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operational due diligence

Best Practices for Operational Due Diligence

November 28, 2022

In any manufacturing setting, it’s crucial to have a well-oiled machine — quite literally. Every piece of the manufacturing process must work in tandem to create the final product. Unfortunately, manufacturing is a complex process with many potential points of failure. If one cog in the wheel is missing or broken, the entire process can…

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logistics management

Logistics Management: A Beginner’s Guide

November 14, 2022

Bringing great ideas to life is a process. In order to bring an idea to fruition, logistics management is used by an organization to plan out materials needed for implementation, production and more. Without planning, there’s chaos – and a good chance that the project will never actually get completed. What Is Logistics Management? Logistics…

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workforce optimization

Workforce Optimization: Make Your Business More Agile

October 25, 2022

Workforce optimization is a difficult task for many business owners and HR managers, but it can produce long-term benefits. By breaking things down into simpler steps, the process also becomes much easier in the long run.

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How Can 5S Consulting Benefit the Construction Industry?

October 17, 2022

The 5S theory is implemented to mitigate waste while maximizing productivity by keeping the work environment organized and utilizing visual cues to obtain more persistent outcomes.

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Value Stream Mapping: Here’s What You Need to Know

September 21, 2022

Value stream mapping or VSM is a lean production method for analyzing, designing, and managing the flow of materials and information to get a product or service to a customer.  It relies on certain standardized symbols to note information flows and work streams. Those that add value to the process and to the customer are…

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What is Six Sigma and how does it work?

September 14, 2022

Six Sigma is a set of techniques and management tools designed to improve quality and make business processes more efficient. It does this using statistics instead of relying on guesswork or intuition. Engineers at Motorola proposed the Six Sigma model in the 1980s. What does Six Sigma mean? In statistics, the Greek letter Sigma (σ)…

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ppap

PPAP 101

August 31, 2022

PPAP is a procedure companies use to ensure that the quality of parts manufactured by suppliers is up to standard. PPAP is an acronym for Product Part Approval Process. It ensures the manufacture and supply of parts are consistent. PPAP originates from the automotive and aerospace manufacturing industry. PPAP involves an 18-step process to ensure…

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APQP Top Requirements

August 24, 2022

APQP is an acronym for Advanced Product Quality Planning. APQP is all about making use of customer opinion and expectations during product planning. It involves clearly understanding what customers want from a product and then planning accordingly to meet their expectations. APQP is especially useful for companies involved in producing new and improved products. These…

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Top Ten Tips for Mastering Lean Manufacturing

August 17, 2022

In today’s world, the manufacturing process has become complex, and mass production of goods has presented a number of challenges. While some businesses thrived by making a lot of money, others struggled because they can’t comprehend how to cut costs and increase productivity. Many manufacturers are attempting to master lean manufacturing in order to overcome…

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Contract Work vs Direct Hire: Which Is Best for You?

August 10, 2022

There are various forms of staff recruitment methods. Some organizations use a direct hire system, while some use contract systems. The two systems of employment are effective depending on the needs of the company. How do you know which of the two is best for your organization? Contract vs Direct Hire In the case of…

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