manufacturing articles business management businesses Marketing sales Technology Business finance Lean Manufacturing small business Investing articles employee health
Search This Site
Custom Search

Why manufacturing companies need a logistics strategy

fishingboat37852952.jpg
More and more manufacturing companies are realizing the need for a logistics strategy within their organization. It is important to keep in mind that any particular manufacturing company may need to develop different logistics strategies depending on the number of product lines, number of customers they service, or even countries they are located in. The main reason for developing a logistics strategy is that most manufacturing businesses will be constantly changing and therefore it will affect their logistics. In order to address the dynamic nature of any particular supply chain, manufacturing companies will need to put together and put in place a complete and fully developed logistics strategy. One of the main benefits of doing this will be that any manufacturing company will be able to anticipate changes in the market and make the necessary adjustments without sacrificing the quality of the product they produce.

Continue reading "Why manufacturing companies need a logistics strategy"

Tips for putting Six Sigma into your manufacturing company

controlpannel67964742.jpg
Six Sigma has been shown to be one of the most effective lean manufacturing programs. Many different manufacturing companies have successfully implemented Six Sigma and seen an almost immediate reduction in the amount of product defects along with an increase in customer satisfaction. You can use Six Sigma to improve your products and services and offer something better to your customers. However, there are tips that will help you better implement the program. Here are tips for putting Six Sigma into your manufacturing company-

Continue reading "Tips for putting Six Sigma into your manufacturing company"

Tips for inventory control in manufacturing

gears8258220.jpg
Inventory control is a vital part of the manufacturing process. Successful manufacturing companies know that they must keep a tight control on their inventory if they hope to run a profitable operation. However, many manufacturing business owners fail to realize the importance of inventory control and allow the day to day demands of running their business keep them from knowing what is going on with their inventory. This can be a serious mistake. Manufacturing companies that fail to control their inventory can soon find themselves in serious financial difficulty. Here are some tips for inventory control in manufacturing-

Continue reading "Tips for inventory control in manufacturing"

How to make your manufacturing warehouse greener

quality_17217421.jpg
Green manufacturing practices have moved to the forefront of manufacturing. Not to long ago many within the manufacturing industry felt that green manufacturing practices would only be a passing trend. Today, they have been shown to be wrong. More and more manufacturing companies are adopting green manufacturing practices. This is especially true within their warehouse practices. It is also important to note that where warehouses were once only used for storage today manufacturing companies are using them for much more. Many manufacturing companies are incorporating packing, shipping, and other assembly within their warehouse. This makes it even more crucial that the warehouse(s) of any manufacturing company are operating to their green potential. Here is what you need to know about how to make your manufacturing warehouse greener-

Continue reading "How to make your manufacturing warehouse greener"

What you need to know about manufacturing overhead

fishingboat37852952.jpg
Each type of business has different overhead costs. There are some businesses that you can run with fairly minimal overhead costs. Manufacturing businesses generally don’t fall into that category. Most manufacturing businesses have significant overhead. Manufacturing business owners will need to know exactly how much their overhead is and how it affects the price of production. Keep in mind that manufacturing overhead costs are generally those that don’t add anything of value to the finished product but do take up time or other resources. The good news is that by understanding what costs fall under the category of manufacturing overhead you can learn to control them and streamline them if possible. Here what you need to know about manufacturing overhead-

Continue reading "What you need to know about manufacturing overhead"

What can lean manufacturing do?

nuclearpowerplant36588937.jpg
Lean manufacturing has become a cornerstone of the manufacturing industry. More and more companies are looking to implement lean manufacturing not only into their production process but their entire company. Today, there are many different types of manufacturing companies that have been able to show how they have saved a significant amount of money by using lean manufacturing. However, if you are new to the principles of lean manufacturing you may be wondering exactly how it works and what it does. Here is what you need to know to answer the questions- What can lean manufacturing do?

Continue reading "What can lean manufacturing do?"

What Happens With Product Defects?

oilpackaging2201249.jpg
Have you seen press releases and other things that are released when a company has product defects? Product recalls are costly on your organization as you can deal with lawsuits and many other things. What are the procedures that you need to follow if you have product defects? Each company will have different standards and procedures that need to be followed. Taking the time to create a strong policy for your company is one of the best things you can do in order to maintain a high reputation.

Continue reading "What Happens With Product Defects?"

Using the 5S Lean Manufacturing Process

drillingrig34886355.jpg
What are some of the programs being used to improve manufacturing plants? There are a large number to choose from. Six Sigma and lean manufacturing are two of the most popular programs that are often discussed. With lean manufacturing comes a great system to help you identify and eliminate wastes from the organization. One of the tools that is involved with lean manufacturing system is a program referred to as the 5S system. The 5S system of lean manufacturing is a great program to help you identify and eliminate wastes and gives you a system to follow for the future. With 5S you will be able to see a boost in productivity for the company but also higher quality products along with a boost in employee morale as people are working for an organized and structured company.

Continue reading "Using the 5S Lean Manufacturing Process"

Things to keep in mind before expanding your manufacturing business

pipes65306976.jpg
If you own a manufacturing business and are looking to expand it is important to understand that you need to take certain considerations into account before doing so. While it can be easy to simply assume that your manufacturing business is successful enough to expand that isn’t the only factor that you should be considering. You need to carefully consider several different aspects before you plunge ahead in an expansion. If you take the time to carefully consider if expansion is right for your business you are much more likely to be successful when you do grow your company. Here are things to keep in mind before expanding your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "Things to keep in mind before expanding your manufacturing business"

Solutions To Choose For A Better Manufacturing Plant

pipes65306976.jpg
Have you noticed what type of sales you have and what your production time is looking like? A manufacturing plant needs to have the right type of structure and maintenance done to it in order for you to have a successful plant that can keep up with customer demands. Many companies will look into programs like software management solutions that help you to time your inventory and production as well as helping all of the various departments in the companyt o communicate effectively with each other.

Continue reading "Solutions To Choose For A Better Manufacturing Plant"

Smarter Ways To Reduce Manufacturing Costs

nails9917567.jpg
Why are your manufacturing costs out of control? What are the problems you are facing? Manufacturing costs are hard to control for some companies to deal with as they do not know where to get started or they do not have the right type of management system in place that is controlling the costs. Reducing your manufacturing costs does not need to be a challenging thing if you are aware of the costs and to look for solutions that will help you with the management of costs.

Continue reading "Smarter Ways To Reduce Manufacturing Costs"

Safety in manufacturing

dam34826676.jpg
Every business has risk but the very nature of manufacturing makes it even riskier. There is usually lots of machinery, parts that move, and hands on employees that can make manufacturing a dangerous industry. It is crucial that every manufacturing company closely look at the risk that their company may have. Not only is this important for the people that work there but manufacturing business owners often find themselves having to pay big fines and take on lawsuits for safety violations. Because of this the management of every type of manufacturing needs to make safety their top priority. Companies should be both diligent and vigilant about seeking out potential dangers and dealing with them before they become a problem. The bottom line is that when safety becomes a priority in manufacturing everyone reaps the benefits. Here is what you need to know about safety in manufacturing-

Continue reading "Safety in manufacturing"

Safer Manufacturing Environments

fishingboat37852952.jpg
Keeping your manufacturing plant free from injuries is vital to the success of your company. If you are not providing employees with a safe working environment, you can have injuries that are costly to the company. These costs can destroy your company and could even bankrupt the organization. There are several safety procedures and things you can follow in order to make a difference and to really provide your employees with safe working environments. Here are some tips that can help you to create safer manufacturing environments.

Continue reading "Safer Manufacturing Environments"

Proper Ways To Implement Lean Manufacturing

controlpannel67964742.jpg
A number of manufacturing plants have heard about lean manufacturing and they know how it could help their company to reduce wastes but they often struggle to understand how to properly implement it. Proper implementation of lean manufacturing is vital to the company if you are going to have any type of success with it and to actually see waste reduction occur. Lean manufacturing is focused on helping your company to become more proficient and effective. As you learn about wastes you will understand how to alter things within the company to make it better. Simple changes like rearranging the shop floor can boost productivity.

Continue reading "Proper Ways To Implement Lean Manufacturing"

Overhead Costs At Your Plant

gearratio_1728541.jpg
Running a successful manufacturing plant is not an easy process as you have a number of costs that need to be managed or they can easily end up causing you to struggle. High costs are one of the biggest issues that a company will face as they can cause you to struggle to get ahead and you won’t be able to hire new employees or to expand as you are always paying out too much money for warehousing and other things.

Continue reading "Overhead Costs At Your Plant"

Learning How Lean Manufacturing Differs From Six Sigma

dam34826676.jpg
When it comes to manufacturing you have to look at every possible solution to help you improve productivity and to find a way to improve your products to keep your customers happy. Having a smart system in place is one of the best ways in which you can improve your process and to create a company that people want to work for. There are several programs used to help improve manufacturing. A couple of the programs commonly used are lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. Both are popular programs as they help to reduce waste and can improve the manufacturing process as well.

Continue reading "Learning How Lean Manufacturing Differs From Six Sigma"

How to use a website to market your manufacturing company

door30446799.jpg
Many manufacturing business owners make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to focus on marketing and that somehow their customers will just find them. This is a serious mistake. Every business no matter what type it is needs to always be working on marketing effectively. One of the most effective marketing methods is the use of a website. Not only is this type of online marketing highly effective one of the biggest benefits is that it is cost effective. It costs very little (or even nothing), to set up a website and only requires that you take time to maintain it. Best of all it can yield big results when it comes to successfully marketing your manufacturing company and its products. Here is what you need to know about how to use a website to market your manufacturing company-

Continue reading "How to use a website to market your manufacturing company"

How to start your own manufacturing company

gears15607918.jpg
If you dream of starting your own manufacturing company there are certain things that you need to be aware of. Manufacturing has always been the backbone of the marketplace but it is an unusual type of business to get into. Successful business owners have taken the time to educate themselves about the industry of manufacturing long before they open the doors to their business. Keep in mind because of the complex nature of manufacturing you will need a lot more then just a great idea for your business. Here is what you need to know about how to start your own manufacturing company-

Continue reading "How to start your own manufacturing company"

How to produce what your customers want

lumberyard34878802.jpg
Every business depends on making their customers happy and manufacturing is no different. You must make it a top priority to meet your customer’s demands or you will soon find yourself closing your doors. Part of the formula for meeting your customer’s needs depends on having the right employees and the right equipment so that working together they can make the best product possible. However, it is imperative that for this to work that you know your target market well and understand what they are looking for. Here is what you need to know about how to produce what your customer’s want-

Continue reading "How to produce what your customers want"

How to produce a better quality product

controlpannel67964742.jpg
The major factor that will determine whether or not your manufacturing business is successful for the long term will be the quality of the product that you produce. It is critical that you take the steps that you need to in order to manage the quality of the manufacturing process. You will need to make sure that you are meeting the demands of your customers and making sure that they are leaving satisfied. Once you are able to successfully meet your customer’s needs with a quality product you will be much more likely to have a long term successful company. Here is what you need to know about how to produce a better quality product-

Continue reading "How to produce a better quality product"

How to make your manufacturing company successful

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
Every business owner is always looking for ways to make their company successful. This is no different if you own a manufacturing company however; it can be a little trickier. Manufacturing business owners cannot always follow a traditional route when it comes to making their business successful. You will need to be able to think out of the box and use a great deal of creativity and planning. Here is what you need to know about how to make your manufacturing company successful-

Continue reading "How to make your manufacturing company successful"

How to use an organizational chart in your manufacturing business

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
If you are running a manufacturing business an organizational chart can be an effective tool in helping you improve every process both inside and outside of your company. There are many different facets that you can examine within your business that go beyond using an organizational chart for human resources or production improvement. Today, you can use an organizational chart to see how your business interacts with other companies or it can help you to build a better relationship with your target market. If you are unsure as to how to put together one here is what you need to know about how to use an organizational chart in your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to use an organizational chart in your manufacturing business"

How Lean Manufacturing Impacts Your Customers

powercables63552065.jpg
Lean manufacturing helps to provide your customers with better products and services. When you opt for lean manufacturing over other programs you will find that you can reduce your inventory and a number of things in order to give you a stronger, successful company. Your orders will be delivered on time and your customers will find that the products you provide to them are of higher quality. Reducing waste and improving productivity are two of the biggest components that help to create a lean manufacturing environment.

Continue reading "How Lean Manufacturing Impacts Your Customers"

Finding Quality Manufacturing Equipment

industryonarch19367157.jpg
In order to properly create products for your company you need to have the right type of manufacturing equipment on hand. Manufacturing equipment is necessary to help you create products and if you do not invest money into proper equipment you may end up dealing with product defects and other issues. It is important that you purchase the right equipment in the first place but then that you spend time maintaining the equipment or upgrading it in order to give your employees the best tools to work with and to help you create better products to sell. Your customers have placed certain expectations on you and they expect you to live up to them. When you continue to fail, they will become frustrated and upset with your company and will move to your competitors. If your products have issues because of faulty machinery, it is your job to fix it right away.

Continue reading "Finding Quality Manufacturing Equipment"

Creating An Organizational Chart

controlpannel67964742.jpg
In order to maintain strong relationships with your vendors and others, it is a smart idea for you to consider creating a strong organizational chart. What does an organizational chart offer to your company? It clearly defines your relationships with vendors along with other things as well like your relationships with your customers and how a product moves from a raw good into a finished product. This allows you to see areas that you may need to address if you are having cost related issues.

Continue reading "Creating An Organizational Chart"

Costs With Outsourcing Your Manufacturing Process

factory_29744203.jpg
How high are your costs with your manufacturing process? If your costs are high you are losing money and you have to look for ways to control the costs that you have. Many manufacturing plants are finding that it is expensive for them to manufacture their own products as you have more than the costs of the manufacturing process but also the costs that are tied to warehousing them as well. This has moved a lot of the companies to consider outsourcing their manufacturing process as it can save them money. Do the math to see what will save you money and what the best solution will be for your organization.

Continue reading "Costs With Outsourcing Your Manufacturing Process"

Can Performance Management Lead To Stronger Productivity?

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
Production levels need to be at a certain point in order for you to make money or to save money. It is important that you look into different programs and methods that will be able to help you understand how to save money but methods that bring out the most from your employees. A great system to consider using is a system based on performance management. This holds your employees to different standards and really brings out a new outcome for your staff.

Continue reading "Can Performance Management Lead To Stronger Productivity?"

All about manufacturing insurance

controlpannel67964742.jpg
While every type of business has certain risks manufacturing poses an even higher risk. The many components to the manufacturing process expose the employees and the management of any manufacturing company to much higher liability. This means that you will need some significant insurance in order to protect your workers and your company. While Workers Compensation will help you provide for your workers should they be injured on site, it will not be enough to take care of your entire liability. You will need to investigate the various types of manufacturing insurance in order to find the insurance that takes care of the specific needs of your business. Here is what you need to know about manufacturing insurance-

Continue reading "All about manufacturing insurance"

All about inventory control in manufacturing

drillingrig34886355.jpg
Many manufacturing business owners are unaware of the impact that their inventory has on their bottom line. If you fail to correctly manage your inventory you are creating waste within your business that can cost you a lot of money. This waste not only causes problems on the production line but the cost will have to be absorbed by your company and your customers. Proper inventory control is also essential to keep your customers happy. Your customers won’t be thrilled if you don’t have what they want, when they want it. The other side of the problem (having too much inventory), means having valuable cash reserves tied up in inventory that is sitting inside your company. The bottom line is that learning everything you can about inventory control is essential to making your manufacturing business successful.

Continue reading "All about inventory control in manufacturing"

Using Total Productive Maintenance

crane34708284.jpg
As you look for new ways to reduce waste and to create a successful manufacturing company you need to look at all of your options that are available to help you out. One of the methods that many companies will turn to is known as Total Productive Maintenance or TPM. What this method will do is help your manufacturing plant to meet all of the expectations that are part of the continuous flow process. You have to meet certain goals in order to keep up with productivity for the organization but to meet the goals of the customers as well. Failure to do so can result in them moving on to other companies for the things that they need and it can lead to hang-ups within your plant as well.

Continue reading "Using Total Productive Maintenance"

The Ways Lean Helps To Solve Problems

controlpannel67964742.jpg
There are a lot of ways in which you can focus on improving your manufacturing firm and one of the ways is by introducing lean manufacturing to your organization. Lean manufacturing will give you the ability to understand how the company moves forward and you are able to identify defects and other things. You will be able to find out how to problem solve in the right way and to understand proper ways to empower your employees to find success and to identify problems within the company and within their jobs.

Continue reading "The Ways Lean Helps To Solve Problems"

The Right Steps To Toyota Productive Maintenance

electrictower7619808.jpg
Are you having a lot of issues at your manufacturing plant? If you seem to be struggling to get by, it may be due to the production of your staff. There is a system known as the Toyota Productive Maintenance system, which may be able to help you boost productivity for the company overall and can give you a chance to finally be competitive. Lean manufacturing is one of the common concepts used by manufacturing plants as it helps to reduce or eliminate waste and will also boost productivity. With productive maintenance you are going to focus on many of these lean principles but one of the things that you really want to work on is your equipment.

Continue reading "The Right Steps To Toyota Productive Maintenance"

The Right Foundation You Need For Lean

gears8258220.jpg
Are you considering adding lean manufacturing to your organization? What is lean and why is it so successful? Not only do manufacturing plants use lean you also have a number of other companies that use it as well. Businesses are often turning to lean manufacturing as well because it gives them increased employee morale along with decreased turnover.

Continue reading "The Right Foundation You Need For Lean"

Keys To Mistake Proofing

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
Mistakes within any manufacturing plant can lead to a series of concerns from a decrease in employee morale to a decrease in sales and overall satisfaction of the company. When you start to lose your credibility in your market, it won’t be long before you are dealing with a huge fallout from your customer base. There are some key tools that you need to use in order to be able to prevent mistakes for the company. Here are the keys that you want to use in order to have a productive organization:

Continue reading "Keys To Mistake Proofing"

How To Design Products Without Mistakes

hardhatatwork_15153968.jpg
Are you getting tired of high costs at your manufacturing plant? If you have a lot of higher costs it may be due to the issues with your production line. There are so many little mistakes that can be made that it can completely devastate a company if you are not working on product assembly and focusing on having quality all the time. Poor design leads to poor product quality and it can give you issues with reliability as well.

Continue reading "How To Design Products Without Mistakes"

Before You Go Lean You Need To Know This!

dam34826676.jpg
As you are working on having a productive manufacturing plant you need to look at all of the various elements that can be used to help you out. One of these elements to consider is the use of lean manufacturing. With lean you are able to get everyone with the company involved in improvement of the company and to have an easier time working on reducing wastes.

Continue reading "Before You Go Lean You Need To Know This!"

An Environment That Solves Problems

businessmtg_363735.jpg
Problem solving needs to be a part of any effective lean environment. You need to be able to focus on helping your employees to understand their role within the company and to constantly check for problems that can arise within the company. Empower your employees to be able to start making changes that will help to improve the company. When they are looking for defects and they have the chance to brainstorm, it will make it easier on them to feel comfortable about big decisions that need to be made with their jobs.

Continue reading "An Environment That Solves Problems"

Your Guide To Standardized Work

smokestacks480673_f260.jpg
What type of lean manufacturing program have you implemented within your organization? If you have yet to implement some type of standardized work system, you could be seriously hurting your organization. It is important that you understand how standardized work will be able to help you focus on creating a lean environment and will allow you to have stronger communication among your staff along with a smooth flowing layout for the shop floor.

Continue reading "Your Guide To Standardized Work"

What Is Standardized Work?

industrialcenter36590146.jpg
Have you taken the time to correctly implement lean manufacturing within the organization? If you have, your organization should have a system of standardized work used to help you create the right type of outcome you are looking for. The shocking thing you might find is that standardized work often does not become part of lean with many companies. You may take the time to create the charts but it is likely that they do not get posted anywhere and a lot of employees do not even know where they are. These standardized charts need to be clearly visible so your employees can reference them and will be able to know timing as far as the production line goes and other things. If you do not have the charts displayed, it can easily lead to a breakdown in communication. Here are some steps that will be able to help you set up the right standardized work program for your company.

Continue reading "What Is Standardized Work?"

The Wastes Of Extended Value Stream

microscope19045878.jpg
There are several different manufacturing programs that are available to use in order to help you reduce or eliminate wastes. Many people have heard about lean manufacturing or Six Sigma but there are many other programs available that are ideal for companies looking to reduce or eliminate wastes and improve the company. One method is to implement the 7 Wastes with Extended Value Stream. What does this do exactly? Let’s take a look at how it can provide you with a productive shop floor.

Continue reading "The Wastes Of Extended Value Stream"

Becoming Effective With 5S

nails9917567.jpg
Are you ready to take your manufacturing plan to the next level? What about organizing and improving your workplace? If these are some of the goals that you have, it is important that you take the time to research the 5S method. This is a great way to help you understand areas that need some serious attention and will be able to help your organize your company in a way that allows you to have higher productivity but can also give you happier employees. What is the 5S method and how can you implement it correctly? The 5S method was created in Japan, roughly translated it means the following:

Continue reading "Becoming Effective With 5S"

Your Guide To Quality Tools

lava37771442.jpg
For you to have an effective business you must be able to look for different ways in which you can improve the company. How can you improve the quality of your products and services and show the customers why it is so important that they continue to purchase from you organization? Finding ways in which you can improve your company will come down to using lean manufacturing and to focus on the correct implementation of the program. Lean is designed to help you improve the quality of your products and services but it is also created to help you exceed your customers expectations. The thing that can be challenging for a lot of companies is trying to understand what quality tools you can use and which ones are going to be effective for your company. Here are some of the quality tools that work effectively for many organizations that have been able to find success with lean manufacturing.

Continue reading "Your Guide To Quality Tools"

Will You Use Cellular Flow Manufacturing?

shorelineplant34891074.jpg
What are you using to improve your manufacturing facility? You need to look for ways in which you can cut costs, reduce wastes, and other things to create a stronger organization overall. There are many different methods that you can use in order to improve your manufacturing plant. A lot of companies will use Six Sigma along with lean manufacturing in order to help assist improving the processes you have and reducing waste. These methods are beneficial and can easily help you to have happier customers as well since they are always getting higher quality products. Your employees will also be happier and likely will become loyal to the organization as they can have inputs on how to determine ways to reduce or eliminate waste. Using cellular flow manufacturing is a great way in which you can easily improve the company. Here are some of the things that cellular flow manufacturing will do for your company.

Continue reading "Will You Use Cellular Flow Manufacturing?"

What is business process re-engineering?

loadingcranes34828787.jpg
There are many engineering plants that rely on using a business process to assist them in being able to identify problems and to create solutions. When you have a business process you have several different things within the company that need to be organized and set into a system so you know what type of outcome you will have. For many companies this is the method that you use in order to say “we will manufacture this product” and we will have this type of quality standard for our customers.

Continue reading "What is business process re-engineering?"

What Does A Quality Control Manager Do?

pallettruck_17138129.jpg
When you deal with quality control issues you have to concern yourself with customer fallout. Too many errors and issues will force people to give up brand loyalty and they will quickly move to another company that they know they can trust. If there is a quality concern you have to get PR on it fast so they can deal with the public image and to try and maintain the trust that your customers have placed in your organization. During this time you also need to rush around to come up with a solution for the problem and to find ways to prevent it from happening again. A great way to focus on this is by looking into hiring a quality control manager. What will they do and how can they assist in fixing the quality concerns that you have?

Continue reading "What Does A Quality Control Manager Do?"

Understanding the Toyota Production System

carproductionline_23546783.jpg
If you have heard about the Toyota Production System or TPS you are not alone. It’s quite common to associate it with manufacturing plants but there are many facilities that are using TPS as it aids in the complete elimination of waste. Overburden is something that many manufacturing plants experience as you have machinery that is doing more than it can handle or employees also dealing with more than they can handle. Using TPS you can find ways to enhance the production process so you don’t have overburden and many other common issues that lead to wasted time and money.

Continue reading "Understanding the Toyota Production System"

The Role Of Lean Leaders

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
What does a lean leader do exactly? Are they someone that you can train within the company or do you have to hire an outside company to come out and do all the training for you? A lean leader is needed if you want to implement lean manufacturing in the right way and to find a way to improve the company and to offer higher quality products to your customers.

Continue reading "The Role Of Lean Leaders"

The Journey To Find Lean Success

goldpipes26813936.jpg
Lean manufacturing is a process that many companies use to reduce or eliminate wastes and to improve the company. When you use lean you will be able to find out how to streamline your processes so you can have more control over what is being sent to the customers and the timeliness of your deliveries as well. Customers always have a certain level of expectation for products that they purchase. When a product fails to meet this expectation level, it doesn’t do much to help the company’s reputation as the customers won’t come back for seconds and they are likely to spread the word about the infectiveness of your company or products.

Continue reading "The Journey To Find Lean Success"

The Best Quality Improvement Tools

meltedmetal34878780.jpg
What are some of the methods you are using at your facility to improve it? Quality improvement is focusing on finding product defects and errors that need to be fixed. You then are working towards improving the system by using control charts, value analysis, and other things. When you have quality tools that work well, it does give you a chance to really improve the products you have for sale and to make a good impression on your customers. The more you are able to focus on improvement, the easier it will be for you to make it into a standard at the company.

Continue reading "The Best Quality Improvement Tools"

Performing a root cause analysis

pulley41853037.jpg
Root cause analysis is a great problem solving method that will be able to give you information on how you can identify several problems or issues within the company known as “events.” When you perform a root cause analysis you will be able to prevent bad outcomes from occurring as you are able to pinpoint the issues based on timing of the machinery along with employee intervention that may be causing issues. Behavioral issues can have a big impact on how the outcome occurs along with conditions in the company that may lead to a reoccurrence of these problem events.

Continue reading "Performing a root cause analysis"

How to use visual control at your facility

microscope19045878.jpg
What is visual control and how can you use it within your manufacturing plant to find ways to improve the company? Everything that is done with visual control is focused on improvement and to help employees become better at their jobs. When you implement visual control you will end up using signals that help people to see where a product is through the production process. This allows for people to quickly identify what steps they need to take next and what they can do to help the machinery prepare for changeovers and other things. Like any process, visual control is one of the things that you want to turn to in order to increase efficiency but also to have better products for the customers.

Continue reading "How to use visual control at your facility"

Does The Pull System Make Sense?

loadingcranes34828787.jpg
Every manufacturing plant is looking for ways to improve their system. Some plants are able to find improvements in the way that they are creating products and this reduces a lot of waste and overburden. Other plants focus their efforts on streamlining their process so they can rely more on their equipment and less on staff members. Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma are two of the common methodologies that are used in order to improve products and to eliminate waste. Of the systems there are various tools that have been created, some more effective than others. When you are looking at all of the different systems you have to really consider what your organization will be able to grasp a hold of and which tools are not going to go along with the goals and the direction of your company. A tool that works well for some is the pull system or Kanban. Does this system make sense for your company? Let’s look at what Kanban is all about so you can make a better decision.

Continue reading "Does The Pull System Make Sense?"

Creating Successful Products With Easy Designs!

blueprints23266599.jpg
Do you have a product that has blown your customers out of the water? If you came out swinging in your industry with an amazing product, you have to be able to back this product up with others. People want to see innovative designs and new products. When people do not have a new product once and awhile they can move to another company to find these products. You need to be able to create new products that will become successful. The best way to do this is to find out from the customers what they want from your organization. What type of products are they looking for? How can you build these products for them? The best way to find out is with some customer surveys. The surveys give you some insight into what the customers want and it will help you in learning about various product attributes that are important to your customers. When you understand these attributes, you will be able to create better products that are based on these attributes.

Continue reading "Creating Successful Products With Easy Designs!"

Creating A Culture Of Continuous Improvement

shorelineplant34891074.jpg
What does it mean to build a culture of continuous improvement? There are many companies that have been able to do this where others are left wandering in the dark and wasting a lot of money trying to figure it out. Your goals likely focus on finding ways to improve your products and services and cut costs? These are the routine answers we often hear when people are looking for ways to make their facility better. The way you go about achieving these goals will make the big difference. You should look into continuous improvement as it is a method that will be able to help you enhance productivity for the company through a series of organization tools like control charts, 5S, and many other things. When you are able to free up your production process so it can handle multiple jobs at the same time, you will be able to exceed customer expectations for delivery times and other things.

Continue reading "Creating A Culture Of Continuous Improvement"

Combine Speed With Problem Solving

backhoe_728580.jpg
Using lean manufacturing will give your company a competitive advantage. When you turn to lean you are able to learn how to improve your organization. Lean will focus on understanding how to streamline processes but it really works on being able to create a continuous improvement method that will assist in giving you a chance to offer higher quality products to your customers. Lean manufacturing is popular for how it can give your organization a way to improve it’s speed and efficiency. Not only is it a great system for manufacturing, it can be implemented just about anywhere. It’s a system that is universal thanks in part to all of the tools that it has. Thousands of companies are using lean manufacturing due to how successful it is and the outcomes that it can provide.

Continue reading "Combine Speed With Problem Solving"

Can a quality circle help your facility?

logging30514131.jpg
In order to know if a quality circle will help your company you first need to understand what a quality circle is and then evaluate if it would be good for you and your company. What is a quality circle?

Continue reading "Can a quality circle help your facility?"

3 Easy Ways To Fix Your Manufacturing Plant

plantatnight19132969.jpg
What is happening with your products? Are you dealing with a lot of defective products and issues in your manufacturing line? What can you do about these issues? Fixing your manufacturing plant doesn’t need to be expensive nor does it need to be a confusing and frustrating process. Using simple methods like lean manufacturing along with Six Sigma and various improvement tools, your plant can be repaired and you will be able to find out ways to make your customers happier. Here are 3 simple tips to follow in order to fix your manufacturing plant and to find success.

Continue reading "3 Easy Ways To Fix Your Manufacturing Plant"

While Lean Is So Popular In The Business World

machinery19192168.jpg
Why is lean manufacturing one of the most popular methodologies in the manufacturing world? It is a program that allows you to increase efficiency and to create higher quality products for your customers. Since it has such favorable results with many companies, lean manufacturing has spread into just about every industry out there. From hospitals to real estate companies, lean can be applied anywhere and will be able to generate positive results for your organization. So what does lean do and how can you apply it to the business world?

Continue reading "While Lean Is So Popular In The Business World"

Using A Flexible Manufacturing System At Your Plant

autofactory_1305867.jpg
There are a number of ways in which you can focus on increasing production at your manufacturing plant and focusing on finding way to reduce wastes. One of the ways to streamline your system is through the use of a flexible manufacturing system. Usually with flexible manufacturing you will have a series of computer programs that help in automating your system to reduce errors but also to focus on streamlining your program. The machines will be able to establish controls, which are then used to determine cycle times and other things and will then send the signal to the machines. The equipment will then begin production of the products.

Continue reading "Using A Flexible Manufacturing System At Your Plant"

Six Sigma And Value Stream Mapping

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
Are you using value stream mapping to assist in your Six Sigma methodology? How does value stream mapping work and what are some of the different ways in which you can implement it to assist in reducing product defects? With value stream mapping you will see a clear picture as to how your products get from being raw goods to moving into finished goods. Seeing the process of point A to point B will allow you to be able to understand what you need to watch closely as errors and defects can be made in specific areas. The goal of value stream mapping it to help you to be able to not only identify the wastes but to help you streamline your entire business process. This will increase productivity and will also help employees to understand what their job duties are within the company. This is one of the best ways to help in organizing the company to boost your profitability.

Continue reading "Six Sigma And Value Stream Mapping"

Choosing The Best Manufacturing ERP System

logging30514131.jpg
What is a manufacturing ERP system and how can you select the correct one for your manufacturing plant? Manufacturing ERP is short for enterprise resource planning. The goal of the ERP system is to provide you with a system that will integrate several variables of the company including the following:

Continue reading "Choosing The Best Manufacturing ERP System"

What Poor Quality Will Cost Your Company

lumberyard34878802.jpg
Are you having a number of issues around the quality of your company? If customers are coming to you all the time to complain about product defects and that they are upset with the quality of your company, it might be time to consider looking into a program that can help you to address these concerns and to help you in fixing them so they will not happen over and over. If you do not get on the issues immediately, you are going to have some problems that are tough to face.

Continue reading "What Poor Quality Will Cost Your Company"

What Is A Good Manufacturing Practice?

hardhatatwork_15153968.jpg
Are you looking for various ways in which you can improve your manufacturing plant and to find ways to increase it’s visibility and overall performance? What are some of the things you are doing to assist in giving your manufacturing plant the right type of control over the way your products are created and delivered to the customers? You must be able to focus on quality if you are going to have any chance at convincing the customers that you are a credible company and one that they need to consider supporting for many years. There are several methods of lean manufacturing that you can use. It is a good idea to consider all of these different ideas to see what will be able to make your company gain the right type of competitive advantage in your industry so you can see it become a success.

Continue reading "What Is A Good Manufacturing Practice?"

The 5 Principles To The 5 S Method

lumberyard34878802.jpg
Are you tired of errors occurring that seem to be out of your control? Why are you having issues with your manufacturing line? Do your employees have the right equipment and things needed to do their jobs? If your staff doesn’t have the right type of training nor the equipment they need, you can easily end up having a lot of problems at your plant. Customers have a higher standard on your company and they want to be able to know that they can trust you no matter what happens. For you to have their trust, you have to provide them with quality in every aspect. Using 5 S is just one way in which you can regain the trust of the customers. 5S also aids in giving you a workforce that is productive and one that is happy to be working for your company. Here are some of the ways in which you can use 5S and how it will be able to help you:

Continue reading "The 5 Principles To The 5 S Method"

Start Manufacturing Without Defects

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
Are you looking for a way in which you can manage your manufacturing plant effectively? Are you tired of dealing with a high amount of product defects and customer complaints that come along with them? If you have continued to struggle with issues that hurt the credibility of your company, it is a good idea to look into what type of programs you can use that will assist in giving you some type of control over the product defects and help to contribute to an effective organization overall.

Continue reading "Start Manufacturing Without Defects"

Should You Consider Using Lean Six Sigma?

gears8258220.jpg
When it comes to improving the company overall there are a number of programs and methods that you need to consider. Many companies find it beneficial to use Lean Six Sigma as it is an effective tool that enables you to properly reduce the operational costs of the company and it is able to provide you with a simple step process at identifying and eliminating wastes. The goal with Lean Six Sigma is to be able to actually get rid of all the processes that are not considered value-adding.

Continue reading "Should You Consider Using Lean Six Sigma?"

Putting Together A Root Cause Analysis

carproductionline_23546783.jpg
Have you been dealing with a high number of problems with your manufacturing line? Have you had a lot of issues pertaining to product defects? If you are dealing with manufacturing issues, you need to consider using a root cause analysis. What this will be able to do is to help you detect those issues and to remove them before they do continue to plague the company and cause you to lose money and to have a difficult time maintaining your business. Getting to the real issue at hand is not always an easy process but it is one that will have a number of great benefits to the company if you are willing to invest the time on it.

Continue reading "Putting Together A Root Cause Analysis"

Offshore Manufacturing Has It’s Pros And Cons

manufacturing_systems.jpg
When it comes to saving money on production costs, you have to look at all of the areas that are costing you money. Are you paying a large amount of money to the employees for their work? Do you have a lot of problems happening with the production line thanks to the way it runs? How about the way the machinery works? Are you struggling to keep the machinery timing working to the customer demands? Some companies have found that the costs of manufacturing your own products can be too expensive. Outsourcing your manufacturing is a great way to save money and you can do this with a good plant to trust to create your products. Some companies like to use offshore manufacturing where others prefer to keep the manufacturing within the states.

Continue reading "Offshore Manufacturing Has It’s Pros And Cons"

Lean Is Tool Based

gears15607918.jpg
Lean manufacturing is a program that aids in reducing waste and improving the overall productivity of your company as long as you commit to it and help your employees to understand how it works. Properly training them in lean is an important step in the lean process. You need to be able to look at what type of lean tools are available and to help you figure out methods in which you can help your employees to feel comfortable with lean so they are able to understand it and to use it daily. Lean is not a short term solution, it is a system that you need to commit to on a daily basis and to have it become the standard for your company.

Continue reading "Lean Is Tool Based"

Keeping The Handling Time To A Minimum

clock63312045.jpg
Do you find that you waste a lot of time? When you create a product you may often go over the details multiple times, which cuts into production time. It is also common to see people having a hard time getting products delivered in a timely manner as you just waste too much time on little things with the company. Handling time refers to a number of different areas with the company. If you are not reducing the handling time, you are wasting your time and money as well as the customer’s time. How can you find ways to control handling time so you aren’t wasting things?

Continue reading "Keeping The Handling Time To A Minimum"

How To Improve Production And Company Process

breadfactoryproduction_28471068.jpg
Are you looking into what type of production problems your company is currently facing? What can you do about these issues and how can you find a way to contribute to higher levels of productivity? It all varies based on your industry and how many products you are creating each month. It is important to look at everything from the training process of the company to the machinery and how it aids in helping employees to do their jobs properly.

Continue reading "How To Improve Production And Company Process"

How Six Sigma Helps To Cut Costs

cautiontape41824729.jpg
Just about every industry is using some type of quality improvement program to help them in controlling waste and having an organization that is productive. Six Sigma is one of the most popular programs out there. Developed by Motorola over 20 years ago, Six Sigma has been able to save companies billions of dollars through the detection and elimination of wastes. With Six Sigma you are able to have control over the manufacturing process and many other areas of your business where you may be simply throwing money away.

Continue reading "How Six Sigma Helps To Cut Costs"

Can A Lean Consultant Help You?

cautiontape41824729.jpg
What can a lean consultant do? Hiring a lean consultant is a great way to reduce a lot of the tension and resistance that people start having towards lean. Usually the resistance will occur because people just do not understand it and they are not sure of what is happening and why you want to make changes. People are naturally resistant to change and helping people to overcome that last little hurdle that comes with the introduction of something new can be done but it may not always be easy to do by the management. You need to consider looking at what your lean consultants can do as they often deal with training and they are used to resistance in every form.

Continue reading "Can A Lean Consultant Help You?"

What you need to start a manufacturing business

warehouse2506243.jpg
If you are considering starting a manufacturing business then it is important to keep in mind that there are many different factors to consider. While the field of manufacturing is diverse and potentially lucrative it can also be complex industry to break into. This means that any potential manufacturing business owner needs to carefully consider how they are going to set up their business. It cannot be stressed enough that the success of your manufacturing business will depend heavily on the amount of time you are willing to commit to the planning phase. How effective you are with your business planning will play a big part in whether your business starts out on a solid base.

Continue reading "What you need to start a manufacturing business"

What Is Knowledge Management

hardhatatwork_15153968.jpg
When it comes to running an effective manufacturing plant it is important to focus your efforts on finding ways to improve your processes. There are many different programs and things out there that you can use in order to create better products but one of the best tools you can use is a system known as knowledge management.

Continue reading "What Is Knowledge Management"

Using The 3P System To Exceed Customer Standards

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
Are you using a lean manufacturing system to keep your company moving along properly? Lean manufacturing is an effective way in which you can reduce or eliminate defects along with being able to improve the overall company. Lean experts use a number of tools that aid in reducing defects and other things. One of the systems that is commonly used is known as the 3P system. The 3P system involves using the same tools as Kaizen to aid in identifying the wastes that have occurred due to product development and then focusing on improvement in the process design as well. If you are able to reduce the errors quickly, you will reduce the money that is wasted.

Continue reading "Using The 3P System To Exceed Customer Standards"

The Challenges To The 5 S System

manworking7722143.jpg
Anyone that is looking to find ways in which they can improve their manufacturing plant must be able to focus on understanding the challenges and things that you will face. There are many different parts of the 5 S method that can provide for the overall benefit of the company but you need to understand the employees and how their commitment to the program can make all of the difference.

Continue reading "The Challenges To The 5 S System"

Steps to take to improve manufacturing production output

hardhatatwork_15153968.jpg
If you own a manufacturing business then you know that the amount of production that you do is crucial to the long term profitability of your manufacturing business. The amount of product that you are able to produce efficiently will be directly tied to the amount of profit that your business will make. In addition, it should not be overlooked that the speed of production also figures into the overall profit as well. This is why manufacturing business owners are always looking for ways to improve their production output. Here are some steps to take to improve manufacturing production output-

Continue reading "Steps to take to improve manufacturing production output"

Reducing Bottlenecking With Quick Changeover

bottleneck2516036.jpg
One of the biggest issues that arises when you are dealing with any type of manufacturing plant is dealing with the bottlenecking. When you have bottlenecking concerns it can lead to a number of issues related to delays in your manufacturing line to a high number of waste occurring as you end up dealing with excessive materials that are not properly used or materials that are damaged in the manufacturing process. There are so many different options that you can use when you are looking for ways to reduce bottlenecking. One of the ways in which you can reduce issues is known as quick changeover. Changeover will be able to help you to reduce bottlenecking as you are able to manage the high amount of manufacturing that occurs.

Continue reading "Reducing Bottlenecking With Quick Changeover"

How you can make your manufacturing business safer

cautiontape41824589.jpg
Most manufacturing businesses have a certain degree of risk involved in them. This means that employees who work in manufacturing are often exposed to dangers that go far beyond the job descriptions of most workers. Manufacturing business owners need to make sure that they are making safety a priority in their business. If there are accidents and injuries on the job it can cost your manufacturing business a lot of money. In addition, if your workplace has a lot of injuries and accidents it can have a trickle down effect on your other employees who may be more focused on their safety rather then on doing their jobs. This in turn will lead them to not be working at their highest potential. However, the good news is that there are many different things that manufacturing business owners can do in order to make their businesses safer. Here is what you need to know about how you can make your manufacturing business safer-

Continue reading "How you can make your manufacturing business safer"

How to revitalize your marketing by thinking outside of the box

cautiontape41824729.jpg
Many times business owners will get stuck in the same rut when it comes to their marketing. If you are a business owner who is looking to revitalize your marketing plan it may be time to consider some ideas that are “out of the box”. Keep in mind that these unusual ideas are not all that different but will serve as a way to attract the attention of your target market in a new and different way. Business owners who try these new marketing promotions often report that they feel more excited and energized about what they are doing. Here is what you need to know about how to revitalize your marketing by thinking outside of the box-

Continue reading "How to revitalize your marketing by thinking outside of the box"

How to reduce product defects in your manufacturing

bottles34878846.jpg
Successful manufacturers understand that effective manufacturing is done with the lowest rate of product defects. Having a high rate of product defects not only cost you money but also time since the product defects will need to be removed from the production process and dealt with. Product defects will either need to be recycled, fixed, or even thrown away. Because of the high cost of product defects manufacturing business owners are always looking for ways to reduce the rate of product defects. The good news is that there are a number of different ways that you can do this. Here is what you need to know about how to reduce product defects in your manufacturing-

Continue reading "How to reduce product defects in your manufacturing"

How to reduce costs in your manufacturing business

autofactory_1305867.jpg
Every business owner is always looking for ways to reduce the costs of doing business. This is especially true for manufacturing companies that often times have higher overhead costs then other types of businesses. Manufacturing business owners need to be on the lookout for ways to prevent waste of money, time, and other resources. If you fail to control these costs it could ultimately end up costing you your business. Keep in mind that controlling these costs will help to make your manufacturing company not only more profitable but more efficient, as well. Here is what you need to know about how to reduce costs in your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to reduce costs in your manufacturing business"

How to market your business online

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
Just like almost everything else the forefront of business promotion has moved online. More and more businesses are taking their marketing online. However, even with the ever growing popularity of marketing online there are still many business owners who feel that is it not necessary. It is important to keep in mind that more and more consumers are turning to the internet to research before making a buying decision. This means that if your business does not have an online presence it may not even be considered by the very people that you hoping to attract.

Continue reading "How to market your business online"

How to maintain the machines in your manufacturing business

productionline34878681.jpg
Since most manufacturing companies are heavily driven by the machinery that they use it is crucial to make sure that all machinery is well maintained. This should be a priority for manufacturing business owners. If you choose to ignore doing maintenance or feel you can’t afford it you will find yourself paying more due to the extra wear and tear your machines will receive. Maintaining the machines that run your manufacturing company will save you both time and money. The good news is that there are several different tips that can help you do this. Here is what you need to know about how to maintain the machines in your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to maintain the machines in your manufacturing business"

How to hire the right employees for your manufacturing business

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
Every successful business owner understands that the people who work for them are their most valuable asset. This is especially true when it comes to manufacturing. Because the manufacturing industry is so worker driven it is crucial that you are careful about whom you hire to work for you. You want to make sure that you are hiring employees who will be as efficient as possible. This is true whether you are hiring employees with the intent to train them or you need employees who come to your business with a certain skill set. You will also need to provide the right incentives (even beyond pay); so that once you have the right employees they will want to stay and work for you. When you are able to fill available jobs with the highest quality of employees you are helping to increase the chances that your manufacturing business will be a success. Here is what you need to know about how to hire the right employees for your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to hire the right employees for your manufacturing business"

How to build relationships with manufacturing suppliers

hardhatatwork_15153968.jpg
One of the most crucial components of your supply chain will be the suppliers that you use. In order to be successful with the management of your supply chain you will need to be able to find suppliers who can provide you with materials that are affordable, high quality, and reliable. In order to make this happen you will need to establish a relationship with your suppliers. This can often times be challenging for many manufacturing business owners. The good news is that that there are several different tips that can help you to do this. Here is what you need to know about how to build relationships with manufacturing suppliers-

Continue reading "How to build relationships with manufacturing suppliers"

How to avoid accidents and injuries in a manufacturing workplace

manwithmachine24240369.jpg
Manufacturing by its very nature has a high degree of risk. This means that if you own a manufacturing company that your employees face a higher degree of risk for accidents and injuries then other workers. In addition, because of the risky nature of manufacturing you face a greater liability if an accident or injury should occur. This means that safety should be a top priority for every manufacturing business owner. Not only do you want your employees to be safe you also don’t want to have to pay out for accidents and injuries that could be avoided.

Continue reading "How to avoid accidents and injuries in a manufacturing workplace"

How TPM Can Offer Your Company Stability

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
What are the issues plaguing your organization? It is likely that you are dealing with a lot of issues surrounding consistency as many companies do. Is it hard for you to be able to create the same product twice? If you find that it is difficult to create one product all the time, you need to take a look at your manufacturing line and to determine where the issues are. Some people have issues pertaining to the equipment where others have issues with the employees. You need to have a system in place that will allow you to properly understand these issues so you know what to do about them. This is where TPM can help out as the program is designed to provide you with assistance pertaining to the detection and elimination of defects. When you end up having defects, it hurts the credibility of your company. Using TPM you will also be able to focus on reducing not only waste but on the time it takes to get things done.

Continue reading "How TPM Can Offer Your Company Stability"

5 Steps To Proper Use of TPM

shippingdock32150519.jpg
What is TPM (total productive maintenance) and how does it impact your organization? Using TPM your company can find a way to reduce or eliminate defects from occurring. When you properly implement TPM the goal will be to find a way to help all the employees to get on the same page to help them all have a chance to perform their job duties with the lowest defect ratio possible. When defects are down, you do not have issues pertaining to efficiency of the company and you are able to maintain a higher standard for your customers.

Continue reading "5 Steps To Proper Use of TPM"

What you need to know to improve manufacturing workflow

oilpackaging2201249.jpg
If you are a manufacturing business owner it is important to know that the rate that your production process moves along is known as workflow. If the workflow is constantly being interrupted by problems and setbacks then the productivity and the profitability of the entire manufacturing business will be affected. The goal is to have an efficient and smooth workflow. When your manufacturing workflow is smoother it will also cost your business less, allow you to produce products with higher quality, and in turn make your customers a lot happier. In addition, it has also been shown that when manufacturing businesses have an efficient workflow their employees report higher job satisfaction and morale.

Continue reading "What you need to know to improve manufacturing workflow"

What you need to know about manufacturing safety

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
Every type of manufacturing business will have its own safety requirements. However, because of the complex and high risk nature of manufacturing it is crucial that every manufacturing business owner know what the specific safety regulations for his or her business. Every employee who works in a manufacturing company should understand what the risks are and what they can do to stay safe. This is done by the correct training and the priority that is put on safety by the manufacturing business owner. Manufacturing business owners need to realize that higher safety translates into a lower rate of accidents and lower health insurance premiums. It is simply in everyone’s best interest for any manufacturing business to be safer. Here is what you need to know about manufacturing safety-

Continue reading "What you need to know about manufacturing safety"

What manufacturing accounting software can do for your business

machinery19192168.jpg
Manufacturing is a very complicated industry. Because of the complex nature of manufacturing it is a must that manufacturing business owners have the right accounting software to help them run their business. Today’s accounting software has become very specialized. This means that there is a manufacturing accounting software that is right for your manufacturing business. This allows the manufacturing business owner and others in the company to use the accounting software for the specific needs of their business. There are many different benefits to using the right manufacturing accounting software. Here is what manufacturing accounting software can do for your business-

Continue reading "What manufacturing accounting software can do for your business"

Types of insurance you will need for your manufacturing business

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
If you are a manufacturing business owner then it is imperative that you understand that your industry is full of risks. Because of the complex nature of manufacturing there is a great deal more risk then other industries. The use of raw materials coupled with the amount of machinery, deliveries, and employee involvement make manufacturing a breeding ground for lawsuits. This is why it is crucial that if you own a manufacturing business that you have the right type of insurance. While Workers Compensation is required by law and will give your employees some money if they are injured while at work it will not protect you and your liability. This means that you will need additional types of insurance for your manufacturing business, as well.

Continue reading "Types of insurance you will need for your manufacturing business"

Obstacles to successfully implementing Six Sigma

carproductionline_23546783.jpg
Six Sigma is a lean manufacturing method that can help you to reduce your product defect ratio. When you are able to reduce your product defect ratio you are able to produce a product that that has a higher quality. This in turn leads to not only fewer returns but also higher customer satisfaction. However, when a manufacturing business owner makes the choice to implement Six Sigma in to their company it is crucial to understand that there can be substantial obstacles that will stand in the way. However, if you are aware of what these obstacles can be you can then prepare and deal with them long before they become a significant problem. With persistence and determination you can overcome any obstacles that you come across and successfully implement Six Sigma into your manufacturing business. Here are some obstacles to successfully implementing Six Sigma-

Continue reading "Obstacles to successfully implementing Six Sigma"

Manufacturing and market research

microscope19045878.jpg
Many people assume that market research is something that only retail businesses need to do. However, if you are a manufacturing business owner you need to be aware that market research can greatly benefit your manufacturing business. You will want to use market research to discover what your customers are really looking for. When you have this information you can then make sure that your manufacturing business is giving them what they want. However, you may be surprised to learn that many manufacturing business owners choose not to do market research. This poses a real risk to your manufacturing business. If you do not know what your customers are looking for you may end up out of touch and out of business. This makes it crucial that any manufacturing business owner learn all they can about manufacturing and market research-

Continue reading "Manufacturing and market research"

Issues you must consider when using Six Sigma

autofactory_1305867.jpg
Six Sigma has become the manufacturing method of choice for many businesses. Many manufacturing business owners see this manufacturing method as the way to create higher efficiency in their company and create a higher quality of product that makes their customer happier. Six Sigma has been shown to successful help manufacturing businesses streamline everything within their business and enhance the productivity of the entire company. Best of all when product defects (a major source of waste within manufacturing), are reduced the entire company becomes more profitable. However, there are certain factors that you should take into account when you are using Six Sigma. Knowing what these are will help the manufacturing business owner to make better decisions regarding the use of this manufacturing method. Here are issues you must consider when using Six Sigma-

Continue reading "Issues you must consider when using Six Sigma"

Inventory management for manufacturing businesses

productionline34878681.jpg
How well you manage the inventory of your manufacturing business will have a direct effect on whether or not your manufacturing business is successful for the long term. Your inventory control will determine not only how healthy your cash flow is but also how healthy your manufacturing business is overall. Many times manufacturing business owners fail to realize the importance of carefully managing their inventory. However, if you fail to manage your inventory it is the same as mismanaging your cash flow. Far too often manufacturing business owners are holding on to much inventory and simply cannot get the value back. However, if you learn the basics of managing inventory you can avoid this problem. Here is what you need to know about how inventory management for manufacturing businesses-

Continue reading "Inventory management for manufacturing businesses"

How to write a business plan for your manufacturing business

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
Every type of business needs a business plan. Business owners of every type and size of business should have a well researched and well written business plan. This is especially important for manufacturing business owners. Due to the complex nature of manufacturing it is crucial that a business owner has a plan that he or she can refer to. When you take the time to research and write a business plan you are creating a more secure future for your manufacturing business. You can make sure that your business is based on facts and concrete numbers rather then vague guesswork.

Continue reading "How to write a business plan for your manufacturing business"

How to use Total Productive Maintenance in your manufacturing business

nuclearpowerplant36588937.jpg
One of the most commonly used manufacturing practices is known as Total Productive Maintenance. This type of manufacturing initiative is focused on the roles that the employees have within a manufacturing business. Total Productive Maintenance emphasizes a continuous improvement message among the people who work in the manufacturing business. Maintenance in the most basic sense is all about making sure that the machines that work in your manufacturing business are working at the highest possible level. This means that those who are responsible for the maintenance are insuring that the machinery is able to do what it is supposed to do. There are many different ways that this maintenance can be carried out. The four most basic maintenance ideas are-

Continue reading "How to use Total Productive Maintenance in your manufacturing business"

How to start your manufacturing business

powercables63552065.jpg

Many prospective manufacturing business owners quickly become overwhelmed when they are confronted by the number of decisions that they will need to make when they are starting their manufacturing business. If you want to start a manufacturing business you should keep in mind that while it will be difficult at times if you are diligent in your planning and research you can ultimately be successful in realizing your dream of owning your own manufacturing business. However, you must also understand that if you rush through the planning process you may overlook key elements of business planning that can seriously damage the chances of your manufacturing business being successful for the long term. Here is what you need to know about how to start your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to start your manufacturing business"

How to set up your production line for maximum efficiency

lumberyard34878802.jpg
The basis of any manufacturing company is their production line. If you are a manufacturing business owner then it is important to understand that how efficiently your production line runs will determine your productivity and in turn your profitability. The more efficiently that your production line runs the better your entire manufacturing process will be able to work. This will result in your manufacturing business not only being able to make more products but products that have a higher quality. This will help you become more profitable as your customers are more satisfied with what you have to offer them. The good news is that while this can seem overwhelming there are many different tips that can help you to achieve this. Here is what you need to know about how to set up your production line for maximum efficiency-

Continue reading "How to set up your production line for maximum efficiency"

How to manage the overhead costs in your manufacturing business

warehouse19191726.jpg
Anyone who is considering starting a manufacturing business needs to be familiar with the term overhead cost. There is a great deal of overhead costs when it comes to manufacturing and the savvy manufacturing business owner will carefully plan how to deal with and manage them. It is important to understand that while manufacturing overhead costs are necessary these are generally costs that do not add to the value of the product. However, these costs are essential for being able to produce the product that your manufacturing business will sell. The bottom line is that when a manufacturing business owner has a complete understanding of manufacturing overhead costs he or she will be better able to manage them and keep them as low as possible. Here is what you need to know about how to manage the overhead costs in your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to manage the overhead costs in your manufacturing business"

How to make your manufacturing business safer

backhoe_728580.jpg
Because of the nature of manufacturing there is an increased risk for everyone who works in the industry. It is imperative that manufacturing business owners take it upon themselves to make their business as safe as possible. When safety is a clearly a priority at a manufacturing business there is not only a lower rate of accidents but higher employee morale and job satisfaction. Employees will value the fact that their employer takes their safety seriously and is willing to take measures to protect them.

Continue reading "How to make your manufacturing business safer"

How to make changes in your manufacturing business

machinery19192168.jpg
The industry of manufacturing is always full of change. There are numerous kinds of change that occurs in manufacturing from changes in the marketplace to a change in demands from manufacturing customers. Savvy manufacturing business owners know that they need to be able to respond to these changes in order to keep their business viable and successful. However, change is never easy and often time employees and others are resistant to it. They may even lack the vision of why the change is necessary. This leaves manufacturing business owners with the challenge of trying to successfully implement change into their business. The good news is that with some guidance it can be done in a positive way. Here is what you need to know about how to make changes in your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to make changes in your manufacturing business"

How to keep your manufacturing customers happy

hardhatatwork_15153968.jpg
If you are a business owner then you know that your customers are the lifeblood of your business. This is true regardless of the type or size of your business. Many people mistakenly assume that manufacturing businesses do not face the challenge of keeping their customers happy. This is simply not true. Manufacturing businesses are no different from any other type of business in their need to keep their customers happy and buying from them for the long term. The good news is that there are specific things that you can do that will keep your manufacturing customers happy and returning to buy from your business again and again. When you focus on establishing a relationship with them that is based on loyalty, service, and trust you are securing the long term success of your manufacturing business. Here is what you need to know about how to keep your manufacturing customers happy-

Continue reading "How to keep your manufacturing customers happy"

How to keep your employees working at your manufacturing business

hardhatatwork_15153968.jpg
Manufacturing businesses are just like any other type of business when it comes to retaining their employees. Every business faces astronomical costs when it comes to recruiting, hiring, and training their employees. Because of this high cost everything that can be done to avoid this should be done. Manufacturing businesses should focus on retaining their high quality employees. This is especially important for all manufacturing businesses since they are so highly employee driven. Manufacturing business owners should also be aware that when they are able to keep their employees for the long term they are able to increase their productivity and the overall profitability of their business. The good news is that there is lots of ways that you can make this happen. Here is what you need to know about how to keep your employees working at your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to keep your employees working at your manufacturing business"

How to improve the profitability of your manufacturing business

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
All business owners want to make their business as profitable as possible. However, when it comes to manufacturing this can be a more difficult challenge. The more complex nature of manufacturing can pose some serious difficulties for business owners who are looking to improve profits for their manufacturing business. In addition, to the very nature of manufacturing it can also be overwhelming for manufacturing business owners to know what areas they should focus on when they are trying to improve profitability. Since most manufacturing business owners face a long list of day to day demands they may feel that this is an impossible task.

Continue reading "How to improve the profitability of your manufacturing business"

How to find raw materials for your manufacturing business

carproductionline_23546783.jpg
The basis of manufacturing is taking raw materials and then turning them into a finished good that can be sold for a profit. However, it is important to understand that the finished quality of the good(s) that you are producing will be directly connected to the quality of the raw materials that are used in the production process. This means that if you are a manufacturing business owner you will need to make it a priority to find the best raw materials possible for your business. Many manufacturing business owners mistakenly assume that they can quickly access the raw materials that they need. This is not always the case. You should be prepared to spend some time and effort to locate the suppliers that you will need for your raw materials. Here is what you need to know about how to find raw materials for your manufacturing business-

Continue reading "How to find raw materials for your manufacturing business"

How to choose the right manufacturing software

controlpannel67964742.jpg
The world of technology has moved into the world of manufacturing. Today, there are more options then ever before when it comes to manufacturing software. Manufacturing business owners can choose from a variety of technology options that can help them run their business in a more profitable and cost effective way. When a manufacturing business owner chooses the right software he or she will be able to increase the efficiency and profitability of their business along with the quality of the products that their manufacturing business produces. However, you should consider several different factors before you just buy the first manufacturing software program that you come across. Here is what you need to know about how to choose the right manufacturing software-

Continue reading "How to choose the right manufacturing software"

What Is The Kanban Method?

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
For those who wonder, “What is Kanban?” You are not alone. In the manufacturing community, Kanban is a system that is designed to meet the requirements of Just In Time Manufacturing.

Continue reading "What Is The Kanban Method?"

Utilizing the Kaizen Method Allows Companies To Value Their Most Important Resources

manufacturing_systems.jpg
Utilizing the Kaizen Method to improve your business might just be the smartest decision that any management team can make. The Kaizen Method focuses on continuous improvement while making human resources, the most important part of any company, the focal part of the process.

Continue reading "Utilizing the Kaizen Method Allows Companies To Value Their Most Important Resources"

Using Lean Consultants To Move Forward

equipment37875039.jpg
Are you struggling to maintain your reputation in your industry? If you have a lot of customer complaints due to the issues that are happening, it is a good idea to look into a program like Lean Manufacturing. Lean is a program that helps to boost your credibility in the right way. Using lean consultants will help to make the right difference you need. It is a good idea to look at interviewing several different lean manufacturing plants to find out which can offer the right training you need. This will help you to find the company that can adapt to your needs and will help you to save time and money while reducing wastes.

Continue reading "Using Lean Consultants To Move Forward"

The DMAIC Method is part of Six Sigma

colorfulpipes26813664.jpg
The DMAIC method is a part of the Six Sigma program for reducing mistakes that may lead to customer dissatisfaction in a company. It is used for modifying existing processes that may or may not have been a part of a company’s changeover to the Six Sigma corporate culture.

Continue reading "The DMAIC Method is part of Six Sigma"

The DMADV Method Works For New Products

carproductionline_23546783.jpg
The DMADV method is designed for new processes and products. As part of Six Sigma, DMADV aims at making processes as mistake free as possible so that the products that go through the process wind up defect free. It is the defect free result that drives company success as customers realize how good the product is, they will continue to return to the company for other products, and they will recommend the company to their friends.

Continue reading "The DMADV Method Works For New Products"

Six Sigma Methods Help Companies Achieve Greater Customer Loyalty

technologicalline_24060241.jpg
Six Sigma methods include both those for improving existing procedures and those for creating new products and the procedures to make them. It also includes a large number of tools that may be used within the Six Sigma program or outside of it.

Continue reading "Six Sigma Methods Help Companies Achieve Greater Customer Loyalty"

Should You Implement Quick Changeover?

carproductionline_23546783.jpg
Should you implement quick changeover? The short answer is “Yes.” There appear to be no downsides to the idea of quick changeover. The basic idea is to be able to get a factory to make the change from one product to the next in less than ten minutes, also known as the Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED). There are more extreme types of quick changeover that companies can consider, but making drastic companywide changes may cause anxiety in employees. By starting with a less extreme version of the program, a company can ease its way into leanness.

Continue reading "Should You Implement Quick Changeover?"

Reducing Waste Within Your Manufacturing Plant May Take A Fresh Set Of Eyes

crabs14536718.jpg
When it comes to reducing waste within your manufacturing plant, it can be hard to take a step back and look at the processes and see where the waste is and where it is created. It can be especially hard when the company has undergone a strenuous waste reduction campaign. Bringing in a consulting company with fresh eyes can help with the issues of waste reduction, especially if they specialize in that area of business.

Continue reading "Reducing Waste Within Your Manufacturing Plant May Take A Fresh Set Of Eyes"

Prepare For The Cultural Change Lean Brings

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
When you make the decision to go lean, many of your employees may be resistant. It is common for people to get set in their ways and to worry about changes to their jobs and the company in general. It is important that management stick to the new program and to set the tone for the rest of the company. As long as management is properly involved, employees will have an easier time adapting to the changes and will make the necessary improvements.

Continue reading "Prepare For The Cultural Change Lean Brings"

Lean Vs. Six Sigma

gears15607918.jpg
When looking at which programs to adopt, some management teams may look at lean vs. Six Sigma and mot realize that the two can be compatible.

Continue reading "Lean Vs. Six Sigma"

Improving Your Customer Satisfaction With Quality Manufacturing Means

manworking7722143.jpg
Improving your customer satisfaction with quality manufacturing takes a deep understanding of what it is that customers want from your company, your products and your people. With the economy still in a slow recovery, people are looking for products that they can count on to work the first time, every time right out of the box. No one wants to have to deal with taking a defective product back to the store, or worse, having to send it to the manufacturer for repair – not only does this mean that he or she does not have the product to use, but that he or she is also out of his or her hard-earned money that was used to buy the defective product.

Continue reading "Improving Your Customer Satisfaction With Quality Manufacturing Means"

If You Seek Efficiency Seek Six Sigma

fields9776658.jpg
If you are looking for ways to boost the productivity and decrease waste at your manufacturing plant, it is time to consider using Six Sigma. Six Sigma is an effective method because it allows you to understand where you are having issues and to find ways to remove them before they are problems. If you do not fix and eliminate the problems, it is easy to see a number of issues continue to happen. You need to be able to focus on the overall improvement for your company and to make sure that you are seeking effective ways to make the company stronger.

Continue reading "If You Seek Efficiency Seek Six Sigma"

How To Reduce Product Defects

electrictower7619808.jpg
Adopting a system that teaches people how to reduce product defects is only as effective as far as it is implemented. In for any business to be able to affect any change, the acceptance of that change must begin at the top and have several proponents throughout the organization. That means that not only does management have to endorse and walk the walk with it, but they also have to get their employees to buy into it.

Continue reading "How To Reduce Product Defects"

How To Mistake Proof Your Plant

factoryatdusk37766229.jpg
There is only one thing you need to know when researching how to mistake proof your plant: human error is the number one cause of defects, accidents and injuries in any manufacturing process. This does not mean that you should fire your employees now to avoid all errors. While it would be effective to do so, it would also end any sort of manufacturing processes that may have been going on in the plant. Even robots still need a human in order to do the job correctly.

Continue reading "How To Mistake Proof Your Plant"

How The 5S Method Improves Your Bottom Line

coalmine37794205.jpg
In order to address how the 5S method improves your bottom line, it is important to understand what the 5S method is. In essence, the 5S method is a Japanese inspired improvement of efficiency in the work place. While there is an alliterative translation of the 5S method into English, some do not feel that it gives the same meaning as the Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke.

Continue reading "How The 5S Method Improves Your Bottom Line"

How Does Lean Manufacturing Work?

crane34708284.jpg
A company looking to increase the profit margin while decreasing the number of hours needed to create a product may ask “How does lean manufacturing work?” Lean manufacturing optimizes flow and makes sure that nothing is done that will not show an end result for the consuming public.

Continue reading "How Does Lean Manufacturing Work?"

Creating A Lean Culture Can Be Difficult

drillingrig34886355.jpg
Every company has its own established culture; creating a lean culture that supersedes the older culture requires that companies implement a top notch education program about what changes are being made, why they are being made and what the benefit is to the employee. It is often this last stipulation that management forgets. They see the benefits to the company in greater profits, and do not realize that employees who have no share in the profits won’t care if the company makes more money because they do not receive any benefits for higher profit margins.

Continue reading "Creating A Lean Culture Can Be Difficult"

Boosting Your Profits With Lean Six Sigma

microscope19045878.jpg
Do you have issues with productivity? Are you finding it hard to get your employees to come to work as they deal with so many customer complaints? If you have a lot of hard times dealing with product defects and other issues, it is an indicator that you need to use an effective program like Lean Six Sigma. This method will be able to help you in reducing errors while improving the quality of your products and customer service. You need to consider an outside training firm as they will bring in the right experience you need to see a reduction in waste but also a boost in the profit margin for the company.

Continue reading "Boosting Your Profits With Lean Six Sigma"

Boosting Your Bottom Line Means Selling More Products

shippingdock32150519.jpg
Boosting your bottom line is as simple as making and selling more products. Unfortunately, no one said that it was easy. Many times, it is the selling of more products that seems to be the real problem. To do this, it takes customer loyalty, which will include good buzz and repeat purchases.

Continue reading "Boosting Your Bottom Line Means Selling More Products"

Behavior Based Safety And Your Plant

pipes30447184.jpg
When considering creating a culture of safety in manufacturing, the question that should be asked is how can behavior based safety and your plant be intertwined?

Continue reading "Behavior Based Safety And Your Plant"

Winning Customer Satisfaction With Six Sigma

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
Using Six Sigma is a great way to improve your organization as you are able to identify defects and errors that are occurring within the company. You need to focus your efforts on being able to understand the product defects that are occurring as it could end up leading to serious issues from product recalls to upset customers and other things. Using Six Sigma you can easily win over your customers with the right type of program that focuses on reducing the defects and providing them with better support and service.

Continue reading "Winning Customer Satisfaction With Six Sigma"

What Is Required Of A Quality Control Manager?

laptop30767380.jpg
What are you using to help improve your manufacturing plant? You need to look at all the various things that can be used in order to help you find ways to strengthen the company. A quality control manager can give you a lot of great benefits as they will be able to help you focus on creating quality and consistent products. The job of a quality control manager it to ensure that every product that is made and shipped to the customers is up to the quality standards of the company along with the quality standards of the customers as well.

Continue reading "What Is Required Of A Quality Control Manager?"

Using Plan Do Check Act

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
When you think of lean manufacturing it is likely that you think of a program that is used to reduce or to eliminate waste. Many companies often turn to lean tools like Kaizen or the 5 S Methodology but there are many other effective tools that you need to consider. One of the tools that is uses is called Plan Do Check Act or PDCA. With PDCA you are not focused on a one-time improvement, it is a continuous improvement of your products and services. When you have PDCA become an on-going thing, it will be able to give you more control over the products that are delivered to your customers as you are able to get rid of the mistakes before they start. Sometimes the mistakes start at the beginning of the product development phase and not in the manufacturing line like a lot of companies think. As you use PDCA in the right way, you will be able to see this and you can take the necessary steps to make a difference. Let’s dive into PDCA a little deeper to give you a stronger understanding.

Continue reading "Using Plan Do Check Act"

The Waste Of Resources And What You Can Do

pouringsteel34877559.jpg
What is happening with your manufacturing plant? How can you find ways to eliminate waste and to create a stronger and successful organization? It is a great idea to look at all of the resources that you have available for your company. Waste is found just about everywhere and you must be able to learn how to identify it and to find a way to prevent it from occurring again and again. The waste in any company is not only with the way in which you lose money but with time as well. Many organizations only pay attention to the waste of their resources and they fail to pay attention to the waste that is occurring when you have employees that are standing around or employees that have to move a lot just to find what they need.

Continue reading "The Waste Of Resources And What You Can Do"

The Risks And Rewards Of Lean Manufacturing

factoryatdusk37766229.jpg
Are you dealing with a lot of struggles pertaining to your organizations waste level and other things? What can you do about all of the waste that you are struggling with? How about using a program like lean manufacturing? This is a great way to understand the different types of wastes that you are dealing with but also to help you create a program that will allow you to create consistency along the company. Even though lean has a lot of great use, there are some risks that are part of lean manufacturing.

Continue reading "The Risks And Rewards Of Lean Manufacturing"

The Goals To Internal Control

businessmeeting26252755.jpg
Using a program like internal control can help you to improve the structure of the company. You will be able to consider the authority of the company and to find ways to improve your goals but also to find ways to create happier employees by using a system that organizes the company correctly and can aid in monitoring the progress of your staff as they do their jobs. Management will need to use a series of stages that aid in setting goals so you will be able to prevent fraud and other things from occurring within the company. It also will help in monitoring your processes to create stronger products for the customers. What are some of the things that you need to focus on in order to create a stronger internal control program? It is important that you look at setting up a system that is reliable.

Continue reading "The Goals To Internal Control"

The Development Of Lean

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
How do you manage your organization to prevent product defects and other things? Are you using lean manufacturing to your advantage? Lean is one of the best ways to help you create a stronger organization and to give you a company that easily provide customers with better products and services. When you turn to lean you need to consider the different ways in which lean can save you money and will be able to give you an organized company that your employees are proud to work with.

Continue reading "The Development Of Lean"

Producing Better Products With Outsourcing

gears8258220.jpg
How can you create better products for your customers? If you take a look at how many errors and product returns you have to deal with, it will help you to see that perhaps customer satisfaction is one are to start with. Using lean manufacturing and other programs you can solve some of the issues at hand. To find out what customers are really thinking it helps to use customer surveys and feedback programs. This will allow you to focus on being able to understand what you can do in order to make your products friendly to the customers and what you can do in order to become competitive in your industry in the right way. If production costs are soaring and you just don’t have the energy to keep up with the manufacturing side of your products, it could be a smart decision to consider outsourcing.

Continue reading "Producing Better Products With Outsourcing"

Minimize Loss With Lean Six Sigma

containers26813816.jpg
What can you do in order to minimize loss within your company? Having high loss will increase your costs dramatically not to mention it can kill your reputation. You have to focus on finding ways to minimize your losses within the company so you can start improving the company and keeping those costs lower. For any production company to become successful you need to consider looking into programs that can help. What about using Six Sigma? This is a program that can minimize loss well as it speeds up your manufacturing process but it also helps you to create a process that is smooth flowing and one that gives customers higher quality products and services.

Continue reading "Minimize Loss With Lean Six Sigma"

Managing Risks On Your Projects

cautiontape41824589.jpg
Are you dealing with a lot of risk within your company? Just about every organization out there is going to deal with it’s fair share of risk but it is how you handle the risk that will make the difference. Project management is all about evaluating and dealing with risk. It helps to create a competitive working environment and you have to be able to understand how to deal with the risks that can be dangerous if they are not properly managed.

Continue reading "Managing Risks On Your Projects"

Long Term Change With Organizational Development

assemblyline19192148.jpg
Creating an organization that is strong and effective is not an easy thing to do. You need to be able to understand how organizational development works as it is a systematic and planned program to providing you with an efficient organization. The goal is to create a smooth-flow of information and products to give you a higher output and happier customers. When you are able to implement it in the right way, it will impact the entire culture of the company and can easily give you an effective organization that employees appreciate working for and customers love buying from.

Continue reading "Long Term Change With Organizational Development"

Implementing Lean Manufacturing Can Be Simple

forklift37881071.jpg
There are many manufacturing plants that have been able to successfully implement lean manufacturing. It is a process that does involve a lot of energy and time but it doesn’t have to be as complex as many people try to make it out to be. With the right tools you will be able to implement lean manufacturing without any problems whatsoever and you will be able to see your company start to improve.

Continue reading "Implementing Lean Manufacturing Can Be Simple"

How Do You Make A Value Stream Map?

blueprints23266599.jpg
Using value stream mapping is a great way to help you understand how your materials go from a raw good to a completed product. It is a “map” of the product so you can see where you need to make changes to things in order to create better products for the company. Using value stream mapping you will also be able to understand where you have wastes that need to be eliminated along with understanding how you can offer better things to your employees so they can become more productive. Some of the things that you can identify with value stream mapping include the following:

Continue reading "How Do You Make A Value Stream Map?"

How Do You Get Your Six Sigma Black Belt?

forklift37881071.jpg
When it comes to Six Sigma you need to understand how the certification program works in order to help you properly train yourself in the program. When you hear “Six Sigma Black Belt” you may be thinking of martial arts but it is a very different program! While some of the same principles apply like discipline and hard work, Six Sigma certification involves improvement of yourself but as the company as a whole. Your entire organization will need to undergo serious changes that can help you to identify errors and to focus on improving them before they lead to serious issues for the company.

Continue reading "How Do You Get Your Six Sigma Black Belt?"

How Do You Create A Lean Office?

winery41840493.jpg
With so many different programs out there to reduce waste, improve communication, and to create a stronger company how can you find a program that really works for your organization? You need to focus your efforts on truly looking into the programs to see what works for you, not just for the company. One program that has been inspired by manufacturing companies is lean manufacturing. What is lean and how can you implement it into your office? Lean manufacturing is a program that focuses on the total elimination of waste. This is why it can be a program that you can use to build a lean office as “waste” can be found just about anywhere.

Continue reading "How Do You Create A Lean Office?"

Effective 5 S Training

manatcontrols24240145.jpg
The 5 S Method is one of the most effective ways for you to organize your business and to reduce defects, errors, and other issues. With the 5 S Method you need to focus on using a training program that will be able to provide you with efficient programs but one that your customers can understand. With the 5 S Method you need to look at the way that your companies is laid out and to organize it in a way that will give you success with reducing the amount of time that your employees waste on trying to find the things that they need to do their jobs.

Continue reading "Effective 5 S Training"

Driving Positive Change

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
Whenever employees hear the word “change” many of them will end up panicking. Change is something that every company needs to have in order to remain competitive. However employees often view change as a threat. Many of them are in a comfort zone and learning that things need to change can scare them. As managers you need to be able to find ways to implement change in a positive way instead of scaring your employees or making them concerned about their jobs.

Continue reading "Driving Positive Change"

DMAIC Project Management Tips

coastalplant36588209.jpg
Are you using Six Sigma within your company? There are some key tools that are used with Six Sigma that can make it into a successful program. One of the tools that is commonly used with Six Sigma is DMAIC. When dealing with project management, this is one of the tools that will be able to help you reduce product defects and can strengthen your organization overall.

Continue reading "DMAIC Project Management Tips"

Developing And Learning New Skills

assemblyline19192148.jpg
With lean manufacturing comes the ability to learn new skills. When employees are able to see how lean manufacturing can improve the company through the reduction of waste and the right type of commitment and involvement from the company, it helps them to become more productive and to learn new skills. It can often be hard to teach your employees how to learn new skills but it doesn’t need to be something that is hard as long as you are willing to commit to creating a lean organization and one that is focused on driving positive change.

Continue reading "Developing And Learning New Skills"

Creating The Foundation For Lean

oilrefinery34878670.jpg
Lean manufacturing focuses on the complete elimination or at least the reduction of waste. Waste occurs in many manufacturing plants but it is something that can be found anywhere, which is why lean has become one of the most popular programs used in many industries as a way to reduce waste and improve your organization. However for lean to become successful you will need to start it out with the right type of foundation. If you aren’t creating the right type of foundation to start with, the chances of lean become successful are slim. The companies that are successful with lean are those that truly believe in the program but also those that really get everyone involved in the program.

Continue reading "Creating The Foundation For Lean"

Creating A Company That Solves Problems

pulley41853037.jpg
There is no question that just about every company out there has it’s fair share of problems. From poor marketing decisions to wasted products or time, you have to be able to address the problems within your company and to look for ways in which you can improve or eliminate them overall. When you are able to address the issues and to find a solution, you will save a lot of money but can also help in repairing your company’s reputation as well. One solution that will help you create a company that focuses on problem solving is learning about lean manufacturing. With lean the goal is to eliminate waste and really to focus your efforts on positive thinking in order to make a successful and productive organization.

Continue reading "Creating A Company That Solves Problems"

Can Lean Work Anywhere?

trainstation36591524.jpg
Have you heard about lean manufacturing? It is something that has been in existence for awhile and many companies are able to find that it is a great way to reduce defects and can help them to create a stronger organization overall. However can lean work within your company? You need to know how lean works in order to know that it will become successful and can give you the right type of results you are looking for.

Continue reading "Can Lean Work Anywhere?"

Why Should You Implement Lean?

coalmine37794205.jpg
There are a number of beneficial manufacturing programs out there that can provide you with ways in which you can reduce waste and eliminate defects and give your customers better products and services. If you are considering lean manufacturing, you are on the right track toward creating a company that really puts it’s customers needs first! Using lean you can easily figure out ways to make your company more successful and to give your employees an organization that they appreciate working for.

Continue reading "Why Should You Implement Lean?"

What Is The DMAIC Process

ladyonphone30745252.jpg
What methods are you using to provide your manufacturing plant with the right type of efficiency and productivity? You need to seek out programs that can aid in helping you to reduce wastes and to keep your costs down. The DMAIC process is used by many organizations as a way to help in improving your existing processes but to help you create better products and offer quality customer service. When you implement DMAIC you may find that your entire company becomes easier for you to manage and that it is much easier for you to be able to provide your customers with the products that they have always been seeking.

Continue reading "What Is The DMAIC Process"

What Are Muda, Muri, and Mura?

assemblyline19192148.jpg
Are you seeking to implement lean manufacturing to your organization? A number of manufacturing plants have already implemented lean as it’s a great way to eliminate wastes and to provide higher quality products to your customers. When it comes to lean manufacturing you need to be able to consider the steps that are necessary in order to achieve success with it and to understand the tools that you need to use to identify wastes. Muda, Muri, and Mura are part of the 7 wastes that have been identified by lean manufacturing and they need to be eliminated from your company in order to have success. Let’s look at each of the various wastes in greater detail.

Continue reading "What Are Muda, Muri, and Mura?"

Using Poka Yoke Or Mistake Proofing

oilrefinery34878670.jpg
Dealing with manufacturing mistakes can cost your company hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. It is important to look into programs and tools that will help you to reduce the mistakes or to completely eliminate them. Human error may be causing a great deal of your manufacturing defects but in the majority of cases it may also be caused from the machinery or faulty planning. When you look for ways in which you can implement a new system that deals more with preventing errors, you can easily save money and reduce waste. This is where Poka Yoke comes in as it’s tool used in manufacturing plants to help employees learn how to identify wastes and errors and to suggest ways in which to improve. If they are able to identify the issues and improve them quickly, it will save money and huge headache for everyone.

Continue reading "Using Poka Yoke Or Mistake Proofing"

The Different Tools of Six Sigma

manufacturing_systems.jpg
When it comes to running a successful manufacturing plant you have to look at all of the programs and options that are available to help you out. Six Sigma is one of the most popular programs used in order to help reduce your defect ratio and provide customers with higher quality products. Motorola developed Six Sigma with the goal in mind to get the error ratio down to 3.4 per million opportunities. Having a lower defect ratio is not only beneficial for your bottom line but it makes the customers happier as well since they will not need to wait around for you to ship them a new product to make up for the defective one. Having a better reputation in your industry is a great way to continue growing the company but it will be hard for you to do this if you do not understand how to use Six Sigma in the right way. The common method of Six Sigma is known as DMAIC. This method is defined as follows:

Continue reading "The Different Tools of Six Sigma"

Steps To Create Proper Kaizen Events

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
When you run a successful manufacturing plant you will have a low defect ratio, reduced waste, and happy employees! How can you achieve all of these things? This is not something that can happen overnight as it does take a lot of hard work, time, and effort to do. One way in which you can get started is by implementing Kaizen. What is Kaizen and how can it help to improve your company?

Continue reading "Steps To Create Proper Kaizen Events"

Six Sigma Laws You Must Obey

equipment37875039.jpg
How does Six Sigma work in giving you better products and creating an efficient manufacturing plant? Six Sigma is one of the best programs to use in order to streamline your manufacturing plant and to find ways to enhance the performance of the entire company. Eliminating defects and having a defect ratio that is 3.4 per every million opportunities can be achieved when you do take the time to properly implement Six Sigma.

Continue reading "Six Sigma Laws You Must Obey"

Six Sigma Goals That You Need To Follow

colorfulpipes26813664.jpg
Have you taken the time to research Six Sigma properly and do you understand how to set goals to create a successful organization? Creating Six Sigma goals will allow you to understand proper methods of how to implement quality control but also to help you in being able to create better training opportunities and other things. Six Sigma training is important to creating the correct outputs for the company and to allowing you to create an organization that is focused on teamwork.

Continue reading "Six Sigma Goals That You Need To Follow"

How To Sustain 5 S

manworking7722143.jpg
There are many different programs to aid in giving you more control over your manufacturing plant. One program that has been successfully implemented by several companies is the 5 S Method. The 5 S Method will allow you to make improvements to the company and to maintain these improvements with the right type of tools and leaders. 5 S is a great program to organize the company and to help you become more productive and efficient. The one thing you need to consider is how you will sustain it. Some companies like what the 5 S method can do and they implement it and follow it for a little while but then fall right back into their old habits. How can you avoid becoming one of these companies and instead focus your efforts on successful implementation of 5 S and then maintaining it? Here are some tips that will help you in sustaining 5 S so you can bring out the right results for the company.

Continue reading "How To Sustain 5 S"

Easier Ways To Implement Change

loadingcranes34828787.jpg
Dealing with change is not one of the easiest things to do when you are focused on implementing it properly. The problem that many companies find with change is that their staff members are resistant to it and they have a hard time understanding how easy it can be to bring success to the company and they only see how it impacts their job. People are naturally resistant to change as they are comfortable with the familiar. Change is a natural part of any business and you need to make sure that you are doing all that you can in order to bring success to the organization. How can you implement change effectively in order to help your employees appreciate it. Here are some tips that can help you out.

Continue reading "Easier Ways To Implement Change"

Business Growth Through Lean Implementation

crainsatharbor10026517.jpg
Growing your business is something that you do need to focus on. How can you find ways to easily grow your business without needing to spend a fortune to do so? Business growth can occur when you turn to programs like lean manufacturing. This is way to help you save money and time by eliminating wastes and increasing the efficiency for your organization. Finding a way to increase productivity by using a program that helps you to streamline everything will allow you to offer higher quality products to your customers.

Continue reading "Business Growth Through Lean Implementation"

Barriers That Hinder Your Progress With Six Sigma

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
When you are dealing with Six Sigma, you have to be aware of certain barriers that can cause you to have problems with proper implementation. Six Sigma is a program that allows you to reduce your defect ratio so that your customers are not getting products that have a great number of issues and likely need to be returned. Six Sigma roadblocks can get in the way and may make it difficult for you to be able to move forward with the program and reduce costs while reducing defects. There are some issues with employees mindsets that can get in the way as they often become resistant to change and this can lead to serious problems for you when you are trying to make Six Sigma progress.

Continue reading "Barriers That Hinder Your Progress With Six Sigma"

5 Steps To Lean Implementation

blueprints23266599.jpg
There are so many different things to consider if you are wasting a great deal of money at your manufacturing plant. How did your costs get so out of control and what can you do about fixing these costs before they bankrupt your company? Effective implementation of a program known as lean manufacturing can be one of the best things for your organization. You need to look at different ways in which you can focus on implementing it successfully so that you can reduce costs, eliminate wastes, and to have a productive company overall. Lean manufacturing is not only successful with manufacturing plants but it has been successful with many other organizations as well from businesses to companies in the healthcare industry. Here are some of the steps that you need to follow in order to implement lean successfully into your organization:

Continue reading "5 Steps To Lean Implementation"

How to start a manufacturing company

cautiontape41824729.jpg
If you are planning on starting your own manufacturing company you may be overwhelmed by the number of things that you need to consider. It can be difficult to make all of the right decisions to get your manufacturing company started but if you take the time to do your research you are much more likely to be successful as you are building your company. It is crucial that you understand that you will need to take a great deal of time planning. The bottom line is that how well you plan will largely determine how successful your manufacturing company ends up being.

Continue reading "How to start a manufacturing company"

How to make your manufacturing company more profitable

factory26813920.jpg
Every business owner is looking for ways to make their company more profitable. This is especially true for manufacturing business owners. However, this can be a difficult task when you consider the complicated nature of manufacturing. Many manufacturing business owners become unsure of the areas they need to focus on. With the constant day to day demands of running their business they can often feel too overwhelmed to look for ways to make their manufacturing business more profitable. This can be a serious mistake. Keeping costs down and making sure your manufacturing business is as profitable as possible will be the major factors as to whether your manufacturing business succeeds for the long term. Here is what you need to know about how to make your manufacturing company more profitable-

Continue reading "How to make your manufacturing company more profitable"

All about manufacturing overhead

forklift37881071.jpg
If you are planning on opening a manufacturing company then it is important to understand that there are significant overhead costs that you will need to take into account. This can be difficult to figure since these types of costs do not add value to the product directly but are required for the production process to be successful. In addition, manufacturing overhead can also slow down the production process because it can take up time or other resources. However, by having a clear understanding of what manufacturing overhead is and how to control it you can improve and streamline your production process. Here is what you need to know about the manufacturing overhead-

Continue reading "All about manufacturing overhead"

Ways to make your manufacturing business safer

cautiontape41824589.jpg
The very nature of manufacturing can pose some risk to everyone who works in the company. Manufacturing business owners need to take it upon themselves to make the health and safety of everyone that works for them a priority. When safety is a priority within a manufacturing company not only does it reduce accidents but it fosters higher employee morale as the staff understands that they are valuable to the company.

Continue reading "Ways to make your manufacturing business safer"

Tips for reducing product defects

nuclearpowerplant36588937.jpg
The major way that most manufacturing companies are looking to improve their production process is by reducing product defects. When there are defects in the products that you are producing you have to spend valuable time and money finding them, pulling them out of production, and dealing with them. This is a cost that manufacturers want to avoid. The good news is there are things that you can do that will greatly reduce the chances of product defects happening. There are various lean manufacturing programs that can be implemented within your company. These programs will help you to not only reduce product defects but increase productivity, lower costs and generally save the manufacturer money. Besides using lean manufacturing programs there are other tips, as well. Here are some tips for reducing product defects-

Continue reading "Tips for reducing product defects"

Tips for quality shipping

lumberyard34878802.jpg
Shipping is an important component of the manufacturing process. Whether you are looking at the goods that are being shipped into your facility or the shipping you do to get your customers their orders, you want your packages to arrive safely, unbroken, and in the highest quality packaging. Keep in mind that when goods either arrive at your plant or your customers office and are broken or in disrepair this not only costs you time and money but can damage your reputation, as well. However, the good news is that there are tips that can help you. Here are some tips to use for quality shipping-

Continue reading "Tips for quality shipping"

Tips for creating a better workflow

assemblyline19192148.jpg
If you are the owner of a manufacturing company it can be difficult to focus on everything that needs to be done on a daily basis. Many business owners find that they become overwhelmed with the demands of simply running their business on a day to day basis. This often leads to certain critical tasks being left undone. One of these tasks can be creating a better workflow. Many business owners simply assume that if production is happening then workflow must be optimal. This is not always the case. If your production line is not moving as smoothly and efficiently as possible it can be seriously affecting your bottom line without you even knowing it. Creating a better workflow means reducing hidden costs that can be affecting your overall profitability. Here are some tips for creating a better workflow-

Continue reading "Tips for creating a better workflow"

The basics of manufacturing

fishingboat37852952.jpg
Prospective business owners who are looking to open a manufacturing business can find it a complicated process. There are lots of different factors that have to be considered and things that have to be dealt with if you are getting into manufacturing of any kind. This is especially true if you will be manufacturing several different products. You will need to take into account-

Continue reading "The basics of manufacturing"

How to set up a small manufacturing company

coalmine37794205.jpg
Many people assume that if they are going to get into manufacturing they need to be able to set up a million dollar business. However, this is not necessarily true. While a smaller manufacturing company will have to work harder then its larger counterparts it is possible to be successful with a smaller scale of manufacturing. It is important that you make sure that your company focuses on making the right products and has a highly effective distribution chain to send out your products. The bottom line is that with some creativity, resourcefulness, and planning you can be successful with a small manufacturing company. Here is what you need to know about how to set up a small manufacturing company-

Continue reading "How to set up a small manufacturing company"

How to retain your manufacturing customers

pouringsteel34877559.jpg
There is perhaps no other type of business that is so customer driven. In other words if you are a manufacturer and you can’t satisfy your customers you will soon find yourself out of business. However, even with the current difficult economic conditions there is no reason that any manufacturing business has to lose clients. You can still provide your target market with the high quality of products they expect from you even while you are cutting cost. The bottom line is that it is crucial that every manufacturing business figure out how to retain their customers. Here is what you need to know about how to retain your manufacturing customers-

Continue reading "How to retain your manufacturing customers"

All about maintenance and manufacturing

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
Most manufacturing companies find that maintenance is a great deal of what has to happen everyday. Most manufacturing companies find that they have to make maintenance a high priority if they want to keep their plant running and producing. In addition, savvy manufacturing business owners know that if they want to keep repair costs as low as possible then regular maintenance is a must. There is no denying that for any equipment to last longer (no matter what that is), maintenance has to be done on a regular basis. For manufacturing companies that do not make maintenance a priority they soon find that they pay for it in more wear and tear on equipment and higher repair and replacement costs. The good news is that there are lots of easy ways to set up a maintenance program and stick to it. Here is all about maintenance in a manufacturing setting-

Continue reading "All about maintenance and manufacturing"

All about lean manufacturing

microscope19045878.jpg
For manufacturing companies that are looking to cut costs, increase profits and productivity there may not be a better process to use then lean manufacturing. In addition, studies have shown that manufacturing companies that use lean manufacturing have a much higher rate of satisfaction among their customers. Manufacturing companies also find that lean manufacturing can not only help them produce a much higher quality of product but reduce waste within their organization, as well. Here is what you need to know about lean manufacturing-

Continue reading "All about lean manufacturing"

What you should know about TQM

manworking7722143.jpg
Total Quality Management (TQM) can be defined as the management of procedures that are designed to produce quality products and services. Manufacturing companies are turning in great numbers to using TQM. There are a number of different components that make up TQM, including:

Continue reading "What you should know about TQM"

Types of manufacturing

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg
Manufacturing is a vital and growing industry. While most people assume that manufacturers have to be large multi million dollar corporations those same people would be surprised to learn that manufacturing is also filled with lots of small, thriving companies that are producing a high quality product. Many customers are turning to small manufacturers since they are often better at being able to produce a more personalized and specialized product. This is often a product that a larger manufacturer cannot make as profitably. This is referred to as niche manufacturing which allows smaller manufacturing companies to operate in areas that have little or no competition from larger companies.

Continue reading "Types of manufacturing"

What does manufacturing software provide?

door30446799.jpg
In order to provide your organization with the best possible production you need to use some type of manufacturing software. Strong manufacturing software will allow you to remain competitive as you are able to understand growth strategies along with other things that help to point the company in the right direction. You will need to use software to coordinate machines and other things in order to result in the correct manufacturing business system. With good software you can save yourself time but you also have other benefits as well like accessibility and how easy they are to use. It helps you to base your business decisions on correct information and will allow you to focus on the priorities for the company and you can actually work on increasing sales and other things. When the company is organized correctly it will end up allowing you to boost your revenue and will help you with customer loyalty as well. Companies with fewer product defects and recalls always win over more customers and this really helps with your profits.

Continue reading "What does manufacturing software provide?"

Understanding Hoshin Kanri

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
There are a number of methods used to improve production and to contribute to a stronger manufacturing plant. One method that many companies are using is known as Hoshin Kanri. What is Hoshin Kanri? It is a planning method that is used to help an organization define short-term and long-term objectives. Depending upon your company these objectives could be financial in nature or they could be about reducing waste or other things. For most organizations Hoshin Kanri will provide objectives that are aimed at a 2-5 year period.

Continue reading "Understanding Hoshin Kanri"

The popularity of Business Intelligence

industrialcenter36590146.jpg
There are a number of programs that you can use in order to focus on improving your manufacturing plant. Business Intelligence is a popular method because it helps you to work out an intelligence strategy for the company, giving you a strong edge above your competition. How does business intelligence work and how will it improve your business?

Continue reading "The popularity of Business Intelligence"

Strategic implementation of knowledge management

electrictower7619808.jpg
For any manufacturing plant to run effectively it will take the right type of knowledge and hard work. Knowledge Management is a process that involves the right knowledge in order to enhance the performance of the organization. In short, knowledge management is a way of collecting all the knowledge within the company and evenly distributing it to everyone. The goal of this is to help everyone be on the same page and to then work collectively in order to make necessary improvements to the company to increase profits.

Continue reading "Strategic implementation of knowledge management"

One piece flow manufacturing

goldpipes26813936.jpg
Every manufacturing plant has different goals and things on their list in order to keep the company running effectively and to ensure that customers are getting their products in a timely manner. Each company has a method or program that is used to help increase profits or to reduce wastes for the company. In order to achieve all of the various goals you have, you need to have some type of manufacturing program that can be used such as lean manufacturing or Six Sigma. With lean manufacturing your organization will work on things like work flow and finding ways to improve the efficiency of the company while eliminating or reducing waste altogether.

Continue reading "One piece flow manufacturing"

Manufacturing mistakes that are costly

cautiontape41824589.jpg
There are a number of wastes and expenses with manufacturing facilities. Some do the costs out there can be so expensive that they can literally wipe out your ability to make a decent product for your organization. It is vital that you understand these costs and to look for ways in which you can focus on improving them so you are not losing thousands of dollars a year. A single mistake on a production line can end up leading you to have serious issues. The products could be shipped out to all of the customers, and they end up dealing with issues and then you have a messy PR problem and product recalls to deal with. Companies need to look for software programs and other things that can help you to avoid costly manufacturing mistakes that should not be happening. If you miss a mistake and it costs you thousands or possibly millions, it can take years to make the money back plus dealing with a damaged reputation.

Continue reading "Manufacturing mistakes that are costly"

Implementing a flexible manufacturing process

loadingcranes34828787.jpg
With all the various programs out there, it can be tough to find one that will help you to keep your lines of production flowing properly. Using a flexible manufacturing line is a great way to adjust the process so you can see multiple products produced and to have timely deliveries to your customers. There are some manufacturing plants that use a single-line process where only one product is created at a time where the flexible manufacturing process comes down to moving or reconfiguring the process so you can create several products on the same line. Changes occur that may not be anticipated or you could have some that occur due to design. This way you can satisfy all the needs that the company has with just a few simple changes in the configuration.

Continue reading "Implementing a flexible manufacturing process"

How training within industry compares to other manufacturing methods

assemblyline19192148.jpg
There are several programs used in manufacturing in order to improve the company and its products. One of the common programs talked about is called training within industry or TWI. This was created by the government as way to help manufacturing plants when they were losing countless employees to World War II. How does training within industry work? There are 5 things that a supervisor must understand in order to use training within industry correctly:

Continue reading "How training within industry compares to other manufacturing methods"

Tips for starting a manufacturing company

pouringsteel34877559.jpg
If you are dreaming of becoming an owner of a manufacturing company you may be overwhelmed with the number of decisions that you will need to make. It is important to understand that the manufacturing industry is fairly complex so you will need to make some careful considerations before starting your own manufacturing business. Because of this you will need to spend a large amount of time on the planning process.

Continue reading "Tips for starting a manufacturing company"

The pros and cons of outsourcing manufacturing

nuclearpowerplant36588937.jpg
If you are the owner of a manufacturing company you may feel that you are overwhelmed with the day to day demands of running your business. It can be hard to see how you will even begin to accomplish all of the things that you need to do while still keeping your customers happy. If you even have time to stop and read your business goals you may see them as unattainable due to the demands of running your company. One solution that can help with the ever pressing demands of manufacturing is using outsourcing.

Continue reading "The pros and cons of outsourcing manufacturing"

The basics of manufacturing

factory36587187.jpg
Setting up a manufacturing business can be a complicated process. If you are interested in starting this kind of business then you need to take the time to educate yourself about everything that has to do with manufacturing. There are many different challenges when it comes to manufacturing but if you have a basic knowledge of the process you can successfully deal with those challenges and make your manufacturing business a success. Here are some of the issues that you will need to deal with when it comes to the basics of manufacturing-

Continue reading "The basics of manufacturing"

Great Tips To Help You Re-Energize Sales

warehouse19191726.jpg
Are your sales slumping lately? What can you do to re-energize your sales and bring about loyalty from your customers again? Your sales need to be at a certain level in order for you to make a profit and to have a hope of expanding your company in the future. With each new customer you have comes the chance to make them into a long-term customer that can provide you with consistent sales. You need to look at your company and what you are doing to market to your customers and to figure out what is working and what needs to be changed in order to give your company a chance to bring in new customers but also to increase loyalty with your existing customers. Here are some tips we created that will help you to re-energize your company’s sales:

Continue reading "Great Tips To Help You Re-Energize Sales"

Supply chain management in manufacturing companies

bottles34878846.jpg
If you are the owner of a manufacturing company it is crucial to understand that how the supply chain within your business is managed will directly influence the long term success and even survival of your business. Supply chain management is crucial for manufacturers who must carefully consider every aspect of the products they product. Because of the importance of supply chain management many manufacturing companies have put a supply chain management process into place that will help them to operate their supply chain as efficiently as possible while still keeping their customers happy and production costs low. Business experts explain that there are 3 different levels within the process that many manufacturers will need to focus on. These levels of supply chain management are-

Continue reading "Supply chain management in manufacturing companies"

Supply chain management in manufacturing companies

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
If you are the owner of a manufacturing company it is crucial to understand that how the supply chain within your business is managed will directly influence the long term success and even survival of your business. Supply chain management is crucial for manufacturers who must carefully consider every aspect of the products they product. Because of the importance of supply chain management many manufacturing companies have put a supply chain management process into place that will help them to operate their supply chain as efficiently as possible while still keeping their customers happy and production costs low. Business experts explain that there are 3 different levels within the process that many manufacturers will need to focus on. These levels of supply chain management are-

Continue reading "Supply chain management in manufacturing companies"

Supply chain management in manufacturing companies

assemblyline19192148.jpg
If you are the owner of a manufacturing company it is crucial to understand that how the supply chain within your business is managed will directly influence the long term success and even survival of your business. Supply chain management is crucial for manufacturers who must carefully consider every aspect of the products they product. Because of the importance of supply chain management many manufacturing companies have put a supply chain management process into place that will help them to operate their supply chain as efficiently as possible while still keeping their customers happy and production costs low. Business experts explain that there are 3 different levels within the process that many manufacturers will need to focus on. These levels of supply chain management are-

Continue reading "Supply chain management in manufacturing companies"

Supply chain management in manufacturing companies

assemblyline19192148.jpg
If you are the owner of a manufacturing company it is crucial to understand that how the supply chain within your business is managed will directly influence the long term success and even survival of your business. Supply chain management is crucial for manufacturers who must carefully consider every aspect of the products they product. Because of the importance of supply chain management many manufacturing companies have put a supply chain management process into place that will help them to operate their supply chain as efficiently as possible while still keeping their customers happy and production costs low. Business experts explain that there are 3 different levels within the process that many manufacturers will need to focus on. These levels of supply chain management are-

Continue reading "Supply chain management in manufacturing companies"

Robotics in manufacturing

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
Robotics is becoming more widely used within the world of manufacturing. Recent studies are show that a larger number then ever of manufacturing companies are to some degree, using robotics in their production line. The main reason for this is that the use of robotics significantly reduces the payroll cost within a manufacturing company. In addition, it has been found that there is rarely a job that cannot be done by robotics that was previously being done by a worker on the production floor.

Continue reading "Robotics in manufacturing"

How social media can help manufacturing companies

buildings19268963.jpg
When most people think of social media networking their first thought may not be how it can help a manufacturing company. However, you may be surprised to learn that there are many ways that manufacturers can use social media to help build their business. All too often manufacturing companies rely heavily on a single contract to keep them in business. This is serious mistake. With an uncertain economy more then one manufacturing company has found themselves scrambling to stay afloat when they lose that single contract. It is important that every business (manufacturing or not), be working on attracting new clients. This is where social media networking can work for them. Here is what you need to know about how social media can help manufacturing companies-

Continue reading "How social media can help manufacturing companies"

What you need to know about manufacturing trends

manwithmachine7803402.jpg
Every manufacturer needs to stay current with the trends that are in the forefront of manufacturing. Knowing what the trends are in the manufacturing world will help you to keep your manufacturing business on the cutting edge. In addition, when you stay educated about the current trends in manufacturing you will be able to have a clearer understanding of the economic conditions that could be affecting your business. Keep in mind that if you fail to stay current with manufacturing trends your competition will most likely not be making that mistake. When your competition has information that you do not they might be better prepared to handle economic changes and leave your business lagging behind. Here is what you need to know about manufacturing trends-

Continue reading "What you need to know about manufacturing trends"

What are manufacturing standards?

warehouse19191726.jpg
If you are going to measure something then you use a standard measurement. In the manufacturing process there are certain standards that need to be adhered to. These can be both standards of operation and management. It is important to keep in mind that these standards will be applicable to all manufacturers no matter what type of manufacturing they do or the size of their company. Many business owners have made the mistake of thinking that these generic standards do not apply to them and they are wrong. Manufacturing standards apply to all public, private or even government companies.

Continue reading "What are manufacturing standards?"

Tips for retaining your manufacturing customers

cautiontape41824589.jpg
Every business succeeds or fails on the basis of whether or not it can keep customers happy. This is especially true for manufacturing companies that must be able to supply their customers with their ordered products on a timely and prompt basis. Business experts stress that despite difficult economic conditions manufacturing businesses can still retain their customers. Even though many businesses are scaling back on what they order manufacturers can still find ways to keep their customers coming back to purchase more. Here are some tips for retaining your manufacturing customers-

Continue reading "Tips for retaining your manufacturing customers"

Tips for quality control in manufacturing

assemblyline19192148.jpg
Whether you are making your own products or using another company to outsource your production it is crucial to insist on the highest level of quality control. The bottom line for achieving the highest standards of quality control means to set a standard as to where you want your products to be and then work to meet those standards. When there is a lack of quality control within a manufacturing business there begins to be a high rate of product defects and other problems that arise. Manufacturing businesses need to do everything they can to avoid having to do product recalls. Not only are product recalls very expensive but they can actually damage the reputation of your business for a very long time. In addition, when you practice the highest standards of quality control you are able to prevent problems from burdening your business and causing additional waste. Here are some tips for quality control in manufacturing-

Continue reading "Tips for quality control in manufacturing"

The benefits and disadvantages of using robotics in manufacturing

machinery19192168.jpg
Manufacturing companies are turning more and more to the use of robotics. In fact, studies show that the majority of manufacturers use robotics to some degree in their production process. This is mostly due to the fact that robotics has been found to be a cheaper alternative to using humans. Robotics has also been found to be a fit for almost any job that was previously held by a human on the production line.

Continue reading "The benefits and disadvantages of using robotics in manufacturing"

How to set up your manufacturing line to maximize efficiency

lumberyard34878802.jpg
The efficiency of any production process is the biggest indicator as to whether your manufacturing business will make money or not. If a manufacturing business is able to maximize their efficiency then they will be profitable however, if they cannot achieve this they may soon find they are closing their doors. This makes it crucial for any manufacturing business to always be looking at how they can better produce their product. Here is what you need to know about how to set up your manufacturing line to maximize efficiency-

Continue reading "How to set up your manufacturing line to maximize efficiency"

Factors for effective manufacturing

electrictower7619808.jpg
If you are looking for a manufacturer to make the products that your company sells there are certain factors that you should be looking for. These factors are indicators that you have found a manufacturer who is using effective manufacturing. You want to take the time to carefully research any manufacturing company that you are considering working with. When you choose a manufacturer that adheres to the highest standards you are much more likely to end up with a product that is more profitable for you to sell. Here are some factors for effective manufacturing-

Continue reading "Factors for effective manufacturing"

Should you use DMAIC or DMADV?

businessnegoations19314770.jpg
There are many different strategies that can be used in order to increase productivity and to cut wastes for the organization. One of the ways in which you can do this is by looking for a program that can help you like Six Sigma. DMAIC and DMADV are two methods that are associated with Six Sigma and will be able to help you increase productivity and to cut wastes for the company. The problem that you might run into is figuring out which method to use and how you can focus on creating a stronger company. Let’s look at DMAIC and DMADV in depth a little more so you can get an idea as to how they will impact your organization.

Continue reading "Should you use DMAIC or DMADV?"

Achieving Six Sigma

manwithheadset16341611.jpg
When it comes to running a successful manufacturing plant, one of the best things you can do is to look into a program that will be able to help you reduce defects and increase productivity for the company. One of the most common programs that is used to achieve a low defect level is to use Six Sigma. Six Sigma was created by Motorola in the late 1980s as a way to reduce defects and to improve the quality of the products that are sold by the company. Motorola has claimed that Six Sigma has been able to give them a savings amount of more than 17 billion dollars. With Six Sigma working so well for Motorola, it has inspired many other organizations to join in and use it to save money and provide their customers with better products and services.

Continue reading "Achieving Six Sigma"

What types of careers are around in manufacturing?

winery41840493.jpg
There are so many various careers in manufacturing, which finding a job can be a simple process if you choose the right sector. Maybe you don't actually want to work on equipment or in production? You can always learn how to become a Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing consultant. This will allow you to branch out to manufacturing companies and train them on how to be safe along with reducing wastes and improving the overall efficiency of your organization.

Continue reading "What types of careers are around in manufacturing?"

Start profiting from your manufacturing business

smokestack30446975.jpg
Everyone that goes into business wants to make money however not everyone has the right type of skills to actually make money. The supply chain is where you need to look in order to create a smooth-flowing organization. You can create strategic partnerships by improving your supply chain and you can also find excellent managers as your employees stand out and start showing you their skills and talents. Various things will play into the ability to become profitable but if you can start to learn what these things are and you can start using them correctly you will make money. Here are the different areas where you need to devote your time:

Continue reading "Start profiting from your manufacturing business"

Manufacturing business valuation

powercables63552065.jpg
If you are in the business of buying and selling companies, you should know all about business valuation. What is manufacturing business valuation and how does it pertain to the buying and selling of companies? It comes down to getting the correct value for a company, allowing you to buy or sell for the best possible price.

Continue reading "Manufacturing business valuation"

How to find manufacturing equipment online

laptop30767380.jpg
The internet brings about so many different opportunities for businesses that you may not have considered it for finding manufacturing equipment online but it actually poses a number of opportunities. Like any other company, leasing companies are also online and they will help you to get the right manufacturing equipment you need for your business to become a success. Finding the right equipment for your company will either help you to become a success or it will lead you in the other direction, which no one wants! Fortunately there are literally hundreds of industrial equipment suppliers that you can find online and will all be able to provide you with a quote and hopefully with the equipment you need to succeed.

Continue reading "How to find manufacturing equipment online"

Finding a way to be successful as a small business manufacturer

nails19080356.jpg
A small business manufacturer doesn't have all of the same benefits as the "big boys" do but you can easily make a large dent in your industry by choosing to manufacturer the right products and getting on board with the right distributors to send out your products. When you get in touch with the right people for your company, you will be able to succeed and to make your mark in your industry.

Continue reading "Finding a way to be successful as a small business manufacturer"

Continuous improvement for manufacturing companies

industrialcenter36590146.jpg
When an entire company starts working together as a team, it will allow everyone to share responsibilities and to take control over the future of the organization. This methodology is often referred to as "continuous improvement" as everyone wants to improve the quality of the products that are manufactured and also improves the overall performance of the company. With continuous improvement, you often see a number of lean manufacturing principles that arise like Six Sigma and Kaizen. There are many other popular methods as well like the 5 S methodology and Just-in-Time manufacturing. Every manufacturing method will have it's own way of doing things to bring about change to the organization. The good news is when you are focused on continuous improvement you won't need to worry about choosing only one method, you can combine several of them to bring about the right change you need.

Continue reading "Continuous improvement for manufacturing companies"

Basic aspects of a manufacturing business

factory%20training.jpg
Breaking into the manufacturing world is a tricky process. When you have a specific product you create it is usually easy but if you have several products that you are manufacturing you will have other challenges that arise. Here are some of the problem areas that you need to worry about when you are manufacturing products:

Continue reading "Basic aspects of a manufacturing business"

Using TQM in the manufacturing process

gears15607918.jpg
For several years, Manufacturing companies have been using Total Quality Management (TQM) to manage quality within their organization, for several years. The concept of quality management was introduced about 30 years ago, when manufacturers realized the importance of taking the customer's needs into account to improve product effectiveness, competitiveness, efficiency, and flexibility. TQM is a process that is used strictly for managing quality. It is important to understand that it must be a continuous way of life and a philosophy of perpetual improvement in everything that is done. It is imperative that businesses that properly implement TQM take on various responsibilities like meeting customer requirements and satisfaction.

Continue reading "Using TQM in the manufacturing process"

Using Kaizen methodology to reduce manufacturing waste

garbagecan37740180.jpg
One of the major problems for manufacturers is dealing with waste. There are many different kinds of waste that can be found in manufacturing. This could include but is not limited to: idle time of equipment, idle time of employees, actual wasted product, defects, recalls, shipment issues, etc. Some studies indicate that manufacturing companies waste over 70% of their resources, while those who implement Lean Manufacturing cut that percentage in half.

Continue reading "Using Kaizen methodology to reduce manufacturing waste"

The advantages of custom manufacturing

dam37868500.jpg
Manufacturing has been around since the beginning of time and will continue to exist in one form or another for many years. While there will always be a need for manufacturing, there will always be a need for finding new and improved processes, to reduce costs and improve quality. This is where custom manufacturing comes into play. Custom manufacturing by its very nature seeks to solve many of the problems that confront manufacturers today, when they are deciding on a manufacturing method and process.

Continue reading "The advantages of custom manufacturing"

Steps to improve the quality in manufacturing

factoryatdusk37766229.jpg
Every business of every size is always looking for ways to cut costs while still improving quality. This is no different for manufacturing businesses. When this happens, improving quality manufacturing processes can result in decreased waste, better quality products, and an overall improvement in customer satisfaction. There are certain tips that can help any business work toward quality manufacturing process improvement. To implement these tips, it is advised that businesses should develop a committee that is in charge of overseeing any quality improvements, and making sure they come to fruition. While it is best to involve the whole company if possible, in the beginning a committee can help to ensure the steps are completed, and taken from beginning to end. Here are some steps to get you started-

Continue reading "Steps to improve the quality in manufacturing"

Safety in manufacturing

manworking7722143.jpg
Because of the very nature of manufacturing, managers of this type of business are always looking for ways to improve safety. Safety in the workplace should always be a high priority. The bottom line is that having accidents on the job, can lead to a loss in productivity, and can cost the company a lot of money. It can also have a huge effect on how your employees perform their work. This is because if they do not feel as if they are in a safe environment, they will not perform to their best potential.

Continue reading "Safety in manufacturing"

Repurposing manufacturing equipment

crainsatharbor10026517.jpg
Many companies, of every type and kind, are looking to cut costs in whatever way they can. One way that some manufacturing plants have chosen to do so is through repurposing equipment. This can be a significant way to cut costs, especially in a volatile economy. When it comes to running a manufacturing business, cutting costs and eliminating waste are vital to keep your business profitable, for the long term. Repurposing is considered an excellent way for manufacturers to cut costs. It allows a business to take existing equipment, and, rather than purchase brand new, upgrade it so it better meets the needs, of the production process.

Continue reading "Repurposing manufacturing equipment"

Logistics Management in manufacturing

storage19194627.jpg
Logistics management is all about measuring capacity. Capacity is defined as the capability of an object, whether that is a machine, work center or operator, to produce output for a specific time period. Many manufacturing businesses ignore the measurement of capacity, assuming that their facility has enough capacity, but that is often not the case. Increasingly manufacturing software programs like enterprise resource planning (ERP) and warehouse management systems (WMS) calculate throughput based using formulas that are dependant on capacity.

Continue reading "Logistics Management in manufacturing"

How to use DMADV in new product design

lotion37742286.jpg
There are several manufacturing methods you can use when it comes to creating new products, or new product lines. One of these methods is called DMADV, and is part of the manufacturing process known as Six Sigma. DMADV is an acronym for the following processes:

Continue reading "How to use DMADV in new product design"

How to save money by using Six Sigma

puttingmoneyinpiggybank7233139.jpg
Six Sigma is one of the major cost savings programs that are being implemented, by many different manufacturers. The Six Sigma method promotes incorporating a method of operation, which will lower costs by reducing waste. Through the use of Six Sigma, everyone involved in the process is a winner. The manufacturer saves money, and then can produce a higher quality product. The customer is happier because he receives a higher quality product on a consistent basis, and often times the savings in costs is passed down, from the manufacturer to the consumer. The cost savings of using Six Sigma are real and are definitely attainable by any company willing to develop a Six Sigma method that is specifically tailored, to meet specific company needs, and to address existing challenges.

Continue reading "How to save money by using Six Sigma"

How to outsource your manufacturing and cut costs

money30743392.jpg
In today's economy, most businesses are looking for different ways to cut down on their overall costs; this is especially true for manufacturers. Cutting down on overall costs simply means you are saving money, and increasing profitability. The bottom line is that saving money in a bad economy can sometimes mean the difference between staying in business, and having your business fail. With manufacturing businesses, one of their biggest costs is the manufacturing all of their products in one location. Many manufacturers find that they can save considerable cash by outsourcing a portion of their products. Today, many manufacturers are choosing to outsource their manufacturing overseas. Here is what you need to know about how to outsource your manufacturing and cut costs.

Continue reading "How to outsource your manufacturing and cut costs"

How to find raw materials for manufacturing

logging30514131.jpg
Manufacturing is the use of labor and tools that are applied in industrial production, where raw materials are transformed into finished goods. While some manufacturers use regular materials to run and manufacture their products, many of them use raw materials. This can often be a challenge when you have to figure out where to get them from. Most often, raw materials are taken from the earth, and then split into a form that can be stored, transported, and then used to produce a somewhat finished material, which is then to be used to produce something else, in a manufacturing plant. Most raw materials after having been produced naturally are sold to customers around the world.

Continue reading "How to find raw materials for manufacturing"

How to use Visual Control for manufacturing process improvement

manwithmachine24240369.jpg
Manufacturers of every size and type are constantly looking for ways to improve their production process. Businesses that are seeking to increase production efficiency, may want to consider using visual control, as part of their Six Sigma or Lean manufacturing process. This has been found to easily and dramatically increase efficiency of the production process.

Continue reading "How to use Visual Control for manufacturing process improvement"

Different types of manufacturing

manufacturing_systems.jpg
There are many different types of manufacturing that can be used when setting up a business. Which type of manufacturing method that is used will depend on the product, and will depend on the type of manufacturing that is being done. If you are going to be setting up a manufacturing business, or are just looking into new ways to help improve your manufacturing, you will want to take a close look at the different manufacturing theories and methods that are out there. Here is a brief overview of different points to consider when you are looking at the different manufacturing theories. You should take these points into consideration to make sure that you are getting the best out of manufacturing.

Continue reading "Different types of manufacturing"

Business process management

warehouse19191726.jpg
Business process management (BPM) encompasses a handful of different process improvement strategies. All of these processes focus on reducing waste, and improving customer satisfaction. Manufacturers are implementing Business process management, in an attempt to curtail costs, and improve productivity and profits. There are several different methods that fall under the category of business process management. These include but are not limited to:

Continue reading "Business process management"

All about TQM

winery41840493.jpg
Many manufacturers in an effort to improve their processes are turning to Total Quality Management. Total Quality Management (TQM) provides businesses, with the ability to improve its effectiveness, competitiveness, efficiency, and flexibility in order to best suit the needs of its customers. TQM is considered one of the lean manufacturing methods. While many companies quickly catch onto the philosophy of TQM, they often struggle with the implementation of it. One of the most interesting differences of TQM (from other lean manufacturing philosophies) is that it focuses more on the needs of the customer. Businesses who are considering implementing TQM need to review their production process and consider the following questions:

Continue reading "All about TQM"

All about Project based manufacturing

cautiontape41824729.jpg
Project based manufacturing is very different type of manufacturing. Its differences are especially highlighted when compared to manufacturing methods such as engineer-to-order, and manufacturing-to-stock. This is because unlike other forms of manufacturing, project-based manufacturing designs a product to be a product, before the needs of the consumer are even considered. This is directly opposite of manufacturing-to-stock and engineer-to-order methods, that both focus on putting the needs of the customer first.

Continue reading "All about Project based manufacturing"

Potential risk areas of manufacturing industries

electrictower7619808.jpg
There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you take an order from your customers and package it and send it to them. Not every customer is able to get the best service as the products may end up broken in the shipping process or some other problem may happen. This is just one of the problems that may happen when you are working on pleasing your customers but what about the risks that can happen at a manufacturing plant? There are several risks that can happen with manufacturing industries and you need to know what type of problems may arise and it will possibly impact your company and the products that you are providing to your customers.

Continue reading "Potential risk areas of manufacturing industries"

Options for construction manufacturing equipment

crane34708284.jpg
There are many organizations that depend on construction manufacturing equipment in order to create a successful products like new buildings and other things. If you are seeking to lease equipment in order to have the supplies you need to create impressive structures and other things you may be wondering where you can get access to the funds for the project? The best way is by using construction manufacturing equipment financing. This option will allow you to lease the equipment you need and to be able to actually get things done. It is an easier way to finish the job as you aren't tying up your cash flow as you would if you chose to purchase the equipment.

Continue reading "Options for construction manufacturing equipment"

How to find a plastics manufacturing company

toothbrush63308363.jpg
When choosing a plastics manufacturing company, there are several questions and things you need to ask the supplier and yourself in order to choose one that will be effective for your organization. It is very important to remember that there are many different types of plastics to work with and there are equally many different types of plastic products that can be created. Having a plan in mind will help you more than anything when it comes to plastics manufacturing so that you will be able to create the right type of product to "wow" your customers and help your organization get off to the right type of start. Here are some of the many questions you need to evaluate when it comes to finding a plastics manufacturer that can lead your organization in the right direction.

Continue reading "How to find a plastics manufacturing company"

How plastic manufacturing works

garbagecan37740180.jpg
There are many plastic materials in our homes and if you have ever wondered where they come from and how they are made, this article will help you to learn more about plastic manufacturing. There are many things that go into the process of making plastic goods, and there is a great demand and need for recycling as it does help to cut down on the number of plastic bottles and other things that start to crowd up the junkyards.

Continue reading "How plastic manufacturing works"

Effective tips in design for manufacturing

crane34708284.jpg
When you use injection molding to turn your design into a product, there are different factors that you must consider before place it. The product will need to have features and parts that will fit with your product the right way. The more effective your design on how to make the product, the more successful your product will be. To ensure that the design you have created is smooth and successful, use the tips listed below.

Continue reading "Effective tips in design for manufacturing"

Creating a flexible manufacturing layout

blueprints23266599.jpg
There are always adjustments that need to be made when you are dealing with manufacturing processes. The popular style of many is called flexible manufacturing. What is flexible manufacturing and how is it able to provide you with efficient and timely production? Flexible manufacturing is a process that allows several different products to be created on a single production line. They often are not done at the same time but the machines can be changed and adjusted quickly in order to create the products that you need. Having this type of flexibility makes it much easier for manufacturing plants to take on multiple jobs that might not be as large, opening them up to a larger audience base.

Continue reading "Creating a flexible manufacturing layout"

Creating a flexible manufacturing layout

blueprints23266599.jpg
There are always adjustments that need to be made when you are dealing with manufacturing processes. The popular style of many is called flexible manufacturing. What is flexible manufacturing and how is it able to provide you with efficient and timely production? Flexible manufacturing is a process that allows several different products to be created on a single production line. They often are not done at the same time but the machines can be changed and adjusted quickly in order to create the products that you need. Having this type of flexibility makes it much easier for manufacturing plants to take on multiple jobs that might not be as large, opening them up to a larger audience base.

Continue reading "Creating a flexible manufacturing layout"

Creating a flexible manufacturing layout

blueprints23266599.jpg
There are always adjustments that need to be made when you are dealing with manufacturing processes. The popular style of many is called flexible manufacturing. What is flexible manufacturing and how is it able to provide you with efficient and timely production? Flexible manufacturing is a process that allows several different products to be created on a single production line. They often are not done at the same time but the machines can be changed and adjusted quickly in order to create the products that you need. Having this type of flexibility makes it much easier for manufacturing plants to take on multiple jobs that might not be as large, opening them up to a larger audience base.

Continue reading "Creating a flexible manufacturing layout"

Why is lean manufacturing so successful?

vats34886289.jpg
Lean manufacturing has been around for many years now and a number of companies have been able to save millions of dollars by implementing it. This brings up the question, what is lean manufacturing and why is it so successful? This article will help you understand more about lean manufacturing so you can determine if it's right for your business.

Continue reading "Why is lean manufacturing so successful?"

What is Lean Manufacturing?

winery41840493.jpg
Lean manufacturing is a production strategy that seeks to produce a high level of throughput with a minimum of inventory. This method was originally a Japanese methodology. It was known as the Toyota Production System designed by Sakichi Toyoda. Unlike the American automotive industry Toyota encouraged employees to be a part of the production process, which was vastly different from the American automotive industry. The company was considered innovative in introducing quality circles which were a group of workers, who would meet to discuss workplace improvement. Quality circle members would also make presentations to management with regarding the quality of production. It is interesting to note that the developments made by Toyota were adopted by other Japanese manufacturers but none were as successful. In the 1980's American companies began to adopt some of the processes developed by Toyota, and gave these names such as Continuous Flow Manufacturing (CFM), World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and Stockless Production.

Continue reading "What is Lean Manufacturing?"

What are measurements of manufacturing health?

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
There are certain key indicators of manufacturing health. Knowing and understanding these indicators is important to determine the health of your manufacturing business. These indicators when they are taken together give you an idea of how the manufacturing portion of the economy is faring. Keep in mind that although manufacturing comprises a small piece of the total economy (services and retail are larger); it is still important to the total health of the economy. Each of these measurements looks at the health of the current manufacturing sector and gives an idea of what the future will look like. These three indicators will signal important positions in the business cycle, and may give a boost or put a damper on market activity depending on their results. Keep in mind that all factors must be considered as one measurement alone, does not give a complete picture. Here are the key measurements of manufacturing health-

Continue reading "What are measurements of manufacturing health?"

Types of Small business manufacturing

barrels41840423.jpg
When considering the area of manufacturing most people are not quick to associate it with small business. So you may be surprised to learn that in the United States small business manufacturers can be found in all fifty states. There are even organizations that exist to promote small manufacturers, and to lobby government, to assist with legislation and federal programs.

Continue reading "Types of Small business manufacturing"

Selecting manufacturing services

industrialcenter36590146.jpg
The manufacturing industry is filled with a number of companies that can provide you with outsourcing services. This will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on production expenses each year. Selecting the right manufacturing services is vital to help your company become a successful organization. Whether you would like a manufacturing service for a temporary solution or a full-time solution, here are some things to consider that will help you select the right manufacturing service:

Continue reading "Selecting manufacturing services"

Lean supply chain management

containers26813816.jpg
A growing trend in the manufacturing world is the use of lean supply chain management. Manufacturers are finding that by streamlining the manufacturing process, they can bring about significant cost reduction and increased efficiency. Lean supply chain management requires businesses to examine every process in their supply chain and then identify areas that are using unnecessary resources. These resources are items that can be measured in dollars, time or raw materials. Successfully implementing lean supply chain management will improve the organization's competitiveness as well as improve their overall profitability.

Continue reading "Lean supply chain management"

How Overall Equipment Effectiveness fits into manufacturing

equipment37875039.jpg
No matter what type of process or manufacturing operation you are involved in, and regardless of company size, you are likely to be under constant pressure to improve performance, improve quality, and increase equipment availability. OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness provides a solution.

Continue reading "How Overall Equipment Effectiveness fits into manufacturing"

How to ensure quality control

crabs14536718.jpg
When you are producing products or outsourcing your products to another company, you need to make sure there is a high level of quality control. Quality control simply means you will set a standard for where your products need to be at and then strive hard to meet those expectations. When quality control is not implemented within a plant, it can lead to manufacturing defects and other problems. Product recalls are incredibly expensive for your business and could damage your company's reputation for life. Quality control helps you avoid expensive lawsuits and other things by taking steps to prevent problems and eliminate them before they become a burden and a waste on your company.

Continue reading "How to ensure quality control"

Can you finance a manufacturing firm with invoice factoring?

walletwithmoney8252668.jpg
Almost every business struggles with cash flow problems from time to time because their customers are slow to pay their invoices. When you are struggling to get your clients to pay their invoices, you will not have money to pay your invoices and you won't be able to take on more orders as you don't have the money to pay for the raw goods. A great option you do have is called manufacturing invoice financing

Continue reading "Can you finance a manufacturing firm with invoice factoring?"

An overview to lean manufacturing

manatcontrols24240145.jpg
Eliminating waste and improving the efficiency of your manufacturing company should be at the top of your list. There are many different ways to help your business reduce waste and increase efficiency but the one strategy that ranks at the top of the list is lean manufacturing.

Continue reading "An overview to lean manufacturing"

All about TPM

manufacturing_systems.jpg
TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) is a maintenance philosophy that is strictly designed to integrate equipment maintenance, into the manufacturing process. The main goal of any TPM program is to eliminate losses that are tied to equipment maintenance or, keep equipment producing only good product, as fast as possible, with no unplanned downtime.

Continue reading "All about TPM"

A hidden manufacturing waste you may not know about

cautiontape41824589.jpg
There are various lean manufacturing processes you can use to try and eliminate wastes from the organization and make it effective. Lean Six Sigma has become a popular option as it focuses on reducing waste but also improving efficiency. When you are working with lean manufacturing it's common to hear about the 7 wastes. These wastes must be eliminated from your organization in order for you to produce better products and provide better service to your customers.

Continue reading "A hidden manufacturing waste you may not know about"

What is a manufacturing process?

laptop30767380.jpgMany other industries have taken lessons from the manufacturing industry and have found that several of the manufacturing processes can help to reduce errors and increase efficiency in their organization. When it comes to picking a manufacturing process, you need to assess your company and your needs. Here are some of the popular manufacturing processes to choose from:

Continue reading "What is a manufacturing process?"

The 5 S method of manufacturing

yellowmetal19375885.jpgWhether you are running a manufacturing plant or not, you can learn a lot from manufacturing companies. They often use methods that help to reduce waste and increase the overall efficiency of your company. One method that tends to stand out from all the others is the 5 "S" method of manufacturing.

Continue reading "The 5 S method of manufacturing"

What you need to know about starting your own manufacturing company

accountant37004113.jpgManufacturing will always be the lifeblood of any market place. The manufacturing industry is one that has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for many years to come. This has lead to a constant stream of potential manufacturers looking to start their own company. However, it is crucial to understand that if you want to start your own manufacturing company, you will need much more then just a great idea. Here is what you need to know about starting your own manufacturing company-

Continue reading "What you need to know about starting your own manufacturing company"

Implementing 5 "S" manufacturing into other companies

buisnessmeeting26238539.jpgHave you been struggling to reduce errors and improve the overall efficiency of your company? Many companies turn to a manufacturing method known as the 5 S method. The 5 S method is very easy to implement and it can do wonders for your business even if you aren't producing products or services to be sold. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to properly implement the 5 S method:

Continue reading "Implementing 5 "S" manufacturing into other companies"

How manufacturers can keep shipping costs low

bills39158685.jpgManufacturers are always looking, for ways to cut costs. One of the areas where they can significantly cut costs is through shipping. This is because in manufacturing, one of the costs that go into the final product price is the shipping costs. Even if a business has the customers pay shipping separately, it can still affect profits. Every company wants to ensure that their customers return for additional business, so the focus must be on keeping prices as low as possible. The bottom line is that one of the best ways to help keep any product affordable is to keep the shipping costs as low as possible. Here is what you need to know about how manufacturers can keep shipping costs low-

Continue reading "How manufacturers can keep shipping costs low"

What is Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS)

businessmeeting26246912.jpgThe Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS) is the current worldwide standard that defines the ways in which control information is transferred among intelligent devices and systems such as computers and robots for messaging system functionality. Manufacturing Message Specification deals with the process of sending data and control information between networks or between computer applications that are all part of a common network. The implementation of this international standard is what allows different computer systems and networks to communicate with each other to transfer information orderly as well as in real time fashion.

Continue reading "What is Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS)"

Fixing the economy through manufacturing

missingpuzzlepiece19378437.jpgThroughout 2008 and into the beginning of 2009 the United States and other parts of the world have been faced with a recession. A recession means that the economy is going downhill. People are not putting money into the economy because they have no extra money to spend, with less money in the economy this means there are less people needed for certain jobs. If people are not buying homes or merchandise employers, do not need to have as many employees as before so they are laying people off. The more people who are being laid off the less amount of people there are who can spend extra money to help boost the economy. A recession is like a vicious circle because one thing affects another and it just continues to go around and around, if it gets too bad it can lead towards a depression.

Continue reading "Fixing the economy through manufacturing"

Automated custom manufacturing

manwithmachine24240369.jpg

No one really knows what the future holds for any industry or any specific business, but the likelihood that something will be the gossip of today and the reality of the future is quite possible to predict. Manufacturing has been an essential part of modern society for more hundreds of years and most of the economy revolves around businesses figuring out how to make what people want and delivering it to them while turning a profit. This basic idea hasn't changed much, but the way that people will get there will likely change very dramatically in the next few years.

Custom manufacturing processes have been one of the most important developments for modern business in many years and will continue to play a very important role in the way things are produced. But many people believe that it is also going to go in a new direction that will allow for much more customized products to make it into the hands of consumers much faster than ever imagined. When the latest gadget is announced, it is almost always several months or even years before it is available to the public. This process could be dramatically shortened and allow for more flexibility in the production process.

Continue reading "Automated custom manufacturing"

Custom manufacturing advantages

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg

Manufacturing is something that has been around for a very long time and will continue to remain for many years to come in some form or another. There will always be a need for manufacturing and finding new and improved processes to reduce costs and improve quality. Custom manufacturing seeks to solve many of the problems that confront businesses today when they are deciding on a manufacturing method and process.

Manufacturing has evolved over the years to become an industry that is very specific to client needs and demands. Manufacturing has become customized in almost every way so that businesses can build things exactly the way they want them and need to make few if any corrections or modifications to the end product before selling. Because there are so many different manufacturing strategies out there, you will need to determine which one is likely to work best for you and your business and the industry you work in.

Continue reading "Custom manufacturing advantages"

What is the future of manufacturing?

silos26813736.jpg

With an uncertain economy many are asking what is the future of manufacturing in the United States throughout the rest of this decade and into the next? Yet to hear some manufacturers tell it, a more accurate way of phrasing that question might be, "Is there a future for U.S. manufacturing?" Based on the responses to recent surveys manufacturers of all sizes, in all industry verticals, face mounting challenges on several fronts. These challenges include:

  • The ability to attract and keep skilled labor.

  • Highly intense, and some would say unfair, competition from low-cost countries.

  • Rising healthcare costs that show no sign of slowdown.

  • Environmental compliance and other regulatory demands.

Continue reading "What is the future of manufacturing?"

The benefits and drawbacks of food manufacturing

crabs14536718.jpg

The mass production and manufacture of food is much cheaper overall than individual production of meals from raw ingredients. Because of this a large profit potential exists for the manufacturers and suppliers of processed food products. While individuals may see a benefit in convenience they rarely see any direct financial cost benefit in using processed food as compared to home preparation. Poor quality ingredients and sometimes questionable processing and preservation methods can detract greatly from the overall benefit gained by individual consumers.

However this trend is changing with the focus on new key issues by food manufacturers. These keys issues include:

Continue reading "The benefits and drawbacks of food manufacturing"

Food Manufacturing

produce26498609.jpg

Food processing is the set of methods and techniques used to transform raw ingredients
into food or to transform food into other forms that is used for consumption by humans or animals. This is done for products that are used either in the home or by the food processing industry. Food processing/manufacturing typically takes clean, harvested crops or slaughtered and butchered animal products and uses these to produce attractive and marketable food products. Similar processes are used to produce animal feed.

Continue reading "Food Manufacturing"

Processes measurements that are used in TQM

vats34886289.jpg

Total quality management is a manufacturing process that your manufacturing plant can use to help improve your businesses processes, including your manufacturing processes. TQM is designed to help make your manufacturing better by making it more efficient and improving the quality of the manufactured products and processes.

TQM works to make things better in your manufacturing plant by reducing or removing any defects that are found in your manufactured products, which will help to keep costs low and help keep your customers happy. TQM also looks at your manufacturing processes to ensure that everything is running as efficiently as possible.

In addition to knowing how TQM works and what its goals are for your manufacturing plant you will also need to know how to figure out if the manufacturing process is working for your business. The best way to determine if TQM is working for your manufacturing plant is to measure the results that your business is achieving.

The best way that you can measure the results that you are achieving with TQM is through the measurement tools for TQM, you will need to look at the controls that are set up with TQM to see how your improvements are measuring up.

Continue reading "Processes measurements that are used in TQM"

Elements of TQM

cautiontape41824589.jpg

TQM, which stands for Total Quality Management, is a management approach that first began in the 1950's. Although TQM is described as an approach to improving manufacturing processes, it is more like a description of the culture, attitude, and organization of a manufacturing company. The reason for this is that TQ focuses on bringing quality to all areas of a manufacturing business, not just on one or two areas.

TQM is made up of eight elements that are essential to its implementation. What this means is that in order to implement TQM into your manufacturing plant you will need to focus on all eight elements of TQM, you cannot leave out one or two and expect to see any kind of improvements.

Continue reading "Elements of TQM"

Comparing lean manufacturing with six sigma

assemblyline19192148.jpg

Lean manufacturing and six sigma are both quality control systems that you can use to help improve the quality of your manufacturing. These two systems have quite a bit in common, but they also have quite a few differences as well. In order to figure out which system is going to work best for your manufacturing plant you will need to understand how they are alike and how they are different. This is important because each system has their own pros and cons, and it can be the differences in the systems that makes one better than the other.

Six sigma is a quality control system that is designed to focus on your company's businesses processes. When focusing on the businesses processes six sigma is going to see what kind of improvements can be made to each of the processes so that the quality of the product can be improved. By providing a narrow focus six sigma will spot even the smallest things that can be changed to improve the quality of your products and help reduce your overall costs. Lean manufacturing is a quality control system that focuses on reducing your company's overall costs by getting rid of any activities that are unnecessary to the manufacturing process; if they do not add value the processes are not needed.

Continue reading "Comparing lean manufacturing with six sigma"

Manufacturing indicators

assemblyline19192148.jpg

When understand manufacturing processes it is important to understand what manufacturing indicators really mean. By understanding what the manufacturing indicators are showing business owners can better grasp the needed concepts of manufacturing process.

The three key measurements of manufacturing health are:

  • Business Inventories

  • Industrial Production

  • Capacity Utilization

Continue reading " Manufacturing indicators"

The three Rs of manufacturing

manwithmachine24240369.jpg

Most manufacturing companies follow a manufacturing plan that uses the three Rs of manufacturing. The three Rs of manufacturing stand for Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Here is a closer look at the three Rs of manufacturing, plus how they are applied to manufacturing.

Number one: Reduce

Reduce in manufacturing means to lower the amount of waste that your manufacturing plant is generating. Here are some ideas you can try to help your manufacturing plant reduce the amount of waste they are generating:

Continue reading "The three Rs of manufacturing"

Streamlining your manufacturing

manwithmachine7803402.jpg

Streamlining your manufacturing process is one of the best things you can do to improve your manufacturing plant. The reason for this is that by streamlining your manufacturing processes, you will be better able to meet your customer's demands, and you will be able to meet their demands in the shortest time possible. Streamlining your manufacturing plant does not mean that you are going to have the highest level of automation or the highest speed machines, it means that you are going to have the fewest activities that do not add value to your product.

Here are some tips you can follow to streamline your manufacturing process.

Continue reading "Streamlining your manufacturing"

Manufacturing trade shows

buildings19268963.jpg

Trade shows are a great way to advertise your product to purchasers. To participate in a trade show you will need to find a trade shows you are interested in, register for the trade show and pay your registration fee. If you decide to participate in manufacturing trade shows, your manufacturing plant will receive numerous benefits. Here is a look at some of the benefits your manufacturing plant will receive from participating in the trade shows.

Number one: Access to people

By participating in trade shows as a manufacturer, you are gaining access to the people who will actually be making the purchasing decisions. Many purchasing agents of large corporations will attend manufacturing trade shows that are relevant to their needs so that they can find out ahead of time about new products and services that are being offered. By attending the trade shows the purchasers are able to evaluate a variety of products in one location in less time than it would take for them to meet with a manufacturer in a regular meeting.

Continue reading "Manufacturing trade shows"

Manufacturing trade shows

buildings19268963.jpg

Trade shows are a great way to advertise your product to purchasers. To participate in a trade show you will need to find a trade shows you are interested in, register for the trade show and pay your registration fee. If you decide to participate in manufacturing trade shows, your manufacturing plant will receive numerous benefits. Here is a look at some of the benefits your manufacturing plant will receive from participating in the trade shows.

Number one: Access to people

By participating in trade shows as a manufacturer, you are gaining access to the people who will actually be making the purchasing decisions. Many purchasing agents of large corporations will attend manufacturing trade shows that are relevant to their needs so that they can find out ahead of time about new products and services that are being offered. By attending the trade shows the purchasers are able to evaluate a variety of products in one location in less time than it would take for them to meet with a manufacturer in a regular meeting.

Continue reading "Manufacturing trade shows"

Manufacturing issues

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg

Regardless of what industry that you work in there are going to be issues surrounding your business. The issues that you have to deal with are going to vary depending on what industry you are working in, such as retail or manufacturing. As a business owner or manager in manufacturing, you need to be aware of the issues that you can experience in manufacturing so that they do not affect your manufacturing plant.

Here is a look at some of the issues surrounding manufacturing.

Continue reading "Manufacturing issues"

Differences between manufacturing systems

factoryatdusk37766229.jpg

Before you can decide on a manufacturing system that will work for your manufacturing plant, you need to understand the differences between the manufacturing systems. To understand the differences between the four types of manufacturing systems you will need to understand what each type of system is and how it works. By knowing how the systems work, you will be able to choose the system that works best for your manufacturing plant.

Here is a look at the four types of manufacturing systems:

Continue reading "Differences between manufacturing systems"

Prefabrification

wall36601443.jpg
Many of the products found in our world were made through manufacturing processes. When we think of manufacturing we usually think of a large building where parts are assembled to create an entire product. We think that bits and pieces come into the process and a nicely finished product comes out. However, this is not the case with all manufacturing processes. There are other ways to manufacture a final product, and one of these is prefabrication. Most of us have heard of prefabrication but we don't really know what it means. Little do we suspect that prefabrication is a major part of the manufacturing that produces our machines and the products they make. Not everything is made simply in one place by one factory, only to emerge completely finished. Prefabrication is a technique whereby parts of a structure or product are assembled in a factory and then moved to another site where they are then finally assembled.

Continue reading "Prefabrification"

Manufacturing during the recession

yellowmetal19375885.jpg
The current economic recession that is affecting millions of people around the world has hit manufacturing hard. As people loose their homes and their jobs they stop spending money on large, sophisticated items-the sorts of things tha tmanufacturing produces. Think, for example, of the car industry in the United States. Currently it is loosing billions of dollars and possibly failing because the economic recession has basically stopped everyone from buying cars. The affects on the automobile industry ripple throughout the rest of the manufacturing economy. All of the products and materials that go into producing manufactured goods also suffer during the recession. With no quick fixes in sight there is little hope that the recession will end soon, and the future of the manufacturing industry is extremely uncertain. If manufacturing is going to continue it is going to have to change dramatically. Manufacturing during the time of the recession will have to take steps to control the process. Described below are some tips for manufacturing during the recession.

Continue reading "Manufacturing during the recession"

Custom manufacturing production

bottles34878846.jpg
Manufacturing is a complicated process that requires a great deal of expertise, time, and money. Many of the products that we use and purchase everyday are manufactured in all sorts of places and in all sorts of factories. In any case, they come from places that require a great deal of complex planning and machinery. The processes that produce millions of the same products cost millions of dollars to build. In order to design a specific manufacturing product engineers and designers must spend hundreds if not thousands of hourse. Proper machinery must be designed, built, and installed. People who can operate the machinery effectively must also be found to work the plants. There are many, many different things that go into building a manufacturing plant. Because of the tremendous amount of time and energy that go into manufacturing it is not unexpected to hear that any sort of custom manufacturing costs a great deal. But what is custom manufacturing?

Continue reading "Custom manufacturing production"

What the recession means for your manufacturing plant

smokestack19003621.jpg
It's no secret that the current state of the economy has had a negative effect on many businesses. Manufacturing plants are not immune to this. The auto industry, for example, has taken a big hit as a result of the economy, with new car sales plummeting and many workers being laid off from car manufacturing plants across the country.

But how will your manufacturing plant be affected? The following are some of the things the recession means for your manufacturing plant, and what you can do to keep your business up, running, and successful.

Continue reading "What the recession means for your manufacturing plant"

TOC

buildings19268963.jpg
The Theory of Constraints (or TOC as it is often abbreviated) is a management philosophy meant to help a company achieve their main organizational goals. According to the Theory of Constraints, you must identify what constraints are preventing your business from achieving its goal. Every company has at least one constraint (or there would be no need for process improvement). These constraints can be internal resource constraints, market constraints or policy constraints. Naturally, different kinds of constraints need to be handled differently as issues such as realm of influence will definitely play a role in what types of options are and are not practical.

Continue reading "TOC"

SAP

assemblyline19192148.jpg
Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing or SAP, is the largest European software enterprise (fourth largest in the world). SAP is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany. SAP is best known for its SAP ERP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. SAP was founded in the year 1972 by five former IBM engineers. SAP is important to the world of manufacturing largely because of the implications that it has on ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

The world of manufacturing is changing rapidly. Today's customer is more geared towards a service oriented product than ever before. This means that software based innovations are needed so that people can focus more on the service based portion of their businesses. A move towards increasing the use of software allows a manufacturing company to increase adaptability, flexibility, openness and efficiency.

Continue reading "SAP"

QRM

vats34886289.jpg
QRM stands for Quick Response Manufacturing. The world of manufacturing is ever changing. There are new demands placed on manufacturers by customers every day. With these new demands are new possibilities for options to improve your place in the market. QRM is a method designed to help business owners respond to the need of their customers quickly, even more quickly than their competitors. Quick response manufacturing is a companywide strategy that aims to cut lead times in all phases of not only manufacturing, but in office operations as well. When followed, QRM principles can bring your products to market more quickly and secure your business prospects by helping you compete in a rapidly changing manufacturing arena. The natural benefits of QRM are that you can experience an increase in your profits while also benefiting from a decrease in the time that is wasted in the manufacturing process. Other benefits of QRM include cutting inventory and increasing return on investment.

Continue reading "QRM"

Manufacturing theories

oilrefinery34878670.jpg
Manufacturing is a process that is involved with almost everything we use in our lives. Many people say that manufacturing is what drives the economic structure of every society on earth regardless of what form of manufacture is used. There are many different approaches people take to manufacturing and many things to consider. Here is some information about some of the most important manufacturing theories.

To begin with, every company on the earth that produces something has their own manufacturing theory, but there are some general themes or categories that every business can fit into. The fact that each company produces something different in a different way and using different people, makes an individual theory for each company and even each factory.

Continue reading "Manufacturing theories"

Manufacturing production methods

factoryatdusk37766229.jpg
When it comes to manufacturing there are a few different types of production methods. Lean manufacturing or lean production is one of the most popular production methods in manufacturing today. This article will give you a better idea of what lean production is and why it's so popular among the manufacturing business.

Lean manufacturing or lean production, sometimes also known as "Lean" is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful. The main target for lean production is to eliminate waste. Basically lean production is the attempt to create greater value with less work. It first came about through the Toyota Production System or TPS and was identified as lean in the 1990's.

Lean manufacturing is most widely known for its seven wastes in order to improve customer value. One of the key steps in Lean and TPS is the identification of which of these steps will add value and which will not. The following seven points identify and classify seven resources which are commonly wasted in the manufacturing business:

Continue reading "Manufacturing production methods"

Keeping your manufacturing profitable

crabs14536718.jpg
If you don't know anything about the manufacturing industry you may not be familiar with how much competition there is for each manufacturing company. Most manufacturing companies don't have very much applicability to our every day lives, but if we consider a manufacturing plant on a global scale we me see the application more clearly. With national as well as international competition in the manufacturing market it becomes difficult to stay ahead of the competition and keep your manufacturing profitable.

The best way to keep your manufacturing plan profitable is to find out how to give it a competitive edge against other companies. As the ability to make higher profit decreases manufacturing plants are finding other ways to appeal to their consumer. If you're looking for a way to keep your manufacturing profitable here are some tips.

Continue reading "Keeping your manufacturing profitable"

Improvement processes

logging30514131.jpg
Improvement processes are important to manufacturing. They are generally defined as a set of actions that work to identify and then improve processes used within organizations. They can be also used to develop new processes.

Some of the most common improvement processes within manufacturing include:

Continue reading "Improvement processes"

History and development of modern manufacturing processes

barrels41840423.jpg
Many people see manufacturing as something that has always been around and that has been an essential part of society for a very long time. But in the grand scheme of things, manufacturing is a fairly new technology compared to some other forms of business. Here is some more information about the history and development of modern manufacturing processes.

Continue reading "History and development of modern manufacturing processes"

DCS Process control

controlplannel67964756.jpg
DCS process control or Distributed control system refers to a control system that is big in manufacturing. It is a process or kind of dynamic system in which the controller elements are not central in location but are distributed throughout the system from each component sub system. Those sub-systems are generally controlled by one or more controllers. This entire system is connected by networks for communications and monitoring.

Elements of DCS process control
DCS process control uses custom designed processors as controllers. It also uses proprietary interconnections and communications protocol for communication. Component parts are formed for DCS through input and output modules. The information is received from the input modules and then sends it to the output modules. The input modules receive information from input instruments and transmit instructions to the output instruments in the field.

Elements of a DCS may directly connect to physical equipment such as switches, pumps and valves or can work through an intermediate system like a SCADA.

History of DCS process control
Minicomputers were used in the early control of industrial processes during the 1960's. The IBM 1800 was an early computer that had input and output hardware to gather process signals in a plant for conversion from field contact levels and analog signals to the digital domain.

In 1975 Honeywell and Japanese electrical engineering introduced their own independently produced DCS's at about the same time. In 1980 Bailey introduced the NETWORK 90 system along with Fischer & Porter Company introducing DCI (Distributed Control Instrumentation) 4000. DCS came mostly due to the increased availability of microcomputers an dthe proliferation of microprocessors in the world of process control.

Continue reading "DCS Process control"

Continuous production

productionline34878681.jpg
Continuous production is a method that is used by many manufacturing companies to make the most amount of a product in the least amount of space and time. The whole idea behind this concept is constant production without any kind of break or interruption. It is a very complicated idea and requires a great deal of skill and competence to implement successfully. Here is some more information about continuous production to help you understand more about it.

Continue reading "Continuous production"

Common obstacles in manufacturing

waterfrontfactory36591316.jpg
Like any other business, manufacturing companies face several different obstacles. Finding a way to get your business back on track is the first step in overcoming obstacles. Let's discuss some of the most common obstacles in manufacturing and what can be done to offset them.

Disequilibrium is one of the most common obstacles in the manufacturing world. It occurs when a business is out of whack and nothing seems to be going right. Most of the different departments are blaming each other for the failure; material isn't purchased on time or the parts aren't being made properly. There is a lot of finger pointing happening when there is disequilibrium.

Continue reading "Common obstacles in manufacturing"

Choosing the best mass production methods

winery41840493.jpg
In the world of manufacturing, mass production is a word you hear every day. Mass production (also called flow production, repetitive flow production, series production, or serial production) is the production of large amounts of standardized products. Mass production can be applied to several different kinds of products such as food, fuel, and chemicals, as well as automobiles and household appliances.

History
Although Ford brought mass production to new heights it is not considered to be the creator of mass production. Ships were mass produced using pre-manufactured parts and assembly lines in Venice hundreds of years earlier.

Continue reading "Choosing the best mass production methods"

Batch production

bottles34878846.jpg
Batch production is a very important process in the modern manufacturing world and many different companies use it to make all kinds of different products. Batches can be very large or very small depending on the needs of the consumer and what the desired result is. Batch production is commonly used in smaller businesses where there isn't a constant need for a flow of products off the production line.

One of the easiest ways to think of batch production is to think of it in terms of making some kind of food in a batch. Many bakeries use this kind of process and will take a given amount of ingredients and mix them to make a specific amount of resulting products. This is obviously the case for a real bakery, but the idea can be used for many different kinds of products. Batch production is also used for making things like pharmaceutical ingredients, inks, paints and adhesives. Many businesses use batch production because demand isn't sufficient to justify moving to a mass production or continuous production model.

Continue reading "Batch production"

Streamlining custom manufacturing

car67938962.jpg
Any businessperson will tell you that the way to make money is to come up with a product that meets the needs of your customers perfectly every time. While this concept seems simple enough, there is one thing that complicates things: people change. Change happens and what might please all of your customers today may be obsolete tomorrow. You have to continually create and manufacture custom products and that means developing a custom manufacturing system that is worth sustaining. This is where mass customization comes into the picture.

Continue reading "Streamlining custom manufacturing"

Strategic Planning in Manufacturing

chess.jpg
Manufacturing is a complicated process with many parts and systems. It requires a great deal of work to succeesfully maintain the marketing operation and it requires lots of planning. One of the biggest problems that most businesses, and not simply manufacturing businesses, face is continual stagnation. A business is a very difficult thing to run with or without making lots of changes. Managers simply try to keep things going and employees are too tired to think about making changes. Upper management often seems most interested in simply making as much money as possible but without making the sorts of constant changes required. If you find that your business stagnates you should think about strategic planning in manufacturing.

Continue reading "Strategic Planning in Manufacturing"

Prototyping manufacturing ideas

pulley30447173.jpg
Manufacturing is an encredibely expensive business. Starting a manufacturing business costs a great deal. The machinery is only the beginning. One of the priciest parts of the process is coming up with some sort of model of what you want to produce. Without the machinery in place it costs a great deal to try to produce something. However, without the model you cannot sell your business idea to anyone. Without investors your business will be over as soon as it began. So, unless you are independently wealthy and can afford to fund your own business venture you will need to produce this type of model. The name for a manufacturing model, or scientific model for that matter, is a prototype. The word comes from a Greek word that simply means first or initial type of something.

Continue reading "Prototyping manufacturing ideas"

Manufacturing during economic depression

recession19085238.jpg
In our current economic crisis manufacturing has taken a huge hit. Companies are desperately trying to find ways to stay afloat in what is starting to look like an economic depression. As thousands of jobs are lost companies want to find ways to keep people in the work force. A technique used by many companies can be used in times of economic distress.

The method is known as lean manufacturing and it has primarily been atrributed to Toyota. The Toyota company went from being a basically insignificant Japanese care manufacturer to the world's leading automobile producer and seller. Using particular lean manufacturing techniques they were able to create a production method that was remarkable efficient and cost effective. In a time when every business needs to improve efficiency, lean manufacturing is a critcal tool that can be used to ensure stability or continuing operation of a business. If you find that your manufacturing business is struggling in the midst of the econmic downturn you should consider implementing lean manufacturing techniques. However, even if your business is doing just fine, you might want to consider investigating lean manufacturing. A business always has room for improvement, and lean manufacturing is one of those techniques that can help to produce real changes quickly.

Continue reading "Manufacturing during economic depression"

How to diversify your product line for less

assemblyline19192148.jpg
We live in an encredibely competitive world when it comes to business. Companies are constantly struggling to get an edge over their competitors. With problems in the market it is especially important that you find ways to protect yourself and to expand your business. One of the most typical problems that many business owners face is diversyfication. When a business begins it usually has only one product to market. It becomes famous for that product but when the fad is over the business has nothing else to offer. At this point the business could either fail or try to develop something new. A better strategy is to diversify a successful product line early, so that you have new things to offer the customer.

Continue reading "How to diversify your product line for less"

Build to order

forklift37881071.jpg
In a manufacturing process where the build to order method is used, a confirmed order for a specific number of products must be received before any products are built. Built to order or BTO is a production style that aims to reduce the amount of inventory and create custom products for the consumer. The manufacturer benefits from knowing that they have a guaranteed sale and the customer benefits by being involved in the production of their specific product. This manufacturing style is good for products that involve a great deal of configuration. One example of such a product is a high-end sports car. Other products that are appropriate for a build to order manufacturing process include highly specific computer servers or other larger products such as aircrafts.

Continue reading "Build to order"

The importance of bilingual management in manufacturing

colorfulpipes26813664.jpg
One thing that you need to think about when it comes to your manufacturing plant is that as times change the chances of being confronted by non-English speaking customers or potential employees is growing higher. In fact you would probably be surprised to know that over fourteen percent of the current population in the United States actually speaks Spanish, which in our country is actually a pretty high amount, and that doesn't even include the customers that speak other languages. So in order to stay in business and to actually continue to do business in the United States you are going to need to have a bilingual work environment sooner or later, which means you are going to need both bilingual employees and management. This is particularly important if you want to stay ahead of the competition and perhaps gain an advantage. But another reason why this is important is that more and more people who are getting hired speak English as a second language, so if you have a bilingual management they will be able to communicate with the other employees who perhaps do not speak English, which means the jobs will get done properly.

Here are some of the reasons why bilingual management is important in manufacturing.

Continue reading "The importance of bilingual management in manufacturing"

Industrial trends in manufacturing

coastalplant36588209.jpg
No matter what industry you work in it is important to keep up with the current trends. These trends can cover the employment rate, turnover rate, economy and numerous other factors. In fact if you are not aware of the industry trends in manufacturing your business can actually suffer because you are unaware of what your competition already knows. Basically being aware of the trends in your business helps to keep you competitive with other businesses in your industry and sometimes it can even provide advantages, especially if other business owners are not keeping up with those trends.

Continue reading "Industrial trends in manufacturing"

Custom manufacturing, how to convert to this

smokestack19003621.jpg
This is probably one of the oldest manufacturing systems in the world because it goes back to when products where first made. Basically custom manufacturing is where one person has the skill that is needed to make a certain product. A great example of this type of manufacturing is a shoe maker or a candle maker; it used to be that only one person was required to make these customized products. Custom manufacturing is still used today but rather than just one person making the product that is required we have machines that will do the jobs for us. And if people are doing the manufacturing you are going to need more than one person to make the specialized product so you can keep up with the higher demands. Something else that you need to know about custom manufacturing is that not many people use custom manufacturing anymore because it is not very cost efficient, which means that the products are more expensive because of the cost of using custom manufacturing.

Here are the steps you should take to convert your manufacturing into custom manufacturing.

Continue reading "Custom manufacturing, how to convert to this"

What is process observation and what is the best way to implement it

cautiontape41824729.jpg
For those of you who do not know what process observation is lets begin by telling you what it is and how it is used. Process observation is basically pretty self explanatory, it means it is the observation of the various work process that your company has. Process observation is a data collection method that is used in Lean and Six Sigma methods of manufacturing and it is a great way to confirm exactly what is happening during any particular process. One thing that you need to be aware of when it comes to process observation and actually implementing it is that the biggest time consumer in the study is actually collecting the data. So if you are going to want to use process observation you want to make sure that you take the time that is needed to collect the data, but if the process is going to require a lot of time and work you can actually measure a sample first.

Here are some things that you are going to want to take note of when you are actually doing process observations.

Continue reading "What is process observation and what is the best way to implement it"

Manufacturing systems how to choose between them

bottles34878846.jpg
Before you can even begin to decide on a manufacturing system that is right for your company you are going to need to know about the different manufacturing systems. The good news is that there are only four major types of manufacturing systems, so as long as you know a little about the different types of systems you will be one step closer to being able to decide between the different systems and choose the one that is right for your company.

Here is a look at the different manufacturing systems.

Continue reading "Manufacturing systems how to choose between them"

Tips for making custom manufacturing as inexpensive and efficient as possible

manworking7722143.jpg
Custom manufacturing is where one person has the skill that is needed to make a certain product. A great example of this type of manufacturing is a shoemaker or a candle maker; it used to be that only one person was required to make these customized products. While custom manufacturing is still in practice today one of the problems that it faces is people rarely using it. Hardly anybody uses custom manufacturing because it is not very cost efficient, which means that the prices of the finished products are going to be higher because of the use of custom manufacturing.

Here are some tips that you can follow to help ensure that your custom manufacturing process is as inexpensive and efficient as possible.

Continue reading "Tips for making custom manufacturing as inexpensive and efficient as possible"

The law of velocity

gears15607918.jpg
In order to understand the concepts behind the law of velocity you are going to need to understand where it comes from. The law of velocity is one of the five laws of lean six sigma. Lean Six Sigma is a manufacturing approach that you can use in your manufacturing plant to increase speed while at the same time reduce waste. Lean Six Sigma accomplishes these goals by combining lean manufacturing with six sigma manufacturing.

Six Sigma is a method used to provide businesses with the tools necessary to increase their performance and customer satisfaction. Six Sigma has the end goal of increasing your company's profits by identifying and eliminating factors that are leading to waste and customer unhappiness. While lean manufacturing focuses on the end goal of eliminating waste. Therefore, Lean Six Sigma works by focusing on improving the process flow and speed rather than on improving quality by combining the laws of six sigma with the laws of lean manufacturing. Combining these laws has given Lean Six Sigma five new laws that make the process successful.

Continue reading "The law of velocity"

The law of focus

winery41840493.jpg
The law of focus is also known as Pareto's Principle or the 80/20 rule. This law came from Dr. Juran's observation of the "vital few and trivial many." The principle was accidentally given the name Pareto's Principle because of a lack of precision on Dr. Juran's part. When he was reducing his observation to writing, it appeared that he was applying Pareto's observations about economics to a broader body of work. Moreover, after that point the name just stuck.

How the 80/20 rule works is that in anything, land ownership or manufacturing, a few (20 percent) are vital to the process and many (80 percent) are trivial to the process. In manufacturing, what this usually means is that 20 percent of the defects are causing 80 percent of the problems or that the main causes of delay in manufacturing results from just 20% of the overall processes. What this means for your manufacturing plant is that you can look at the small percentage of activities that are causing you the delays. By being able to examine the activities that are causing the delays, you can fix your problems faster. The tricky part can be identifying the 20% of the processes that are causing the delays. In order to identify these processes you will need to take the time to evaluate all of the processes in your manufacturing plant. When evaluating them you will want to identify which ones are the most useful and which ones need to be refocused.

Continue reading "The law of focus"

Oracle and PLM integration

manatcontrols24240145.jpg
In manufacturing, one of the things that companies are always trying to do is improve their manufacturing profits. One of the best ways that manufacturing companies have managed to improve their profits is by using Oracle and PLM integration. Oracle integration is the process of prioritizing your customer base and deciding what processes you want integrated from the highest priority to the lowest. PLM, which stands for product lifecycle management, is the process that management uses to help support different products, processes, and services through different portfolios.

With PLM, you will want to do this from the very beginning, from when the initial concept is first started. PLM should be used throughout the entire process, which means that it is used from the design all the way to the final process, which is when the product is put into use. One of the best things about PLM is that it helps to coordinate products and different projects because it helps to process the different information that is being used.

Continue reading "Oracle and PLM integration"

Manufacturing planning

coalmine37794205.jpg
Manufacturing planning is a method to predict future manpower requirements, facility requirements, and equipment needs. Manufacturing planning helps companies plan for all the future needs of the company including financial planning. Market forecasting is used as the basis of determining the future requirements. Your manufacturing strategy, product structure, and production methods all impact your company's ability to use manufacturing planning. Manufacturing planning is a total company commitment to using all of its resources more effectively.

All companies must answer the basic "when, why, where, and how" questions as they pertain to their manpower needs, facility needs, and equipment needs. Once the changes are met, the company will begin to reduce excess waste and increase profitability. It is focused on having the right resources available at the right time.

Continue reading "Manufacturing planning"

Improving manufacturers quality and speed

bottles34878846.jpg
Every company knows that the quality of its products help to determine its image in the industry and possibly its overall success or failure. It is important that in an attempt to improve speed and efficiency that quality is not left out of the equation.

Here are a few tips in improving the quality and speed of your manufacturing processes.

Continue reading "Improving manufacturers quality and speed"

Continuous process improvement

plantatnight19132969.jpg
Continuous process improvement (CIP) is often grouped with the kaizen methodology. It is a process of improving the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, and flexibility of your company. CIP uses customer feedback to help companies decide if they are producing quality products and if they need to re-evaluate their organizational goals.

Management is in charge of designing CIP and it is up to the employees to actually implement it. Continuous process improvement and kaizen essentially mean the same thing. In order to be successful with continuous process improvement, your company must be willing to work hard at inspiring everyone within the organization. You all need to work together to achieve a better way of understanding how the different processes within your organization work and what you can do to make them better.

Continue reading "Continuous process improvement"

Consulting services for lean and six sigma

womanwithdatebook19201063.jpg
Six sigma focuses on improving quality and efficiency within an organization. Lean manufacturing focuses on creating an environment with good management and employee morale. Manufacturing companies often implement six sigma and lean manufacturing to reduce wastes, save money, increase production, and boost employee morale. In order to become successful with lean manufacturing and six sigma, you need to find the right consulting service.

A good consulting service will be able to help your company focus on the reduction of waste and improvement of the company. Successful implementation will expose the quality problems that exist within the company and you will identify how to reduce the waste the problems are causing.

Continue reading "Consulting services for lean and six sigma"

Can software really help your manufacturing?

floppydisks23399079.jpg

In order for a manufacturing company to stay ahead of the competition one of the best things that they can do is to invest in software for their computers. Computer software programs that are designed for improving manufacturing are crucial for manufacturing companies. The reason for this is that these software programs are a great way for your company to accomplish many minor and major tasks without missing a single step.

Here is a look at some of the best software for manufacturing.

Continue reading "Can software really help your manufacturing?"

Using SIPOC in manufacturing

untruthfulman34487693.jpg
SIPOC is a business tool used to improve business practices of all kinds, from technology to manufacturing. In manufacturing, SIPOC can be particularly useful in a number of ways.


What is SIPOC?

SIPOC is an acronym for Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Output, and Customers, better defined as:

  • Suppliers: The significant internal or external suppliers to the process at hand.
  • Inputs: The major inputs of the process. This can include things such as the necessary materials, forms, information, staff, and so forth needed for a process.
  • Process: One block representing the entire process.
  • Outputs: The important outputs to both internal and external customers. This canbe anything the business unit distributes, such as reports, ratings, products, documents, and so on.
  • Customers: The main internal and external customers to the process. This includes anyone who receives the actual outputs. Keep in mind that the customer must get the output directly from the manufacturing plant, but doesn't necessarily need to be a user of the output. Customers can include managers, CEOs, or those in other departments.

Continue reading "Using SIPOC in manufacturing"

How to choose employees for your manufacturing plant

handshake32145701.jpg
When it comes to hiring employees, it is important to find a reliable person you can trust that also has the experience needed to do the job correctly.

Manufacturing in particular is a trade that must have hard working employees in order to do the job right. But finding and choosing hard working manufacturing employees can be difficult.

The following are some tips to help you choose hard working manufacturing employees.

Decide how you will fill the positions.

There are a number of ways you can go about hiring the right manufacturing employees. You can offer the job to people you already know, such as family members or friends. This is common with small businesses or businesses that require a skilled trade, such as manufacturing.

Continue reading "How to choose employees for your manufacturing plant"

Smooth process choices for manufacturing

bottles34878846.jpg
Improving quality manufacturing processes can result in decreased waste, better quality products, and an overall improvement in customer satisfaction.

The following are tips for making smooth process choices for manufacturing. Before you start, however, you will want to develop a committee that is in charge of overseeing the steps and making sure they come to fruition. It's best to involve the whole company if possible, but in the beginning a committee can help to ensure the steps are completed and taken from beginning to end.

Continue reading "Smooth process choices for manufacturing"

Obstacles typical in manufacturing

string26814228.jpg
Manufacturing has never been an easy task, not since the industrial revolution. Where would we be without it?

In the old days, manufacturing obstacles were mainly technological. Today the obstacles related to manufacturing are based purely on economics. In today's competitive marketplace, being able to produce a product quickly, with few defects, and at an affordable price are essential to market survival.

Let's discuss some of the economic barriers that make accomplishing the ideal difficult.

Continue reading "Obstacles typical in manufacturing"

Making your manufacturing process faster and better

crainsatharbor10026517.jpg
Have you ever wondered why more and more manufacturing operations have left and gone overseas? American workers expect to earn a much higher wage than do workers of developing nations. So why don't all manufacturing jobs leave the country and go elsewhere. American companies would rather keep their plants in the United States if the could. There are a lot of economic and political benefits for doing so, but in order to do so, they must be able to justify this decision. In the competitive business world, a decision like this can be crucial.

One of the things that need to factor into this decision is the productivity of a manufacturing process. It is easy to justify keeping a particular operation if you can show that you can do it with fewer and better workers than you could overseas. If you could add to the equation that you can produce results faster and with fewer defects, then you will be able to make a real case for keeping the operation at home. How do you do this?

Continue reading "Making your manufacturing process faster and better"

Tips for integrating IT into your manufacturing plant

industrialcenter36590146.jpg

Information technology (IT) is a concept that many companies today depend on but that hasn't even existed for that long. Companies that have a history of operation that exceeds 20 years have had to adapt and grow with the ever increasing technological demands of an evolving economy. For some having to make changes to a system of operation that has a history of success may seem unnecessary. Nevertheless, few companies who put forth the time and effort to integrate IT into their manufacturing will regret their decision to do so after the fact.

Integrating IT into your manufacturing plant does not have to be a huge transition. Your company can make gradual integrations and hold regular trainings to ensure that existing IT systems are understood and fully operational before new types of IT are introduced. It is often helpful to hire an IT team or to delegate IT responsibilities to an existing group of employees who are experienced or have training in IT operations. Here are some other tips for integrating IT into your manufacturing plant:

Continue reading "Tips for integrating IT into your manufacturing plant"

The importance of having a manufacturing strategic plan

businessnegoations19314770.jpg

Picture this, you enter a room full of well over a thousand people. You are there to speak to them about __________. You walk up to the microphone and realize you have no plan, no notes, no slides, nothing to work from, and a very small working knowledge of the subject. What do you do? Do you wing it and hope for the best? Do you apologize? What? Now imagine your whole career, livelihood and even your home are dependent on how well you do. Would that make you nervous?

Manufacturing without a strategic plan is much like walking into that room of thousands in order to speak and having nothing to say. This is your business, your livelihood, don't go at it haphazardly, or on the fly, go into it with a sure fire plan. A strategic plan plays a huge role in shaping the success of industrial firms. Without a plan, it will not matter how good you work is. It is like reading a book that has great prose but no organized plot. No matter how good each line is alone, if it is not all together it is of little use.

Continue reading "The importance of having a manufacturing strategic plan"

Air testing equipment to reduce liability

door30446799.jpg

You will find air testing equipment will reduce your liability in your manufacturing organization. More importantly, it will increase the safety of your home or business. Cities and other governments are taking action to create laws and enforce them to ensure contractors properly care for possible air contaminants, with CO topping the list. These rules reflect a growing concern among utilities and lawmakers.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible, yet potentially deadly gas that's produced wherever there's incomplete combustion. Since combustion is never 100% efficient, any combustion appliance can pose a threat. Low-level carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning often goes unrecognized, since its symptoms resemble those of flu and colds.

Continue reading "Air testing equipment to reduce liability"

The most cost effective way to be a custom manufacturer

waterfrontfactory36591316.jpg Custom manufacturing setups can seriously improve your manufacturing processes and your overall productivity within your company. If you have highly specialized products that you are turning out, then you need custom manufacturing setups so that you can eliminate waste and produce truly excellent products and services. By looking at a particular example of a custom manufacturing setup, you can see how implementing a custom manufacturing setup in your own manufacturing business can improve your productivity and your bottom line.

Continue reading "The most cost effective way to be a custom manufacturer"

How to handle manufacturing emergencies

dangersign19001405.jpg Crisis management for manufacturing can take a number of forms and can be implemented in a number of different situations. For example, crisis management must come into play if your company has to admit to environmental quality control violations, or must answer to a lawsuit. Crisis management is necessary if a flaw in a product or a service is revealed and the news goes to the press and you must recall the product. Also, crisis management becomes necessary if you end up with a union strike, or if your equipment malfunctions, or if you are trying to wage a publicity campaign in a community that doesn't want you to move into their neighborhood. No matter what situation may arise, you must have a good crisis management plan and a good crisis management team in place so that any type of crisis can be handled, no matter what that crisis is.

Continue reading "How to handle manufacturing emergencies"

Fundamentals of single minute exchange of die

crane34708284.jpg If you have been involved at all with business, especially with manufacturing, then you have probably heard of a number of different waste reduction strategies. One of the more popular waste reduction approaches to business is called SMED. SMED stands for Single-Minute exchange of Die. SMED is a theory and also a practical technique that works so that setup operations can be put together and performed in less than 10 minutes. In other words, setup operations should be able to be performed in a number of minutes that is only represented by a single digit: one minute to nine minutes. While SMED was first developed in the 1950s in Japan, it did not move to Europe in the 1970s (West Germany and Switzerland in 1974, and the United States in 1976). SMED was not really accepted in other countries outside Japan, however, until the 1980s.

Continue reading "Fundamentals of single minute exchange of die"

Steps to help reduce manufacturing variations and defects

manwithmachine7803402.jpg This article discusses and considers how you can improve manufacturing and other processes through reducing variations and defects in the process itself. This particular article will discuss how you can improve processes through reducing variations and defects by using the six sigma approach to customer satisfaction and quality improvement.

Continue reading "Steps to help reduce manufacturing variations and defects"

What are some of the various manufacturing systems

lumberyard34878802.jpg There are many various manufacturing systems. What are some of the various manufacturing systems? There are nine various manufacturing system groups, they are as follows and include many various manufacturing systems.
Manufacturing strategy and paradigms.
Manufacturing systems design and operations.
Sustainable manufacturing.
Quality management.
Automation, control systems, human-machine interaction.
Product development.
Supply chain management and logistics.
Manufacturing information systems.
Micro and nano manufacturing systems.

Continue reading "What are some of the various manufacturing systems"

How prefabrication and manufacturing relate

storage19194627.jpg How do prefabrication and manufacturing relate? They can be very similar in the way they are accomplished. Both prefabrication and manufacturing are making products in mass quantities and then selling them to the public or businesses. Both can be producers of products that are exactly the same being produced over and over again. Or they can both be making products that have some individuality for specific customers.

Continue reading "How prefabrication and manufacturing relate"

How manufacturing practices vary across the world

fields9776658.jpg How manufacturing practices vary across the world are as diversified as the practices themselves. Many countries manufacture the same way. Some countries like Japan and the USA have become pioneers in some manufacturing practices. Nearly every country manufactures and will use a variety of manufacturing methods for different products. The manufacturing practices that vary across the world vary because of businesses more than because of country. There are 20 well-known manufacturing practices that are used in many countries and for many different businesses across the world.

Continue reading "How manufacturing practices vary across the world"

An in-depth look at mass customization

buildings19268963.jpg Take an in- depth look at mass customization and see how mass customization can gain product sales for businesses. With mass customization, the idea is to use mass production and still get some customization for the individual customers. The customization is in relation to the product features.

Continue reading "An in-depth look at mass customization"

A look at various manufacturing methods

goldpipes26813936.jpg There are various manufacturing methods that can be looked at. They are batch production, continuous production, job production and mass production. All four of these manufacturing methods are used throughout the world. Take a look at the various manufacturing methods.

Continue reading "A look at various manufacturing methods"

A look at process control methods for manufacturing

manatcontrols24240145.jpg The process control methods in manufacturing can help a business to better the process in which certain products are manufactured. Take a look at the process control methods that are being used for manufacturing today. These process control methods allow a business to evaluate the process and then make a plan or new design that can help to improve the process.

Continue reading "A look at process control methods for manufacturing"

A look at information and communication strategies for manufacturing.

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg If a business needs to take a look at information and communication strategies for manufacturing they can look into it themselves or have a company help them. There are companies that can help a business to see that there is room for improvement in their information and communication strategies for the manufacturing of their products.

Continue reading "A look at information and communication strategies for manufacturing."

A look at improvement methods for manufacturing

oilrefinery34878670.jpg There are many ways that manufacturing can be improved. A look at improvement methods for manufacturing will allow you to explore the diverse ways there are to improve a businesses manufacturing. The improvements that can be accomplished may include lean management, total productive maintenance, six sigma, and reliable centered maintenance.

Continue reading "A look at improvement methods for manufacturing"

What direct numerical control has to do with manufacturing

keypad10035419.jpg There are so many different things that go into manufacturing. Depending on what type of manufacturing you are doing will depend on what type of manufacturing processes will work the best. There are also a lot of processes that have to do with manufacturing that a lot of people do not even know about. For example direct numerical control. A lot of people have heard about direct numerical control but don't know exactly what it is or even how it works. Here is some information on what direct numerical control has to do with manufacturing so you can get a better idea of how to use it.

Continue reading "What direct numerical control has to do with manufacturing"

Manufacturing activity based costing

plantatnight19132969.jpg When you are dealing with manufacturing there are a lot of different things that can take place to make sure that you companies makes money. You want to make sure that you make the products that have good quality but you also want to make sure that you don't spend too much on the materials that make good quality. Another thing that manufacturing companies use is manufacturing activity based costing. Depending on you're what type of manufacturing your company is doing will depend on if this is something that is beneficial to your company or not. Here is some information on manufacturing activity based costing that will help you get a better idea if it is right for your manufacturing company.

Continue reading "Manufacturing activity based costing"

A look at production line scenarios

assemblyline19192148.jpg There are so many types of manufacturing out there. Depending on what type of products you are manufacturing will depend on what type of production lines you may have. Having a great production line helps your manufacturing. If your manufacturing line is lacking you will end up losing money and probably end up losing a lot of your quality as well. Here is a look at production line scenarios so you can see what I mean.

Continue reading "A look at production line scenarios"

A look at MPM

plantatsunset37766333.jpg There are so many different things that different companies use when it comes to manufacturing. Some manufacturing companies use lean manufacturing or six sigma, while others look at using MPM. If you are trying to decide what type of manufacturing is going to work the best for you and have heard of MPM but want more information on what it is. Here is a look at MPM so you can better understand how it works.

Continue reading "A look at MPM"

A look at computer aided manufacturing

engine19009901.jpg There are so many different types of things that help manufacturing companies to produce more in order to make more money. A lot of manufacturing companies are looking more and more into computer aided manufacturing. The reason for this is because they are able to make more money in less time with out all the over head. If you are thinking about using computer aided manufacturing but can't decide if it is a good idea or not you might want to take a closer look. Here is a look at computer aided manufacturing that might help you make up your mind.

Continue reading "A look at computer aided manufacturing"

Should you consider using manufacturing robots

machinery19192168.jpg If you have a manufacturing company you may be wondering if you should consider using manufacturing robots. There are many reasons to use manufacturing robots. Some of these reasons will be profitable for your company and some may not be. Here we will take a look at if you should consider using manufacturing robots for your manufacturing company.

Continue reading "Should you consider using manufacturing robots"

Qualifications that should be met for manufacturing jobs

assemblyline19192148.jpg If you are hiring for your manufacturing plant or company you may be wondering what type of qualifications you should be looking for in potential employees. There are many different types of manufacturing plants and companies that are looking for qualified candidates in many different work areas. You will want to find and hire candidates that will work well for you and your manufacturing plant or company. You will need to try and find a good fit of personalities to help your manufacturing plant or company run smoothly. Here are some qualifications that should be met for manufacturing jobs.

Continue reading "Qualifications that should be met for manufacturing jobs"

A look at the advantages of custom manufacturing

manwithmachine24240369.jpg There are many custom manufacturing strategies available for your manufacturing plant. These different manufacturing strategies can be anything from the latest philosophy to the old tried and true manufacturing strategy. No matter what program you may choose you need to make sure it is a right fit for you, your employees and most of all your manufacturing plant as a whole. Here we will take a look at the advantages of custom manufacturing.

Continue reading "A look at the advantages of custom manufacturing"

Manufacturing history and how it has evolved

manwithblueprints26817332.jpg The history of manufacturing in the United States is a fascinating story of evolution and change in society, culture, and economies. As the United States grew larger and its contacts with other countries grew stronger, manufacturing became more and more sophisticated and manufacturing processes became more refined and systematic.

Continue reading "Manufacturing history and how it has evolved"

Industry or market research for manufacturing

microscope19045878.jpg Whether your business is involved in the service industry or if you are a manufacturing company, you need to me sure that you conduct industry research and market research so that you can ensure that you are giving your customers what they want so that you can have a successful business. Many manufacturing companies don't participate in market research and industry research to the same degree as service industries, but if you do not conduct market research, then you run the very real risk of becoming quickly outdated and not knowing what the customers want, what the customers like, and how you can provide those needs and wants.

Continue reading "Industry or market research for manufacturing"

Avoiding setbacks in manufacturing

sleepingworkers24240361.jpg All organizations seek to avoid setbacks in their manufacturing processes. There are a number of different ways that you can avoid setbacks in your manufacturing processes. One of the most popular and successful approaches to quality management and control that will help you avoid setbacks in your manufacturing processes is Six Sigma quality control and manufacturing organization.

Continue reading "Avoiding setbacks in manufacturing"

A look at handi craft manufacturing

bottles34878846.jpg Handicraft manufacturing is an important approach to manufacturing that is widespread in less developed countries and more rural countries. Handicraft manufacturing has also caught on in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom as people are searching for handmade products that have a higher quality than mass produced products and also are produced locally out of locally produced materials, rather than products and services that have nothing to do with the local area and are not necessarily produced in an environmentally friendly and worker friendly environment.

Continue reading "A look at handi craft manufacturing"

A look at focused improvement in manufacturing

blueprints23266599.jpg Focused improvement is a way to approach manufacturing improvement that will help you improve all levels of the manufacturing process and your entire company. By implementing a focused improvement approach, then you will be able to ensure that your entire organization is working smoothly and that your organization's goals and efforts are being accomplished.

Continue reading "A look at focused improvement in manufacturing"

Creative concepts for custom manufacturing systems

yellowpencils30339971.jpg
There are so many different things that you can incorporate into your manufacturing systems. Depending on what type of manufacturing company you have will depend on what type of manufacturing systems you will have. If you have different types of manufacturing processes that other manufacturing companies do not, you might have to have more of a custom manufacturing system then others. If this is the case you might have to come up with creative concepts for custom manufacturing systems. Here are some tips for creating some of the creative concepts for custom manufacturing systems.

The first tip is to decide what types of concepts are going to make your manufacturing company run better. For example you might have a line that gets very dirty do to the residue left behind from one of the processes that is done on that line. Instead of waiting until the end of the day to clean it up, this will take you longer. Have it done during schedule maintenance checks. If you do not have schedule maintenance checks on your machines during each shift pick a time that the machines are down and do it on a regular basis. The reason why it might be better to have your line areas cleaned more frequently is so that there will be cause for fewer accidents.

Continue reading "Creative concepts for custom manufacturing systems"

Low cost improvement methods for your manufacturing program

storage19194627.jpg
There are many available low cost improvement methods for your manufacturing program. These programs can be anything from the latest philosophy to the old tried and true manufacturing programs. No matter what program you may choose you need to make sure it is a right fit for you, your employees and most of all your manufacturing plant as a whole.

There are plenty of programs available to improve your manufacturing plant. One of the most popular low cost improvement methods for your manufacturing plant is called Lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing is a business model and it is also a multitude of manufacturing methods that focus on getting rid of the waste while at the same time producing quality products. This type of manufacturing program is all done at the lowest cost to you the manufacturer and also the lowest cost for the consumer.

There are many different techniques to implement a low cost improvement method for your manufacturing program. When choosing a program you need to make sure that all management is on board and then get the employees involved and excited about the new ideas your company will be implementing. To decide what improvement programs may be best for you and your company the following is a list of 5 of the most widely used methods.

Continue reading "Low cost improvement methods for your manufacturing program"

Custom manufacturing strategy

assemblyline19192148.jpg
There are many custom manufacturing strategies available for your manufacturing plant. These different manufacturing strategies can be anything from the latest philosophy to the old tried and true manufacturing strategy. No matter what program you may choose you need to make sure it is a right fit for you, your employees and most of all your manufacturing plant as a whole.

One of the most widely used custom manufacturing strategies for your manufacturing plant is a strategy called six sigma. Six sigma is one of the most powerful process improvement strategies out there. The goal of six sigma is to do things better, faster and at a lower cost then you have done before or even other manufacturing plants. The best part about six sigma is that it can be applied to every part of your manufacturing business making it easily customized to your particular problems. This includes production, human resources, technical support and any of your employees on the maintenance floor.

Continue reading "Custom manufacturing strategy"

Using SMED to reduce manufacturing waste

smokestack9958148.jpg
If you have been involved at all with business, especially with manufacturing, then you have probably heard of a number of different waste reduction strategies. One of the more popular waste reduction approaches to business is called SMED. SMED stands for Single-Minute exchange of Die. SMED is a theory and also a practical technique that works so that setup operations can be put together and performed in less than 10 minutes. In other words, setup operations should be able to be performed in a number of minutes that is only represented by a single digit: one minute to nine minutes. While SMED was first developed in the 1950s in Japan, it did not move to Europe in the 1970s (West Germany and Switzerland in 1974, and the United States in 1976). SMED was not really accepted in other countries outside Japan, however, until the 1980s.

There are a number of different components of SMED, or Single-Minute Exchange of Die, that work together in order to improve production and manufacturing processes, and in order to reduce waste. All of these ideas are associated with and compatible with lean manufacturing.

Continue reading "Using SMED to reduce manufacturing waste"

How you can convert your manufacturing operations to custom manufacturing

productionline34878681.jpg
Custom manufacturing setups can seriously improve your manufacturing processes and your overall productivity within your company. If you have highly specialized products that you are turning out, then you need custom manufacturing setups so that you can eliminate waste and produce truly excellent products and services. By looking at a particular example of a custom manufacturing setup, you can see how implementing a custom manufacturing setup in your own manufacturing business can improve your productivity and your bottom line.

Let's use Custom Machining Services as an example. This particular company serves a variety of industries but needed to expand its milling capabilities and turning capabilities in order to increase production levels. Because Custom Machining Services wanted to make better parts faster with less work, they needed a multitasking machine. So they turned to Mazak's Inegrex 30Y and Integrex 200Y so that they could use fewer setups for each process and thus reduced labor hours. Because they used custom manufacturing setups, they could cut machine cycle times on some products, and could also cut down on the actual human work. The production costs go down, yet the value costs stay the same, so that profit goes up.

Continue reading "How you can convert your manufacturing operations to custom manufacturing"

How to use visual control to improve manufacturing

barrels41840423.jpg
Visual control is a key component of lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing is a way of approaching manufacturing that strives to eliminate all waste, from materials that are not used to time that is spent doing unnecessary tasks. Waste, in lean manufacturing, is defined as anything that does not add to the actual value of the product. The customer is not paying for the process of manufacturing, so any waste that goes in to the production of a production or of a service is paid for by you, the manufacturer or the provider of the service. Lean manufacturing improves your bottom line, ultimately; lean manufacturing is a way to improve your flow of production by reducing variances in the flow of production. Lean manufacturing also continually improves your production and your production processes, and also improves the experiences of your employees by reducing the waste of their time and their own efforts.

Visual control is a key component to this improvement of production through lean manufacturing. Visual control is a process that visually compares products as they move through the production process to other products to ensure that they are all the same. Visual control also works to ensure that the production processes are the same, and that there are not variances in production processes or production products. Visual controls works to eliminate variances in production processes, and strives to reduce variances in the flow of production. By doing so, visual control works to eliminate waste. By visually controlling aspects of the production process rather than testing each product for possible defects, quality is improved and less time is wasted by employees.

Continue reading "How to use visual control to improve manufacturing"

How to use kaizen to improve manufacturing

storagecontainer41840563.jpg
Kaizen principles are a comprehensive way of approaching the continual improvement of your manufacturing processes. Kaizen is the Japanese term for "change for the better" or it can be translated as "improvement". Kaizen is often translated into English as "continual improvement." Kaizen works to improve quality in the workplace, particularly in manufacturing companies, though it has also been applied to service providing companies and other types of companies. Kaizen is most often used in reference to Toyota Production System and is the combination of a number of different systems that are geared towards quality control.

What the overall purpose of Kaizen is is to eliminate waste. Joshua Isaac Walters defines wastes as "activities that add cost but do not add value." Very little of the process that goes into producing a product is paid for by the customer; instead, you as the manufacturer have to pay for all of this waste. Reducing waste is ultimately an effort to improve your bottom line, so there is nothing that you can lose by reducing waste. Implementing Kaizen is a way to improve your own financial standing. Kaizen also works to standardize the production process through doing things like leveling off the production flow so that there aren't variations in the production process, and also by doing things like switching from push production to pull production.

Continue reading "How to use kaizen to improve manufacturing"

How to manage crises in manufacturing

rig26813880.jpg
Crisis management for manufacturing can take a number of forms and can be implemented in a number of different situations. For example, crisis management must come into play if your company has to admit to environmental quality control violations, or must answer to a lawsuit. Crisis management is necessary if a flaw in a product or a service is revealed and the news goes to the press and you must recall the product. Also, crisis management becomes necessary if you end up with a union strike, or if your equipment malfunctions, or if you are trying to wage a publicity campaign in a community that doesn't want you to move into their neighborhood. No matter what situation may arise, you must have a good crisis management plan and a good crisis management team in place so that any type of crisis can be handled, no matter what that crisis is.

For an example for our discussion of crisis management for manufacturing, let us use the example of a very important critical piece of equipment failing. Even if you have the best maintenance team in the world, machinery is never foolproof nor perfect, and so something is going to break down sometime. The problem then becomes that your machine is not producing money. You should have a crisis management position in place so that you can minimize the impact on your business, the customers' products, and your credibility.

Continue reading "How to manage crises in manufacturing"

How to constantly improve manufacturing

cleaningmachines24240393.jpg
One challenge for all business owners who deal in manufacturing is how to continually improve their manufacturing. If you are not continually improving your manufacturing, then you will eventually fall behind other manufacturing plants who are improving their own quality of manufacturing. Customers will choose quality eventually, and they are more loyal to brands that provide quality at a reasonable price than brands which never improve their products. It is important to continually strive to improve your manufacturing in order to keep your products marketable and in order to maintain a standard of quality that you can be proud of.

Another aspect of manufacturing that you must always take into account is that as business continually globalizes more and more you face more and more competition from more and more manufacturing plants. So you need to continually improve your manufacturing so that you can compete against more and more companies. Continually improving your manufacturing does not just have to do with the improvement of your products, but also reforming of your current work practices, focusing on your customers, and improving the organization of your company so that you can also improve your productivity and your quality of products and services.

Continue reading "How to constantly improve manufacturing"

Kaizen principles for manufacturing

crabs14536718.jpg
Kaizen principles are a comprehensive way of approaching the continual improvement of your manufacturing processes. Kaizen is the Japanese term for "change for the better" or it can be translated as "improvement". Kaizen is often translated into English as "continual improvement." Kaizen works to improve quality in the workplace, particularly in manufacturing companies, though it has also been applied to service providing companies and other types of companies. Kaizen is most often used in reference to Toyota Production System and is the combination of a number of different systems that are geared towards quality control.

What the overall purpose of Kaizen is is to eliminate waste. Joshua Isaac Walters defines wastes as "activities that add cost but do not add value." Very little of the process that goes into producing a product is paid for by the customer; instead, you as the manufacturer have to pay for all of this waste. Reducing waste is ultimately an effort to improve your bottom line, so there is nothing that you can lose by reducing waste. Implementing Kaizen is a way to improve your own financial standing. Kaizen also works to standardize the production process through doing things like leveling off the production flow so that there aren't variations in the production process, and also by doing things like switching from push production to pull production.

Continue reading "Kaizen principles for manufacturing"

Custom manufacturing setups

bottles34878846.jpg
Custom manufacturing setups can seriously improve your manufacturing processes and your overall productivity within your company. If you have highly specialized products that you are turning out, then you need custom manufacturing setups so that you can eliminate waste and produce truly excellent products and services. By looking at a particular example of a custom manufacturing setup, you can see how implementing a custom manufacturing setup in your own manufacturing business can improve your productivity and your bottom line.

Let's use Custom Machining Services as an example. This particular company serves a variety of industries but needed to expand its milling capabilities and turning capabilities in order to increase production levels. Because Custom Machining Services wanted to make better parts faster with less work, they needed a multitasking machine. So they turned to Mazak's Inegrex 30Y and Integrex 200Y so that they could use fewer setups for each process and thus reduced labor hours. Because they used custom manufacturing setups, they could cut machine cycle times on some products, and could also cut down on the actual human work. The production costs go down, yet the value costs stay the same, so that profit goes up.

Continue reading "Custom manufacturing setups"

Crisis management for manufacturing

womanangryatphone35813101.jpg
Crisis management for manufacturing can take a number of forms and can be implemented in a number of different situations. For example, crisis management must come into play if your company has to admit to environmental quality control violations, or must answer to a lawsuit. Crisis management is necessary if a flaw in a product or a service is revealed and the news goes to the press and you must recall the product. Also, crisis management becomes necessary if you end up with a union strike, or if your equipment malfunctions, or if you are trying to wage a publicity campaign in a community that doesn't want you to move into their neighborhood. No matter what situation may arise, you must have a good crisis management plan and a good crisis management team in place so that any type of crisis can be handled, no matter what that crisis is.

For an example for our discussion of crisis management for manufacturing, let us use the example of a very important critical piece of equipment failing. Even if you have the best maintenance team in the world, machinery is never foolproof nor perfect, and so something is going to break down sometime. The problem then becomes that your machine is not producing money. You should have a crisis management position in place so that you can minimize the impact on your business, the customers' products, and your credibility.

Continue reading "Crisis management for manufacturing"

How to deal with manufacturing contracts

document23265159.jpg
One of the most important and the most central parts of manufacturing has nothing to do with the actual manufacturing processes. Instead, it has to do with the contracts for that manufacturing. If you are going to be a successful manufacturer, then you have to know how to manage your contracts and how to work those contracts so that you can actually make a profit on your manufacturing processes. You may actually end up with contracts whose terms and conditions end up being a total risk and exposure that is greater than the annual revenue of your company. Because your manufacturing contracts can be entail so much risk, then you need to make sure that you know how to manage your contracts and that you are committed to negotiating a contract that is mutually beneficial. You also need to ensure that you are all committed to making sure that the contract is met, on both sides, and that all conditions and benefits and obligations are fulfilled.

Continue reading "How to deal with manufacturing contracts"

Where to get raw materials for manufacturing

lumberyard34878802.jpg
For those of you who do not know what manufacturing is, it is the use of labor and tools most commonly known and applied in industrial production where raw materials are transformed into finished goods. While some manufacturing companies use regular materials to run and manufacture their products, many of them use raw materials and have to figure out where to get them from. Raw materials are taken from the earth and then split into a form that can be stored, transported, and then used to produce a somewhat finished material to be used to produce something else in a manufacturing plant. After it has been produced it naturally is sold to customers around the world. One example of such a raw material is cotton. If you are in the manufacturing business and in need of raw materials here are some ways to obtain them.

Continue reading "Where to get raw materials for manufacturing"

What kinds of insurances do you need when you have a manufacturing plant?

factoryatdusk37766229.jpg
In the manufacturing business insurance needs for employers and employees are extremely important. It is absolutely necessary to have insurance if you work or are running a manufacturing plant, but it is difficult to decide sometimes what kinds of insurances you need when you have a manufacturing plant.

Commercial Liability insurance
You can get some insurance package deals that will bundle together general liability insurance with property liability insurance. These packages are referred to as BOP or Business Owner Policy. The Business Owner Policy will usually cover most of the manufacturing liability needs, but be it sometimes differs with the size of the manufacturing plant.

Continue reading "What kinds of insurances do you need when you have a manufacturing plant?"

TQM for any manufacturer

woodstack26498474.jpg
Production efficiency and product quality are key elements to manufacturing products that are profitable. The proper balance between all of the elements of a manufacturing business is essential to attaining these key elements. Total Quality Management (TQM) is a one popular method employed by many manufacturers in order to achieve an effective balance.

Determine Organizations Goals

TQM consists of an in-depth review of every aspect of the manufacturing process, from the employees and machinery on the production line to the CEO of the company. In order to do this effectively, a company must first determine their goals.

Continue reading "TQM for any manufacturer"

TQM an integrated approach to better manufacturing

coalmine37794205.jpg
Every manufacturing company is always looking for a better way to do things, which is where total quality management comes into play. As a manufacturing your goal is to manufacture quality items, meaning items that are free from defects. But something else that you want to do is to manufacture items with as little waste as possible. And the good news is that through the use of TQM you can accomplish these things and be on your way to better manufacturing.

Here are the steps you should take to use TQM for better manufacturing.

Step one:
The first thing that you are going to need to do use tqm to increase manufacturing efficiency is you are going to need to start training people. Basically this training is going to need to be started at the top so that they can pass down the information. Basically what is supposed to happen is that the people who are trained in the beginning are going to be the ones who are supposed to be training everyone else.

Continue reading "TQM an integrated approach to better manufacturing"

Manufacturing safety techniques

dangersign19001405.jpg
It doesn't matter what line of work you are in or where you work, accidents can and do happen. Most accidents can be avoided with some safety training and more importantly implementing the program. Working with employees to improve the safety in the work place is necessary for a smooth running environment.

Most injuries happen to new employees that are required to carry out new tasks. Most rules aren't always followed because they don't seem important and most people feel the rules don't apply to them. Safety techniques are detrimental to the safety and overall well being of the company and the employees, especially a manufacturing employee.

Continue reading "Manufacturing safety techniques"

Managing techniques for manufacturing plants

gears8258220.jpg
Lean Manufacturing is quickly becoming a well known technique for managing manufacturing plants. Many business have experience success with managing their companies by using the techniques that can be implemented through Lean manufacturing.

Lean manufacturing is the production of goods using less of everything in comparison to mass production; less waste, less human effort, less manufacturing space, less investment in tools, and less time to develop the new product. Derived from the "war manpower commission" that led to the Toyota Production System. Its focus is to reduce waste within the company but has some key perspective on how this is done.
Lean manufacturing techniques are based on five things to make it a success:


  • Value

  •  Value Stream

  •  Flow

  •  Pull

  •  Perfection

Continue reading "Managing techniques for manufacturing plants"

Making your manufacturing more profitable

pipes30447184.jpg
The manufacturing process is very complex. It is made up of multiple elements that make any number of problems possible. At the same time, manufacturing contains an immense potential for making a profit. Here are a few suggestions on how to make manufacturing more profitable.

Rescheduling

Manufacturers often rely on parts and pieces that are shipped to them from many different parts of the world. Because a manufacturer cannot produce without the initial parts, planning for disruption can be an effective way to increase profits. By implementing software that can connect with the other companies who are shipping the parts to the manufacturer and that can predict resource conflicts, knowing when to send a job to the job shop will become much more predictable. This will save the manufacturer money and subsequently bring in a higher profit.

Continue reading "Making your manufacturing more profitable"

How to safety train for your manufacturing

safteybox30446579.jpg
When it comes to manufacturing, safety is an extremely important area. Policy and safety procedures are generated by OSHA in order to give employees and employers direction on how to work safely in their environment. The hope in safety training and following safety procedures are to decrease, if not eliminate potential injury and harm to all workers. There are many ways to train things to consider in how to safety train for your manufacturing company. The following are a few of the things that employees and employers need training on and how to accomplish the training.

Evacuation Plans
Every manufacturing plant in order to follow safety procedures and guidelines needs to have a complete evacuation plan based on the information and layout of the manufacturing plant. As you organize and devise your evacuation plan keep in mind the different emergency conditions that may or may not happen. All employees and employers should know about the plan and be familiar with it.

Continue reading "How to safety train for your manufacturing"

How to ensure quality with your manufacturing

assemblyline19192148.jpg
Producing a product that is of high quality is of extreme importance when you are in the manufacturing business. There are a number of different ways to ensure quality with your manufacturing. There are a couple of different ways to go about looking at quality control. One of them is looking at the physical composition and product performance, and the other is looking at your employees and how you manage them, or Lean Manufacturing. Both play a big role in how you can ensure quality with your manufacturing plant.

Physical Composition and Product Performance

Testing


  • Quality testing and inspections is one way to help ensure quality products from your manufacturing company. You can hire someone to come in and perform the testing, or sometimes you can have an automated inspection. Automated testing is only done with certain types of industries so make sure you check into it before you get excited about doing it. Sometimes manufacturing companies can hire individuals within their own company to do the testing. This is popular among companies as they don't have to hire another person they don't know or trust. It saves the company valuable time and money.

  • Computer software can also be a great way to ensure quality products in your manufacturing company. There are many software programs available to help ensure product quality but it might take some time and research finding the one that is right for your manufacturing plant.

Continue reading "How to ensure quality with your manufacturing"

Hiring and retaining manufacturing plant employees

mansmiling30396607.jpg
Trying to find the best employees for your manufacturing plant can sometimes be difficult task. After all, you want the plant to be efficient which means you must find and hire the best employees and keep them around to do the job. Hiring and retaining manufacturing plant employees can sometimes be like finding the right roommate and when they leave it has a rippling effect on the rest of the organization. It creates unbalance, and that can cost you money. . Here are some tips on hiring and retaining manufacturing plant employees.

Hiring Employees

  1. What are you getting into?This is an important question to ask yourself, as hiring employees takes a lot of preparation. Do you want or need to hire full or part time employees? Do you need independent contractors? Do you want to outsource? These are all important questions to ask yourself.
  2. Continue reading "Hiring and retaining manufacturing plant employees"

Using Business Process Improvement for manufacturing

colorfulpipes26813664.jpg
Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement (BPI) share similar goals. Manufacturing companies know that repeatability is a key component to their organization. BPI provides a way to measure the effectiveness and repeatability of processes. To understand how BPI can help your company in the manufacturing industry, we must learn a little bit about BPI.
Business Process Improvement focuses on helping businesses make changes in the way they are doing business. It works with three steps:

  1. Defining the organization's strategic goals and purposes (Who are we, what do we do, and why do we do it?)

  2. Determining the organization's customers (or stakeholders) (Who do we serve?)

  3. Aligning the business processes to realize the organization's goals (How do we do it better?)

Continue reading "Using Business Process Improvement for manufacturing"

A look at process measurements and controls set up with TQM

bottles34878846.jpg
For those of you who are considering using total quality management in your manufacturing business you might be wondering what process measurements and controls that you should set up along with total quality management. But before we get into what process measurement and controls to use we need to take a brief look at what total quality management is and how it works. The reason why we need to do that is that in order to understand how you are going to measure the process and what controls you are going to need to set up to measure these processes you are going to need to know what total quality management is and how it works to help ensure that you are setting up the correct process measurements and controls.

Basically total quality management or TQM is a manufacturing process that is used to help improve your manufacturing process, basically make your manufacturing better. The reason for this is that through the implementation of total quality management you will take a look at your entire organization to see what needs to be improved to help your manufacturing process. The main goals to total quality management is to produce products and services that are free from defects, manufacture products that are using less waste and in combination with the previous two goals the main goal is to deliver quality products and services to your customers. What this basically means is that you are keeping your customers happy through total quality management by giving them products or services that satisfies their needs, meaning they are getting a great product for the price that they are paying.

Continue reading "A look at process measurements and controls set up with TQM"

A look at process measurements and controls set up with TQM

bottles34878846.jpg
For those of you who are considering using total quality management in your manufacturing business you might be wondering what process measurements and controls that you should set up along with total quality management. But before we get into what process measurement and controls to use we need to take a brief look at what total quality management is and how it works. The reason why we need to do that is that in order to understand how you are going to measure the process and what controls you are going to need to set up to measure these processes you are going to need to know what total quality management is and how it works to help ensure that you are setting up the correct process measurements and controls.

Basically total quality management or TQM is a manufacturing process that is used to help improve your manufacturing process, basically make your manufacturing better. The reason for this is that through the implementation of total quality management you will take a look at your entire organization to see what needs to be improved to help your manufacturing process. The main goals to total quality management is to produce products and services that are free from defects, manufacture products that are using less waste and in combination with the previous two goals the main goal is to deliver quality products and services to your customers. What this basically means is that you are keeping your customers happy through total quality management by giving them products or services that satisfies their needs, meaning they are getting a great product for the price that they are paying.

Continue reading "A look at process measurements and controls set up with TQM"

How to implement six sigma policies into your manufacturing business

productionline34878681.jpg
The Six Sigma process has caught fire with many top companies such as AlliedSignal, GE and Motorola. It is a process that involves a lot of time and a lot of manpower in order to achieve results. Successful implementation is done on a project-by-project basis and will result in continuous improvement of processes. Successful implementation also depends on many factors like the company's culture and the commitment and conviction of its leadership. Without these factors, the Six Sigma process can fail, however successful implementation into your manufacturing business is not as hard as it seems. Below you will find some steps for successful implementation.

The Company Culture
If this is the first process improvement program you have implemented to your company; it may be a little challenging. Organizing the process and having commitment from everyone involved is not always simple. Many times companies find themselves trying new strategies so often that employees don't take them seriously and are resistant to change. This is why the leaders of the process highly influence the company culture. The leaders need to buy in and commit themselves to Six Sigma and their examples will trickle down to everyone in the organization.

Continue reading "How to implement six sigma policies into your manufacturing business"

Making your manufacturing more profitable


The manufacturing process is very complex. It is made up of multiple elements that make any number of problems possible. At the same time, manufacturing contains an immense potential for making a profit. Here are a few suggestions on how to make manufacturing more profitable.

Rescheduling

Continue reading "Making your manufacturing more profitable"

How to safety train for your manufacturing


When it comes to manufacturing, safety is an extremely important area. Policy and safety procedures are generated by OSHA in order to give employees and employers direction on how to work safely in their environment. The hope in safety training and following safety procedures are to decrease, if not eliminate potential injury and harm to all workers. There are many ways to train things to consider in how to safety train for your manufacturing company. The following are a few of the things that employees and employers need training on and how to accomplish the training.

Evacuation Plans
Every manufacturing plant in order to follow safety procedures and guidelines needs to have a complete evacuation plan based on the information and layout of the manufacturing plant. As you organize and devise your evacuation plan keep in mind the different emergency conditions that may or may not happen. All employees and employers should know about the plan and be familiar with it. As you do safety training in evacuation plans here's what to train workers in:

Continue reading "How to safety train for your manufacturing"

How to ensure quality with your manufacturing


Producing a product that is of high quality is of extreme importance when you are in the manufacturing business. There are a number of different ways to ensure quality with your manufacturing. There are a couple of different ways to go about looking at quality control. One of them is looking at the physical composition and product performance, and the other is looking at your employees and how you manage them, or Lean Manufacturing. Both play a big role in how you can ensure quality with your manufacturing plant.

Physical Composition and Product Performance

Continue reading "How to ensure quality with your manufacturing"

Using Business Process Improvement for manufacturing

Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement (BPI) share similar goals. Manufacturing companies know that repeatability is a key component to their organization. BPI provides a way to measure the effectiveness and repeatability of processes. To understand how BPI can help your company in the manufacturing industry, we must learn a little bit about BPI.
Business Process Improvement focuses on helping businesses make changes in the way they are doing business. It works with three steps:
1. Defining the organization's strategic goals and purposes (Who are we, what do we do, and why do we do it?)
2. Determining the organization's customers (or stakeholders) (Who do we serve?)
3. Aligning the business processes to realize the organization's goals (How do we do it better?)

The Principles of BPI
There are principles to BPI which are laid out below:

Continue reading "Using Business Process Improvement for manufacturing"

How to implement six sigma policies into your manufacturing business

The Six Sigma process has caught fire with many top companies such as AlliedSignal, GE and Motorola. It is a process that involves a lot of time and a lot of manpower in order to achieve results. Successful implementation is done on a project-by-project basis and will result in continuous improvement of processes. Successful implementation also depends on many factors like the company's culture and the commitment and conviction of its leadership. Without these factors, the Six Sigma process can fail, however successful implementation into your manufacturing business is not as hard as it seems. Below you will find some steps for successful implementation.

The Company Culture
If this is the first process improvement program you have implemented to your company; it may be a little challenging. Organizing the process and having commitment from everyone involved is not always simple. Many times companies find themselves trying new strategies so often that employees don't take them seriously and are resistant to change. This is why the leaders of the process highly influence the company culture. The leaders need to buy in and commit themselves to Six Sigma and their examples will trickle down to everyone in the organization.

Continue reading "How to implement six sigma policies into your manufacturing business"

How to implement six sigma policies into your manufacturing business

The Six Sigma process has caught fire with many top companies such as AlliedSignal, GE and Motorola. It is a process that involves a lot of time and a lot of manpower in order to achieve results. Successful implementation is done on a project-by-project basis and will result in continuous improvement of processes. Successful implementation also depends on many factors like the company's culture and the commitment and conviction of its leadership. Without these factors, the Six Sigma process can fail, however successful implementation into your manufacturing business is not as hard as it seems. Below you will find some steps for successful implementation.

The Company Culture
If this is the first process improvement program you have implemented to your company; it may be a little challenging. Organizing the process and having commitment from everyone involved is not always simple. Many times companies find themselves trying new strategies so often that employees don't take them seriously and are resistant to change. This is why the leaders of the process highly influence the company culture. The leaders need to buy in and commit themselves to Six Sigma and their examples will trickle down to everyone in the organization.

Continue reading "How to implement six sigma policies into your manufacturing business"

What kind of liability insurance do you need in manufacturing?


What kind of liability insurance do you need in manufacturing? Liability insurance is a very important factor involved with the ownership of a manufacturing company. There are so many different events that could happen, liability insurance is a necessary thing to have.

Starting with the basic commercial liability insurance. There are some great packages that bundle the general liability insurance with property liability insurance. You will see these packages are often times referred to as BOP.

Continue reading "What kind of liability insurance do you need in manufacturing?"

What can you do to reduce the amount of waste?


What can you do to reduce the amount of waste? You can avoid and eliminate waste in the process of manufacturing by following some type of program that will help you to do this. There are several management programs that will help with your waste management. The key is finding the waste management program that will work for you.

Lean manufacturing is one of these management programs that will prove very beneficial in the process of reducing waste. Reducing waste comes from looking at some specific processes and then eliminating the waste from those processes.

Continue reading "What can you do to reduce the amount of waste?"

A look at the issues surrounding manufacturing


No matter what line of work you are involved in there are going to be certain issues you are going to have to deal with, basically there are going to be certain issues that surround your business and manufacturing is no exception. As a business owner or manager you are going to have to stay aware of the issues surrounding manufacturing so you can make sure that they don't affect your company.

Here is a look at some of the issues surrounding manufacturing.

Number one:
In our current economy manufacturing is one of the biggest sources of pollution and wasted energy. In fact manufacturing accounts for about 25% of the energy used each year in the United States. But aside from all of the energy it consumes manufacturing often leads to pollution because most of the energy that is used in manufacturing is obtained via combustion processes from coal, coke, natural gases, oil, and waste which generate a lot of harmful greenhouse gases. No matter which kind of manufacturing you are doing it is going to create some type of pollution because of the amount and type of waste that is produced. But that is where green manufacturing comes in, by making a few small changes you can help make your manufacturing plant more environmentally friendly.

Continue reading "A look at the issues surrounding manufacturing"

What kind of training should you do when you run a manufacturing plant?


When you think of manufacturing jobs you don't tend to think about needing to take any kind of schooling or training to get a job. But in actuality training for a manufacturing job is extremely important. When you work in manufacturing you can be working in a wide variety of areas that are going to require special skills and knowledge and if you don't have the proper training you are not going to be able to do your job safely or correctly. But just because you need training does not mean that you have to go to a college or vocational school to receive it, although some colleges and vocational schools are offering courses and degrees in manufacturing.

When it comes to training for manufacturing many of the courses are offered by the company in different types of settings. Some places offer hands on training, others offer classes at work, and some are starting to offer training courses online. But regardless of where the training courses are located many people do not know what kind of training people will need for working in manufacturing. This will all actually depend on the type of jobs you are offering at your company.

Continue reading "What kind of training should you do when you run a manufacturing plant?"

How visiting expos and conferences can help your manufacturing process


When it comes to manufacturing there is always the question about how to get your finished product out on the market, basically what kind of advertising you can do to make your product successful. One of the best forms of advertising is expos and conferences for manufacturers. These are a great form of advertising and getting your product known because numerous purchaser managers are on hand to make decisions about what it is that they will be purchasing for their company to sell.

There are numerous manufacturing expos and conferences available but you need to keep in mind that not all of them are successful. A great way to find out about manufacturing expos and conferences is to do some research online and talk to other manufacturers. Both of these places can help point you in the right direction. And the best thing about manufacturing expos and conferences is that it is relatively easy to get in on them, all you need to do is register for the show and pay your fees.

Continue reading "How visiting expos and conferences can help your manufacturing process"

Why you should consider lean manufacturing.


Lean manufacturing is a philosophy of increased production with less waste in human effort, space, tools, and time to develop a quality product-simply put, doing more with less. This concept has been linked to six sigma process improvement systems, Toyota Production Systems (TPS) and other resources and has proven to reduce costly waste as well as improve overall customer value and satisfaction. The basic concept of reducing unnecessary waste was evident as far back as Benjamin Franklin where he discussed the issues with carrying unnecessary inventory.

The waste involved in unnecessary inventory for example include material handling costs, loss of money tied up in inventory, lost space or increased storage and space requirements. One not-so obvious issue with high inventory is possible product defects. If a product batch sits in inventory for long periods of time, a defect could take more time to surface and require more research costs. But this is only one small example of costly waste, lean manufacturing can benefit many areas and end up saving an organizational substantial amounts of money.

Continue reading "Why you should consider lean manufacturing."

What is a scatter plot, and how is it used in Six Sigma?


What is a scatter plot, and how is it used in Six Sigma? Scatter plot is one of the tools that is used for the measurements that occur when using the Six Sigma plan. Well that is a very basic explanation of it.

Lets get into this with a little more detail. The scatter plot is also known in the world of manufacturing as the scattergram or scatter diagram. This is a basic graphic tool. The tool is used to illustrate a specific relationship between two variables.

Continue reading "What is a scatter plot, and how is it used in Six Sigma?"

What do leading coincident and lagging economic indicators have to do with manufacturing?


What do leading coincident and lagging economic indicators have to do with manufacturing? Well manufacturing companies need to know these statistics in order to make better decisions for their business.

In manufacturing and in the economy there are several different statistics that are used to measure economical changes and effects. These are usually tracked monthly and are then measured to view the movement that occurs up and down in the patterns.

Continue reading "What do leading coincident and lagging economic indicators have to do with manufacturing?"

Using work flow process in manufacturing


One of the best ways that you can use work flow process in manufacturing is to improve your production speed. If you work in any part of a manufacturing plant then you have probably thought about production speed at least once or twice, if you are higher up in management then production speed has probably crossed your mind quite frequently. The reason that people in manufacturing businesses think about production speed is that production speed is tied directly to the company's profit. What this means is that if you can improve your company's production speed or increase the production speed then you are going to have a higher rate of production which will mean you will end up with a higher profit. And everybody knows that the higher the profits the better benefits for everyone, including the company. But what you might be wondering is how you can improve your production speed. One of the best ways to improve your production speed is through tracking your work flow process.

Continue reading "Using work flow process in manufacturing"

The key to happy employees for manufacturers


No matter what kind of a business you are trying to run one of the most important things that you are going to need to do is to keep your employees happy. But this seems to be even more important in the manufacturing industry because the employee turnover rate is so high. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to keeping your employees happy at your manufacturing plant, which means they will stick around longer.

Here are some tips you can follow to help keep your employees happy.

Tip one:
One thing you can do that will not cost you any money at all is to provide a positive work environment. The best way to provide a positive work environment is to treat your employees how you would want to be treated.

Continue reading "The key to happy employees for manufacturers"

Tips for streamlining your manufacturing


Here are some tips that you can follow for streamlining your manufacturing.

Tip one:
One of the first things that you can do to streamline your manufacturing process is to hire some one to help you find out where you can do better. Basically what this means is that you are going to need to hire a company to come out and take a close look at your entire manufacturing process to see if you can make any improvements. There are a variety of companies out there that will come out and help you find any quirks in your manufacturing processes. But not only will they find the quirks in your process they will also show you how you can fix them. You will want to make sure that you do some research on these different companies and read different reviews before you go and hire one. The reason that you want to do some research on these companies is that these different companies can cost a lot of money. You want to make sure that their services are what you are looking for and that they will be beneficial to helping you streamline your manufacturing process rather than just a waste of money.

Continue reading "Tips for streamlining your manufacturing"

Safety training for new employees, when to schedule, how to conduct it


Safety training is crucial in any work environment and should be scheduled regularly for all employees-possibly as a group. However, when a new employee is hired, a more in-depth training on the appropriate safety issues for the job should be implemented into the orientation before the job starts. A new employee may not be accustomed to the surroundings, specific tools related to their job, environmental considerations, and just plain common sense issues in the workplace.

There are many generic safety topics that should be covered initially for every new employee to raise awareness and prevent injuries such as:
 Hearing protection
 Sexual harassment
 Workplace violence
 Slips, trips, and falls
 Electrical and fire safety
 Eye protection
 Safe lifting techniques
 Accident avoidance
These can be introduced in steps or all as one packet, followed by safety concerns specific to the employees' job. For example, if the new employee will have access to or duties operating a forklift, they would require safety training on that equipment and a license as well.

Continue reading "Safety training for new employees, when to schedule, how to conduct it"

Manufacturing for small businesses


Manufacturing for small businesses. Small businesses handle their manufacturing needs, in different ways. Here are some options you can look at. A large portion of the manufacturing jobs available today comes from the small and medium size manufacturing businesses. Thus there is recognition of this significant important globally.

It is also known that small manufacturing businesses face challenges that the larger businesses do not. The reason is, that either they have already progressed passed those challenges, or have been large enough and thus have not had to.

Continue reading "Manufacturing for small businesses"

Keeping track of inventory


As a business owner you are probably already ware of the fact that one of your most important assets for your business is your companies inventory. But something else that you need to be aware of is that if you fail to keep track of your inventory you are actually inviting your business to fail, that is how important your inventory is to your business. So you are probably already aware of the fact that you are going to need to track your inventory or it could end up disappearing on you. But there are other reasons that you need to keep track of your inventory. Some of the most important reasons besides theft in keeping track of your inventory is seeing what you have in stock, what is on order, what needs to be ordered, what items sell quickly, what items need more promotion and what items you need to get rid of. But the good thing about keeping track of your inventory is that there are numerous ways you can do it, all you need to do is design your own system that works for you or ask your accountant what would work best for your company.

Here are some ways that you can keep track of your inventory.

Continue reading "Keeping track of inventory"

How much time to expect for a transition to six sigma


The amount of time a six sigma transition takes will vary greatly depending on many factors of the organization. First of all, what is six sigma? Six sigma is a quality control approach meant to help organizations achieve near perfect processes within the specifications of the organization, specifically six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit, hence the name. It is designed to eliminate process defects within the organization and it is determined by the processes already in place or designed.

Six sigma process is driven by five main steps (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) for systems seeking improvement on existing processes and five similar steps (define, measure, analyze, design, verify) for a new process. It is implemented in four phases, how much time it takes depends on the success of each phase, moving into the next until each separate process within the organization is measuring improvement and successful quality control and is part of the natural culture of each department, in other words business as usual.

Continue reading "How much time to expect for a transition to six sigma"

How clean work areas mean safer manufacturing


A clean work area is crucial to a safe work environment, particularly in a manufacturing environment. Safety is ultimately the responsibility of each individual in any work environment, however should be managed at a line management level to ensure an overall standard throughout the workplace.

In a manufacturing environment, there are many structured and calibrated systems and employees in motion at all times, including complicated machinery. In order for production flow to occur efficiently and personnel to operate smoothly and without injury it is important to keep debris, clutter, and distractions out of the picture as well as educating personnel on awareness of the environment.

Continue reading "How clean work areas mean safer manufacturing"

Different systems you can use for manufacturing


Different systems you can use for manufacturing. There are a few different ideas you can use to improve the overall functioning of your manufacturing business. The key to knowing what system is better for your business, is finding the methodology or plan that works with your needs and style.

There are a few different systems that are used in better managing manufacturing businesses. Those different systems are also known as methodology. Those methodologies, or systems each have variation in their steps. However, their basic plan for the result is the same.

Continue reading "Different systems you can use for manufacturing"

Converting to a lean manufacturing mode


Converting to a lean manufacturing mode. Converting to a lean manufacturing modes really means taking the company the way it is and turning it into a well-oiled machine. How do you do this? There are some steps and options you can go with. These steps will make the total transformation from where you company is, to that machine that will not only save money, but it will make more money.

So, what does going lean, or lean manufacturing include? Well with lean manufacturing you will use a process of methodology. This methodology was originally implemented by Toyota. The point of lean manufacturing is that there are things that happen in manufacturing that are changeable. These things are processes, tools, training, even management.

Continue reading "Converting to a lean manufacturing mode"

Best software for manufacturing


Just like with other industries manufacturing also has computer software that is designed strictly for the manufacturing plant. And if you are in the manufacturing industry then you are probably already ware of how important it is to have software that is designed for manufacturing. Sure you can get a variety of different software to fulfill most of your needs, but manufacturing plants have some unique needs that can only be covered by manufacturing software.

Here is a look at some of the best software for manufacturing.

Continue reading "Best software for manufacturing"

Things to avoid when implementing total quality management


Five things to avoid when implementing total quality management. When you look at total quality management, you find that doing certain things can create the process of failure. Therefore avoiding these types of problem causing issues will create an overall smoother flow in your quality management.

Total quality management has principals that are embodied in many businesses all over that world. So through this experience, many large companies have become aware of what they need to avoid, so that the can maintain a positive business flow.

Continue reading "Things to avoid when implementing total quality management"

Overhead and waste, how to cut costs in these areas


Overhead and waste, how to cut costs in these areas? Cutting costs for overhead and waste is a challenge that many companies see as a problem. How can they cut costs without cutting quality?

Well in order to do this, you need to eliminate the waste that happens in your business. There are so many areas that companies lose money simply due to waste. Waste that happens from insufficient training, the wrong tools, or lack of motivation, is something that can change. These changes can take place by recognizing the waste and changing it.

Continue reading "Overhead and waste, how to cut costs in these areas"

Lean manufacturing at its best


Well if you take a look at how lean manufacturing works, the insides and outs, really does create a higher level of quality. This additional quality goes along with a reduced amount of waste. With quality, and less waste, you end up with saving money, and increasing profit, with increased customer satisfaction.

What is lean manufacturing

Continue reading "Lean manufacturing at its best"

Cost effective shipping for manufacturers


What is cost effective shipping for manufacturers? When you look at how much it costs in shipping alone for manufacturers, you can see it is really a large expense. However, you have to get the product to the customer. So how do you set up your shipping so that it is more cost effective?

Well shipping is a necessity. So you cannot just throw the cost out the window, when you think it is too much. So what do you do? You create a shipping plan that works for your manufacturing business.

Continue reading "Cost effective shipping for manufacturers"

Cost effective shipping for manufacturers


What is cost effective shipping for manufacturers? When you look at how much it costs in shipping alone for manufacturers, you can see it is really a large expense. However, you have to get the product to the customer. So how do you set up your shipping so that it is more cost effective?

Well shipping is a necessity. So you cannot just throw the cost out the window, when you think it is too much. So what do you do? You create a shipping plan that works for your manufacturing business.

Continue reading "Cost effective shipping for manufacturers"

Six sigma versus lean manufacturing


Before we can go on to discuss what the six sigma and lean manufacturing have in common and what is different about the two methods we are going to need to take a minute to discuss exactly what each method is. The reason for this is that you need to understand what each technique is and how the technique works so that you can then analyze the differences between the two and see which one is right for your company.

For those of who are unfamiliar with the term Six Sigma let's take a minute to find out what it is. Six Sigma is a method or a set of techniques and in the business world it has become a movement that is focused on business process improvement. Six Sigma is a quality measurement and improvement program that is designed to focus on improving the capability of a company's business processes.

Continue reading "Six sigma versus lean manufacturing"

Manufacturing parts for other manufacturers


One thing that you need to know about when it comes to manufacturing parts for other manufacturers is that basically they are outsourcing their manufacturing to you, which is just another way for you to make money. In fact many manufacturing plants make parts for other manufacturers. A great example of this is computers, you rarely find one manufacturing plant making the entire computer, in fact what usually happens is that there are numerous parts that are being manufactured by other companies.

For example Company A manufactures mother boards for computers and Company B manufacturers CD-Drives for computers. Both of those companies have a great manufacturing process for what they are making but don't have all of the parts to put the computer together, this is where Company C comes in. Company C, which manufactures computers, will contract with both Company A and Company B to buy there products so that they can manufacture a whole computer to sell to the consumers. In this case outsourcing works out for the best for all of the companies involved. Just because you are outsourcing doesn't mean that you have to go to another country.

Continue reading "Manufacturing parts for other manufacturers"

Custom manufacturing, how to convert to this


This is probably one of the oldest manufacturing systems in the world because it goes back to when products where first made. Basically custom manufacturing is where one person has the skill that is needed to make a certain product. A great example of this type of manufacturing is a shoe maker or a candle maker; it used to be that only one person was required to make these customized products. Custom manufacturing is still used today but rather than just one person making the product that is required we have machines that will do the jobs for us. And if people are doing the manufacturing you are going to need more than one person to make the specialized product so you can keep up with the higher demands. Something else that you need to know about custom manufacturing is that not many people use custom manufacturing anymore because it is not very cost efficient, which means that the products are more expensive because of the cost of using custom manufacturing.

Here are the steps you should take to convert your manufacturing into custom manufacturing.

Continue reading "Custom manufacturing, how to convert to this"

Using control charts to improve your manufacturing process

When attempting to implement improvements to a working process such as manufacturing, it is helpful to have a way to measure the effectiveness of the process improvement. You can do so using control charts. There are several different control chart programs available, but you can also use a spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel to create these charts.

In order to evaluate the effectiveness of your process, you must gather some information to evaluate. Let's say, for example, that you intend to decrease the number of accidents in a particular part of your process. To start with, you would need to have the data available of the number of accidents for this process function. In order to have this data available, capturing this data must become part of the process. The data can then be plugged into your control chart spreadsheet to be analyzed by a function or macro. After analyzing the data with a control chart, you will then be able to determine whether or not the process change was effective or not, or if the process is staying close to a specified target.

Continue reading "Using control charts to improve your manufacturing process"

The benefits of SIPOC in manufacturing


SIPOC stands for suppliers, inputs, process, output, and customers. SIPOC seems to be the major source of life for businesses to function and excel in the competitive market. SIPOC is a well organized diagram used by a team to help a company that is facing major trouble, or that maybe just needs a boost in order to stay competitive in today's market. SIPOC can be beneficial if your manufacturing plant is going through some tough times, such as having trouble increasing the number of its customers, defining its purpose in the market or industry, achieving its potential goals etc. Even if your manufacturing plant is doing well and making profits, SIPOC can certainly improve and achieve even more of its potential, productivity and wealth.

SIPOC has representatives that will meet with you and present you with different levels of easy to read diagrams to help your company see and understand the problems that are preventing it from getting to the next level. SIPOC generally helps you remove negative thoughts, nagging doubts and all little unimportant and insignificant tasks that can bring your company's ambition down. After going through the process of eliminating all unimportant tasks and negative thoughts, you can then begin to focus on what's really important.

Continue reading "The benefits of SIPOC in manufacturing"

What trade policies have to do with manufacturing?


Generally, trade policies are seen as hurting manufacturing within the United States. Because of free trade policies, it is just as advantageous to manufacture wares abroad as it is to do the manufacturing domestically. This means that the advantages of cheaper labor, cheaper goods, and relaxed standard in the plants combine to make it preferable to do manufacturing abroad.

There are tax structures in place that are intended to help domestic manufacturing. One of these structures is the Value Added Tax. This tax is used by almost all western trading countries and the tax is passed onto the consumer. Using the Value Added Tax as an example, it is easy to see that trade policy does have a big impact on manufactures. The United States is one of the only Western countries that doesn't use the Value Added Tax. This hurts manufacturing in the United States because the tax acts as a subsidy on products coming into the United States. The items that are manufactured in the United States do not receive this subsidy because the United States does not implement the Value Added Tax.

Continue reading "What trade policies have to do with manufacturing?"

What TPM (Total productive maintenance) have to do with manufacturing?

Before we can begin to talk about what TPM has to do with manufacturing you must be able to understand what TPM is, as well as understand what manufacturing is. But if you are reading this article then you probably already know what manufacturing is because you most likely work in the manufacturing industry. But just in case you don't know manufacturing is basically an industry that makes products to sell, basically they take a variety of smaller products and put them together to form one big product that they then sell to vendors who in turn sell the product to the public.

While manufacturing is actually rather easy to understand TPM or total productive maintenance is not as simple to understand. But TPM is a manufacturing initiative that emphasizes the importance of each individual person. This manufacturing initiative is based on a 'can do' and 'continuous improvement' philosophy and focuses on the importance of production and maintenance staff working together. This initiative is presented as a key part of an overall manufacturing philosophy. Basically, TPM seeks to reshape the organization so that the company can live up to its own potential, which basically allows it do to everything that it is capable of doing and then some.

Continue reading "What TPM (Total productive maintenance) have to do with manufacturing?"

What is value stream mapping?

The thing that you need to know about value stream mapping is that it is a paper and pencil tool that helps you to see and understand the flow of material and information as a product or service makes its way through the value stream. Basically value stream mapping is usually used in lean manufacturing rather than in six sigma manufacturing. If you are using six sigma manufacturing then you would be using process mapping instead of value stream mapping. Another thing that you need to know about value stream mapping is that the process includes physically mapping out your current state of processes while at the same time focusing on where you are trying to go as a company, this can help you determine what type of lean manufacturing strategies you will need to use. Basically value stream mapping differs from the process mapping of Six Sigma in four ways:

 Value stream mapping gathers and displays a broader range of information than a typical process map does.
 The value stream map tends to be at a higher level than many other process maps. Value stream maps are usually 5 to 10 boxes.
 The value stream maps are used in a different way than process maps because it covers a broader level. An example of this would be that a value stream map would begin with the receiving of the raw materials and then proceed all the way down to the delivery of finished goods.
 And the last difference is that the value stream map is usually used to identify where to focus a company's future projects, their subprojects, and or any of their kaizen events.

Continue reading "What is value stream mapping?"

Performance measures and metrics for manufacturing

One of the most important concepts when it comes to performance management is performance measures and metrics for manufacturing. But before we can begin to talk about performance measures and metrics we must first understand what performance management is. Basically performance management is activities that a company uses to ensure that their goals are being met in an effective and efficient manner. Basically what performance management focuses on is the performance of an organization, a department, the process involved in building a product or service, etc. And one thing that you need to know about performance management is that the results must be measured, this is known as performance measures or metrics. In performance management measures and metrics mean basically the same thing; it is a way to determine what kind of progress has been made and to report the success to the company.

But when it comes to performance management there is something that you are going to need to do to be sure that the program is effective. So what you are going to have to do is use performance measures to be sure that the company is making the improvements that management feels is necessary. But what most people have a hard time determining is what should be measured in the company besides financial results. Unfortunately there is actually no easy answer to this question because what you should measure depends a lot on what your company is doing and what their overall goals are. But the good news is that there is a model that you can use to help determine what your company should measure. This model is called the Balanced Scorecard, basically this scorecard is filled with critical questions that the company must answer to see how well they are doing.

Continue reading "Performance measures and metrics for manufacturing"

How to put customer advantage above competitive advantage in manufacturing

When it comes to manufacturing there is nothing more important then putting customer advantage above competitive advantage. But before you can do that you are going to need to understand what customer advantage is and what competitive advantage is and how they apply to manufacturing.

Let's first start with customer advantage. Basically what customer advantage is would be something that you are providing the customers that will set you apart from other companies. Basically you are promising to deliver something to your customers that your competition can't or doesn't provide for them. An example of a customer advantage program would be a warranty, service or delivery that your competition doesn't yet provide.

Continue reading "How to put customer advantage above competitive advantage in manufacturing"

How to find great six sigma training

For those of who are unfamiliar with the term Six Sigma let's take a minute to find out what it is. Six Sigma is a method or a set of techniques and in the business world it has become a movement that is focused on business process improvement. Six Sigma is a quality measurement and improvement program that is designed to focus on improving the capability of a company's business processes.

Difficulty rating: Moderate to difficult

Continue reading "How to find great six sigma training"

Tips for expanding your manufacturing business

If you've ever owned a business, you know how good it feels to succeed. If your business is thriving, you're happy, your employees are happy, and the future seems bright. It's usually right around that time that you start thinking about expanding your business. After all, it's done well enough so far, right? Right. But it can be a bit of a leap of faith to actually start the expansion process, especially if you own a manufacturing business. So here are some tips for you if you're thinking of expanding your manufacturing business.

Before you actually make the leap into expansion, there are a few things you should consider. Sure, you've made it this far, but will you be able to keep going? Think about these points before you make any decisions:

Continue reading "Tips for expanding your manufacturing business"

The way to decrease costs for your manufacturing

As most of you are probably already aware of the costs for your manufacturing are usually called manufacturing costs and they refer to any costs that you incur to make your product, with the exception of amortization and depreciation. But manufacturing costs can include both fixed and variable costs, remember that fixed costs are costs that stay the same no matter how much of the product you make and variable costs are costs that change depending on the amount of product you are manufacturing. And as most of you are probably already aware of if you can lower your manufacturing costs you can increase your profits, which means more money for the company, and this can actually spill down to the employees. But how do you decrease manufacturing costs without harming production, which means lowering manufacturing costs without cutting back on how much product you are manufacturing. The good news is that there are quite a few ways to decrease the costs of your manufacturing without compromising your product output.

Here are some ways to decrease your cost of manufacturing.

Continue reading "The way to decrease costs for your manufacturing"

How to set up a six sigma form of manufacturing

There are a lot of different things that you can do to help build your company up by saving money which in return helps you make more money. One way that you can help your company is by using a six sigma form of manufacturing. If you do not know what a six sigma form of manufacturing is or how to set one up you are in luck. Here are some tips on how to set up a six sigma form of manufacturing.

The first tip on how to set up a six sigma form of manufacturing is to know what six sigma is. Six sigma is a process that uses six steps to help change the processes your companies use now to more positive programs. It is a good thing to remember though that six sigma can help you operate your manufacturing with defect free products if done right.

Continue reading "How to set up a six sigma form of manufacturing"

What is fabrication, what does it have to do with manufacturing?


Fabrication has a great deal to do with manufacturing. Fabrication is an industrial term that refers to the manipulation of raw materials (such as steel) for the making of machines and structures. Steel and other metals are cut and shaped during the fabrication process. Fabrication is a very hands-on part of the manufacturing process. Although a fabrication shop and a manufacturing plant can work independently, it is unlikely that you will find a manufacturing establishment that does not at least have close ties to a fabrication shop. Most manufacturers have fabricators in-house simply because of the frequency that most manufacturing processes need the services of a fabrication shop.

Typical projects for fabricators include making structural frames for buildings and other heavy equipment. Fabrication shops will also make loose parts. Fabricators are often vital in the initial stages of building up a manufacturing plant. Their services are needed to build the parts of a working system and then throughout the process of production, improvement and malfunctions may also require the building skills of a fabricator.

Continue reading "What is fabrication, what does it have to do with manufacturing?"

How to incorporate agile manufacturing into your existing system


Agility is a term that is often used to describe sports players. An agile individual is quick and can respond to changes well. Likewise, agile manufacturing is a manufacturing system that works to be able to create the processes and tools necessary to adapt to the ever changing consumer environment. Anyone can make changes, but another important attribute of agile manufacturing is that changes are made while still upholding the highest levels of quality and controlling costs.

Agile manufacturing is similar to lean manufacturing in several ways. Like lean manufacturing, agile manufacturing must eliminate wasted time, processes and resources if the end result is to be acceptable financially. The main difference between lean manufacturing and agile manufacturing is the fact that lean manufacturing has such a distinct emphasis in being ready to accommodate the changing needs of the consumer.

Continue reading "How to incorporate agile manufacturing into your existing system"

Different systems you can use for manufacturing


Manufacturing is defined as the application of tools used for the processing and transformation of raw materials into finished goods. To do this, manufacturing industries employ a variety of different systems. Each manufacturing system has specific needs associated with the production of their goods. Therefore it only makes sense that there is a wide variety of options when it comes to determining how a specific manufacturing operation will be run. Below are some examples of commonly used systems for manufacturing as well as a brief description of each system.

The American System of Manufacturing

Continue reading "Different systems you can use for manufacturing"

What kind of assistance is there for manufacturers?

The manufacturing industry has seen some pretty hard times in the last decade. When manufacturers struggle, many other sectors of the economy struggle as well. In 2001 there was a significant recession that hit the manufacturing industry particularly hard. Since then, recovery from that recession has been slow in coming.

The industry of manufacturing is different than other industries in the America's manufacturing companies are competing not only with each other but with a global market. Future growth and even national security depends largely on the success of American manufacturing.

Continue reading "What kind of assistance is there for manufacturers?"

What do leading, coincident, and lagging economic indicators have to do with manufacturing?

Economic indicators are also known as economic statistics. These economic statistics provide information about where a given industry is in terms of their business cycle. In other words, economic indicators can give a business a good idea of how they are doing when compared to the rest of the economy. In the case of manufacturing, economic indicators will show the timing of changes made within the manufacturing industry and how they relate to the economy as a whole. Economic indicators are usually grouped into three categories which include: leading, coincident, and lagging economic indicators.

Leading economic indicators

Continue reading "What do leading, coincident, and lagging economic indicators have to do with manufacturing?"

What are the 3 R's of manufacturing?

As with any other business, the manufacturing industry takes its cues from its customers. That means you and me. The three R's of manufacturing are obligations that belong to both the manufacturer and the consumer. They are to reduce, re-use and recycle. Over the years different professors and economists have developed new R's (such as rethink, redevelop, reinvest) and although these may have small differences the theory is the same. The R's of manufacturing are intended to be responsible with resources and to find ways to efficiently take advantage of left over products and resources. Naturally, the assistance and support of the consumer plays a large role in the company's efforts to employ the three R's principles. It is important for us to be as responsible as we would like our manufacturing businesses to be and that includes personal efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Continue reading "What are the 3 R's of manufacturing?"

Manufacturing systems, how to choose between them

Choosing a manufacturing system for you company can be very difficult. There are things you have to think about, like; which system will make you a high quality product. Think about how much energy your system will use. Will the system be easy for you and your employees to use? How much will your new system cost, you will want a cost efficient system that produces a quality product. There are four different types of major manufacturing. Let's talk about these four types; this will make it easier to choose which will work for the needs of your business.
 Custom Manufacturing- this technique has been around for ages. Custom manufacturing as one person who had the skill to make a product. For example: the shoe make made the shoes, the tailor made clothes. Now days these machines are used to fill the needs of the customer. Today more people then just one will work to fill the needs of the production of a special product for a customer. So if your company is making custom made products you might consider custom manufacturing.

Continue reading "Manufacturing systems, how to choose between them"

How to turn your manufacturing set up into custom manufacturing

If you have a business and you need to produce a product then you will need the right manufacturing system. But what if you already have a manufacturing system that is no longer working for your needs? In this situation you will need to change your system to support your manufacturing needs. For instance, you have decided to make custom products for your customers, but you do not have a custom manufacturing system. Custom manufacturing is one of the oldest manufacturing systems available. A custom manufacturing system is where a product is made specific for the customer. Let's talk about the different types of manufacturing and how you can change each type into custom manufacturing.

When turning your systems into custom manufacturing you have to think of the needs and wants of your customers. The customer will be the main reason you change your manufacturing ways.

Continue reading "How to turn your manufacturing set up into custom manufacturing"

Manufacturing for small businesses

Whether you have a small business or a big business you have to have a way of getting your product. Some businesses get their product from a separate manufacturing business. Some businesses do their own manufacturing and everything else; this is the case for most small businesses that are just starting out. Choosing the right manufacturing for your business can be a difficult decision. First you will have to think about the product that you are selling. The type of manufacturing you will need depends on the product. We will talk about different manufacturing systems available; this will make your decision on finding a manufacturing system for your small business easier.
Because you are a small business and your cash flow is probably limited you will need to think about a manufacturing system that is inexpensive and that does the job. When you business begins to build and you have more money to spend you can update your equipment, increase your work load and the number of employees you have. Before you choose a manufacturing system analyze your product, take notes on the process, you will better understand your product and the production process.
If your company is making a product specific to certain customers then you will need a custom manufacturing system. In this system you will make your product according to the customer's wishes. A lot of companies offer the luxury of a custom made product. Often you can go to a car dealership and not find the car that you want, in this situation you would have the opportunity of building the car you want and it will come to you from the factory with all the specific options. Basically this is a made to when ordered system.

Continue reading "Manufacturing for small businesses"

Choosing the right manufacturing software for your business

Choosing the right manufacturing software can really help your business run smoothly. You will need to determine a few things before you start looking for manufacturing software for your company. First you will need to know the needs of your company. If you have a big manufacturing company then you will need to find software that will support a large business. If you are just starting out and you have a small to medium size company then you will need to find software that will grow with you business as it expands. Let's talk about where you can find manufacturing software, what manufacturing software offers, and let's go over several different types of software.

These days finding anything that you need is easiest when you look on the internet. The internet is an amazing tool. When you have decided what the needs of you company is you can start looking for the right software for your business. If you go to your search engine you can type in something like this "manufacturing software for small businesses" or "manufacturing software for a large business". These searches will generate many sites where you can find a wide variety of manufacturing software. Another place you can find manufacturing software is at an office store that provides a large selection of computer software.

Continue reading "Choosing the right manufacturing software for your business"

Where to find the latest manufacturing news


There are so many different things that you can find out about the world of manufacturing. If you are trying to find the latest manufacturing news, there are a lot of different places you can find it.

Here are some places where to find the latest manufacturing news.

Continue reading "Where to find the latest manufacturing news"

What you should know about green manufacturing


Most of you probably already know what manufacturing is, but if you don't manufacturing is when you take raw materials, which are separate materials of a finished product, and put the materials together to form a finished product. When people think of manufacturing they think about having to order numerous parts that they are going to have to put together in an assembly line so that they can obtain a finished product that they can then sell. So while many of you are familiar about the various manufacturing methods what you might not be familiar with is something called green manufacturing. When you think of manufacturing you probably think about huge buildings in the industrial parts of town that are mass producing things such as automobiles and computers. Or you might even think of gas refineries or chemical processing plants.

In today's economy many businesses and people alike are concerned about our environment. More and more people and businesses are recycling certain things to help save the environment, but when you think about manufacturing you don't really see any way that it can be done and still help the environment; this is where green manufacturing comes in. Green manufacturing is all about choices in manufacturing methods that support and sustain a renewable way of producing products and/or services that will not harm you or the environment.

Continue reading "What you should know about green manufacturing"
FREE: Get More Leads!
How To Get More LeadsSubscribe to our free newsletter and get our "How To Get More Leads" course free via email. Just enter your first name and email address below to subscribe.
First Name *
Email *


Get More Business Info
Business Info
Marketing and Sales
Technology
Finance
Manufacturing
Small Business
Investing


Sponsored Links
Recent Articles


Search This Site
Search This Site
Custom Search

Syndicate This Information
Syndicate This Site!   Syndicate This Site!   Syndicate This Site!

Sponsored Links


Copyright © 2003-2010 by BusinessKnowledgeSource.com - All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy, Terms of Use