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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.


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Changing Visual Standards Causes Mistakes

A recent trip to the grocery store caused some pain at home. Jeff Hajek and I recently held a webinar on learning lean concepts from home where we used milk as the example.  In this presentation we discussed visual standards which are help you identify the right type of milk.  Below is an example of […]

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PLM: How to Fix Technologies and Stop Fixing People?

During the last week at COFES, I had a chance to listen to John Gage keynote -But Can It Slice a Pineapple? Gage talked about innovation, computers, changes, language and culture. One of his phrases resonated – “Technology is easy. People are hard“. It made me think about PLM concepts, technologies and implementations. PLM and Product Development Process […]

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Production System Scheme

The basic concept of the production system needs to be studied before knowing more about the manufacturing system. Manufacturing system is more extensive than the production system. With a broader perspective, the complex, holistic and involves many branches of science. So you could say that the production system is part of the manufacturing system. Production […]

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The 6 Things You Need to Find and Fix Problems

I was walking through a parking lot today, and for some reason, I noticed the puddles of oil in the center of every parking space. Not an uncommon occurrence, but it got me thinking about abnormal conditions. If your car was leaking oil, could you tell when you backed out of one of those spaces? […]

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PLM Reset 2011

Winter break is a time to make a traditional “lesson learned” or “next year” blog posts. I wanted to come with some thoughts about what I see happens in the industry and where the biggest shift is going to happen. The name “PLM Reset” comes to my mind as the most appropriate. For the past […]

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The Power Has Shifted

I just finished reading “More consumer manufacturers selling online, competing with retailers” by Barry Shlachter. (Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/28/2731510/more-consumer-manufacturers-selling.html#ixzz1A72OsI1F) The article raises several good points about the shifting relationships between manufacturers and retailers. In my industry the same is true between manufacturers and distributors. The article states “The primary driver for all this is a more […]

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Consumerism & Supply Chain Meets Sustainability in the Chemical Industry

Next week, I’ll have the honor being the dinner keynote speaker at the European Petrochemical Associations 2nd Interactive Supply/Demand Chain Workshop in Brussels, Belgium. This years’ theme is “21st Century Supply Chains for the Chemical Industry”.  The topic is timely given how there’s been so much talk concerning over-consumption, consumer behavior, corporate social responsibility and […]

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Adopt Seventeen Principles to Remove Wasted Movement

Motion waste occurs when people move without adding value to the product.  This type of waste includes all the motion in operator’s bodies that occurs when they process materials:  foot and hand motion, and torso movements such as bending, reaching, lifting, and so on. Hiroyuki Hirano defined waste as “everything that is not absolutely essential.”  […]

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