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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

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

David Collins explains what constitutes a good production planning system: taking into account what is ordered by customers, how long to get materials in, how to manage holiday periods, how to prepare the tooling as needed, and so on.

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Most Chinese manufactuers are not aware of what constrains their factory's capacity:

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Quick changeovers are a must for an operation that runs machinery and intends to switch to lean manufacturing.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

David Collins details the two critical factors of a good production launch:

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David Collins, our Consulting Director, outlines 2 simple changes that have a profound impact on a Chinese factory, both in terms of quality and costs:

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

David Collins, CMC’s Consulting Director, explains the three priorities for most Chinese manufacturers that need to improve. They should focus on these elements:

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

David Collins, CMC's Consulting Director, describes a successful China factory turnaround project that he managed two years ago. It involved strong training of the workforce, as well as the application of lean manufacturing techniques.

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Topics: China and Lean

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