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Why Is it So Hard to Transplant Lean in Low-Cost Countries?

After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshoring production bound for core markets to lower-cost countries can bring chea…
After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshor… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/why-it-so-hard-transplant-lean-low-cost-countries/

Are We Expecting Too Little from Lean?

Most manufacturers’ lean initiatives lack an overall design or strategy and, therefore, end up focusing on isolated, incremental operational improvement projects that are difficult to sustain and take years to produce significant results. Instead, the ult…
Popular Discussions Most manufacturers’ lean initiatives lack an overall design or strategy and, therefore, end up focusing on isolated, incremental operational improvemen… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/are-we-expecting-too-little-lean/

Has Most Operational Improvement Low-Hanging Fruit Already Been Plucked?

Having spent the past few years intensively pursuing operational efficiencies through philosophies such as Lean, how close are manufacturers today to realizing most of the available cost savings? According to a recently-concluded survey by Oxford Economic…
Popular Discussions Having spent the past few years intensively pursuing operational efficiencies through philosophies such as Lean, how close are manufacturers today to realizi… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/has-most-operational-improvement-low-hanging-fruit-already-been-plucked/

The Key to Transformational Improvement: Worker Engagement

Here’s one of the inconvenient truths about continuous improvement initiatives such as Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma: Many companies find that, over time, these programs lose momentum and generate diminishing returns.
Here’s one of the inconvenient truths about continuous improvement initiatives such as Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma: Many companies find that, over time, these programs … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/key-transformational-improvement-worker-engagement/

Lean To Green: Manufacturing’s Biggest Innovation Opportunity?

Still think sustainability doesn’t pay? Try telling that to Robert McDonald, chairman, president, and CEO of Procter & Gamble. In P&G’s latest annual Sustainability Report - released last month, McDonald reveals that his company has saved nearly $1 billi…
Still think sustainability doesn’t pay? Try telling that to Robert McDonald, chairman, president, and CEO of Procter & Gamble. In P&G’s latest annual S… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/lean-green-manufacturings-biggest-innovation-opportunity/

The Business Value Marketplace

The move from Plan, Build, Run IT operations to a Demand Supply IT - organization, is not a strategic move; it represents the complete commoditization and consumerization of IT. Beyond instituting an ERP system specific to running IT, there exists one mor…
The move from Plan, Build, Run IT operations to a Demand Supply IT organization, is not a strategic move; it represents the complete commoditization and consumerization of IT. Bey… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/business-value-marketplace/

A New Era of Thrift

Recently, I came across a blog post I originally published in 2009, and was struck by how relevant the thoughts are today. From the June 2009 posting: Perhaps prematurely, I’m contemplating the scars that our Great Recession might leave behind. The foremo…
Recently, I came across a blog post I originally published in 2009, and was struck by how relevant the thoughts are today. From the June 2009 posting: Perhaps prematurely, I&rs… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/new-era-thrift/

Employee Performance Management at Odds with Lean?

Although manufacturers continue to invest in lean transformation, many have not yet aligned their employee performance management systems and standards with the goals and outcomes of their lean initiatives.
Although manufacturers continue to invest in lean transformation, many have not yet aligned their employee performance management systems and standards with the goals and outcomes… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/employee-performance-management-odds-lean/

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/

Dialogue: Justin Kershaw -- Powering Supply Chain Innovation

Eaton Corp.’s latest IT initiatives, led by Justin Kershaw, aim to support a step change in supply chain innovation, infrastructure growth, and manufacturing productivity. Q: What excites you about your leadership role at Eaton? A: Right now, it’s just …
Eaton Corp.’s latest IT initiatives, led by Justin Kershaw, aim to support a step change in supply chain innovation, infrastructure growth, and manufacturing productivity. … http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-justin-kershaw-powering-supply-chain-innovation/

Are Import Duties Driving Your Global Manufacturing Strategy?

Want to sell your products into fast-expanding markets like Brazil or India? It could cost you well over 40% of the product cost in import duties if you don’t manufacture in the country. Does that make you want to set up a factory there?
Want to sell your products into fast-expanding markets like Brazil or India? It could cost you well over 40% of the product cost in import duties if you don’t manufacture in… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-import-duties-driving-your-global-manufacturing-strategy/

Lean: Not Just for the Plant Floor?

Although lean, Six Sigma, and other continuous improvement techniques have their origins and most of their adherents on the plant floor, I've recently come across some interesting examples of their application in very different environments. At last week'…
Although lean, Six Sigma, and other continuous improvement techniques have their origins and most of their adherents on the plant floor, I've recently come across some interesting… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/lean-not-just-plant-floor/

Lean Inventories Will Make You Pay

Over the years, I've been a proponent of many tenets of lean manufacturing. But there's one lean principle I just don't buy: lean inventories. Carrying inventory is the cost of doing business, I believe. A business spends working capital on stock so that …
Over the years, I've been a proponent of many tenets of lean manufacturing. But there's one lean principle I just don't buy: lean inventories. Carrying inventory is the cost of do… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/lean-inventories-will-make-you-pay/

Creating a Continuous Improvement Culture in a Decentralized Company

In a meeting of the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Operational Excellence Group today, one member described in some detail how his company has successfully adopted standard processes, tools, and metrics for initiating and sustaining continuous improve…
In a meeting of the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Operational Excellence Group today, one member described in some detail how his company has successfully adopted standard pr… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/creating-continuous-improvement-culture-decentralized-compan/

When Lean Cuts Too Deep

Do manufacturers pursuing lean and other continuous improvement programs run the risk of cutting too deep, of removing not just fat, but also the muscle and bone needed for a healthy organization? The answer is yes if you believe cereal and snack food mak…
Do manufacturers pursuing lean and other continuous improvement programs run the risk of cutting too deep, of removing not just fat, but also the muscle and bone needed for a heal… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/when-lean-cuts-too-deep/

People Make the Difference: Optimize Your Workforce

Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. By Pierfrancesco Manenti
Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. B… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/people-make-difference-optimize-your-workforce/

Cutting Inventory? Know the Consequences

Efforts to cut costs in these financially trying times, coupled with Lean initiatives that strive to remove waste from the supply chain, have resulted in many manufacturers reducing inventory to the point where they may be more vulnerable to supply disrup…
Efforts to cut costs in these financially trying times, coupled with Lean initiatives that strive to remove waste from the supply chain, have resulted in many manufacturers reduci… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/cutting-inventory-know-consequences/

Lean: Is It All or Nothing?

I've noticed that many advocates of lean transformation insist that organizations must faithfully abide by all lean doctrines and implement lean tools across the manufacturing enterprise. Anything less, say these advocates, amounts to an ineffective half …
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/lean-it-all-or-nothing/

Can GE Bring Manufacturing Back to Life?

LOUISVILLE, KY--They’re taking a fascinating, high-stakes gamble at General Electric’s massive, partially empty Appliances and Lighting plant here. The results could go a long way toward confirming or undercutting the notion that manufacturing in higher-c…
LOUISVILLE, KY--They’re taking a fascinating, high-stakes gamble at General Electric’s massive, partially empty Appliances and Lighting plant here. The results could g… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-ge-bring-manufacturing-back-life/

Better Societies Through Manufacturing

Manufacturing can be a powerful engine for generating individual and corporate wealth. That’s as true today as it was at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
Manufacturing can be a powerful engine for generating individual and corporate wealth. That’s as true today as it was at the height of the Industrial Revolution. But manufa… http://gil-ebents.gilcommunity.com/blog/better-societies-through-manufacturing/

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