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

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

6/26/2015

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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Manufacturing Executives Top Fear: Communication with Plant Floor Workers



Louise Dickmeyer President PDP Solutions Mankato, MN

5/8/2015

While 90% of surveyed manufacturing CEOs reported that their employees are their most valuable asset, few knew how to motivate and inspire employee engagement. Third-party manufacturing communications solutions are an answer.
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Custom Component Job Shop Gets Lean



Luke Galindo, Sales & Marketing Manager, eNETDNC

6/4/2015

What started out as a 5S tool-room project to bring organization and reduce setup times has blossomed into a full organization-wide commitment to getting Lean. GEM Manufacturing Inc. offers contract prototyping, machining, finishing and assembly for some of the world’s largest Agriculture, Oil & Gas and Hydraulic OEMs such as CNH, Eaton, Parker Hannifin, GE & Deere Corp. Started by brothers Rob and Kevin Gottschalk in June 2006 in Bristol, WI. Full Article

Toyota Says It’s Improving Fuel Efficiency, Factories



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/30/2015

Toyota Motor Corp. says it’s increasing the fuel efficiency of its vehicles and improving its factory operations.“Toyota has increased the overall fuel efficiency of its powertrains” by about 25% and “overall power output” by more than 15% the company said in a March 26 update about its Global Vision plan..With factories, Toyota said its plants are running at more than 90%, up from 70% in 2009, when a major recession cut demand for new cars and trucks. Toyota said it’s moving to “simple and slim” production lines, including smaller paint booth “and switch to compact equipment.” Full Article

Leading Industry Organizations Introduce Enhanced Lean Certification Program



Press Release -- Lean Certification Alliance

3/31/2015

The Lean Certification Alliance has introduced customer-driven improvements to its Lean Certification program. Lean Certification candidates will now encounter an improved program and more streamlined process in achieving certification. Full Article

Not Everything That Can be Automated Should Be



Robert Simonis, Senior Consultant, Manufacturing and Operations, KCE Consulting LLC

2/27/2015

The assembly cell was installed and running in our Mexican factory. We had used the Production Preparation Process (3P) to design this Improved Junction Box assembly area and were happy to see our hard work and ideas in practice. We had a compact U-shaped cell with right-sized equipment and low-cost automation. Machines had no changeover or were designed for single-second-exchange-of workstation (SSEWS) to allow mixed production and level flow.  Full Article

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