Lean manufacturing

Plant manager sitting behind his table

How to be a successful plant manager in todays time?

Charged with overseeing the operations of a plant, a plant manager spends her day juggling different responsibilities and working closely with a wide assortment of people. The best plant managers utilize a combination of manufacturing experience, attention to detail and people skills to perform effectively. What does a plant manager do? Plant managers are at …

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Worker on a assembly line

How to make good assembly line work instructions?

Every employee has a slightly different way of doing things. Each has a different background, different experience, different depth of skill, and a slightly different work process—and that introduces variation into a company’s workflow. The larger your operation, the more variation works its way into the production line. Work instructions are key to reducing variation, …

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Example of a microfactory

Microfactories – the latest trend in manufacturing

A lot is happening in the automotive industries. Many manufactures are pivoting towards electric cars while trying to establish new supply chains that would be more resilient in today’s changing environment. But there’s another thing happening – we are seeing the emergence of microfactories. One of the most well known examples is the electric vehicle …

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A man writing standard operating procedure on laptop

Who writes standard operating procedures (SOPs)?

A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a set of step-by-step instructions compiled by an organization to help workers carry out routine operations. SOPs aim to achieve efficiency, quality output, and uniformity of performance while reducing miscommunication and failure to comply with industry regulations. But who will be the one to write standard operating procedures? Who …

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Using a machine for fabrication

Getting started with standard work instructions for fabrication

Standardized Work Instructions (SWI) are instructions designed to ensure that your manufacturing processes are consistent, timely, and repeatable. Often the standard work instructions are printed and posted near the operator’s work station. Standard work is a written description of the safest, most efficient, and highest-quality method to perform a given task or process. But can …

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