All Blogs / Industries / Manufacturing / Popular

TPP in Real Life: From Bagel Baskets to Highly-Engineered Industrial Products, Why One Baltimore-Based Small Business Says We Need to Pass TPP and Export Like Crazy

Founded in 1968 and once known as the “king of the bagel baskets,” Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC is a Baltimore, Maryland small business that has transformed and grown its...

Prepare Your Checklist For Selecting Right ERP Solution

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software delivers several business benefits that contribute to the ultimate bottom-line: Streamlined business processes Lower operating cost Enhanced employee productivity But, the challenge nowadays...Show More Summary

Podcast #266 – Karyn Ross on Lean for Service Excellence

My guest for Episode #266 of the podcast is Karyn Ross (KRCLean4Service on Twitter), co-author of the new book (with Jeff Liker): The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations. I have an extra copy of the book to give away (the publisher sent me two copies). I’ll give one away to one person who tweets […]

Markit: Eurozone Manufacturing Activity Accelerated in October to a 2½-Year High

The Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI increased from 52.6 in September to 53.3 in October, its fastest pace since March 2014. As such, the continent continued to brush off post-Brexit...

This Coffee Maker Wasn’t Error Proofed, So I Got a Lousy Cup of Coffee

When I was on vacation, my wife and I rented an apartment in Beaune, France instead of getting a hotel room. At left is a picture from the center of town. It was nice to be able to wash clothes part way through the 12-day trip. That allowed for a smaller batch suitcase, which allowed […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of October 17: Fast Pizza, Drinking up the Root Cause

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better […]

Toronto Cyclist Error Proofs With a “Pool Noodle” to Improve His Safety

This article from the Toronto Star caught my eye the other day: Cyclist says his pool noodle makes Toronto streets safer for him There was a law passed in Ontario requiring drivers leave one meter of space between them and cyclists. This doesn’t always happen, as there have been almost 900 collisions between bikes and […]

TPP in Real Life: TPP Helps California-Based Company Connect the Dots for Manufacturers

Manufacturers throughout the United States rely on a host of services companies to help assemble, package and deliver their products domestically and around the world. One such company is ALOM,...

Collaborating for Supply Chain Sustainability

This guest blog post is authored by Stewart Leeth, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc. Food production must increase significantly to feed our world’s...

Final U.S.–India Commercial Dialogue Shows Some Areas of Serious Dialogue, Little Concrete Progress on Priority Issues for Manufacturers

  The United States and India concluded the last major bilateral commercial dialogue of the Obama Administration today in Delhi, wrapping up a week of workshops and high-level bilateral meetings...

Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick : Surface Tablets :: Some Doctors : EMR Systems

I saw this article the other day on Deadspin, one of my favorite non-Lean blogs/sites. Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, got really frustrated with an NFL-provided Microsoft Surface tablet. As with many technology issues, it wasn’t the first time he experienced a problem. If you click through to the article, you’ll […]

ThedaCare CEO Dean Gruner to Retire; What’s Next for ThedaCare?

A few weeks ago, I saw this announcement about Dean Gruner, MD, the second CEO to lead ThedaCare during their Lean journey: Dr. Dean Gruner, ThedaCare President and CEO, Announces Retirement “Dean Gruner, MD, president and CEO of ThedaCare since April 2008, today announced his plans to retire. Dr. Gruner began in healthcare 40 years […]

TPP in Real Life: TPP Levels Playing Field for Leading U.S. Restroom Accessory Manufacturer

If you’ve ever washed your hands or changed your child’s diaper in a public restroom, it’s likely you’ve encountered goods crafted in America by Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc. Headquartered in...

Coming Soon: A Fresh Look at Some Old GM & NUMMI Documents

When I was a graduate student at the MIT Leaders for Global Operations program, one of our visiting professors was Don Ephlin, a former Vice President for the United Auto Workers. He passed away in 2000 (read his obituary). He was responsible for the UAW/Ford relationship for a few years and then was responsible for […]

Federal Court Rules EPA Must Consider Job Losses From Its Regs

This afternoon, Judge John Preston Bailey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern  District of West Virginia ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unlawfully ignored its duty under...

Real Productivity Improvement vs. Pressuring Workers; Easier vs. Suboptimizing

When I was in England on vacation recently, I saw this column in the Financial Times: Listen to your employees and so increase their productivity And the author, Sarah O’Connor, makes a great point in the sub headline – that just asking people to work faster might mean quality suffers. As leaders, in a factory […]

NY Fed: Manufacturing Activity Contracted for the Third Consecutive Month in October

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey said that manufacturing activity contracted for the third consecutive month in October. The composite index of general business conditions declined from -2.0 in September to...

Manufacturing Production Rebounded Slightly in September, but Flat Year-Over-Year

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production rebounded slight in September, up 0.2 percent, after declining by 0.5 percent in August. The pickup in activity was expected, but even with...

Make Informed Business Decisions With Analytical Dashboards

Imagine a car without a dashboard. The car is comfortable, powerful, fuel efficient and has every feature you wish for a car to have. Only one problem: NO DASHBOARD. Sounds weird, isn’t it? A dashboard is an informative interface between the driver and the mechanics of the car. Though, it doesn’t deliver every detail about […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of October 10: Northwestern Wins, Dirty DMC & More

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better […]

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC