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Toyota Kata: A Lean Strategy for Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

By: Brian Lagas “Why are our changeovers taking so long?” If you’ve asked this question on the shop floor, more than likely you were met with blank stares by your employees. Open-ended questions like this are overwhelming, so employees try to find quick answers that don’t…

NIST Machinery Maintenance Cost Study: Making the Business Case – We Need Your Help

By: Douglas Thomas Efficient machinery maintenance methods can mean the difference between a thriving profitable firm and one that loses money and sales (e.g., imagine a firm that has machines that are frequently down or one that has numerous product defects). As reported in NIST AMS 100-18, manufacturers have reported…

5 Manufacturing Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

This article was originally published on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog  by NIST MEP. Below is a partial article. Read the full article here. Steady industry growth was a trend for manufacturers in 2018. According to a recent Forbes report, U.S. manufacturing has rebounded since the Great Recession, with a gain of…

Understanding Manufacturer’s Challenges Entering the New Year

Over the last few months, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program has been commemorating our 30th anniversary. The Program has enjoyed taking a step back to look at our beginnings, the reasons the Program came to be, and how we can continue to deliver on our mission to strengthen and empower…