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Evolving Excellence

  • Reflecting on the Intentional Routine
    My post a couple weeks ago on Gratitude, for Gratitude, generated a large number of responses.  Interestingly, most were private, commenting on both the nature of gratitude but especially on my daily routine.  I had detailed my regular set of activ…
    - 14 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 3:35am -
  • Gratitude, for Gratitude

    - 31 days ago, 27 Nov 14, 6:02pm -
  • Airbnb and Uber – From Batch to One Piece Flow
    Some of the more interesting internet-driven companies these days are the likes of Airbnb and Uber. They call themselves part of the “sharing economy.” But let’s take a look at the word “share.” From the MacMillan dictionary, share is “t…
    - 50 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 7:42pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 17 May 14, 5:02am -

NAM Shopfloor

RSM McGladrey

    Green Manufacturing

    • Data Schmata
      Show me some numbers!At the end of the last posting the statement was made that it is necessary to address green manufacturing and the role of digital enterprises in the context of informing the customers each enterprise serves as well as those t…
      - 47 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 6:54pm -
    • The Digital Revolution
      Dejå vu all over again?!The last posting started the buildup to using data (from where ever) to drive innovation, clarity and transparency, business model/economics, institutionalization, and benchmarking for industry in general and, ideally, for gr…
      - 61 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 10:34pm -
    • Moving to the next level
      Or ... Mind the (data) gapThe interest and focus on sustainability is now more evident than ever before. Advertisements in increasing numbers trumpet some aspect of a product or a service as “sustainable”. Usually it is not but that doesn’t sto…
      - 5 Sep 14, 5:04pm -
    • Circular economy, II
      Progress and big dataAt the end of the last posting the question was posed “can the “internet of things” be part of the circular economy? Can this connectedness push consumers to consider more sustainable behavior, or create products that provi…
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    • 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…
      - 27 Jun 14, 8:48pm -

    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…
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    • 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…
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    • '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.…
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    • A Quick Read on Fastener Science
      A mechanical engineer posted this fascinating (tiny) intro to the (vast) world of fasteners and what make them tick in answer to the Quora question “What is something useful about engineering you can teach in 10 minutes and make me feel astonished…
      - 19 Aug 14, 4:30pm -
    • 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…
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    • 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…
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    • 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 - Mojo