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Four Legal Terms Regarding Ethics Procurement Professionals Should Review

Ethics in procurement has been a hot topic for many years. Ethics is more than just what is right or wrong or what is legal or illegal. Your company’s ethical practices reflect the culture of your organization as a whole. … Continue reading

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Deming’s Principles of Training and Leadership

  Today let’s have a short discussion on training and leadership as it pertains to the W. Edwards Deming training and leadership model. The aim of leadership is simply to improve the performance of man and machine. If done correctly … Continue reading

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5 Real World Tips to Reduce MRP Nervousness

Do these terms sound familiar, expedite, and defer, damper and cancel? If so you’re most likely a Material Planner or Master Scheduler. If that is the case you’re well aware of the nervousness of MRP systems. Most of the time … Continue reading

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Additive Manufacturing: A Game Changer

Throughout the decades I’ve been fortunate enough to witness the evolution manufacturing. I’m sure most of you old time I mean seasoned professionals remember the cam controlled chucking lathes. Cutting those cams to make the tool cut a certain path … Continue reading

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Coping With Serial Quality Programs – Groundhog C.I.

Does the movie Groundhog Day eerily remind you of your continuous improvement program cycle?  Just when you’re making true headway and ready to tackle the hard issues the alarm goes off and you awake only to find yourself back at … Continue reading

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What is the Difference between Rework v Repair?

There is much discussion and confusion regarding the difference between rework and repair in a manufacturing environment. This is due to so many industry specifications. These specifications are rarely written in simple English and are full of jargon and legalese. … Continue reading

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Human Designed ERP Systems – Fantasy?

While watching 60 minutes this week there was a segment that caught my attention. It was about IDEO incorporated. IDEO incorporates human design into business. Founder and CEO David Kelly have created thousands of breakthrough inventions. One of the more … Continue reading

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Toyota Production System Quick Review

This article is another prepare for meeting quick read for those young professionals in manufacturing. Not knowing something about the Toyota Production System while working in a manufacturing environment is akin to a baseball player not knowing “the Sultan of … Continue reading

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Tribal Knowledge in Lean Manufacturing

During your usual lean implementation meetings there is a reference to “Tribal Knowledge”. Typically it’s presented with a somewhat negative connotation. General speaking tribal knowledge is defined as “collective wisdom of an organization past down from one employee to another”. … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Standard Work

Standardized work is an essential lean tool for process improvement. Like the value stream-mapping process you observe and document the current practices then work to improve and standardize the process. Each time the process is standardized that becomes the baseline … Continue reading

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