By Tim Allen, Vice President of Management Consulting, Pragmatek In December’s newsletter, the topic of practical supply chain automation presented the concept of gravity flow racking to automate the movement and transfer of stored materials. Another practical and affordable method of material transfer small manufacturers can utilize is using basic mechanical conveyor systems. What are…

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By Joe Sullivan, Cofounder of the industrial marketing agency Gorilla 76 A few months ago, I wrote an article for this column titled “How (and When) Manufacturers Can Measure Marketing ROI”. This one is its much less beloved (but equally important) counterpart. First, a little context… The insanely fast acceleration of information technology over the…

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By Kara Sime, Founder of Your HR Navigator Vaccinations through the decades have provided significant public health benefits and prevented widespread illness.  However, in these modern times, talking about vaccinations gets a variety of reactions, strong emotions, and technical debate.  Many people have some fear and skepticism about side-effects or just wonderings about what the…

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By Joe Molesky, Vice-President of Operations, Multisource Manufacturing Lean and Continuous Improvement initiatives often have a predictable and disappointing start.  Tools are implemented like Gemba walks, tier boards, and 5S, and there appears to be positive change, but 12 months later the changes are not reading out in meaningful ways. This is usually a symptom…

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By Rob Tracy, Founder of Rob Tracy Consulting Intro A couple of weeks ago, I received a call from a large manufacturer preparing for their annual sit-down with their suppliers.  They were concerned about their suppliers’ ability to keep up with demand. I’m paraphrasing, but they essentially said, “We just know that when we grow,…

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Welcome to Issue #4 of The Manufacturing Leader, a newsletter aimed at small and mid-size manufacturers.  The newsletter is 6 pages long, with 5 articles, and it will take about 15-20 minutes to read.  Click the link below, and it will pop open in a PDF reader. The Manufacturing Leader –  January 2021 The newsletter…

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By Martin Cloake, CEO & Founder, Raven.ai One of the best things about the time I spent in my early career, working at a mid-sized manufacturing plant, was how simple it was to get things done. Once plant leadership and the operators were on board with a plan, the only thing holding me back was…

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