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Published: 7/10/2009

The Most Valuable Resource For Succeeding At Lean
What is the most valuable resource? The answer is probably obvious: the people. This shop started to succeed at lean manufacturing once every employee got involved.

Published: 7/10/2009

Moving Forward In Order To Stay Put
This job shop’s commitment to lean allows its business to grow while it remains in the facility where it has to stay.

Published: 7/2/2009

If You Want to Improve Something, Measure It
This shop involves all of its employees in the daily exercise of analyzing just where time is being spent.

Published: 5/14/2009

Focusing On Growth
Although Brunson Instrument Co.'s shop is in an underground cave, lean manufacturing unearthed production capacity that could be devoted to new products. A novel approach to accelerated product development helped the company focus on a growth strate...

Published: 10/16/2008

The Basics Of Producing Big Parts
This Florence, Kentucky-based machine tool builder uses its own equipment to produce machine tools. Here’s how they succeed at big-part machining on a large five-axis machining center.

Published: 9/26/2008

Bryco Before and After
Within a two-month period, this Chicago-area contract shop reorganized the shopfloor, implemented new procedures and eliminated employee toolboxes. Here are the benefits the shop has seen.

Published: 11/16/2007

Lean Manufacturing For The Job Shop
Lean practices are not just for predictable production. Here are the common-sense ways this low-volume job shop has implemented a leaner process.

Published: 9/2/2007

How CNC Led To Cells
Bringing CNC into a previously manual process set this shop on a lean path that has led to continuous flow production.

Published: 8/1/2007

Cells To The Max
Brad Hart, president of Roberts Tool Company, in Chatsworth, California, believes that automated cells are the key to survival for companies likes his that machine complex, high-precision parts for aerospace and defense. Cellular manufacturing makes...

Published: 6/15/2007

Why Is This Here?
Two essential principles to help you establish “lean” in your operations.

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