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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.

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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. See it here...

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In the course of our work, we see organizations that tackle ambitious projects, select some lean process improvement tools, and fail miserably.
CMC published an example that combines several of these mistakes in this article about problem solving. I think we see such an example 3-5 times a week, sadly.

Here are 4 common mistakes one needs to watch out for. 

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Topics: Process Improvement Plan

As I wrote in a previous article about lean manufacturing consulting firms, there are many obstacles consultants have to overcome in China. And, as a consequence, fewer consultants are working on improving operations in China than in North America or Europe.

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Topics: Manufacturing Consulting Firms

Many readers shared an article we published two weeks ago, Setting Up A Step-By-Step Process Improvement Plan In Your Factory, and we got some great feedback. By popular demand, we decided to dive deeper into this topic.

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Topics: Process Improvement Plan

If you work in a purchasing department, you are certainly looking to get cost savings and quality improvements out of your suppliers.

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Topics: Cost Savings, Chinese Factories

Do you want a process improvement plan for your factory, in order to improve quality, reduce cost, and deliver on time? And are you wondering, ‘is there a step-by-step approach?'

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Topics: Process Improvement Plan

If you are not familiar with process control plans, and if you manage a factory or buy from a factory, you need to know their function and how to use them, as they will empower you to raise your products' quality...

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Topics: statistical process control

Do you complain about your Chinese suppliers’ inconsistent quality? Are you wondering why they can’t keep making good products?

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Topics: Process control systems

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