Shipulski on Design

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

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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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The yin and yang of standard work

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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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The Cost of Spending Too Little

Is it possible that a lower cost option could be more expensive?
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We’re all aware of the consequences of paying too much.


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Simplicity isn't simple

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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.
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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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.
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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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?

By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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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.
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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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

By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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The schedule-at-all-cost message has been made too strongly.


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Product Before Process

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The ratio of goodness to cost is value.
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