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Six Sigma in Decline?

Recently I came across an interesting blog by an engineering manager and Six Sigma black belt who suggested that, for a variety of reasons, interest in Six Sigma continuous improvement methods among manufacturing companies is waning.
Recently I came across an interesting blog by an engineering manager and Six Sigma black belt who suggested that, for a variety of reasons, interest in Six Sigma continuous improv… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/six-sigma-decline/

The Global View: How Small Manufacturers Can Swim With the Big Fish

Over the past weekend, I was a speaker at a UCLA Strategy and Operations Management Association (SOMA) event. One question came up regarding the risk for a small vendor dealing with a larger manufacturer. What if something goes wrong? How can a small vend…
Over the past weekend, I was a speaker at a UCLA Strategy and Operations Management Association (SOMA) event. One question came up regarding the risk for a small vendor dealing wi… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-how-small-manufacturers-can-swim-big-fish/

Does Pay-for-Performance Work on the Plant Floor?

It's axiomatic that programs aimed at improving metrics such as quality and on-time performance must start with engagement and buy-in from plant floor workers. But what part should financial compensation in the form of performance bonuses play in generati…
It's axiomatic that programs aimed at improving metrics such as quality and on-time performance must start with engagement and buy-in from plant floor workers. But what part shoul… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/does-pay-performance-work-plant-floor/

Is OEE the Wrong Metric?

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that was created in the 1960s and is still used by many manufacturing organizations to track and improve equipment and plant performance. Recently, however, I've had conversations with several manufacturer…
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that was created in the 1960s and is still used by many manufacturing organizations to track and improve equipment and plant perf… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/oee-wrong-metric/

The Global View: Size Matters: The Challenge of Sourcing Smaller Projects in Asia

As a rule of thumb, large U.S. companies should deal with large companies in Asia, and small U.S. firms should deal with small firms in Asia. This rule also tends to apply to projects, especially sourcing projects.
As a rule of thumb, large U.S. companies should deal with large companies in Asia, and small U.S. firms should deal with small firms in Asia. This rule also tends to apply to proj… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-size-matters-challenge-sourcing-smaller-projects-asia/

Integrated Supply Chain: Can It Really Make You More Agile, Customer-Focused?

Does knocking down walls between supply chain, manufacturing, and other enterprise functions help make a company more agile and more responsive to customers? Glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois is about to find out. The $7.4 billion manufacturer t…
Does knocking down walls between supply chain, manufacturing, and other enterprise functions help make a company more agile and more responsive to customers? Glass container manuf… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/integrated-supply-chain-can-it-really-make-you-more-agile-cu/

The Global View: Don't Judge Me by My Dirt Floors

In the 1980s, on one of my first trips to Asia as an engineer, I was in Japan visiting some of the plants that make Seiko watch components. Part of my job was to help transfer precision watch manufacturing equipment and adapt it to new markets oriented to…
In the 1980s, on one of my first trips to Asia as an engineer, I was in Japan visiting some of the plants that make Seiko watch components. Part of my job was to help transfer pre… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-dont-judge-me-my-dirt-floors/

Next Step Function: Innovation

I had a bit of a déjà vu moment earlier this week while attending the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco. The packed solar energy industry show and its 22,000 attendees had me thinking back on computer and semiconductor industry trade sh…
I had a bit of a déjà vu moment earlier this week while attending the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco. The packed solar energy industry show and… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-step-function-innovation/

Toyota: Too Insular and Too Centralized?

Toyota needs to change its culture to be more tolerant of criticism from outside sources, and the company must give more autonomy to regional operations in dealing with issues such as product recalls, concludes a report delivered yesterday by a panel form…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/toyota-too-insular-and-too-centralized/

Consumers Look to Each Other for Product Quality, Safety Info

Consumers in the US are much more concerned with the safety and healthiness of the food and household products they buy than they were five years ago. In fact, a majority of consumers would be willing to pay more for food and household products that come …
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/consumers-look-each-other-product-quality-safety-info/

Leading Manufacturers Focus on Forging Closer Customer Relationships

Each year the Progressive Manufacturing Awards present a clear window into manufacturers' current competitive priorities.
Each year the Progressive Manufacturing Awards present a clear window into manufacturers' current competitive priorities. As the nominations continue to flow in, it is becoming cl… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/leading-manufacturers-focus-forging-closer-customer-relation/

Operational Excellence Achievement Recognized at Honeywell Unit

Honeywell’s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies subsidiary wins the Baldrige Award for operational excellence and quality, but the company’s culture and history is the real winner.
Honeywell’s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies subsidiary wins the Baldrige Award for operational excellence and quality, but the company’s culture and history i… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/operational-excellence-achievement-recognized-honeywell-unit/

Operational Excellence Achievement Recognized at Honeywell Unit

Thursday, December 16, 2010, is a day that Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies will remember for a long time. The day will remain etched in the company’s memory because that’s when the wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, a contr…
Honeywell’s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies subsidiary wins the Baldrige Award for operational excellence and quality, but the company’s culture and history i… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/operational-excellence-achievement-recognized-honeywell-unit1/

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