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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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From the Field – Manufacturing is Ready to Roll

From the Field – Manufacturing is Ready to Roll

Graphicast participated in two trade shows last week, one in Marlborough, MA and the other outside of Toronto. That this was the first time we attended two shows at the same time is, in itself, an indication of the activity level in manufacturing. The view from the show floor was an even better indi...

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