Machine shop fundamentals training

Machine Shop Fundamentals Training

Hallowing out of the manufacturing jobs in the United States has left a skilled labor shortage.  Additionally, the lower prestige of manufacturing jobs causes many young people to seek other occupations.  The strong economy squeezes the labor market.  Many other factors constrict the pool of great candidates for many manufacturing jobs.  Employers limited options present […]

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New customer

New Customer On-boarding for Manufacturing Suppliers

The process of bringing a new customer on-board at a manufacturing supplier can be difficult.  As a company, you have won the business.  Often this involves answering the request for proposal.  Sometimes it involves completing an on-site survey with the potential customer.  Now comes the time to produce!  The purchase order defines the requirements that […]

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The Beauty of Simple Processes

The Beauty of Simple Processes

We face many problems in manufacturing due to unnecessarily complexity.  Working through process improvements, I tend to get to the heart of an issue quickly.  At the heart of most problems are simple processes.  The beauty of simple processes is they build on themselves.  The Thought Experiment Last year, I started a thought experiment in […]

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Root Cause and Corrective Action

Root Cause and Corrective Action for the New Guy

During a recent transition, I received the daunting task of finding Root Cause and Corrective Action in a machine shop. I was unfamiliar with manufacturing machined details. I previously worked with manufacturing assemblies and installations. Detail machining was completely new to me and so were the terms and processes. In the Beginning My first goal […]

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Manufacturing

Manufacturing Advancements and the Benefit to Aviation

Since the beginning of World War II, there have been relatively few changes to manufacturing within the United States and throughout the world.  While several managerial techniques have been applied to manufacturing, the methods to produce details have been stable.  Beginning with a large billet of raw material, the process of removing material until the […]

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Decide Boldly To Avoid Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis and 3 Ways to Avoid It

As an analyst details matter.  Accurately reflecting reality through numbers, charts and visuals becomes a passion.  As an engineer details matter.  Designing a system or method to improve the manufacturing or reduce the variation of a product becomes the goal.  Details are vital to both endeavors.  When dealing extensively with details, the strong nagging question […]

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