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We do not know, what we do not know….

Well…..what DO we know? We know that if you are looking to consistently produce a high quality part while minimizing your production costs, any variable that negatively impacts that objective needs to be managed or controlled within acceptable limits. The … Read More

Einstein’s Definition of Insanity: “Preventative Maintenance”….well sort of….

Einstein’s quote “The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result” can describe many Preventative Maintenance programs today. Every company is under tremendous pressure to reduce costs. They are looking for a different … Read More

Why is not having a Fluid Performance Management System stunting your productivity and eroding your bottom line?

In 8 out of the 10 parts manufacturers we audit, managed and maintained fluid condition is one of the most overlooked aspects of their manufacturing process. Not paying attention to this aspect of the business, or letting time and/or dogma … Read More

The Lowest Price does not always deliver the lowest cost

Problem: In this cast Iron Machining facility, in order to control rust and deliver the tool life the facility was looking for, their coolant had to be maintained at a minimum concentration of 10%. Though the price per gallon was … Read More

So, what happens when the Fox answers the Ad “Farmer looking for Hen House Manager”?

It’s a familiar tale, a fox dresses up in a new suit, pin-stripe. Slicks his hair back and walks in confidently to the farmers kitchen. He is prepared: impressive power point deck, names of big competitive farms and all sorts … Read More

Our Greatest Resource….Time

I think we can all agree that if we only had more time…..we could get so much more done. We could accomplish all the projects we want and focus on all the different areas where we want to have impact. … Read More

Rust Season? “Just Raise the Concentration”

I was visiting a plant last week and heard a familiar tale. We had just completed a Process Variability Audit, (PVA, where we measure the Key Fluid Performance Indicators that drive fluid cost and performance), and we were reporting our … Read More

Is this year’s Wildly Important Goal (WIG) to improve productivity or drive down cost?

The reality is that every business ALWAYS has to be doing both to remain competitive and relevant in our world of fast technological change. Its knowing how to pull off both that can sometimes be a challenge. As technology continues … Read More

What’s perhaps the greatest threat to your 2014 Targets?

What’s hurting your OEE, taxing your limited resources and driving costs up unnecessarily? Process Variability and you might not even know it! Follow this link for more information on our Process Variability Audit If your facility uses industrial fluids to … Read More

So….if Time-based PM’s are so wasteful, why do so many companies do them?

Because Reactive Maintenance is even more costly, and using time to schedule maintenance is easy. Not doing PM’s leads to a world of reaction, where crisis drives plant activity instead of planned effort. Costs and resources spike up and down … Read More