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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…

Results of Our Setup Sheet Survey

Sep 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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…

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…

The Art of the Setup Sheet

Aug 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

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:…

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…

Hybrid Machining: Combining Additive and Subtractive in One Machine

Aug 18, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, Manufacturing, Products, Techniques  //  1 Comment

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…

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…

 

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