A fact that the lean community has known for a long time is beginning to dawn on the rest of the world … that there are two kinds of companies in this world. There are those that are driven by simple ideas – value for customers, respect for people, common sense accounting, keeping things moving through straightforward processes without wasting time or money. Then there are those that picture business as some grand, complicated financial scheme propelled by increasingly sophisticated marketing theories.
I am rarely the first lean consultant my clients hire. I do, however, expect to be the last one they hire. I typically work with companies that have been at lean for a number of years but are frustrated by a lack of results. The big question I get is why they can’t see the cost savings they know they have made through their various kaizen, Six Sigma and rapid improvement events.
For over twelve years, iDatix Corporation has been committed to helping organizations achieve continuous process improvement through innovative tools, advanced technology and expert instruction. The company is proud to announce that it will now be hosting the Manufacturing Leadership Center with world renowned lean expert Bill Waddell.
Many mistakenly believe the game of rock, paper, scissors is a game of chance. Actually, it’s an exercise in quick-thinking strategy development and implementation. And, guess what?! Paper is chosen least often in the game as players subconsciously think it a losing play. And it is. Not just in the game but as a strategy in business too, particularly for manufacturers. Paper documents are the weak point in any manufacturer’s operation and here’s why…
No market segment seemed more suited to enterprise resource planning (ERP) use than manufacturing. The processes were highly structured, repetitive, and identical in this assembly-line world. But manufacturing is a business as much as it is a producer and as such it needs more than software that can rinse and repeat.
With the iDatix booth located at the far end of the North hall, I pass by hundreds of exhibitors every day. One booth that always caught my eye was from Lincoln Electric. Their intelligent robotic system is different than any of the other robots I have seen at IMTS, I have seen some impressive machines. [...]
ROFIN is one of the largest laser exhibits in the North hall. Their greenmix product, built in Switzerland, is a revolutionary solution for effective copper welding with lasers. It is used for spot welding highly reflective metals and is ideal in industries such as aerospace, automotive and defense. A laser solution such as this means [...]
Yaskawa Motoman certainly stole the show in the North Building this year. With a wide variety of robots on display, including a Black Jack dealer nicknamed Dexter Bot, crowds could always been seeing gathering at their booth. Several of their systems combine robotics with lasers. Their dual arm service robot will challenge you to a [...]
The Fanuc robots in the South building are contenders for “Most Impressive.” With over 100,000 robots installed in the US and 250,000 worldwide, they are the leading supplier of industrial robots. The Gakushu Learning Robot was the first I encountered in their massive booth. Another amazing display involved two robots working together. The largest robot [...]
Schunk is a leader in workholding and automation solution, their slogan “Tomorrow starts today!” signifies what the company is all about. In booth W-2000 you can see their dual arm robot managing the sorting and organizing of parts. Other highlights at their IMTS booth include: TENDO E compact, which is claimed to be the most [...]
The West building consists of a wide range of Tooling and Work holding systems. One unique booth that caught my eye was from Kitagawa-NorthTec who creates innovative systems that combine traditional workholding with automation. Their engineers design custom fixtures and work holding devices ensuring you get the best tooling piece required to run your operations. [...]