Weekly Update 10/09/2008

Oct. 10, 2008
October 9, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR JobBOSSWOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal WorksIssue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our ...
WOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal WorksIssue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our business.Vision: Implement lean and invest in cuttingedge machines and technology to reposition the company. Results: Sales volume doubled, finished goods inventory was reduced 800%, lead times and set up times were cut in half, achieved ISO
Demand Is Strong For Big Machines
Many shops are experiencing a growing demand for large-part machining jobs. So if your shop is testing the waters in the aerospace, oil and gas, power generation or heavy-equipment markets, you may want to check out some of the technologies offered by machine tool OEMs to not only completely machine large complex parts in single setups, but also provide consistent accuracies from part feature to part feature. Read the full story here

Squeeze More Money Out Of Scrap
Chip compaction improved one shop’s return on chips by an average of $0.10 a pound. A significant savings when dealing with 3,000-lb of chips per day. Read the full story here

Functions Versus Value Streams
Instead of focusing on functions, you may want to organize your shop according to value streams. Here are some of the benefits. Read the full story here

Make Short Work Of Robot Cleaning
Steam or plain water cleaning systems can harm sensitive electrical controllers, cables and wiring on robots. These systems also make robot-cleaning an all-day job.
Dry-ice blast systems can shorten this dirty job and not harm robot components. Accelerated C02 pellets traveling at supersonic speeds effectively clean grime, welding residues, paint and other debris from robots, and accomplish the task within a couple hours. Plus the system creates no secondary waste product. Read the full story here

Need A Knee Mill?
Almost every shop has at least one knee mill. And while the basic designs of these machines haven’t changed much, a lot of machine tool OEMs offer stepped-up versions with easy-to-learn CNCs that drastically increase these machines’ levels of productivity. Read the full story here

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Strategies to Run a Lean Supply Chain: How Principles of Lean Manufacturing Transfer Benefits to Operations The blurring of the line between manufacturing and supply chain logistics provides the opportunity to move efficient manufacturing management concepts to supply chain management. One manufacturing concept stands out as most successful: the concept of lean. This paper describes lean manufacturing and how it can be applied to supply chain management.
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