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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: Quality, Work Instructions

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: Management/Turnaround

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, Quality

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: Management/Turnaround, Process Improvement

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, Management/Turnaround

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: Management/Turnaround, Process Improvement

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: Management/Turnaround, Lean Manufacturing, Process Improvement

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, Management/Turnaround

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: Management/Turnaround, Process Improvement

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: Chinese Factories, Cost Reduction

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