Atlas Shrugged Part 2
July 29, 2010

Atlas Shrugged Part 2

  In my last blog I told you that I am listening to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I am …Read the Rest

Reading Atlas Shrugged part 1
July 18, 2010

Reading Atlas Shrugged part 1

  I am now reading, or I should say listening to, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. While just now finishing …Read the Rest

Sustainability
July 7, 2010

Sustainability

The word Sustainability has come to mean the capacity to endure with a low affect on the environment and being …Read the Rest

My advice to me.
June 20, 2010

My advice to me.

When I talk to manufacturing companies as a consultant or as a sales agent – I challenge them to be the lowest cost producer when the plant is pushing capacity and when the plant is cutting back. You want a company name on the door and people working inside and the only way to do this is to be able to keep making a product at a low margin. Effective manufacturing, increasing product mix, lowering changeover time, increasing first pass yield, increasing uptime are all highly important to remain profitable. Facilities are closing and corporations are smart enough to close the highest cost producer.

A Historical Look at the Process Historian
June 20, 2010

A Historical Look at the Process Historian

Today, computer savvy professionals in manufacturing management may not understand the basic functionality of a process historian. I invite you to read through this article to learn the background of the process historian and to remove some of the mystery and sales jargon that keep many professionals today from even understanding what they are buying.

Workshops for OEE and Process Intelligence
June 20, 2010

Workshops for OEE and Process Intelligence

What is the difference between a meeting and a workshop? What is the difference between a presentation and a workshop? What is the difference between routing a functional specification for comments/approval and a functional specification workshop?

It’s a joke Son!
June 20, 2010

It’s a joke Son!

Senator Claghorn was Kenny Delmar’s very fictional character that appeared regularly on the Fred Allen show from 1945 through the end of the show in 1949. Delmar’s wildly popular character was bolstered by great writing and cast on Allen’s top ranked radio show of 1946-47season. Senator Claghorn appeared in a movie in 1947 titled “It’s a joke, Son”.

Alarm Management
June 20, 2010

Alarm Management

Visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral and you can see the Mission Control Center.  A few years ago, …Read the Rest

Lean When Orders are Down
June 20, 2010

Lean When Orders are Down

Almost every segment of manufacturing is being affected by the downturn in the economy. Some are in a full crisis. I was at the site of a prospect two weeks ago. Their demand is low and their warehouse inventories are high. The manufacturing facility is running at about 25% of the capacity that is was only a year ago. Is this the time to put your head down, nose to the grindstone, work and tough this thing out saving every penny?

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