New to Modern Machine Shop is a page dedicated to our own little Web presence, www.mmsonline.com. You can find this month's installment on page 14 of this issue. From here on out, the editors of MMS will assemble a list of tips, suggestions, ruminations, links and MMS Online exclusives to serve the online metalworking good and help you use our site more efficiently.
Lean, On Me
We've added a few new sites to the MMS Online links repository (www.mmsonline.com/links) that are related to lean machining and lean manufacturing. Check them out below, or visit our links section for updates online:
John Grout's Poka Yoke Page (www.campbell.berry.edu/faculty/jgrout/pokayoke.shtml)—No, this wasn't added to see if you were paying attention. Poka Yoke is a term in the lean vernacular that means "mistake proofing." John Grout has impressive lean credentials, and he's an associate professor of business administration at Berry College in Georgia. When combined with John's whimsy and humor, this adds up to an effective tutorial on what mistake proofing is, what it means to your business and how to approach lean in general. Aside from a massive link fest, there are impressive reading lists and examples, all presented in a down-to-earth, easy to comprehend style.
The Northwest Lean Networks (www.nwlean.net)—This consortium of businesses and academic resources was founded to assist companies in implementing lean. It offers a wellspring of information in various categories that define and explore lean applications and philosophies. A free "members only" area requires registration to download several presentations and materials.
iSixSigma (www.isixsigma.com)—This site contains articles and links to lean materials. Its "New To SixSigma?" link alone is worth a visit if you're contemplating lean or want to learn more about it.
Job Shop Site Of The Month
Aero-Safe Technologies is a full-service, Ontario-based CNC manufacturer that specializes in milling, turning, EDM and other precision services. The Aero-Safe Web site (www.aerosafe.ca) presents two primary examples for other shops—manufacturing capabilities and services/products. The manufacturing capabilities section breaks down Aero-Safe's disciplines, including inspection, micro-deburring and its design and engineering chops. The services section focuses on the industries Aero-Safe serves, including medical, defense and, of course, aerospace. The site is professional, and navigation makes it a snap to access.
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