Shipulski on Design

Our nationally known expert offers his unique take on how to improve assembly designs.

ARTICLES

The Cost of Spending Too Little

Is it possible that a lower cost option could be more expensive?
April 1, 2014

We’re all aware of the consequences of paying too much.


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Simplicity isn't simple

February 1, 2014

Engineers don’t know how to reduce part counts.


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No at the Expense of Yes

Saying no helps fight public enemy No. 1 — dilution.
October 1, 2013

It’s planning time. It’s time to define the projects, the resources, and the timelines for next year’s work.


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Bet on the Solvers

Trying to solve the monster problems is the best career move.
August 8, 2013

Everything boils down to problem-solving—everything. New technology, new products, new processes, new business models, new markets, new behaviors, new company culture, innovation—it’s all problem-solving.


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What’s Your Perspective?

June 1, 2013

To move your company to a better place, it matters more where you are than where you want to go. And before you can see clearly where you are, you must clarify your perspective.


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When Best Practices Aren’t Best

Yesterday’s best practice is not tomorrow’s.
April 1, 2013

Manufacturers vigorously seek out best practices because they can improve metrics, such as stock price, sales and profitability. There’s only one problem: Best practices are the actions that solved yesterday’s problems.


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Build to Learn

February 4, 2013

The schedule-at-all-cost message has been made too strongly.


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Product Before Process

December 3, 2012
The ratio of goodness to cost is value.
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Solving the Wrong Problem

October 1, 2012
There’s nothing worse than solving the wrong problem. It’s bad on many fronts—consumption of valuable resources, mislaid expectations of company leadership, and frustration of the solvers.


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Shipulski on Design: The Power of Constraints

August 1, 2012
Too many projects, too many tasks, too many deliverables. At every meeting, work is piled onto our full plates with the implication that none will fall to the floor, like an all-you-can buffet but with expandable plates.


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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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Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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