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If you buy products from Chinese suppliers, you’ve most likely been horrified by some of the poor quality control systems you’ve seen. In some cases, we managed to identify over 20 things that could easily go wrong within a mere 10-minutes walk on the shop floor—on fabrication & assembly or even on just a single product!

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Consulting, Quality Management System, Process Improvement

Chinese New Year (CNY), the most disruptive event in China, officially begins on February 5th, 2019. The rush, and subsequent slowdown, often much sooner than that depending on the facility.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Consulting, Process Improvement, human resources

The Trade Tariff Ceasefire: What is it and what does it mean for you?


Anyone involved in trade and manufacturing knows that the trade row between the United States and China is not good for business. Rising tariffs on both sides create price increases that are felt in almost every industry.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Cost Reduction, Manufacturing Consulting, Process Improvement

After working closely with a number of organizations, it has become obvious that poor problem-solving abilities are a root cause of poor performance. No wonder GE made Six Sigma (and the DMAIC framework) a company wide initiative in the 1990s...

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Management/Turnaround

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, Management/Turnaround

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: Lean Manufacturing, Management/Turnaround, Process Improvement

When I walk into the average factory in Ningbo or Shenzhen, I have to walk around their inventory. They commonly hold more than 2 months of inventory (between materials, work in process, and finished goods)! Surely there must be a better use of funds, so could 'just in time' work in China?

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Management/Turnaround, Just in time

Have you even wondered why brands such as Toyota, Lexus, or Honda tend to score the highest in customer satisfaction? Why is their quality consistently top notch?

The short answer is, they have excellent systems in place to detect, analyze, and solve quality issues. In this article I will focus on two lean problem solving tools they use every day...

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Quality

Lean manufacturing consultants are used to saying: “A factory that delivers bad products late always incurs high costs”. In their mind, the three basic dimensions of performance (quality, cost, and delivery) go together. A good factory ranks well on three dimensions, and a bad one ranks low on all three.

However, most people don’t understand the reasoning behind this. It contradicts their daily observations. In particular, purchasers don’t agree with it. Who's right?

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Management/Turnaround

The vast majority of products need some type of assembly before they are shipped to customers. Hence, enhancing assembly operations is something most manufacturers should aim at.

Unfortunately, best practices in this area are well known among industrial engineers, but are not applied widely across factories, especially in countries like China or Vietnam.

In this article we’ll look at a logical approach to improve assembly, inspection, testing, and packing operations. 

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Management/Turnaround

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