Lean Forward: Continuous Improvement for Future Fit Factories

Lean manufacturing principles have been around a long time. They’ve not only been around, they’ve been successful. So it’s concerning to see that some think Lean is outdated. How can it be? Surely resource optimization and ROI maximization will never go out of style. We’re in an era of expanding opportunity, so focus has to be on affording the time and technology to realize those ‘first’ ambitions.  The stakes are high and it’s often hidden opportunities that hold the most potential.  Re-evaluating a company’s Lean status may uncover previously unexplored threads that could make the competitive difference. Lean principles helped Read more…

Thinking about Third Parties

The demands on modern manufacturers lie heavier than ever. There’s so much to think about in the here and now, never mind in setting strategy and planning for a future landscape which is set to evolve more rapidly than at any other time in human history. Day to day, you are looking to reduce waste of all kinds, dealing with excess or constrained capacity, balancing make vs buy decisions and dealing with pressure from customers and competition. At the same time, you have to forward plan and ensure operations are set up to handle future demand. Whatever decisions you take, Read more…