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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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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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