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Lean Direction


July 2014
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Volvo Challenge


Volvo Challenge: Lean for Life
MIT's Sloan Management Review (reg. req.) looks at the Volvo Production System to illustrate the challenges of successfully implementing a corporate lean program, and warns of "misplaced expectations of how quickly these programs can improve performance."
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CL5 Quick-Change 5-Axis Workholding


CL5 Quick-Change 5-Axis Workholding


NEW! Get Faster, More Accurate Set Ups! CL5 from Carr Lane consists of three components: a subplate, a riser, and top tooling made up of a vise or a fixture plate. The combination allows flexible and easy clamping, and 5-side part access. Several versions of fixture plates, vises and jaws are available. http://www.carrlane.com/pressreleases/cl5-quick-change.cfm

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Former Ford Director James Morgan to LEI
Morgan, a former global engineering executive at Ford Motor Co., will spearhead several Lean Enterprise Institute initiatives to accelerate the adoption of lean product and process development.


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Make Your Material Handling Bulletproof


Highly engineered and exceptionally reliable, Load Runners® brand idler rollers and rail take the worry out of your material handling process. With global reach and local support, Load Runners are your ultimate material handling solution. Click for your FREE CATALOG now!

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Lean When The Chips Are Down


Lean when the Chips are Down
The Columbian (Clark Co., WA) goes inside the clean-rooms of computer chip maker Linear Technology's manufacturing plant in Camas, WA, where employees come clean about their initial skepticism about a federally funded lean initiative.
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Single-Piece Flow via Single-Shot Molding
In Forbes: How single-cavity molding could be the "next wave in lean manufacturing." Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies' process forgoes making large batches of parts in multi-cavity molds for making high-quality single parts on demand.


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Increase Shop-Floor Productivity with Accurate and Timely Data


Increase productivity up to 20% and identify production issues in real-time with ShopViz®, a 24/7 machine monitoring tool for small to medium-sized manufacturers. ShopViz® provides direct visibility into operations across the shop floor and lets you know which machines are running, which are not, and where you need to focus your attention to increase productivity. Watch our video to learn more or click here to learn why shop-floor monitoring is critical to improving factory processes.
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Lean Manufacturing is Collecting Dust
… And that's okay! Oneida Air Systems, maker of dust collection systems, is in the third year of its company-wide lean program and, Pallet Enterprise reports, already the benefits are nothing to sneeze at.
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LEL International


Used Industrial Equipment


Buy, Sell, Trade, Scrap, or Recycle your new or used industrial and mechanical equipment.

We are looking for Chillers, Cooling Towers, Generators, Air Compressors, Boilers, Electrical (UPS, PDU, etc.), Tanks, Refrigerants, Complete Sites, and more. Large scale equipment removal is also available. Visit www.lelinternational.com or call 864.699.9605

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Ex-Toyota Exec Putting Own Stamp on Lean
Automotive News profiles Paula Lillard, COO of metal stamper Nth/works and a former Toyota Kentucky executive. Lillard — whom the article calls "the queen of lean" — is striving to bring TPS practices to the 70-year-old company.


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Machines Italia: Volume IX Now Available for Download


Machines Italia, a project by the Italian Trade Agency conducted in partnership with Italy's FEDERMACCHINE, the National Federation of Association of Manufacturers of Capital Goods, and serves as your NAFTA direct link to over 10,000 Italian manufacturing solutions providers from every capital good industry. When you're looking for the competitive advantage that comes with innovative technologies, take a closer look at Italian-made industrial equipment.

Explore this edition of Machines Italia and see for yourself how advanced manufacturing technologies from Italian solution providers are helping to fuel a new era in manufacturing. Click here to access the digital edition.

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POed Employee of the Month


How Process Problems Impact Performance
In a recent Tolero Solutions survey, 60% of respondents said that poor processes were the biggest frustration impacting their performance and satisfaction at work. The company's Scott Span explains at business2community.com.
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