Your shop's lean manufacturing effort and ability to modernize depends on it... Everyone resists change to some degree, but some are more stubborn than others. That creates a problem that can’t be ignored especially as a manufacturing company attempts to modernize and adapt to lean manufacturing. You have been on your lean manufacturing journey for some time now. You have demonstrated results, gotten employees’ attention, and have shown customers your company can be reliable. Sounds like this is the way to go. All is well—except for one thing. You have a problem with Johnny, a longtime employee true to the [...]
Rising temperatures. E-commerce growth. Escalating consumer expectations. The heat is on this summer—specifically on workers in storage warehouses and 3PLs. Hot in-plant temperatures can negatively impact employee productivity and create health hazards. Due to the large, cavernous layouts of these types of facilities, and the ever-shrinking delivery times that today’s online shoppers expect, it’s difficult for warehouse workers to "keep their cool," especially during June, July, and August. While there is no one way to address this climate challenge, there are a variety of products facility managers can implement to improve working conditions for employees. Keeping workers comfortable with high-volume, [...]
Essential to the success of change management, implementing process improvement and lean manufacturing is engagement of your workforce. In a word, building trust…
Trust empowers an organization because it demands that stakeholders are not merely treated as means to an end, but ends in themselves. I was recently invited by Accenture Strategy, along with other thought leaders such as Bruce Weinstein and Andrew Winston, to discuss its research on trust and competitive agility. In a study of 7000 companies the firm found it found trust among a diverse ecosystem of stakeholders is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage. One of the most interesting aspects of the discussion was how crucial trust is for driving transformation and change. We tend to think of trust as static, but Accenture's research, [...]
A Baker's Dozen of the Best in Lean and Continuous Improvement in 2018 The end of a year is a good time to reflect. As IndustryWeek looks back over 2018, we cannot help but appreciate the excellent lean manufacturing and continuous improvement content that has appeared on our site, in our newsletters, and across our community. Everyone is worth a read and will teach you something. Following are 13 highlights in this topic area that drew the greatest interest from readers in 2018. 1. An Operational Nod to Anthony Bourdain How a fluffy egg sandwich became a lesson in continuous improvement? (Illustration [...]
As the seasons change, we are used to adjusting our everyday wardrobes to combat dwindling temperatures. For workers such as those in the oil and gas and utility industries, who may face long periods of exposure to the outdoors, transitioning work wear for the changing seasons is just as important. Long hours outdoors leaves workers susceptible to cold stress and related illnesses. Similar to heat stress, cold stress occurs when someone begins to lose the ability to regulate his or her body temperature during prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures, in this case to the cold. This can lead to a [...]
Whether it is cost reduction/margin improvement, quality improvement, safety or better on-time delivery rate, determine your goal for your lean journey. How will it improve your business and operations? In the long run, lean isn’t effective without an overarching strategy You are several months into your lean journey. You understand the opportunities for your business, have run a few tactical projects or kaizen events to get some early traction, and people are starting to gain confidence that this lean “thing” is going to make a difference. Now it’s time to create a plan to take a more strategic approach. A [...]
Thanks to Oerlikon Metco for providing the venue and Ron Loveland for putting it altogether! Panel discussion on building your talent pipeline within a manufacturing environment.
A great joint HIA-LI Manufacturing Committee, Ignite LI, MTRC, ADDAPT, APICS meeting hosted by Oerlikon Metco where Terry White (Novartis), Jenn Trakhtenberg (ClearVision Optical), and Ed Sottile (Metco) shared their best practice internal development programs with Long Island manufacturers and Educators.
Another great meeting at Manufacturing & International Trade Committee of HIA-LI yesterday morning at Campolo Middleton & McCormick, LLP. Thank you, Campolo Middleton & McCormick, LLP for hosting this committee meeting. Thank you to our great panelists; Joe Campolo, Chris Coluccio, Ron Loveland, John P. Giordano, CPA and Jill Scher. Thank you for your insights. We all learned a lot. Manufacturing & International Trade Committee of HIA-LI is to help manufacturers thrive in Long Island, New York. We invite you to join us on this mission. Committee Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. During an HIA-LI Manufacturing Committee meeting [...]
For those who have "tried" lean, only to see their initial results fall off, this article hits the nail on the head. For a company in Chesterfield, Mo., it involved something as seemingly simple as attaching a trash can to an employee’s chair. For one in St. Louis, it meant leaving the cover off an electronic temperature controller. For others it’s meant gathering employees from the chief executive on down for what’s known as Kaizen events — based on the Japanese word for continuing improvement. What do these seemingly unconnected efforts have in common? They are approaches to what is known [...]