Category Archives: Lean

The Trailing Edge Technology Business Model

A paradigm shift is required for the acquisition and product support of COTS configured weapon systems. Over the last several years there has been a marked increase in the use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components in configuring new weapon systems. This … Continue reading

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Three Certainties in Life: Death, Taxes, and the Forecast is Wrong

We all know demand variability and predictability are a daily reality for high tech manufacturers. The up-coming holiday season brings its own challenges for the manufacturers of consumer electronics. This year, it looks like it may be compounded by an … Continue reading

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Xerox Scientists Develop “Silver Bullet” Needed to Replace Silicon Circuits with Low-Cost, Durable Plastic

From Xerox.com: “With the development of a new silver ink, Xerox scientists have paved the way for commercialization and low-cost manufacturing of printable electronics. Printable electronics offers manufacturers a very low-cost way to add “intelligence” or computing power to a … Continue reading

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Verical Redefines the Electronic Components Marketplace

Verical, Inc., the Electronic Components Marketplace, today announced the production launch of its online trading platform for global high tech manufacturers and distributors of electronic components. Countering major risks to the high tech supply chain, the Verical Marketplace uses information … Continue reading

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SupplyChainNetwork results for “supply chain innovation”

Check out our SupplyChainNetwork search results for the term “supply chain innovation”. As we appear to finally be hitting bottom relative to the current recession, there’s no better time to introduce innovative ideas and innovation into your supply chain to … Continue reading

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The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers

The real challenge to Lean, however, requires this first change, a shift in the culture. Consumer products manufacturers are early on in their Lean journey compared to companies across industry, with 56% less than a year to 3 years into … Continue reading

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Strategies to Run a Lean Supply Chain: How Principles of Lean Manufacturing Transfer Benefits to Operations

In the last several years, the manufacturing sector has moved from vertically organized structures to horizontal organizations; that is, a single company no longer controls its product from, let’s say, the mine to the store shelf. Instead, today’s companies control … Continue reading

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Applying Lean Principles to Improve Workforce Management

Using Lean principles, manufacturers have made significant improvements to their operations, from improved productivity, increased resource utilization, to a more accurate understanding of product costs. One area where manufacturers may not have thought to apply Lean is the workforce. But … Continue reading

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