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Published: 5/13/2011

Going Lean in Order to Grow
This shop has a plan for dramatically expanding its contract machining business in high-value markets.

Published: 10/19/2010

From Job Shop Chaos To Lean Order
Classic lean manufacturing principles are practically taken as gospel, but benefits can be elusive for manufacturers that produce a variety of parts in low volumes. This shop took a different approach to lean—one aided by software that helped identi...

Published: 6/2/2010

To Find New Employees, Look to the Current Ones
For a leading lean manufacturer in the Northeast, offering incentives to current employees has proven to be the most effective route to finding quality new hires.

Published: 5/19/2010

Has Lean Become Too Extreme?
Surges in demand reveal a weakness of just-in-time supply chains.

Published: 5/18/2010

Outsource Regionally Instead of Nationally
The logic of “offshoring” often makes more sense when there is no shore involved. Considerable savings can result from sending work to different regions of the USA.

Published: 3/19/2010

The Skinny on Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing—the on-going effort to remove waste from a manufacturing process—has become not only a practice in the metalworking industry, but a culture as well.

Published: 12/21/2009

Machining Reimagined As A Lean Resource
It was a bold move for this company to install four new machine tools, including two turn-mills, at one time, but it was the only way to take the lean journey to a higher level. 

Published: 11/10/2009

The Responsiveness Robot
For this lean shop dedicated to low-inventory kanban relationships with customers, the most critical measure of efficiency revealed the value of robotic loading.

Published: 7/22/2009

What Lean Looks Like
A lean manufacturing consultant lists ways that lean shops look and operate differently.

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.

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