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The value of flexible system manufacturing

mencommunicating19220419.jpgIf you have implemented lean manufacturing intoyour company, you have most likely adopted flexible system manufacturing. Flexible system manufacturing helps you to get more use out of your equipment. You no longer need to have one machine for one job as each machine will serve multiple purposes within the organization. The equipment can be changed by hand to make one part and then changed to make a completely different part. By doing this, you are using flexible system manufacturing. Most companies have a complete automated system as computers control the entire thing, making it easier and more efficient for your company.

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How to know if you have bad ERP systems

clip71731932.jpgHow can you tell if you have a bad ERP system and what can you do to improve it? It starts by getting to know more about what the ERP system is and to teach the system to all of your employees in order to have it make an impact on your company.

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How can you convert to a new manufacturing system

maninfrontofbuilding30337424.jpgReducing waste and improving the overall performance of your manufacturing plant should be one of your top priorities. Converting to a new manufacturing system is a great way to fix the problems your facility may be having as you will be able to identify key wastes and you can focus on generating higher profits for your company.

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What is Business Process Improvement?

groupplanning26668223.jpgBusiness Process Improvement (BPI) is a method that is used when a business is looking to simplify and streamline processes. BPI is designed to help businesses understand how to simplify processes, in order to make them cost effective. This also helps businesses find ways to reduce their excess waste,and build a stronger reputation for the company. There are 3 main parts of Business Process Improvement. These parts are-

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How can you implement lean manufacturing?

cleaningmachines24240393.jpgSeveral companies are in need of a way to reduce waste and eliminate defects. If you want to make your company become more productive, turning to lean manufacturing is one of the best options. A lot of companies don't know where to start or how to implement lean manufacturing. If you find your business is among the companies looking to implement lean manufacturing but your not sure where to begin, this article will offer you advise on what you need to do.

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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-

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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:

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How to find the right plant to manufacture your product

contract30901439.jpgIf you are a small business looking to outsource, it can be difficult to find the right plant. There will be several choices available, but it is crucial to avoid using a sweatshop. Keep in mind that if you end up using a sweatshop, to make your product, if word gets out, it can do a lot of damage to your business. The problem begins with the fact that is many small companies, who are looking for a manufacturing plant; don't know what to look for. Because of the fact that it can be difficult to choose a good manufacturing company, they end up getting a sweatshop by mistake. If you are looking for a manufacturing plant to produce your product there are steps you will need to follow, in order to ensure that you are choosing a good manufacturing plant.

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What is cellular manufacturing?

discussion8075165.jpgCellular manufacturing is usually called lean manufacturing and it is a great way to improve efficiency and to make sure all the products you produce flow through the company without defects and other problems. Cellular manufacturing focuses on reducing delays in the production process. Eliminating waste is one of the main goals of cellular manufacturing and it will allow you to reduce customer's waiting times, manufacturing delays, and other problems that cause you to lose money.

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Saving the planet with Green Manufacturing

brokenpiggy19109501.jpgMore companies are taking the initiative to go green and reduce their impact on the environment. Green manufacturing is a great way to gain positive publicity for your company but more then that it's a cost effective way to make sure your employees and your overall company is healthier.

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How to start your own manufacturing business

airplane30902462.jpgA number of people are searching for new jobs to create and companies to invent. The manufacturing industry is one that has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for many years to come. If you have a great idea for a manufacturing company, the first thing you must do is acquiring the right financing for it.

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Lean manufacturing: boost productivity and save money

broker30347317.jpgReady to go lean? A number of companies have retooled the way they do business and they have implemented an approach known as lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing consists of improving productivity, decreasing wastes, and strengthening your revenue. In addition to all of these great features you can also expect to receive increased customer service for your ability to change to a lean manufacturing environment.

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Regulatory reform with the Bush Administration

buildings19268963.jpgWhen it comes to regulating businesses in the United States you will find that there are over sixty separate agencies that is involved in the federal regulatory policy. The agencies that are involved in the policies range from the Environmental Protection agency to the Exchange Commission. No matter which agency is involved in the regulation of the business their main goal is to enforce all of the rules that are enacted by each commission. For example, the Environmental Agency would be in charge of setting any new regulations that will help protect the environment, but they are also responsible for ensuring that every business follows the regulatory policies that are put in place by the agency.

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Manufacturing trends and the economy

graph16220798.jpgIn order to judge how your manufacturing business is doing in the current economy you are going to need to keep up with the current trends of manufacturing. It is important to keep up with current trends because it will show you all different aspects of the economy, plus how your manufacturing business is doing when compared to others. If you fail to stay current with the manufacturing trends your business might even go under because your competition is going to get on top of you, which means you will end up losing your customers. By staying up with the current trends in manufacturing you can stay competitive with other manufacturers, you might even gain an advantage because you will be better prepared to handle the changes in the economy.

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Flexible manufacturing

string26814228.jpgFlexible manufacturing, also known as flexible manufacturing system or FMS, is a type of manufacturing system which allows for some flexibility during production. This article will discuss more about flexible manufacturing systems.

What does flexible manufacturing mean?

The reason that flexible manufacturing systems are in fact considered flexible is because the controllers (which control the machines on the production line) can be reprogrammed. Reprogramming the controllers can then relay new orders to the machines and robots that are conducting the work on the production line. A machine can begin to use older raw materials in new ways or create new products.

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Trends in custom manufacturing

clock19132124.jpgManufacturing is a process that is ever changing and continually changing to adapt to the needs of the business and the consumer.Technology is keeping up with manufacturing and there are new methods and equipment being developed to meet the needs of a more and more sophisticated manufacturing industry.Here is some more information about custom manufacturing trends and the way things are going to look in the future of manufacturing.

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The future of custom manufacturing

architect36832024.jpgCustom manufacturing is a very important development in the technological industry of manufacturing.There are many different processes that have been developed to increase and improve efficiency and to increase profits.The future of manufacturing is bright and that of custom manufacturing is even brighter.It will continue to shape many different industries and will allow for new products to be developed.

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How to convert to custom manufacturing


Custom manufacturing is the oldest manufacturing system in the world. It has been used to make products since products needed to be made. With custom manufacturing, only one person is needed to make the products because they have the required skill to make the products that are being manufactured. A great example of custom manufacturing is candle making; only one person is required to make the candles.

Custom manufacturing is still used today by small and large manufacturing plants. Rather than having one person make all of the products by hand, manufacturing companies have machines to do the jobs for them. Machines are required for this manufacturing style for larger manufacturing plants because that is the easiest way to keep up with the demand from the customers. Some businesses still use the traditional method of custom manufacturing, which are companies that offer handmade items.

A great example of this would be crafts sold at fairs or boutiques. The thing you will notice with these companies is that their prices are higher than larger companies are because they have to cover the expense of making the item by hand.

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How to change over to a new system

Changing to a new system in the manufacturing business can make a huge difference in productivity and profits.A new system can help you stay competitive with other manufacturing companies and bring a company together.Change is also scary though and trying to implement change in a big manufacturing company can take a lot of time and increased effort.Here's how to change over to a new system and not lose a lot of time or money in the process.

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Tips for incorporating new manufacturing systems

When you are looking to incorporate a new manufacturing system into your facility, you need to understand what you are getting into. Here are some tips to help you incorporate a new manufacturing system into your facility:

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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.

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Tips for upgrading your manufacturing equipment

There are a lot of different things you have to take into consideration when you are running a manufacturing company. One of the most important things that you should always be thinking about is your manufacturing equipment. The manufacturing equipment is so important is because that is what makes you your money. It will also depend on what type of employees you have but over all the machines are what makes the work get done quicker. Because of this you will want to make sure that your equipment is not outdated. Here are some tips for upgrading your manufacturing equipment so you make sure to be up to date.

The first tip is to look into a couple of different options. You will want to make sure that you are only getting what you need. The reason for this is because you don't want to spend money on certain features that you will not use. The best thing to make sure that this does not happen is to make a list of the things that you would like to see happen by upgrading your equipment and then go from there. This will help you to be able to narrow down your selection of what equipment is needed and what equipment is just a want.

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Learning to incorporate a new manufacturing system

There are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration when you are running a manufacturing company. A manufacturing company can be very hard to run depending on what type of manufacturing you are doing. Another thing that can cause complications in a manufacturing company is incorporating a new manufacturing system. If you are thinking about incorporating a new manufacturing system but don't know exactly how to do it. Here is some information on learning to incorporate a new manufacturing system that might help you.

The first thing is to make sure that you understand the system yourself. It will be hard to explain and answer your employee's questions if you do not know how to run the system yourself. You will want to make sure that you don't just read the manual. You will want to get hands on training and see how the manufacturing system works so that if you have questions you can make sure to get them answered. You will also want to make sure that you take down notes when you are learning. Taking notes will help you to be able to remember different steps and procedures that you might not remember other wise.

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Various process improvement strategy

There are various process improvement strategies available to improve 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.

One of the most widely used improvement strategy for your process is a program 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. This includes production, human resources, technical support and any of your employees on the maintenance floor.

The process strategy of six sigma is to help your manufacturing company find what is critical for your customers. After you have found what is most critical to your customers the six sigma strategy will help you to improve your company to better serve those customers. Six sigma is widely used in the electronics sector of manufacturing.

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Does you manufacturing plant need an improvement program?

Does your manufacturing plant need an improvement program? This could be something you may be asking yourself regularly if your company or organization is not working the way you feel it should be. There are many reasons why your manufacturing plant may need an improvement program. Some of these reasons may include low profits, high overhead including the operational costs of the company, the product quality is lacking, high employee turnover, and problems getting new customers for your product.

Begin by assessing your manufacturing plant truthfully. Take a good hard look at what your company is doing and where you want it to go. You can hire a company to do a thorough test of how well your company is operating. These people will look at all parts of your company to assess where improvements need to be made. You can also ask your self these next few questions when looking at an improvement program for your company.

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How to continually improve your manufacturing

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.

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Hiring and retaining manufacturing plant employees

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.
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    Implementing new procedure

    As a manager or a business owner you have probably had to implement new procedures at one point or another. But no matter how many times you have to do it sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But the good news is that even though you might have run into problems implementing new procedures before there are some things that you can do to make implementing new procedures easier.

    Here are some tips you should follow for implementing new procedures.

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    How to incorporate rapid manufacturing into your existing system


    Manufacturing systems are as unique as the products that they create.A manufacturing system is the key to the method of operation for a company.Therefore incorporating different systems into one manufacturing system is essential if you are to create the perfect operational formula for your niche in the market.There are many different types of manufacturing systems that each provides unique benefits and solutions to a manufacturing company.One such manufacturing system that can be incorporated into your plant's unique management techniques is rapid manufacturing.

    What is rapid manufacturing?

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    How to incorporate mass customization manufacturing into your existing system


    We are all familiar with what an assembly line is and how assembly lines can drastically speed up the production of goods that are uniform and intended to be produced in large quantities.But not as many people are familiar with the term mass customization.Mass customization is a manufacturing process where a customer is able to have a product customized to fit his exact needs.From a business standpoint being able to satisfy specific customer needs leads to customer loyalty and increased sales.For manufacturing processes, customizing products on a mass scale has its challenges.

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