AME Lean Conference: All About Leadership

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I just invested 5 days at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) international conference in Jacksonville, FL.  Over the years, the content of the conference has made a dramatic shift from tools to leadership and leadership processes as the needs of manufacturers have shifted.  That’s why most of my postings and newsletter articles are about leadership, and not about tools. By now, most …

Layout of a Greenfield Operation

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A manufacturer has a rare opportunity to reduce costs significantly when it moves operations to a new building.   Determining the optimal layout that minimizes internal movement and supports maximum productivity of people and equipment is critical. Unfortunately, a small manufacturer planning such a move is likely running low on cash.  Moving expenses, preparing inventory to support customers during a multi-day shutdown of …