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Is Big Brother Coming to the Factory Floor?

Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operations bibles such as the legendary Toyota Production System not only lay out s…
Manufacturers invest lots of money and intellectual capital defining and documenting the philosophies and standard practices under which they want their plants to operate. Operati… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/big-brother-coming-factory-floor/

Five Things Tesla’s New Manufacturing Leadership Needs to Do

Stung by quality and production snags and needing to dramatically increase output of his company’s expanding line of electronic vehicles, Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk recently parted company with his two top manufacturing executives and publicly invited th…
Stung by quality and production snags and needing to dramatically increase output of his company’s expanding line of electronic vehicles, Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk recently part… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/five-things-teslas-new-manufacturing-leadership-needs-do/

Alcoa Sinking $60 Million into R&D Center for 3D Printing

In a move that could boost the use of 3D-printed parts for production, particularly in the aerospace industry, Alcoa said is investing $60 million on an expansion of its Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh, PA.
Popular Discussions In a move that could boost the use of 3D-printed parts for production, particularly in the aerospace industry, Alcoa said it is investing $60 million on an e… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/alcoa-sinking-60-million-rd-center-3d-printing/

UL Jumping into Testing of Materials for 3D Printing

Product safety consulting and branding service provider UL says it is creating a quality framework and analysis service designed to help manufacturers assure the quality and performance of materials being used to fabricate parts and products with 3D print…
Popular Discussions Product safety consulting and branding service provider UL says it is creating a quality framework and analysis service designed to help manufacturers assure… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/ul-jumping-testing-materials-3d-printing/

Would Social Media Have Saved J&J?

Pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson this week agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and pay a small fine to settle legal charges stemming from an embarrassing series of quality problems and management shortcomings that affected consumers of some of …
Popular Discussions Pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson this week agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and pay a small fine to settle legal charges stemming from an e… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/would-social-media-have-saved-jj/

2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners Announced

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Mar. 3, 2015 — Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/2015-manufacturing-leadership-award-winners-announced/

Whatever Happened to the “China Price”?

Similarly, for several years, it has been the assumption that manufacturing costs in China were so much lower than in developed countries that manufacturers-- particularly in the U.S. and Western Europe--would have little choice but to offshore production…
When I was growing up, any product with a “Made in Japan” label was assumed to be cheap and of much lower quality than a comparable product made in the U.S. It took many years—… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/whatever-happened-china-price/

Is Your Company Root-Bound by ISO-9000?

ISO-9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) can be a very useful tool for capturing and preserving critically important business process as well as laying out a means for future improvement and growth. However, I often come across situations where ISO-9000 …
ISO-9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) can be a very useful tool for capturing and preserving critically important business process as well as laying out a means for future imp… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/your-company-root-bound-iso-9000/

It’s Not Just What You Know, It’s Who You Grow

What are the key metrics that your company uses to measure the performance of its senior manufacturing executives? Traditionally, the performance yardstick for most manufacturing executives has revolved around operational processes and outcomes and the ab…
What are the key metrics that your company uses to measure the performance of its senior manufacturing executives? Traditionally, the performance yardstick for most manufacturi… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/its-not-just-what-you-know-its-who-you-grow/

Paying a Penance for Poor Quality--Thoughts from the Recycling Center

When you are putting in 40-to-80-hour work weeks, it is sometimes good to take the time to do activities that allow you to clear your mind while still being productive. These activities give you time to take a step back and think about how business or pe…
When you are putting in 40-to-80-hour work weeks, it is sometimes good to take the time to do activities that allow you to clear your mind while still being productive.  These act… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/paying-penance-poor-quality-thoughts-recycling-center/

MIT Develops Tiny Sensors to Monitor Manufacturing Processes as They Happen

Scientists at MIT are reporting progress on using billions of nanoscale sensors to monitor and improve drug manufacturing processes as they take place. The discovery could help pharmaceutical companies get much more efficient at producing new drugs capab…
Scientists at MIT are reporting progress on using billions of nanoscale sensors to monitor and improve drug manufacturing processes as they take place. The discovery could help… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/mit-develops-tiny-sensors-monitor-manufacturing-processes-they-happen/

Richard E. Dauch, a True Believer in Manufacturing, Dies at 71

Richard E. Dauch, a force in U.S. automotive manufacturing for nearly half a century who helped save Chrysler in the early 1980s and went on to start American Axle & Manufacturing Inc., growing that business globally to nearly $3 billion last year, died l…
Richard E. Dauch, a force in U.S. automotive manufacturing for nearly half a century who helped save Chrysler in the early 1980s and went on to start American Axle & Manufactu… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/richard-e-dauch-true-believer-manufacturing-dies-71/

Customer Satisfaction Rises as Key Quality Metric

What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass yield and defects per million are considered classic measures of quality, manufacturers are incre…
Popular Discussions What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/customer-satisfaction-rises-key-quality-metric/

Overcoming Product Cost Management Blind Spots

Why do many organizations do such a poor job of product cost management? According to a recent post by PCM consultancy Hiller Associates, much of the reason lies with the siloed nature of most functionally-organized companies.
Why do many organizations do such a poor job of product cost management? According to a recent post  by PCM consultancy Hiller Associates, much of the reason lies with the… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/overcoming-product-cost-management-blind-spots/

Should the Government Rate Plants on Quality?

In his influential 1979 book, "Quality is Free," Philip Crosby asserted that prevention of quality problems "is not hard to do. It is hard to sell." This has been particularly true in the pharmaceutical industry where buyers such as hospitals and doctors …
In his influential 1979 book, "Quality is Free," Philip Crosby asserted that prevention of quality problems "is not hard to do. It is hard to sell." This has been particularly … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/should-government-rate-plants-quality/

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://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/key-transformational-improvement-worker-engagement/

Outsourcing? Hold onto Your Key Engineering Talent

For all the recent talk of reshoring, outsourcing continues to be central to many manufacturers' strategies for capturing customers in emerging markets and reducing operational costs. But manufacturers who imagine that adopting an outsourcing strategy mea…
For all the recent talk of reshoring, outsourcing continues to be central to many manufacturers' strategies for capturing customers in emerging markets and reducing operational co… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/outsourcing-hold-your-key-engineering-talent/

Should Your Plants be Generalists or Specialists?

Are plants more productive and efficient when they are structured to concentrate on fewer products or value streams? Or are manufacturers better off structuring plants for maximum flexibility, with the capability of producing multiple products? This was t…
Are plants more productive and efficient when they are structured to concentrate on fewer products or value streams? Or are manufacturers better off structuring plants for maximum… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/should-your-plants-be-generalists-or-specialists/

Dialogue: Refining Data Into Value

Guided by VP Terry Burleson, Nalco Co., a provider of specialty chemicals and services, is charting a new role for itself: pioneering purveyor of advanced data services and apps that give customers unique, actionable insight into their markets and busines…
Guided by VP Terry Burleson, Nalco Co., a provider of specialty chemicals and services, is charting a new role for itself: pioneering purveyor of advanced data services and apps t… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-refining-data-value/

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://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/six-sigma-decline/

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