Trends in Manufacturing

fOS Part IV - Management Systems: Exactly How Good Are you? And What Are You Going to Do About It?

You may not be at all surprised by this, but I'd like to begin this post with my top five quotes about management:

5) "The secret to winning is constant, consistent management." - Tom Landry

4) “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30.” - Lorne Michaels

3) “Unfortunately it's also true to say that good management is a bit like oxygen - it's invisible and you don't notice its presence until it's gone, and then you're sorry.” - Charles Stross

2) "What's measured improves." - Peter Drucker

fOS Part III - Just Do It? The Framework of Manufacturing Execution

Before we begin, my top five quotes about execution:

5) "It is no use saying, We are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary." - Winston Churchill

4) "Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats." - Sue Grafton

3) “A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2) "A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness." — Jim Collins

When Its Smarter to Hire Consultants in Manufacturing

Its time to change, either because you need to, or you just want to. You need to reduce operating costs to free up working capital to invest in marketing. Your leading competitor just went out of business and you need to increase throughput levels to meet a rapidly expanding customer base. You're starting up a new product line and need to know the optimal manufacturing model. Your raw material costs are inflating and you need to get costs back in control to increase your profit margin. You need to know what something "should-cost" to make or buy...the list of possibilities are endless.