Category: Productivity

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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What do manufacturing facilities share in common with supermarkets, post offices and wireless networks? They all involve waiting in queues, whether it’s a computer waiting to connect to public Wi-Fi, customers in a queue to check out at the grocery store or work in progress (WIP) sitting until a machine is open at…
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Knowing when the time is right to add machining capacity is one of the toughest challenges shop owners face. Even one new machine is a considerable investment for all but the largest manufacturers, which means most shops won’t even consider a new machine until they have more work than they can handle with…
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