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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…

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…

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…

Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey

Aug 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  No Comments

We put together a survey that helps evaluate what shops are investing in to improve their competitiveness and why.  If you are part of a CNC manufacturing operation, please tell us about your shop’s competitiveness plans.  We’ll share the results soon when we’ve gotten enough responses so everyone can see the trends.
Take the Survey…

Results of Our DNC Survey

Jul 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Every CNC machine user needs a way to get g-code programs onto their machines.  Our recent DNC Survey was aimed at understanding how people are going about doing this.  Here are the results:
Use DNC:  59%
Use Memory Cards, Direct Network Connection, or Other:  41%
This is not surprising.  DNC is going to be more…

Does Your Shop Use DNC Software to Move G-Code Around?

Jul 19, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  2 Comments

How does your shop go about getting g-code part programs on to the various CNC machines on your shop floor?
There’s the old stand bys–usb key, floppy disk, PCMCIA, and so forth.  These involve plugging some sort of media into the machine temporarily to transfer the code.  Newer machines can connect to your WiFi or…

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…

Lost Wax Casting with 3D Printers

Jun 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  1 Comment

One of the chief limitations of hobby scale 3D printing is its inability to print metal.  Yes, there are commercial 3D printers that can print metal, even exotic metals like Inconel.  But the cost of such 3D printers is prohibitive for all but the most high end applications.
What’s a poor 3D printing hobbyist to…

 

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