Welcome to BlogNotions' Manufacturers Blog

The BlogNotions Manufacturers Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in the manufacturing industry. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the technologies being used during manufacturing production, discussions of various problems and solutions, best practices for industrial safety, economic implications, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

Eliminating the Management Roadblock for Improvement

On A Lean Journey’s Facebook page this past week we have been discussing the largest roadblock to Lean implementation. Overwhelming the response has been management. In my experience I have learned that the single most important element for success in Lean is the human element.   First and foremost Lean managers have the critical role of […]

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Lean Quote: Fail Again, Fail Better

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on […]

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Daily Lean Tips Edition #68 (1021-1035)

For my Facebook fans you already know about this great feature. But for those of you that are not connected to A Lean Journey on Facebook or Twitter I post daily a feature I call Lean Tips.  It is meant to be advice, things I learned from experience, and some knowledge tidbits about Lean to […]

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ASQ: Improve Your Strategy Through Hoshin Kanri

Bill Troy discussed ASQ’s approach to strategic planning over the last several months and asks the Influential Voices this month how they approach strategy. Companies must determine ahead of time what the vision and direction will be. A proper strategy must assign clear responsibilities and show what resources are to be committed. Metrics and timelines […]

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Lean Quote: Looking Back

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on […]

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Better Change with Education and Training

Education and training are important means of changing individual perceptions and behaviors. There is a distinction between training and education. Training refers to instruction and practice designed to teach a person how to perform some task. Training focuses on concrete tasks that need to be done. Training will be an integral aspect of instituting any […]

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A Call For Shorter Meetings

No one likes long meetings or too many meetings for that matter.  Meeting efficiency is a frequent topic on this and many other sites. Recently in an article on LinkedIn Fast Company explored the 18 minute meeting. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that you cannot inspire people if you put them to sleep. But […]

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

If you ever wondered if you’re paid to talk about doing things rather than actually do them, you’re not alone. Many businesses suffer from the same ailment – stifling innovation by running good ideas through the ringer. Hours of meetings about the same topics and endless email chains can kill good ideas before they ever […]

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Celebrating 300 Single Point Lessons!

My friends at Fuss & O’Neil are celebrating a milestone, their 300th Single Point Lesson.  John Kravontka and team have been sharing an accumulation of best practices learned by other manufacturers over the course of many years. I am happy that they are letting me share this with you.  Below is an excerpt from John Kravontka […]

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