Manufacturing Transformation Blog

5 Tips for Controlling Lead Times

Few things are more awkward than explaining to a customer why a part is late. Even good excuses will only be tolerated a few times before a customer decides to find a more reliable manufacturer. Most of the time, however, manufacturers find themselves without any excuse at all except unpredictable lead times –…
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Control Consumable Chaos for Truly Secure Processes

Product designers, applications engineers and machine programmers can spend hundreds of hours optimizing critical parts to maximize output. Other manufacturing professionals spend less time optimizing individual jobs and focus on using machines and tools designed for the utmost in production flexibility and throughput. But no matter how a shop arranges its manufacturing environment…
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With so many different production processes in the manufacturing industry, potential problems can pop up everywhere. Take metal cutting, for example; there is seemingly no end to the tools available. This raises some questions: Are all those tools really needed? Are they used at the peak of their possible performance? In metal cutting…
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Manufacturers need optimized production processes to reach competitive efficiency levels. To highlight strengths, identify weaknesses and quantify optimization savings, an onsite Manufacturing Efficiency Evaluation (MEE) examines every aspect of a shop’s operations. Under normal circumstances, an MEE requires careful planning, setup, coordination and, most importantly, in-person facility tours. However, a global pandemic made…
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