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The Pain and Promise of US Manufacturing

The Pain and Promise of US Manufacturing

NADCA, the North American Die Casting Association, has just published a great synopsis of the path, and promise, of US manufacturing.  Here it is, in its entirety: “The common wisdom emerging from the national media frequently notes that the American economy has lost its ability to “make things”…tha...

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Many feel “uncertainty” is the new normal

Many feel “uncertainty” is the new normal

For many companies, the past was prelude to the future. Response trends could be developed for a host of inputs, and planning was a tedious, but often reasonably accurate corporate exercise. Fewer companies feel this way as we work our way out of the recession. Many now are trying to plan for uncert...

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Explaining Theory of Constraints at the Pancake Griddle

Explaining Theory of Constraints at the Pancake Griddle

I’ve been a strong proponent of Theory of Constraints as one of the best philosophies for running manufacturing operations. TOC gives you a perspective that helps you focus on constraints to flow in your operation and provides methods on how to deal with them to improve flow.  This focus on “through...

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Assembly Magazine Gets It

Assembly Magazine Gets It

What do they Get?  The value and cost benefits featured in Graphicast’s newest trade magazine article.  This case study shows how moving from CNC produced components to a casting process lead National Optronics to big savings on a low volume part. After working with Graphicast to convert the design,...

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Manufacturing in 2011 – Up, Down, or Sideways?

Manufacturing in 2011 – Up, Down, or Sideways?

Although there are many polls out there indicating the manufacturing pundits’ opinion on 2011, it seems we’re all still guessing about the future. Some say up, but slowly. Others say up and steady. There a few saying up, but volatile. From our view of the world, I think I will agree with the last gr...

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