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Regardless of the problem, virtually any manufacturing operation can be turned around using the right techniques and enough hard work. The key to doing so is correctly identifying and understanding the core complications that may be holding your process back. In doing so, we should be able to build a system to mitigate or eradicate the issues effectively. 

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Topics: Management/Turnaround, Process control systems, Employee Engagement, Process Improvement

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the best way to get your manufacturing automation timeline right. And one conclusion was that a factory should develop its maintenance capabilities before jumping into full automation.

The question is, how do preventive and predictive maintenance work, and what is the logic for putting them in place in your factory?

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Topics: Management/Turnaround

One very common mistake I see managers make when hiring new employees in China is hiring for hard skills only. They think: “We just need someone who has been doing XYZ in their previous company.” Here's why that's wrong...

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Topics: Management/Turnaround

When a factory starts working on a Lean initiative, one of the first steps generally involves putting up lean visual management boards on walls. We are not against visuals. Actually, nearly every project we do in the production area involves putting up or improving on a board. But there can be common issues...

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Topics: Management/Turnaround

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

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

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: Management/Turnaround, Social & Environmental Compliance

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

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