a day.  Phew!
That’s…

First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

Oct 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills.
Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before,…

Secrets of How to Use Customers to Validate Your Business Ideas

Oct 9, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Whether you’re trying to put together a Kickstarter project, launch a new product another way, or start a new business, it’s important to find some way of validating your idea before you get too much invested in it.  I’ve written an article over on my business strategy blog, Smoothspan, that talks about how to do…

23 Websites to Help You Start and Grow Your Business

Sep 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

Periodically I pass along resources to help folks who are interested in starting or growing their businesses.  I don’t do it often, because that’s not really the focus of CNCCookbook.  But I do know that a great big segment of our audience is interested in this sort of thing either because they own their own…

Visual Factory, Agile Software, and Standing Meetings: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 9

Sep 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

This is Part 9 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles.
Poor communication is the bane of almost any form of teamwork.  The more complex the process the team is working on together, the more difficult proper communication is, but also the more critical it becomes to successfully implementing the process.
The somewhat peculiar title…

Lean Manufacturing for Job Shops: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 8

Sep 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

This is Part 8 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
With the first 7 installments of our series, you now have a pretty good overview of what Lean Manufacturing is all about.  I’ve gotten a lot of great compliments on the series, and I appreciate that.  But at the same time, I know…

Kanban Visual Scheduling: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 7

Sep 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

This is Part 7 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
Kanban Came From Studying Supermarkets Stocking Food
Kanban, which means signboard or billboard in Japanese, is a visual scheduling system for lean and just in time production.  While some think of it as an inventory control system, it is more of a logistical…

SMED – Lean Manufacturing Setup Reduction: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 6

Sep 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

This is Part 6 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
The acronym “SMED” stands for “Single Minute Exchange of Dies”, which is quite a mouthful.  Wikipedia defines it as:
It provides a rapid and efficient way of converting a manufacturing process from running the current product to running the next product. This rapid…

Update on Carbide LLC and their Nomad CNC Mill

Aug 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  No Comments

Recently I had a chance to catch up with Robert Grzesek, one of the founders of Carbide and also of the easy to use MeshCam CAM software. I wanted to get an update on the Nomad as well as some idea of what he’d learned from the whole Kickstarter process and manufacturing the Nomad.  For…

Standard Work and Takt Time: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 5

Aug 24, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

This is Part 5 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
Standard Work, Standardized Work, and Standardized Work Instructions all refer to Lean Manufacturing’s approach to documenting and following Best Practices for a particular manufacturing process which are subject to continuous improvement as new ways to eliminate waste are discovered.
To “Standardize” in this…

What is Good Teamwork Worth?

Aug 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

What is good teamwork worth to Shop Productivity?  We think it’s everything and we’re working on a new product called G-Wizard ShopFloor that’s totally focused on teamwork in the Shop.
There’ll be a lot more to talk about as it unfolds, but for now, I want to leave you with some brief description and a…

Value Stream Mapping: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 4

Aug 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  2 Comments

This is Part 4 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.  You can find the CNCCookbook home page for Lean Manufacturing here.
Wikipedia:
Value stream mapping is a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning…

Kaizen: Continuous Improvement through Good Change. Lean Manufacturing Part 3.

Aug 14, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

This is Part 3 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
The Japanese word “Kaizen” is translated as “Good Change”, and that is exactly what Kaizen programs in Lean Manufacturing are all about.  The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, in the same sense as the English word “improvement”.  …

Check Out 3DHubs: A Place To Sell Your 3D Printer’s Time and Use Other 3D Printers

Aug 12, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  No Comments

Are you bemoaning the fact that you don’t have a 3D Printer but you’d like to have one of your designs 3D printed?  3DHubs will take your STL file, help you locate a nearby 3D Printer that’s part of their community, and pretty soon you’ll be off to visit the printer and get your part…

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