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Lean Manufacturing

The principles of lean apply to CNC machining. Here are tips from authorities on lean, as well as the stories of machining facilities that have made a lean transformation.

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Upon Further (A3) Review


Using lean manufacturing’s A3 problem-solving process, Genesis Attachments found that magnetic workholding could provide greater benefits than simply getting parts on and off machines faster.

Making Lean Connections


When Nilpeter embarked on a lean initiative 14 months ago, no one at the printing press manufacturer had any inkling that they had already taken an important first step.

Going Lean in Order to Grow


This shop has a plan for dramatically expanding its contract machining business in high-value markets.



Improvement Is Not Optional

Improvement Is Not Optional

By: Peter Zelinski
No matter how busy this shop gets, it continues to pull teams of employees out of production so they can focus on solving problems to make incremental process changes. The advances add up. Today, this is a very different shop than it once was.

Putting your Shop on a Diet: How to Become Lean

By: Lori Beckman
There are strategies involved in achieving lean for a shop, but like going on a diet, lean doesn’t happen overnight and it takes some work on your part to get your shop in shape.

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The 'Skinny' on the New Year

By: Lori Beckman
One New Year's resolution you should seriously consider for your shop is to work on going as lean as possible, and our articles on productionmachining.com can help you reach your goal.

Human Capital

By: Peter Zelinski
This shop’s attention to process improvement led it to recognize and appreciate the largest source of unrealized potential in the company: the employees. Now, employee improvement is a priority in the plant manager’s role, and training has become a systemized part of the process.

A Robotic (R)evolution

By: Matt Danford
This shop’s evolving approach to automation has led it to streamline processes, challenge preconceived notions about robotics and embrace the notion that a manufacturing sequence is greater than the sum of its parts.


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