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David Collins

25+ years manufacturing experience in computer, automotive, aerospace, furniture, and chemical industries.
Build and managed several automotive plants in North America.
Successfully turned around Foxconn’s Mexico plant.

Recent Posts

A while back I created this video to explain the new product introduction process. In particular, the 6 key areas that make it up.

Take a look at this video in this post...

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Topics: New Product Introduction

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

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 Reduction, Chinese Factories

Setting Up a New Factory in China

Posted by David Collins on 9 January 2015

Setting up a "greenfield facility", or a brand new facility, requires following a certain process. It is a blank piece of paper.

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How can a manufacturer keep track of its performance along the dimensions that really matter? The best manufacturers tend to focus on Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Morale, and together the metrics behind these dimensions of performance form a "balanced scorecard". This is very applicable to Chinese factories.

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David Collins explains why Chinese manufacturers need to look for good ideas and techniques outside their industry.

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David Collins gives tips to reduce the likelihood of corruption in purchasing departments. The response is a mix of staff rotation, data transparency, and random auditing.

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David Collins explains how best practices from the airline industry (among others) can be applied in most manufacturing environments. Setting up a preventive and predictive maintenance plan is not very complicated.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

David Collins explains how a factory can use simple statistical process control tools such as a control chart to detect variations, take action, and reduce quality problems.

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Topics: Quality

David Collins explains the concept of mistake proofing as applicable to Chinese factories, and why managers should never blame operators for mistakes.

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Topics: Quality

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