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Evolving Excellence

  • On Asiana, Driverless Cars, and Factories
    I’ve always been interested in technology – its use, advantages, and disadvantages.  Regular readers know that I often advocate for manual solutions first, such as whiteboards to run factories and a handwritten notebook for notes. Some believe t…
    - 14 days ago, 28 Jun 14, 1:41pm -
  • Big Data, Small Data
    I’ve been following the panting exuberance of big data apostles for the past few years, rolling my eyes at most of it. Sure, it can be interesting, but maybe my age showing when I say “so what?” to most of it. What finally pushed me over the ed…
    - 56 days ago, 17 May 14, 5:02am -
  • The Devil on the Bus
    The other day while skimming LinkedIn I came across yet another one of those cheesy quotes that, unfortunately, have become all too common on the site: “Surround yourself with people on the same mission.”  I proceeded to get into an online discu…
    - 62 days ago, 11 May 14, 5:39am -
  • The Dangerous Lite Side of Mindfulness and Lean
    By Kevin Meyer I’ll preface this post by saying that yes, I’m from crazy California, I eat granola with fruits and nuts in the morning, am vegetarian (well, pescatarian), dislike wearing shoes, and practice yoga. At least I don’t have dreadlock…
    - 99 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 6:27am -
  • The Engagement of Risk
    By Kevin Meyer Rules are a funny thing.  We like some of them because they make us feel protected, aligned, and perhaps operating on a fair playing field.  We dislike them because they can protect us to the point of being smothering, align us to th…
    - 24 Feb 14, 6:30am -

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RSM McGladrey

    Green Manufacturing

    • The internet of (green) things
      Or … what would my refrigerator tell me if it could talk?Recently I was at a conference on manufacturing where I was caught in in an avalanche of buzzwords … cloud, big data, internet of things, industrial internet, connectivity, connected revolu…
      - 14 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 8:48pm -
    • Creating the Circular Economy, Part I
      Or putting some wheels on the Ricoh comet circleThe end of the last posting (an embarrassing long time ago!) spoke of the need to do a better job of communicating just what sustainability is. That is, of course, one of the objectives of this blog - o…
      - 27 Mar 14, 8:07pm -
    • New Year's Resolutions
      or ... Things that renew our faith in the future!Over the New Year in the US (perhaps other places too) there is a tradition of making a set of “resolutions” or pronouncements and promises that one will follow in the upcoming year that will make…
      - 21 Jan 14, 12:32pm -
    • Extending the life of products
      Déjà vu all over again!The last few postings have been concentrating on effective utilization of resources and resource productivity as a driver for manufacturing (including green manufacturing) innovation. In part 3 of that series a list of seven…
      - 5 Dec 13, 11:35pm -
    • Sustainability as a Driver for Manufacturing Innovation
      7th Wu Lecture at University of MichiganI was invited to present the Seventh S. M. Wu Lecture in Manufacturing Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on October 28th, 2013. The topic was billed as "innovation in advanced manufacturing" bu…
      - 10 Nov 13, 3:18am -

    Manufacturing Transformation

    The Fabricator

    • St. Valentine’s Day, then and now
      Using a goodly supply of aluminum tubing ... Noah Marciniak came up with a St. Valentine’s Day concept that looks like an iconic heart when viewed from some angles.
      - 13 Feb 14, 8:26pm -
    • The Obama effect … and counter effect
      On the advent of tonight's State of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address, I was in Manitowoc, Wis., population 33,736, visiting and touring Jagemann Stamping. I’ll forego weighing in on the state of the country’s economy, but I ca…
      - 28 Jan 14, 9:22pm -
    • The shoppingest time of the year
      Three days ago someone asked if I was done with my Christmas shopping. When I said, “No,” this person said, “Why not?” Not that I owed him or anyone else an explanation, the truth is, I really dislike shopping. I know this flies in the face o…
      - 17 Dec 13, 3:01pm -
    • A trade meritocracy
      Last week, when I visited Fisher-Barton South Carolina, Alex Robertson, business development manager, showed me a part on the shipping dock—a part he was proud of. The contract manufacturer had won the job about eight months ago. And it beat a quot…
      - 17 Dec 13, 2:05am -
    • 'I quit'
      Yesterday's "Stamping News Brief" e-newsletter focused on job satisfaction. It featured a blog post by my colleague, Dan Davis, in which he wrote about the relationship between age and job satisfaction, and how employers are happy with older workers.…
      - 12 Dec 13, 9:24pm -


    • Video Friday: Moody Axe-Making
      Sure, the music is a little bit moody for my taste, but (even without sound) this video does a great job of documenting the making of an axe from forging, heat-treating, and sharpening the head down to cutting, spokeshaving, and finishing the handle…
      - 7 Jun 13, 8:23pm -
    • A Rollerboard For Your Tools
      Above you see Klein’s new Tradesman Pro Organizer rolling tool bag, which is, well, a tool bag with wheels. It caught our attention because it incorporates features we’ve seen in luggage for years, but which never quite seem to make their way in…
      - 3 Jun 13, 4:24pm -
    • Feature: Taking Notes
      My father loved to write crap down. He’d dream up some idea or another, and he’d jot it down in one of a half-dozen little notebooks he used to carry around with him. I remember one time as a kid when I asked him about something, and to answer m…
      - 28 May 13, 7:05pm -
    • Victor Rethinks The Oxy-Fuel Torch
      What makes one oxy-fuel torch better than the next? Victor’s research says that we’re most efficient at welding and cutting when we can see our workpiece and easily control the torch. They incorporated a number of features into their re-designed…
      - 28 May 13, 12:41pm -
    • Ask Toolmonger: What’s Up With One-Handed Recip Saws?
      From the (virtual) mail bin: “Have you seen or used the one-handed reciprocating saw? Home Depot and Lowe’s both have one, and I was wondering how well they work.” Indeed we have. Read on for details. Much like the PS20 first exposed the masse…
      - 23 May 13, 8:53pm - Mojo