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Flexible Flow at ConMed Orthopedics

Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Mazak


Constant innovation is the life force behind business success at ConMed Orthopedics in Largo, FL. The company specializes in medical devices for orthopedic, arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. ConMed Largo currently manufactures about 4300 different part catalog numbers and introduces many innovative new products per year. Competition is tough, and ConMed must continuously boost efficiency and shorten product development lead times to get its innovations to market as quickly as possible. Full Article

BMW Executive: Lean Manufacturing Needs Executive Commitment

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Lean manufacturing requires executive commitment to be effective, including being on the factory floor regularly, a BMW AG executive said today. Senior executives need to observe production work regularly, Richard Morris, vice president of assembly and logistics at BMW’s Greer, SC, manufacturing operation, said at the keynote presentation of the Assembly Show in Rosemont, IL. Full Article

Lean's Next Act is a Balancing Act

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


In the evolution of lean manufacturing principles, agile manufacturing may be the next big thing. Agile manufacturing uses processes, tools and training—and people organized in teams—to respond quickly to customer needs and market changes while controlling costs and quality. It’s a newer approach that allows a leaner, more flexible approach to manufacturing. But most of all, it’s about speed, which requires lithe, well-coordinated action. Full Article

Tips for Improving Manufacturing Practices Through Lean Implementation

Chip Johns, President/COO, Butler Automatic


Reducing waste, implementing efficiency-promoting practices, and continuously improving manufacturing operations are the main goals of LEAN manufacturing ideology. While these tasks may seem daunting for a manufacturer at the start of an improvement program, there are many concrete steps that can be taken to shift the culture at any company. For many companies, all it takes to dramatically increase efficiency and reduce waste is a commitment to dive right in and a willingness to continue trying new and creative ideas to find out what works best. Full Article

In Defense, a New Focus on Project Management Process

David Karr, Technical Advisor for Manufacturing & Quality, Engineering Services Directorate, USAF Life Cycle Management Ctr., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base


The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in manufacturing engineering and wants its suppliers to be world-class manufacturers. That’s the take-away message from DoD’s adoption of the new SAE standard AS6500, “Manufacturing Management Program.” In fact, DoD recognized the need for a new standard and partnered with SAE International for its development and publication. Full Article

Establishing the Groundwork to Leverage the Internet of Things in Lean Automotive Manufacturing

Frederick L. Thomas, Director, Discrete Manufacturing Industries, Apriso, Dassault Systemes


Within the context of Lean manufacturing, focused on elimination of waste and continual process improvement, the Internet of Things can lead to huge efficiency gains … some Engine manufacturing linepeople see it as Lean on steroids. Tools and equipment will automatically collect, share and interact with other data and processes, opening up a whole new realm of achievements attainable under Lean initiatives.
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