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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…

How Shops Are Investing to Be More Competitive: Survey Results

Aug 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

5S: Organize for Productivity. Lean Manufacturing Part 2

Aug 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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”,…

Neat CNC Router-Made Standing Desk Requires No Fasteners

Aug 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  12 Comments

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…

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 1: What is Lean Manufacturing?

Aug 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

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.
Before we…

50 Interview Question Ideas for CNC Jobs

Jul 29, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  4 Comments

I have always told managers that the one decision that is the most important one they will ever make is hiring.  No other decision has the potential to cause so much pain if done poorly, or to make the manager’s job and the underlying business more successful if done well.  Yet many hiring managers go…

CNC’ing the Ultimate Arduino Case: A G-Wizard Customer’s Project

Jul 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Products  //  No Comments

No matter what you’re building that involves using our G-Wizard Software (Calculator or Editor) to make it better, we love to hear from you.  This week’s customer story is about Ridgeline Enterprises, which is making what may be the ultimate case for the popular Arduino single board computers.  They’re offering the Arduino cases for what…

What Do CNCCookbook Readers Do In CNC Machining?

Jul 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  1 Comment

As part of our recent article, Where do CNCCookbook Readers Come From, we ran a little survey to see what role they play in CNC Machining.  Folks were allowed to check as many answers as they wanted, so be aware that there is overlap–a person may play more than one role.  For example they might…

Keeping Your Email Inbox Clear and How Customer Service Works at CNCCookbook

Jul 14, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Techniques  //  No Comments

Here at CNCCookbook, we offer a number of ways to get in touch.  Some are faster or slower based on how I prioritize the inputs.  Some are more guaranteed than others to get a result.  Just for the record, let me quickly walk through these mechanisms, and then I want to focus on Email.  So,…

Where Do CNCCookbook Readers Come From?

Jul 5, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business  //  No Comments

I frequently get questions about who is reading CNCCookbook and especially about who is participating in our surveys.  I thought I’d share some information on our readership.  This is all based on the last 12 months of data for visitors to our website as reported by Google Analytics.
What Part of the World Are Readers…

Should You Choose a Horizontal or Vertical Machining Center?

Jul 4, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing  //  3 Comments

VMC vs HMC axes…
I hear this question a lot:  why would I choose a Horizontal Machining Center?  Or, when is an HMC better than a VMC, I hardly ever see HMC’s?
Like so many things, the answer to these questions is complex.  Let’s start by taking a look at how each one is laid…

 

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