Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing

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This article on job shop manufacturing leadership was originally published in 2012 , but was updated to reflect the current data and my current thinking.  This has been one of my most popular and controversial posts ever.  Some (not all) of the feedback I’ve received is below.  Please add yours. Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints 2 Laws of Leadership […]

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Job Shop Scheduling Software

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Job Shop Scheduling Software | Machine Shop Scheduling Software I’m like you.  I invested in job shop scheduling software (we used to own a job shop).  Spent hours and hours getting it setup up only to spend more time continually updating the schedule.  Why does it seem that the moment I print the schedule it’s out of date?  And the […]

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16 Job Shop Scheduling Problems Infographic

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Back in 2007 I published the 9 Challenges to Scheduling Your Job Shop and Why Your Schedule is Dead on Arrival. That ebook captured some of the biggest problems job shops can face and to scheduling machine shop work, but as you know there are many many more. So now, I’ve documented a much longer list in in this previous […]

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Scheduling Job Shops: Flow is KEY!

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Job Shop Scheduling – a high mix low volume job shop can be a challenge. The complexities and problems in the job shop environment are numerous, just check out this list. Given the long list of challenges, it would seem almost impossible to improve flow in a job shop.  However, it IS quite possible.  BUT you do have to go about […]

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Job Shop Scheduling Problems and Challenges

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Job Shop Scheduling – High mix low volume job shops and machine shops can be quite a challenge to schedule.   Why?  Here are just a few of the complex problems and challenges that plague the environment: Bottlenecks or constraints in job shops can move based on the volume and type of work. Work is diverse — typically low volume high […]

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Drum Buffer Rope

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Theory of Constraints Drum Buffer Rope TOC Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) is a scheduling process focused on increasing flow by identifying and leverage the system constraint.  Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) was developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt (Eli Goldratt), the father of Theory of Constraints.   This article explains what is Drum Buffer Rope and how it works. It’s the application […]

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Financial Dashboard for Job Shops and Machine Shops

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Key Financial Metrics for Job Shops and Machine Shops Metrics are a key part of managing any job shop and tracking financial health.  You want enough metrics in your financial dashboard to keep the pulse of what’s going on, but not too many.  Too many metrics can be time consuming to enter, but even if you could automatic them — […]

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Industry Week Best Plants Use Theory of Constraints

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85% of the 2014 Industry Week best plant finalists and winners used Theory of Constraints over the past 5 years. By Dr Lisa Lang This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. 2015 Visit our Re-post guidelines. Industry Week’s Best Plants awards were established in 1990.  Their stated purpose: To recognize plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase […]

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Injection Molding Job Shop Reduces Lead-times 50% to 75%

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Job Shop Reduces Lead-times By Dr Lisa Lang This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. 2015 Visit our Re-post guidelines. Scheduling and improving the performance of a custom job shop can be challenging (to say the least). Exothermic Molding, Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, is a 24 employee pioneer in reaction injection molding, doing business since 1972. They provide RIM […]

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Reducing Job Shop Costs versus Increasing Job Shop Throughput

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Reducing Job Shop Costs   I was just reading an article on CNCReport.com titled “Never Enough Magnetic Mounts”.  The author was calculating how much money you’d save if you invested in some magnetic strips to make finding tools faster and easier.  Here’s an excerpt from the article: Hourly Pay Rate = $15 ($0.25/minute) Time spent looking for a tool = […]

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