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Factories in China are seldom perfect, having fairly common issues, for example, 'quality fade,' or a lack of a production planning system.

While working with consultants who can come in and help fix your factory on site is a great way to improve operations, what if you're just looking for factory improvement ideas in order to handle this in house right now?

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Topics: Manufacturing Consulting, Manufacturing In China

CMC's manufacturing consultants often need to explain the differences between breakdown maintenance and preventive maintenance in a manufacturing setting. Let’s take 2 extreme examples, in other contexts, to make it very clear...

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Topics: Preventive maintenance

This Auto factory paint workshop case study demonstrates in detail how CMC's Partner, David Collins, made savings of almost $3 million per year on paint & rework in a US Auto factory in his former role as senior manager at Dodge.

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Topics: Statistical process control, Automotive Industry

If your factory has invested substantial amounts in equipment, the controller probably wants to see if those machines & tools are used often for a productive purpose.

That’s the whole logic behind the indicator called overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

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Topics: Preventive maintenance

Clients have asked us more questions about BOMs (Bills of materials) in the past 6 months than in the 2 years prior. 

In this post I'll explain why you need to know what's in the bill of materials...

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Topics: New Product Introduction

What effect does the manufacturing sector have on pollution in China, and vice versa? Are the government's anti-pollution controls effective, and do they affect manufacturers and supply chains negatively? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the free white paper that we've just produced here at CMC...

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Topics: Manufacturing In China, Pollution in China

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, spoke at the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou a few weeks ago and shared his view on the importance of the NPI (New Product Introduction) process, and how it helps reach his goals. Let's take a close look at his speech from this video here...

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Topics: New Product Introduction, Apple, Electronics

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

Has your company got a New Product Introduction checklist? Or is it trying to follow the APQP process to the letter, to ensure production goes smoothly once it is launched? Beware missing these two key aspects of manufacturing...

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Topics: New Product Introduction, APQP

Importers, have you ever suffered from a delayed product launch?

We've put together a case study on how we performed a very successful product launch turnaround for an electronics company, saving their Christmas orders and subsequent margin of US$9 million!

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Topics: Chinese Factories

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