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I just put up an article on my Smoothspan Business Strategy Blog that details my Agile Software Development methodology and talks a bit about the history of Agile and mentions Lean Manufacturing. If you’re curious about Agile Software Development or Scrum (another Agile Methodology), it’s worth a quick read.
It’s interesting to compare and contrast…
I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life. He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible. He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on…
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…
As part of our post, “The Art of the Setup Sheet”, we ran a survey to see how shops were approaching their Setup Sheets. Here are the results:
How Are Your Setup Sheets Delivered?
– 87% print them on paper
– 33% make them available on computer or tablet
Frankly, I was surprised and impressed…
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…
Setup Sheets are an important part of everyday life in most machine shops. They tell the operator how to set up the machine for a job. Most Setup Sheets are intentionally kept simple, so they’re easy to create and easy to use. For example, here’s a one page Setup Sheet that’s been done in Excel:…
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…
If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that there’s been a lot of hype surrounding 3D printing. It seems like every day brings yet another new consumer 3D printer on Kickstarter of someplace else and it’s not clear what the new kid on the block can do that the old ones…
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…