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Reshoring evangelists headline a comprehensive conference program for manufacturing engineers and managers.
By John Sprovieri
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Tim Hutzel will never forget the first time, back in 1995, that he walked the shop floor at Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., a maker of industrial wheels, casters, carts and trailers in Hamilton, OH. Hutzel had just left his job as director of lean transformation at GE Aviation to strike out on his own as a consultant and lean guru. Hamilton Caster was his first customer.


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Pratt & Whitney Rethinks Jet Engine Assembly

An innovative product requires a new production philosophy.
By Austin Weber
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The bald eagle is a majestic symbol of power and freedom. It’s also the logo of one of America’s oldest aerospace manufacturers: Pratt & Whitney.


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Vermeer Gets Leaner With OEE

By Jim Camillo
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By the late 1940s, many U.S. manufacturers began creating and building products for the post-WWII economy.


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Creform Opens Michigan Sales Office and Manufacturing Facility

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NOVI, MI—Creform Corp. has opened a new regional sales office and manufacturing facility here to serve the Northeast and Midwest U.S. markets and Canada.


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Producing in Synch With Sales

Manufacturers have two opposite ways of equipping factories to respond quickly to customer demand.
By Richard J. Schonberger, Ph.D.
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There are two opposite ways to equip factories to respond quickly to downstream customer orders: One way is for sequential production, and the other is for concurrent production. Both draw heavily from best practices in lean manufacturing.


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Robots and factories are no longer differentiators

Real competitive advantage lies outside of the process of making things.
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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There’s lots of talk about a manufacturing renaissance. Some call it a resurgence, others a revolution, but the name doesn’t matter. There’s also been a lot of argument over the magnitude of the decline in manufacturing and how to measure it. Some say there wasn’t a decline at all. None of that matters, either.


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Lean Manufacturing and Flexible Assembly Are Ways of Life at Winnebago Industries

Lean production and vertical integration help the RV leader thrive.
By Austin Weber
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"The Music Man” takes place in a Midwestern hamlet called River City. The town that it’s based on is Mason City, IA, and the river that flows through it is the Winnebago. If you follow that river a few miles west, you’ll end up in Forest City, which is home to another American classic: Winnebago motor homes.


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Lean Guru Rethinks Mass Production

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DETROIT—It’s a basic tenet of mass production: Making things in batches is the most efficient way to manufacture anything. So why, then, is lean manufacturing evangelist Ted Duclos arguing that America can revitalize its manufacturing base by making things one at a time?


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Boeing, Lockheed Honored With Manufacturing Awards

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Boeing and Lockheed were among several companies honored last week for leadership in manufacturing by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.


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The yin and yang of standard work

By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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The value of standard work is clear: improved productivity and quality. With standard work, the process is well documented, its yield is high, its cycle time is rock solid, and everyone has been trained to do it. It worked well once, so we do it again and again.


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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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Tim Hutzel, President, Tim Hutzel American Business Services and Dave Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co have deep and unique perspectives on reshoring. That’s the primary reason they’ve been invited to deliver the keynote address at 2014’s The ASSEMBLY Show.

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