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Category Archives: Cost and Efficiency

Quick Changeover Reduces Inventory, Lead Times and Cycle Times While Improving Machine Uptime and Quality For Charter Automotive.

Company Profile:  Charter Automotive is a world class Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of engineered components for the automotive industry. The company has its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with worldwide manufacturing, commercial, technical, and distribution facilities to support Original […]

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Wolf Appliance uses Total Productive Maintenance Training to increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Time & costs savings

Company Profile:  Launched in 1945, Sub-Zero Freezer Co. introduced the first system for preserving food at ultra-low temperatures. The company quickly established a reputation for quality and innovation. The third-generation, family-owned business, which operates as Sub-Zero Group Inc. based in […]

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Dairyland Electrical Industries uses TPI to Enhance Multiple Productivity Initiatives

A period of rapid organic growth had leaders at Dairyland Electrical Industries, Inc (Dairyland) searching for ways for the company to operate more effectively.   A manufacturer of solid-state safety grounding products, Dairyland’s boost in business has stemmed from filling an […]

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An Automation Assessment Helped Address Workforce Challenges & Increases Productivity

COMPANY PROFILE: Established in 2002, TYRI has extensive experience in off-highway lighting and is at the forefront of lighting technology. With more than 200 employees worldwide, TYRI’s Stevens Point, Wisconsin, facility focuses on the design and assembly of lights for […]

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Dielectric Manufacturing uses Value Stream Mapping to reduce lead times

Company Profile: Founded in 1966, Dielectric Manufacturing fabricates plastic and metal parts for a wide variety of uses and industries.  The company manufactures out of three facilities, the headquarters located in metro Milwaukee, the Centerline plant in Waupaca, WI and […]

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Supply Chain Advisor

When analyzing whether your Supply Chain can withstand a crisis, it needs to be examined from not only an operational perspective but from multiple angles: Capability, Capacity, Competency and Transparency. Supply Sources & Relationships (1st tier, 2nd tier) Material Flow […]

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Proto-1 Addresses Quality Management & Streamlines Workflow

Company Profile: Founded in 1997 in Winnecone, Wisconsin, Proto-1 began as a machine shop specializing in creating safe and efficient equipment to deburr tube and pipe.  The result was the creation of our patented Roto-D-Bur ® head.  Company owners and […]

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5 Leadership Essentials for Lean Success

AUG 05, 2020 The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) defines people-centric leadership (PCL)as a culture in which every day, everyone goes home feeling fulfilled by pursuing excellence and everybody flourishes. All too often, PCL is missing from lean, causing many […]

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High-Mix/Low-Volume Manufacturers Are a Sweet Spot for Collaborative Robots

July 23, 2020 By: Andrew Peterson Collaborative robots are increasingly attractive to manufacturers who require flexible solutions for their growing product mix but may not have the scale of work or capital resources needed to justify larger investments in automation systems. […]

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Getting Back to Business

          2020 was challenging for many. 2021 presents it’s own challenges. Manufacturers are positioning themselves to the make the most of the coming recovery. From our manufacturer pulse surveys and hundreds of conversations with manufacturers, we […]

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