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What is Lean Manufacturing?

In short, lean manufacturing is a continuous improvement philosophy promoting system-wide efficiency. Indeed, this system values balanced productivity that harmonizes across the entire value chain. If a particular line is more productive than the other parts in the value chain, it does not benefit the efficiency of production. Therefore, lean manufacturing principles adjust for overall…

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What is World Class Manufacturing?

An excellent overview of WCM can be found at Better-Operations.com https://better-operations.com/2013/05/22/world-class-manufacturing-at-chrysler-and-fiat/ The World Class Manufacturing programme at Chrysler, Fiat & Co. – better operations The company-specific production system ( XPS) of Chrysler is the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) concept, developed by the Fiat Group in 2006. But, what exactly is the WCM? And, what does…

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ArcelorMittal Poland deploys WCM methodology

Bożena Gajdzik, in his white paper, does an excellent job in outlining the processes used by ArcelorMittal Poland to deploy Total Productive Maintenance and WCM within their factory. I have taken the liberty of outlining the “coles notes” in the bullets below.  This paper is worth a read if you are interested in World Class Manufacturing…

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5 ways to optimize your Time-Based Maintenance (TBM) program

Time-based maintenance (TBM), as the name suggests, is maintenance performed on equipment based on a schedule. TBM maintenance is planned maintenance, as it must be scheduled in advance, which means it can be used with both predictive maintenance and preventive maintenance. To execute TBM, a maintenance plan for a part or assembly that includes regularly…

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Why ERPs are not Maintenance Management Software

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is great at what it does. Unfortunately, that does not include being an intuitive data capture and workflow tool for your staff.     Some of our customers use SAP, Oracle or Netsuite, to manage their business costs, inventory, purchasing, etc.  These ERPs are also supposed to be used for…

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5 ways to optimize your Preventative Maintenance operations overnight

  Better scheduling. Better data. Better insights. Preventive Maintenance programs strive to enhance the OEE and performance of machines. But what do you use to enhance the performance of your PM program? Here are some tips for you to consider that may help you increase the efficiency and productivity of your team.   1 Create…

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5 tips on how to digitize your manufacturing operations

      “Digital transformation” continues to be a hot topic in manufacturing and organizations are either jumping on the bandwagon or getting woefully left behind.   All of this with the main goal of enhancing operational visibility, optimizing resource efficiency and productivity and, ultimately, building better products for less money. Current CEB research and Frost &…

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