MHIA offers Lean tips, case histories
Lean manufacturing is the management philosophy of reducing waste in manufactured products or any type of business. Achieving the beginning stages of Lean is fairly easy; it's taking it to the next level that requires hard work, dedication, and in many cases, the right equipment.
"Lean manufacturing is all about managing your processes with the goal being a measurable return-on-investment for your efforts at implementing change, however simple or sophisticated that change may be," said Dick Ward, executive vice president, Material Handling Industry of America . "You can achieve the first steps of Lean relatively easily, and then you reach a point where you have to look for the next opportunity."
In “Slimming Down with Technology,” the Material Handling Industry of America cites six companies that successfully implemented Lean techniques in their material handling operations. Read the entire article here .
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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