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Old Machines Making Money

Old Machines Making Money

I just read an interesting article on how a number of machining houses are making money and growing their businesses using older equipment. What sets them apart is their attitude toward business, not modern, high productivity equipment or low cost labor. They cross train their people, they eliminate...

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Is Lean Manufacturing in the Job Shop Undergoing a Transformation?

Is Lean Manufacturing in the Job Shop Undergoing a Transformation?

As a small job shop owner, I’ve always looked at lean manufacturing as a collection of management and manufacturing tools unified by an overarching philosophy. However, what Toyota may have developed for a large, integrated manufacturing company does not always translate well into a job shop environ...

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Graphicast Again Named Among the 10 Best Small Companies to Work for in New Hampshire

Graphicast Again Named Among the 10 Best Small Companies to Work for in New Hampshire

Graphicast was again named among the 10 Best Small Companies to work for in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine. For the fifth year in a row, Graphicast’s culture and employee benefits made it one of the prime employers in the state. “Even in these tough economic times and with the sluggish recove...

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keep things as normal as possible.’”  Back to Top Kiva Systems’ Robots are Invading Warehouses

keep things as normal as possible.’” Back to Top Kiva Systems’ Robots are Invading Warehouses

Kiva Systems, one of our favorite customers. was the subject of a recent article in Business Week magazine. Kiva manufactures robotic systems for warehouses. Based on traffic control software developed by Kiva, dozens of robots can simultaneously operate in a warehouse, picking items, and bringing t...

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Manufacturing Capacity Utilization is on a Steady 40 Year Decline. Will This Recovery Buck the Trend?

Manufacturing Capacity Utilization is on a Steady 40 Year Decline. Will This Recovery Buck the Trend?

In looking at manufacturing capacity utilization trends over the past forty years, a sobering realization emerges. As expected, capacity drops during a recession. But for each recession, the ensuing recovery brings manufacturing to a capacity level lower or no greater than the peak preceding the rec...

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