Month: April 2020

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The Cobots are Coming!

As I mentioned in the original Industry 4.0 blog, nine key enablers support Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing.  The nine key enablers are listed below.  In this blog, I want to talk about how cobots will enable you to expand your operations. Cyber Security/Blockchain Cloud Computing IIoT- Industrial Internet of Things Big Data System Integration …

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MD-Engineering

MD Engineering’s Lean Journey Helped them Free Cash to Grow

One of the key elements on my American Lean Weekday podcast is the weekly interviews that I conduct with companies on their Lean Journey.  These companies are from various industries and are all different sizes.  I have interviewed leaders from family-owned businesses to multi-national organizations.  These are keynotes from a conversation with MD Engineering. MD …

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Systems Integration in Industry 4.0

As I mentioned in the original Industry 4.0 blog, nine key enablers support Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing.  Because of the various systems involved, Systems Integration will be key to keeping it all together. The key enablers of Smart Manufacturing include: Cyber Security/Blockchain Cloud Computing IIoT- Industrial Internet of Things Big Data Systems Integration Autonomous …

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Say yes…and… to Improve Brainstorming and Engagement

The yes… and… principle is great to keep top of mind so you don’t negate someone’s idea or input into a conversation.   Let’s say that you are conducting a brainstorming activity, and someone brings up an idea.  When someone responds with okay or that won’t work which will kill the entire process, answer instead with …

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Capco Inc. Seeing Benefits from their Lean Journey in 7 Months

Only seven months into their Lean Journey- Capco Inc. a $65M company headquartered in Grand Junction, CO has seen benefits and inventory improvements by implementing Kanban.  This has enabled them to minimize stock-outs and keep employees working and happier. Capco Inc. has 100,000 square feet facility, 400 employees and has been around since 1968. They …

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