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What You Need to Know about Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is a lean manufacturing technique. Lean manufacturing helps companies eliminate excess waste within their manufacturing systems. VSM is a powerful technique used to evaluate specific aspects of an organization’s “current state” that might not be performing at an optimal level. A map becomes a visual baseline to depict and improve flow and […]

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Bringing Technology to Your Business – Part IV + Bringing It All Together

Over the past four months, we have pondered several ways technology has crucial effects on manufacturing and business operations. Contrary to popular belief, technology transcends computer software; it pervades nearly every aspect of an effectively run business. No matter the size of the company, nor the type of goods or services produced, technology innovation has […]

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Lean for Sales (Lean Part 12)

Revenue generation, sales growth, and finding and retaining customers are the lifeblood of all companies. It goes without saying that cash flow improves and customer satisfaction increases when customer jobs, orders, and products are quoted, processed, loaded, and shipped faster and more efficiently. Therefore, let us examine how an important Lean tool, Value Stream Mapping, […]

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Lean Part 11: A New Way of Looking at Accounting

Over the past eight months, we have delved into Lean manufacturing principles that focus on eliminating waste and require that all the processes used to manufacture a product occur in sequence. As businesses implement a Lean approach to manufacturing, CPAs have also begun to discover many standard accounting practices no longer hold water. As a […]

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Bringing Technology to Your Business – Part IV: Better Business Management

Proven methods to enhance your management reporting systems with custom design and off-the-shelf software Is your documentation scattered? Do you know your key business indictors? What about your yield, cycle times, lead times, and inventory – both product and supply? Do you track your equipment and resource utilization? Are you on top of your serviceability, […]

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Lean Part 10: Standardized Work

Standardized work is one of the least popular Lean tools, but also one of the most powerful. It is the collection and implementation of the best practices known to that point, and its application forms the baseline for continuous improvement. As improvements are made, the new standards become the baseline for further improvements, rendering standardized […]

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Collaboration + Diversification = How Sales & Operations Can Win More Together

Scott Tousley of HubSpot compiled a list of mind blowing sales stats, and among them are: Customers believe that sales reps are 88% knowledgeable on product and only 24% on business expertise. Nearly 57% of B2B prospects and customers feel that their sales teams are not prepared for the first meeting. A whopping 68% of […]

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Bringing Technology to Your Business – Part III: Enhancing Manufacturing Performance

6 Proven Ways to Boost Your Manufacturing Performance If you are a regular reader, you might have examined two important components of growing a successful business in a technology-driven industry: a strategic analysis of your process and current technologies and the systems and practices associated with new product development. This month, we turn our attention […]

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Lean Part 9: Quality at the Source

“Fix your situation before it becomes a condition.” Author Larry Winget. Mr. Winget’s warning can apply to almost anything in our own personal lives, whether it’s our financial state, our relationships with loved ones, or even the pesky orange check engine light on the dash. It also sums up precisely what is meant by Quality […]

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Bringing Technology to Your Business – Part II: New Product Development

Having analyzed the importance of implementing a strategic analysis of your process and current technologies, we turn our focus toward new product development and the systems and practices associated with it. There are many uncertainties and challenges companies face throughout the development process, from conception through automation to commercialization, but solutions are usually right around […]

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