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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
This is Part 4 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series. You can find the CNCCookbook home page for Lean Manufacturing here.
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…
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”. …
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…
The results are in for our Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey, and they’re fascinating to say the least.
Here’s what we found out:
Are Shops Investing or Standing Pat?
Every single shop that participated in the survey is investing during the coming year.
What Specific Goals Are Shops Investing in Achieving?
Here’s what Shops are trying…
This is Part 2 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.
5S is all about the productivity implications of organization. A place for everything and everything in its place really matters if done with an eye towards manufacturing productivity.
The term “5S” derives from 5 Japanese words that all start with the letter “S”,…
Before there was metal, there was wood, at least in my shop. I didn’t get into CNC at that point in my life, many years ago, but I was way into custom cabinetry. I always admired the Japanese designs that required no fasteners–everything was held together through a cunning combination of tension and pegs. Someday…
I can already see from preliminary results of our Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey that there’s a lot of interest in Lean Manufacturing, so I thought I’d put together a multi-part series that introduces the guiding principles of Lean Manufacturing. I am also adding a Home Page for Lean Manufacturing to our CNC Manufacturing Cookbook.