What generally attracts the Modern editors to visit a shop is the chance to profile some significantly new or fundamentally different approach to machining parts. Examples of such high-level efforts include the implementation of lean manufacturing concepts, the development of in-house training procedures or the adoption of an alternate machine tool platform.
Invariably, though, we unearth a collection of micro elements that feed into a shop’s macro push. Some of these simple efforts are as inexpensive as they are effective. I thought it’d be helpful to highlight a few that I came across in past shop visits.
I hope these examples will spark ideas for simple improvements you can make in your shop. They add up. Make sure to keep an open ear to suggestions from the employees on the shop floor, too.