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When a consultant shows a factory how a poka yoke (mistake-proofing) system can get rid of frequent mistakes committed by operators, they look at him/her like she is a genius.

However, anybody with a dose of creativity and an understanding of the main types of poka yokes can come up with good ideas. Here are the 6 main types of mistake proofing techniques...

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Topics: mistake proofing

To explain how effective and important mistake proofing can be, CMC have created a new eBook called: "Mistake Proofing Examples: Improve Quality at Virtually No Cost." Read more about this free eBook and get your own copy here...

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, mistake proofing

In this blog post I will count down 5 great lean blogs & 2 lean podcasts that we follow with interest and highly recommend...

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

The term “Industry 4.0” came to be widely known in 2012 with the suggestion of a modernization blueprint to the German government. Its general idea is nicely captured below:

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Topics: Industry 4.0

I have visited hundreds of Chinese factories, and I have seldom seen good work instructions at the disposal of production operators, maintenance technicians, and quality inspectors. In this article, I will list 6 important principles to follow when writing work instructions for China factories... 

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Topics: Writing work instructions, Production improvement

A central element of a good factory management system is the set of goals and objectives which each department, each team, and each employee are given. This is what we are going to cover in this article...

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Topics: Factory management

Do you, or your suppliers, follow the PPAP process? It seldom gets done fully without a bit of coercion, especially with Chinese factories. And yet, if applied well, it will help you save time!

Let's explore this here...

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Topics: PPAP

A few weeks ago I read an article titled; 'Is there a formula to predict or evaluate the success of a lean implementation?' written by Art Byrne. He has led Lean transformations in the US for 30 years at very senior levels, so he has a few ideas about what process improvement goals are realistic. Read on to explore this further...

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Topics: Process Improvement Plan

One of the most common discussion topics among factory general managers in China is compliance to standards and regulations. It is a complex issue, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution...

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Topics: Social & Environmental Compliance

Tired of improvement initiatives that get everybody excited, but die after 2 months? 
Frustrated by changes that don't "stick" in the long term? 

CMC's manufacturing consultants have formulated a tried-and-tested process improvement framework that we use when working with clients to improve their manufacturing operations.

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Topics: Process Improvement Plan

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