A Lean journey
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has released a new book, "Story of a Lean Journey."
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has released a new book, "Story of a Lean Journey," written by industry Consultant and principal of The Center for Lean Learning LLC, James K. Lewis.
This concise and reader-friendly business novel chronicles fictitious Allison Manufacturing Services' "cultural and physical transition" from a small metal fabricator struggling to survive global competition to a world-class lean company.
For more information or to order the book ($23 for non-members), visit the SME site.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey